2020-05-25 - 8:07 p.m.
An accomplishment this week was successfully getting my cell phone to work without having to purchase a new phone.
I received a messsage that TRAC phone was no longer supporting my phone as service was being upgraded. I knew from years in telecom that is an oversimplification.
Otherwise known as a lie.
I suppose because I knew this I was determined to find the work around.
So the first thing I did was comfirm my suspicion by looking at phones for sale to new users hoping to turn on service.
Sure enough my phone model is still being sold.
So next step was google to find out how to re-set up an existing phone and switch the # off the existing network to be active on the upgraded one.
Really trac phone could do this, and I am sure its not that hard. I am sure its a matter of a data file to delete data operationally at one point on the 2G network ( likely Verizon network) and then uploading same data points of imed, sim , phone # onto the new 3G or 4G network.
But rather than operationally work with Verizon on some set up files, the first method Trac Phone employs is to try to get customers to buy into the notion the HAVE to buy new phones.
So much wrong with that customer service. Yet the business choice is profitable as many like an excuse to upgrade their phones.
I feel irritated at the fact I made the bad choice to upgrade already as frankly quality of life decreased for me when more connected to technology. I missed the simplicity of the old phone without all the distractions on it.
So after finding a work around to keep the phone one already owns active on the new network has been successfully done by others, I followed their guidance and ordered a new SIM card .
It came, about a week or two ago.
Oh in the interim I had two weeks with text only working. (Maybe more- cause work was BUSY and setting up a phome takes time and at end of day it wss the last thing I cared to spend my limited free time on! No one uses the phone anymore anyway....its oasse. People don't even have time for the courtesy of listening to voice messages left anymore.)
So once the SIM card arrived with the Bring Your Own Phone set up instructions I fully understood why my 19 year old still has no phone service.When she went off as a freshman other parents were typically freaking out at their kid leaving and not being connected. In our case we were half way on the drive to drop her off at college when it occurred to me she has a phone on which she uses internet and text only and perhaps it would be a good idea to add phone service , just in case she wants to call. ( all phones have 911 functionality even without service so it is not needed for emergencies)
I think we are just all too tired to argue with him. It wears one down and just not worth it.
I figure its not so bad for them to be there where he makes sure they are engaged in tmkeeping the household chores done. It wont hurt them to take care of their home there. They should have plenty of time for schoolwork.(Unlike when we ran a farm and the chores just never seemed to end.)
Soren is currently enjoying tending to his garden, growing beautiful herbs and veggies. Lovely phoyo of basil he shared.
We grew potatoes and sunflowers and marvelous melons.
Its funny to not have a garden plot this year. It just felt sad last year to not have anyone excited to garden with me. June had a fabulous house rented fir just a year or so and last summer she asked if I would help her garden at her new place. I barely had time to get over there and help her let alone get out to twnd to my plot in the town garden.
One teen did help me plant last year, one Spring day, but after that had no interest or energy to come out again.
I just prefer the simplicity of my old fashioned land line (and cant bring myself to see value in paying for an intrusion of a cell phone. To me they seem downright intrusive to people's peace of mind.)
Yet I am here hypocritically typing on this cell phone.
It is like a computer to me.(Since I dont current have A computer)
I am the anti tech contract manager subject matter expert on technology contracts.
So after my teen helped I swapped out the SIM and promptly lost the texting history of my phone number. I tried to activate the phone and got a message " this # is already activated"
I had not even washed dishes from dinner but left them in the sink ( something I truly rarely do but of late if work a 10 hr day , then cook and eat at 8 or later sometimes, I just have no energy left ans rinse and stack to take care of in the morning).
Friday I recall I awoke and took Bellatrix for a nice walk and returned to make my coffee and log on at 8:30 sharp. We have a morning team call, and Igit in the zone working on mastering an application I really needed to get hands on with and learn. I FORGOT that when I swapped and tried to set up the new SIM it did not work the night before!
Oops...around 10 I checked application on my work computer to see my boss was tryimg to reach me!
She called and left a voicemail on the office line ( which was supposed to be forwarded to my land line! Not sure what happened there)
Oops. It was fine as I did reach her and apologized.
Friday was an unusual day as it was NOT busy like usual!
Do I have phone service again.
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