It is fairly easy for me to feel disconnected from the community. Due to the nature of my job I am not to be playing with my phone. I cannot have blogs open let alone anything else not mission-related at work.
One thing that does hold me back is that I don't even have an IRC client on my phone. I use a Lumia 635 which means I'm running Windows Phone 8.1. The app choice isn't totally perfect but the price of the handset was within the realm of reason compared to others considering I do not have a subsidy contract and am in no position to support a subsidy contract consistently.
Suggestions are welcomed, of course, relative to that particular ecosystem. I cannot purchase a phone from BQ as they're not FCC-rated to legally operate in the USA. As for flashing a different sort of phone with Ubuntu Touch, I need to wait on funds availability to open up.
As I've told others, the Windows Phone 8.1 device is a stopgap measure until an Ubuntu Touch phone is available on a retail basis. Currently the word from Canonical is that release is going to be a bit exclusive and treated more like a luxury good. This means I need to get as much mileage as I can out of this stopgap measure until things change.