Thursday, May 19, 2016

R's new phone

R's new phone arrived Tuesday. I wasn't showered or dressed so he went downstairs to collect it from the courier. It takes a different SIM card to his old one, so there was no point in doing much with it until that issue was dealt with. I just put it on to charge.

So what is this package, R asked. Your birthday present, I replied. Open it and see what it is. He was quite overwhelmed. You should not have spent so much money on me, he exclaimed. Quite true, I replied, but I did and if it eases your conscience you can give me a couple of hundred dollars towards it, which he did.

We went to the big telephone shop in town at the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets Wednesday. One rather cute young blond man began to help us, but when we told him that as well wanting a new SIM card, we wanted phone numbers transferred, he radioed upstairs. Go up, he said, someone will attend to you straight away. A handsome dark haired man with a perfectly groomed three day beard growth greeted us, showed us to a seat at a table and told us Deon would be with us directly and Deon soon was. He was a smart and knowledgeable young man and very friendly. When I bought my Samsung 6, it seemed such a complicated process to transfer my contact list. Just months later, the phone came with a connecting cable and plug and Deon connected R's old phone to his new phone and quickly transferred his contact list. Deon told us it may take 24 hours for the phone to switch from the old SIM to the new one, but lo and behold, it switched in a couple of minutes. 

I bought the phone from Kogan online, who has taken over the Dick Smith email list, and it all went very smoothly. However, once I paid for the phone, I was given delivery tracking details and the phone began its journey from a Hong Kong warehouse. It came with an English/Hong Kong power plug adapter.

Deon queried us about bands? I dunno, we bought it from an Australian company and he asked which one, and he said it would be fine then. It wasn't. Everything was in Kanji, that is kind of Chinese/Japanese, I think. He corrected that but later R went to reply to a test text I had sent him and the keyboard was Chinese. I fixed that, but there are still traces of the Kanji on the phone. No matter. Deon has three phones and manages to deal with them all. I outright asked him if he is a drug dealer. R's phone has facility for two SIM cards, the second here in Australia being commonly used for cheap overseas calls but you could use the slot for a SIM with a list of customers who you sell drugs too, or just to store photos.

We left Deon and promised to give him a 10/10 score if we received an email that asked about our big telco experience. At QV shopping centre, R bought a lightweight protective case for the phone while I bought a couple of things for boiled fruit cake. The 1950s recipe said 5 ounces of butter. I didn't have a clue until I checked with google, 150 grams. I am so metricated. I dissuaded R from spending even more for a screen protector. I have damaged my phone, but not the tough Gorilla Glass screen.

Once home R played with the phone for a couple of hours and adjusted settings and the appearance.  This was not helped by our home internet going down twice today for an hour or so, not allowing him to use wi-fi.  He was doing well until I told him he needed to set up a SIM card lock. I think he had already played with it, so when it came to doing it, his four digit number would not work. I knew it would happen, and sure enough, three attempts and he was locked out. He called the telephone company for his PUK and because he was a bit slow giving the account number, the automated system hung up on him. But he had gleaned enough information to know that he can see his PUK online to unlock his phone. I found it and it worked.

He was absent for twenty minutes down at the car trying connect his bluetooth to the car and failed. I don't like to brag, but I went down and sorted it in a minute.  He missed step 1, turn on bluetooth in the car.

I updated his built in apps, Gmail and Facebook being the only ones he regularly uses. What is Instagram, he asked me. He does at times use Tram Hunter and Footy Now. I told him he could do a screen capture with a swipe of his hand across the screen. He replied, why would I want to do that? Such niaevty is so charming. Umm, have you heard of Snapchat and what young people do with that? He had heard of it but did not know what it was about and I have never used Snapchat either. I have my own stalking methods of saving photos.

In conclusion, R loves his new phone and I reckon I have got three weeks of cred before he starts to yell at me.

22 comments:

  1. Andrew great gift you skould take a photo of it

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    1. Why Gosia? It looks like my phone and I posted a photo of that just mere months ago.

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  2. Yay for three weeks of cred!
    I'm surprised at your phone taking so much trouble to transfer sim info. When I bought my flip pone back in 2006 the salesman connected the cables and transferred info right there in the shop, took about two minutes and it was good to go.
    Not turning on the bluetooth in the car is the silly sort of mistake I'd make and I'd get flustered and have to call for help. R is not alone there.
    Happy Birthday to R.

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    1. No River. I expect I explained poorly. It was transferring the service from his old phone to the new one that took the time, well actually didn't. His birthday was in March. I am late with my gift.

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  3. Very impressive Andrew.

    Where do I find this store staffed by Adonises?

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    1. Victor, not quite Adonises, but quite attractive young men. Aren't Apple employees cute? While I only dealt with one Samsung person several weeks ago, he was nice too.

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  4. Nice one!
    The prof likes expensive things
    Pity im poor x

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    1. John, if you really cared you would be saving up.

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  5. Three weeks of cred is impressive.
    I was given my phone as a birthday present too. A very generous gift - and the phone is much smarter than I am.
    Happy birthday to R.

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    1. EC, yes smart phones do tend to be smarter than their users. His birthday was in March and most of the cost of the Smeg appliances were supposed to be paid by me, but I forgot.

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  6. I have had Chinese phones for a few years. Dual SIMs are common. Not, I think, so much for drug dealers but for work/personal or wife/mistress. Also useful (which may be what you mean) for when travelling O/S and installing a cheaper local SIM.

    More important for a drug dealer would be a SIM in someone else's identity (I doubt if m/any truly anonymous phones left in Oz) and a phone which could be readily discarded.

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    1. Marcellous, people I know who have dual SIM have one for local calls and one for cheap overseas calls. I think you are quite correct about anonymous phones.

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  7. A random issue. Ruslan Kogan's parents were from Belarusia and my cousins, with the same surname, were from the part of Russia that became Ukraine in 1991. He is such a clever young man - I hope we turn out to be (distant) rellies.

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    1. Hels, he has slightly blotted his copybook once already, but recovered. He is quite smart I think. It would be cool if he was your distant relative.

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  8. You did well Andrew. Peace for awhile then :)
    Isn't always great to get good service without waiting too long!

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    1. Margaret, it is good to receive good service, and this time Telstra did come through.

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  9. Is it R's birthday today Andrew? If so wish him a happy,happy birthday from myself and P. Enjoy your quiet time :)

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    1. No Grace, it was in March. I have explained above. I am late with my gift, but hey, worth waiting for.

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  10. oh 'what everybody said'. esp "3 weeks of cred" except you know it will be more like 3 months or years.
    I don't understand any of this phone technology. had to cope with bluetoothing my antique cellphone AGAIN because I got a new car. oh dear god.
    x x

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    1. Ann, maybe three months, but certainly not three years. Your phone can't be that old if it can bluetooth.

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  11. Three weeks is damn good.

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    1. Strayer, turned out to be three days :-(

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