|My new baby, I call her Sexy!|
Yes, I got an iPhone 4s. I was going to hold out for the 5, but then I discovered my previous phone (n.k.a Ari's new iPod) was a 3g, not a 3gs as I had believed when I bought it. The 3g was not able to update to the new iOS5, which is fine because really I could live without all the new bells and whistles for a while. but it also meant that developers stopped making their app updates compatible with the old 3g. A lot, let me repeat that, a lot of my apps were dying a slow, painful (for me anyway) death...
And so I started looking into getting the new phone.
Previously, I'd bought my phone outright and been on prepaid. This suited me because I could really tailor my call costs and broadband access to my actual needs. However, buying a new phone outright was well outside the budget.
Most plans were also outside the budget, I have to say.
Then one day I found my home broadband shaped (for those who don't understand that concept, this means that one day my usually passably fluid internet connection started to move like a snail through molasses, ugh!). It was at the end of the summer holidays when - with all the kids at home - our daily broadband usage had crept up enough to slide over the upper limit. It was incredibly frustrating because - as you can probably guess - I rely heavily on net access. I do and I'm not ashamed of this fact, so ner!
So, I called out provider and found out that as it had been a considerable time since we last looked at our usage, both on the phone and the internet, there was new bundle which would not only quadruple our broadband access, but also give free local and std calls and free calls to mobiles on our network. All this would come at a stable monthly cost somewhat below what I was putting in the media utility each fortnight!
That freed up money for me to go on a plan for a new phone. In fact, considering what I was already spending each month on my prepaid ($30 including $10 for 200mb of data), we'd even be a couple of dollars better off!
Woot! A lovely new toy at no extra cost!
I'd been doing a lot of research over the past couple of days and this morning was the day I'd get the phone. Erik and I trotted off to the shop. I had butterflies because I haven't had great experiences with plans in the past, but I'm hoping that being more organised and working to a strict budget will make this much easier this time.
A girl came to serve us. She asked for my licence. I said I didn't have one. She asked if I had a passport (coz, you know, people always have their passports on them...). I said I didn't. She looked at me with a doe-eyed confusion which did not inspire me with confidence. I told her I had a working with children check card, and a keypass. I explained I didn't have a licence because I'm legally blind. Legally blind people use mobile phones too, surely there had to be a way around this. She went to her supervisor. She came back and asked if I had any proof I was legally blind. I gave her my vision impaired travel pass.
Apparently, that made everything okay. I'm not sure how!
So, then she starts filling out my forms, asking for address etcetera. Then she says, 'Now I'm going to get a bit personal.' I'm like, 'Okay?' She says, 'Actually, I'm going to get very personal, I hope you don't mind?'
Honestly, right about here I thought she was going to ask me what kind of underwear I was wearing. I wondered how I might explain this to my twelve year old...
Then she says, 'My dad was diagnose with cancer last year, and he has a really big tumour pressing on his brain and he's gone almost completely blind since Christmas, I was just wondering, do I need to go to Centrelink to get one of these travel passes?'
Suddenly, I had this immense feeling of kismet. This girl was obviously struggling with the devasting news about her dad and she wasn't really sure how to proceed to get him the help he needed. So, I told her about the travel pass and about the M40 taxi card and about making sure she got a case worker for a her dad through Centrelink and also going to Vision Australia (which she had, but hadn't stayed long, just picked up some pamphlets).
And then something else happened that just made me laugh.
Loud and clear the following song started to play over the speakers... Only my favour George Michael song, ever!
So, I got the iPhone 4s today... Yeah, yeah, I know... Anyway, the service hadn't changed over from my old phone to my new one within half an hour as promised. So, I called the shop up to see if there was an issue and a CUSTOMER answered the phone and say, 'Love, you really don't want to get anything from this shop; the service is bad and the staff are rude. Good bye!' and then she hung up on me!!!
|Yeah, I still have to refine using the camera properly...|