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6 Dec 2006

Phone not working

Filed under: Personal — paulcook @ 4:55 pm

Just a quick note: I’ve ordered a new phone from Amazon, and in their infintite wisdom they’ve decided that I should not be able to use my existing phone while my new one is being shipped. Yep, they disabled my current SIM card when they shipped the new phone, instead of when the new phone arrived (even though I’m still paying the monthly contract rate). Moral of the story: don’t buy phones from Amazon, they’re stupid.

So yeah, if you get a generic voicemail when you phone me, that’s why.

The new phone had better be worth it.

PS. On the topic of stupid corporations: Cingular’s website sucks. Looks pretty, has no useful information. Exhibit A: see if you can find the difference between their data plans.

PPS. And another peeve: you can’t rent phones in the US, apparently (please correct me if I’m wrong). In the arrivals hall of South African airports you can rent a phone in minutes for $1/day, free incoming calls, voicemail, etc., that works immediately and charges outgoing calls to your credit card. It’d be really useful just right now…

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  1. Really surprising that one is not allowed to own two phones at the same time, or control one’s own communication network, or one’s own life. In fact, unbelievable!

    Hope the new phone arrives soon


    Comment by Sally — 6 Dec 2006 @ 9:04 pm

  2. Yay! Africa’s version of down-under, ie SA, is ahead in one aspect of telecommunications.

    Incidentally, the phone you’re getting resembles my I-mate a LOT, right down to the features. Welcome to handheld Windows. I hope the support you get with your phone is better than what I got with mine, when a small snag developed. I had to figure out how to reinstall the OS myself, because the technical support company bollocksed it up.

    Comment by Chris — 7 Dec 2006 @ 12:09 am

  3. This may be obvious, but why are you buying a phone from Amazon in the first place, rather than in an actual cell phone store?

    Comment by Adam — 7 Dec 2006 @ 12:14 am

  4. ‘Cause it was $100 less for the same phone, mostly. For some reason that escapes me.

    Comment by paulcook — 7 Dec 2006 @ 1:12 am

  5. Nice looking phone.

    ps SA is ahead of the UK in cell phone technology as well. Massive new feature was launched here recently: the option for parents to track their kids’ geographical location using their cellphone. And people are all amazed by it. Vodacom’s been offering that how long now? Not to mention the really really bad signals that one has from most networks around many places.

    Comment by Paul — 7 Dec 2006 @ 2:09 am

  6. pps That link to the data plans is exceedingly annoying if for example you aren’t in the states yet and don’t know your zip code…. nice while 1 = 1 do loops there…..

    Comment by Paul — 7 Dec 2006 @ 2:12 am

  7. Wah, nice phone :)

    Comment by Artemka — 15 Dec 2006 @ 7:00 pm

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    Comment by Mrs Wordpress — 19 Dec 2006 @ 10:10 am

  9. So…Santa Amazon dropped off your new phone yet? Coz it would have been nice to call you for Xmas ;)

    Oh, did you come right with the postal address?

    Comment by Chris — 26 Dec 2006 @ 1:11 pm

  10. On the upside, you don’t have to deal with Helskum…

    Comment by Anne — 2 Mar 2007 @ 4:46 am

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