Razrs and Tilts and iPhones....Oh, My!

So yesterday afternoon, I pick up my phone to return a call to a prospect who wants to talk about listing her house.  That's cool.  I like listings.  A lot.

I kept inputting the number, but the call won't go through.

Then, I look at WHAT I was inputting - you know that old saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome?  Yep.  That was me. 

Some of the numbers of the keypad of my phone were sticking but I kept trying...and trying...and trying.

Noooooooo!  Not now!  Like most Mondays, this one had been unusually busy and no time for my phone to misbehave.   Seriously, not a good time.  At all.

Finally, I decide to switch SIM cards with my other phone - like many other agents, I carry two phones.  One is just a small, simple RAZR phone for calls while the other is a smartphone for everything else. And should I have a phone problem, well, I always have a backup.  Good, right?

I HATE using my smartphone for phone calls...mainly because, well, the phone is apparently smarter than I am and I cannot figure out what all the symbols mean.   Yes, I KNOW there is a manual, but 68 pages for a freakin' phone?  No thanks. 

I...just...want...to...make...a...simple...phone...call. 

Is that too much to ask?  I don't need to conference in anyone else, I don't need to see their photo in order to know whom to call (I can read, thank you, and find their name THAT way), I don't need ten other functions...I just need to make a call

So, I swap SIM cards in order to make and receive calls from my "regular" phone number.  I manage to finally bumble through all my calls - although I don't understand why I need to "slide and press" in order to receive a call - making plans in my head to run to AT&T as soon as possible to pick up a new phone and restore natural order to my world. 

About that time, my dear husband walks in the room, I briefly explain (admittedly probably adding a little more drama to the story than was really necessary) my phone situation and he says, "I still have my old RAZR phone in the car.  Let me get it."  (He ditched the RAZR phone for an iPhone, but the joke is on him....18 months in to the iPhone, the battery is about kaput and he has to keep it charged it most of the time. Ha!)

Uh huh.   

He brings me back his old phone...his very tired, basic black phone with the cracked cover. 

Really?  Really? 

"Thanks, honey."

I sigh, resign myself to the idea it's really not a bad plan to use that phone - because, well, I actually KNOW how to use that phone - until I can buy a new one and it's a lot easier than trying to figure out the freakin' smartphone.

So once again I pry off the backs and pop out the batteries and play musical SIM cards. 

Only one problem...the SIM card from my phone doesn't work in HIS phone...it worked fine in the TILT, but it doesn't work in my husband's old phone, which is the same kind of phone!  Arrrgghhh...go figure. 

After 15 minutes of frustration, I give up, put all the SIM cards back where they belong and resolve to just run to the phone store first thing this morning.  The phone insanity has gone on far too long and I just do not have any energy left for Plan B. That is, if there is a Plan B.  (There isn't).

The evening passes with no further phone drama.

Until this morning...when I pick up my phone to see I have a text message from AT&T.  "Your Smartphone requires a data plan.  We have added the appropriate plan for your smartphone.  Blah, blah, blah." 

Aarrrrgghhh!  Nooooooooo!   If I can figure out how, I will have to give them a call this morning and straighten THAT out.  Gotta admit, though, I'm pretty impressed that although I only had the SIM cards switched for 15 minutes, they were right on the whole "gotta add a plan" thing. 

The daggone phone really IS a lot smarter than I am.

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Shelley Rowton
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I started carrying two cell phones after drowning one in my purse with a bottle of water.  So while I waited for the replacement, I added a cheap phone on a second line.  Then I kept it because I never wanted to be without again in the event of another drowning!  And I refuse to get an iPhone.  Some moral stand I'm taking that I can't even explain!

July 28, 2010 07:37 PM
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Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale

Shelley: I know exactly what you mean about the iPhone and I cannot explain it either!

July 28, 2010 08:23 PM
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Bill Saunders
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Hello Susan,

My poor little antiquated nokia has a great feature. You push a button and it opens. It's rather basic :) and it works very well.

August 01, 2010 09:06 PM
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Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
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I was like this too but then I took the plunge and got an I-phone and now I can't imagine life without it.

August 09, 2010 09:42 PM
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Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale

Bill:  I replaced the Razr with a basic nokia - well, if you can call a phone that still has mp3 and video and email basic!  But that was the most basic they have now, I think!  And, yeah, your antiquated phone will do exactly what it needs to do:  make a phone call!

Stacey-Ann:  My husband loved his - for a while - but the battery didn't last as long as the 2 year commitment so he's pretty ticked off about it.  He has had the phone about 1.5 years, so the newer ones I'm sure don't have the same problem, but he's going to something else when he finally decides what he is going to do.  Most everyone else I know with an iPhone loves it.  Enjoy!

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