just gotta send the old one away today. 4 weeks ago
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Maybe I can learn something? 1 month ago
I went with the iPhone 4. Basically, given my unwillingness to pay (much), I realized it was the best option. I researched a lot and found lots of arguments for getting an Android phone and for getting an iPhone. It seems like a trade-off to me, and I didn’t want to get any of the free Android devices, so it was “free” iPhone 4 vs. paying for an Android phone. I just had to go with the “free” one – they hit you with enough taxes, upgrade fees, and increased costs in terms of monthly plan, I just couldn’t see paying for the phone, too. Hopefully I am happy with it. It’s got to be better than my current phone, which is more than 4 years old and not smart at all, and also starting to be defective. In the end, it was a relief just to decide! 8 months ago
to click “I want to do this” next to this goal’s name because in fact, I do not want to do this. However, I have had my current phone longer than I’ve been on 43T (!) and it is giving me signs that it is not going to work one of these days when I need it (probably in an emergency).
The trouble is that the process of getting a new cell phone has become a good deal more complicated since I joined 43T. Not having a smart phone has been a point of pride and insistence for me for some time now, but I’m starting to think I should just stop fighting and go with the flow. I can see the usefulness in my life. But the price! Oh, the price. :(
My current phone is on Verizon (and my contract expired nearly 3 years ago) so I am eligible for any of several phones free with a new 2-year contract. I hate being on contract, but honestly it will probably be more than two years before I got around to making a change even if I wanted to (LOL!) so I might as well just do it. Their new share everything system is so expensive. It’s cheaper with a basic phone, but there’s only one that’s free & they just don’t seem to make an interesting range of basic phones anymore because smart phones are where it’s at…
I could switch providers, but that requires a whole lot more research, so mostly I’ve just been bogged down in doing research and trying to figure out what I should do… and meanwhile the remaining life on my phone is ticking away.
When did I get so old?! LOL! I have no idea what’s going on in the world of cell phones any more. 8 months ago
How I did it: First step was to lose my old cell phone. Turns out I have mad cell phone losing skills, so that was no problem.
Next step...I went to T-Mobile's web site & picked out a useful, less-overpriced model, ordered it, and had it shipped to me.
Then I discovered that I needed to take the tiny magic card from the old phone & put it into the new phone in order to make the new phone be a phone. Oops. Hadn't thought of that.
Next step was a trip to the TMobile store. The fellow in the store was very pleasant and sold me a new magical microchip card.
Then I found out that the phone service is in Mr. Wren's name, so I could not complete the secret transaction needed to activate the microchip's magic. So the next step was to wait for Mr. Wren to come home from work, sleep, and wake up.
Next day, Mr. Wren phoned the TMobile people and vouched that I could ask for things on my phone. I'm sure I could have saved time by having any male pretend to be Mr. Wren or faking a man voice myself, but I'm only devious enough to think about that sort of trickiness.
One more thing....it turns out you need to know the code number that is written in teensy numbers on the tiny magical microchip so that the phone people can make everything happen. Of course, the microchip was already in the phone, so the very nice phone person had to phone me back on my land line while I took my new cell phone apart, forced the magical microchip out, and retrieved the number.
And finally, it was done. The old phone was deactivated, and the new phone was turned into a working phone. All of the T-Mobile people were exceptionally pleasant, perkily so, really, while I bumbled about. Read how I did it… 4 years ago
HTC Vivid, with Audio Beats, THere is no out speaker for the Audio Beats but I dont mind because when I plug it up to my car, or bee bopp with head phones the music sounds so good, I swear I was high, ha, even though I dont do that, well, only in a blue moon. Besides that I can watch my Netflix on it. At&t is really good at listening to thier customers about what they want on a Android phone, I almost opted for a IPHone4s but I really know the Droids better. Im Happy And I know it! 12 months ago
is on its last legs. I stopped by the AT&T store yesterday and talked to a rep who told me I could get a new phone for $79.95 + a $36 upgrade fee if I signed a new contract and changed my basic rate plan. On the downside I’ll lose about 4,000 rollover minutes (that I’ll never use anyway) and be locked in for two years. On the upside I’ll have a reliable phone, save about $10 a month and get a $50 rebate (prepaid Visa Card). That means in seven months the new phone will have paid for itself. I am certainly going to consider it, although there are a lot of competitors out there offering a free phone with sign-up. This may take a bit more research. Credo has been soliciting my business forever (they’re on the Sprint network). 15 months ago
My phone has been acting crazy for the past month and I really want to get rid of it but that would be dumb so I need to wait it out but shesh I can only wait sooo long. 17 months ago