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New Technology Takes Time To Acquire

New Technology Takes Time To Acquire

I’ve decided buying a new phone is a lot like buying a new car. Three days ago H and I decided we “needed” new cell phones. Of course we wanted all the new bells and whistles. New technology was calling our names. I’m still trying to justify this by the fact that Our phones are four-years-old and Sam’s was having a great sale. With our two phone updates added to our plan, we scored two $300 Sam’s gift cards and they waived the $30 per phone activation fee.

Of course there were problems – there always is. The sale was so well received we had to make an appointment to have our phones-of-choice reserved and when we returned for the appointments they were running way behind schedule.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. There was a minor hiccup in getting authorization from our carrier. Somehow Andrews phone number was checked as being the one to replace. He had just updated his about five months ago and they were not allowing it again unless we made a down payment which we had never had to do before.

Finally, too many minutes later, we realized the problem and switched the update to H’s number. Then the process went much smoother, but we still closed the store down getting H’s phone. By then I was so tired of standing on my feet – and the pregnant sales rep was indeed ready to call it a day – we agreed I should go in the next afternoon to make my purchase.

Time flies when you are having fun said no one purchasing a cell phone! The time spent on purchasing my phone on day 2 was only four hours. By the end of the day I could hardly see straight. All I wanted to do was go home and put my feet up and figure out why all my apps didn’t transfer.

That wasn’t the only problem I found when I finally got the time to investigate. My text messages didn’t transfer either, but at least my contacts did. I could not make or receive phone calls. I would have to reinstall Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress. I decided not to go to the trouble of doing this until I could get my calling dilemma cleared up the next day. I didn’t want to have to go through this process twice if the phone was defective.

It took about an hour to fix the problem when I made a visit to the Sprint store. The wrong SIM’s card had been installed! Now I was able to download my social media apps and make and receive calls. The world didn’t come to an end while I was off line but I felt as though I had missed out on lots of important information that was put out there.

So I’ve got a new phone and now I know I’m old because I had to set the type larger. It’s not as large as it could be but I’m not quite ready to go there yet.

This phone is also water resistant. I could drop it in the toilet if I wanted to. Believe it or not, that has happened. Read about it here.

New technology is hard to pass up, but I don’t intend to go through this ordeal again for another three or four years!



About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Yes, buying a new cell phone is like torture for an impatient person (like me). One time my son was in the pool playing with his new baby. He reached in his pocket to take out his phone to take some pictures of the little guy, then realized…he was in the pool! He could have used one of those waterproof phones that day!

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  2. Yikes. My guy and I are due for new phones also (4 years plus since the last purchase) but after reading your post, I may wait another year! 😉 BTW, my eye doctor said we all should increase the font on our phones/computers and reduce the glare to keep eye strain to a minimum, no matter what our age. See? We’re not getting older….just wiser.

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  3. This is another gift from the aging process . . . the dread of acquiring new technology. If one is under the age of 30, the same task can be done in minutes. If you’re 15 or under, it takes no time at all, once you’ve convinced your parents to pony up the dough.



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