Saturday, October 18, 2008

One, one, ... one phone in two!

Did you know that Qwest is going out of the wireless phone business? I did, because my only phone is with them. The good news is that they made a deal with Verizon for their customers to swap over without the usual disconnect/reconnect charges. I went down to Best Buy, an authorized Verizon/Qwest switcheroo place. The people were really, really nice, they didn't even give me the evil eye when I told them that I wanted a phone that rings, period. That's actually what I said when they asked what features I was looking for in a phone; "It needs to ring." They even understood that the comment meant that I didn't want cameras, texting, web access, spy satellite uplinks or access to the ICBM's. (Well, that last one would be cool). They didn't even flinch when I told them I wanted the Verizon insurance rather than the Best Buy insurance because I was more likely to lose the thing than destroy it. Anyway, $77.93 later I'm walking out of there with a brand new phone, power cord for the car and clip on holder. And it's already hooked up. Uh, well, sort of. Seems there's a little glitch with porting over land-line phone numbers, even if they've been attached to a cell phone for several years. Seems that it may take up to 7 days before it's fully ported over. But not to worry, I can use my new phone already. As a matter of fact, I need to, because the old phone won't make outgoing calls anymore. But it will take incoming calls until the number is ported over, which is good since the new phone won't be taking any incoming phones yet. So, if in the next week, I call you up and tell you that I never got your call, I'm actually not just trying to avoid you - it just means I left the receiving phone at home and only brought the calling phone.

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5 comments:

Chris said...

Hey, neato, I just got that phone a few days ago as well. Upgrade thingy.

We're like twins!

Max said...

Chris, unless you've gained 150 lbs, gone decidedly grey and aged, oh, let's say 30 years - twins we ain't. But it is kind of fun getting a new phone, especially since most places can transfer your phone numbers from the old phone to the new phone. Unless you lost the old phone. But good to hear from ya Chris, and WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ALL YOUR HAIR? Yeah, I know you mentioned it before on either my blog or on Writer's, but this is the first picture I've seen... :) Smile, I'm just giving you crap.

A Paperback Writer said...

Yes, I am old enough to get the allusion in the title. Two, two, two mints in one! Certs.
Actually, that's about the most recent Certs commercial I can recall. And it's about 30 years old. Of course, I haven't really watched TV since 1982....

Max said...

Actually, I've kind of broken my habit of watching TV also, well sort of. At least I don't watch any TV with commercials, except for during the news every morning before school. I dropped my cable about 7 years ago for financial reasons, so For a long time I was limited to regular channels. Well, as finances got better, instead of getting cable, I've been investing the cost of it into TV DVDs. I'll admit to watching them, well, quite a bit, but I've gone off the grid as far as the Neilson ratings are concerned.....

A Paperback Writer said...

Let's put it this way: the last time I watched TV regularly, MASH was not yet a re-run and The Carol Burnett Show was on every Saturday Night at 9:00. Salt Lake City had just barely acquired a 6th channel (13), after years of having only 2, 4,5,7, and 11. And if would be another 5 years before anyone in my family would buy a VCR (although my rich neighbors had one).