Around every January, when the days are long I start gettin a feeling of resltessness, of anticipation. I start counting the days not for spring, not for summer, but for my annual ( nearly ) mobile phone upgrade.

This is the time of year I can contact the operator and demand a shiny new mobile phone.

My most recent mobile phone upgrade was a Sony Ericsson M600i which has not been the best of my upgrades it must be said. I have been looking at the Nokia N95 as I have been trying to justify Mobile GPS for ages now and I am in need of a change, Mobile phones do, as recent advertising justify, become a part of you, they are your eyes and ears, your security blanket, your camera, your mp3 player, your organiser, your office, the list is both endless and ever lengthening

Also one of the best things about upgrades is getting a freebie, like a free bluetooth headset or carry case.

Now it is rarely that I have fallen out of love with the present device. It is that gorgeous moment which awaits the consumer, that unhurried unpacking, that slow initial charge and that sparkly crescendo when the device first is allowed to breathe its first breaths – under, of course, my watchful gaze.

The new mobile phone ( thank goodness for mobile upgrades as the hardware is obviously super subsidised by the network ) will then have to be fully explored. Every nook and cranny of its menu/ operating system will have to be clicked upon and investigated. I wil teach it everything about me. Soon the phone will dance and sing responsive to my every whim; it will know who to allow to call and when, it will know how to ring early morning, it will know how to catch my attention when I am in a meeting, it will have been personalised…….

And then I must wait a whole year again for my next upgrade