Cell phone fun
A couple years ago I bought my first Smart Phone. A neat, modestly expensive Motorola at Costco. Think it was $200. Costco guy did all the programming/contract work (T-Mobil). Walked out happy - took it with me on a 12 day Escape trip to Osoyoos.
But, being a landlines guy my ideal telephone is still a dime and a phone booth.
I had almost never used the Motorola, promptly forgot about it Ė until 3-4 months later got a $150 bill from T-Mobil. Whaaat? Went looking now, but, could not find phone. Quickly deduced it must have fallen out of my pocket somewhere back on that Osoyoos trip.
So, I reported it lost, refused to send T-Mobil any money. It took a few weeks but they finally ate the bill. My contract ended. Then, a week later, I found that phone. It had fallen down under the truck seat. No matter. Iím a landlines guy.
I recently bought a Verizon jet pack. And, a Victron solar controller with remote monitor but, instructions all said program with a smart phone. Friends all swear by the helpful APS inside a smart phone. If you find a phone booth let me know where it is.
The last weeks it has become apparent the smart move is get a smart phone. So I went to the Verizon store to activate my recently found Motorola. But, they told me my old phone was locked into T-Mobil. They said yes, Costco locks all their phones, therefore I needed to buy a new phone. At WalMart the guy spent 10 minutes trying to activate my phone but gave up, said it was totally locked, now an expensive paper weight. WalMart also has a neat robotic kiosk that will evaluate your old cell phone and will offer to buy it from you. Mine was worth ten bucks.
Last resort: go back to Costco where I bought the thing, ask for a refund, or get a trade-in for their cheapest model. The phone guy there said my Motorola was a better phone than any of his cheapest ones. He then proceeded to say yes, we do lock the phones we sell but Ė they are easily un-locked after 30 days!
I didnít want to go back with T-Mobil because I was afraid they would remember I owed them that hundred and fifty bucks. I said add it to my wifeís existing Verizon account. Needed an eight dollar Verizon SIM card. My Costco guy installed it, set me completely up, new Verizon tp number, etc., I am good to go.
Now, only thing is I need to learn how to use them Victron and Google aps, etc etc. Also, the thing is soo touchy.
"A billion here, a billion there...add it all up and before you know it you're talking real money." Everett Dirkson