I am the first to admit that technology and I do not get along very well. On the computer, I can do what I need to and not much more. I know this limits me and I am OK with that. I don’t have an I-phone or any kind of fancy newfangled gadget.
I have, and have had for years, a simple pay-as-you-go tracfone. I just wanted something so that I could call home if I were away or call for help should the car break down along the highway. This has always worked well for me. At $100 a year for a service plan and 400 minutes which were tripled I had more than enough to get through the year and still have lots to carry over.
I didn’t need a phone that would do every thing except wash the dishes for me. The unbelieving looks I would get from people when I told them the type of phone I had didn’t bother me in the least. What I had met my needs and I was happy.
All that changed on Friday. I saw that Kmart was running a half price sale on a new tracfone – a smart phone. I debated – should I or shouldn’t I. I had excellent coverage with tracfone. It was reliable. Here was a new phone bythe same company. It should work as well as what I had. It was only $49.99. I’ve blown $50.00 on other things before so why not?
I went and bought one. I got it home all excited to charge it, activate it, transfer my old number to the new phone, and transfer my minutes. I called Tracfone and took care of all of this. Now I could play. But wait! Looking at the phone I saw I only had one bar where before I always had three or four. I called home just to test it and every other word broke up. Kathy couldn’t understand a word I said. I couldn’t understand her either. What was wrong?
I called Tracfone back and explained my problem. Well, the new phone used a different kind of technology than me LG used. The person I spoke with said she would check coverage in my area. I had excellent coverage. Why then could I not get a signal? I asked what I could do? The answer –there really wasn’t anything I could do. OK, could I just transfer my number back to my old phone which worked perfectly? Yes, but they would have to send me a new SIM card since I deactivated the one in the phone and it couldn’t be used again. However, I would not be able to transfer my service plan,which I just purchased in January, nor could I transfer my 3,000 plus minutes. I would have to buy a new service plan and new minutes.
In the meantime this new phone would sit, unusable from home, with over 3000 minutes on it. If I take it somewhere else where the coverage is good I could use it. That, however, defeats the reason why I bought the phone.
So, do I transfer my old number back to my old phone and wait for them to send me a new SIM card so I can reactivate it? Do I go out and buy a new phone and get a new number? Do I carry two phones around with me and see which works where? Does anyone know haw to send smoke signals? Maybe I should get a homing pigeon.