Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cell Phone Blues

Just over a month ago I dropped my cell phone and broke it. When I dropped it I really thought it would be alright because I've dropped it a million times without damage. Not this time...

It's really sad. I've had this phone for 4 or 5 years with the same battery. I love my phone. I can still dial out and people can still hear me but I can't hear them. Pretty lame. I've been slow at getting a new phone and now I've received my cell phone bill for a month that I didn't even get to use the phone during. Crap!

I had to decide whether to buy a new phone or just cut off service completely. Since BF and I are still unsure of the date we are leaving to Australia I don't really know how long I will need it for. I miss my phone :( I tried getting it put on a temporary suspension but Rogers was really stupid about it. They said they could put me on a temporary plan for $8/mo until I get a new phone but then I'd lose my current plan which is grandfathered and have to go with a contract. WTF>!>!

It's been really frustrating not having a phone because there are absolutely no payphones everywhere. I've been caught in many situations lately where I really wish I had my phone. Also, it keeps me entertained on my transit commuted every day.

So I picked out a basic phone that I can use until we leave. Finding it a good rate is the problem. I don't want to order it offline because it can take forever so I tried going to a Rogers dealer and he wanted to charge me $100 for a phone that is $69.99 on their website. I don't think so buddy! Today I got on the phone and called around to different stores that may carry Rogers phones and finally I found one that would sell me the phone for the same price as their site. Rogers video ... thank you. They have none in stock today but will be getting them in during the next few days. Woohoo!

6 comments:

DogAteMyFinances said...

Why not just get a cheap old phone on ebay and use your same SIM card?

Ginger said...

Don't waste your money buying them that way...

Just get a used one off of Craigslist. I've bought 2 phones that way and it's been great. No contracts, cheap yet reliable phones...

They're just not hip a new anymore, that's all. Check CL out before you commit!

Dolly Iris said...

Ginger - I don't do contracts. The phone I'm getting is pay as you go so I just pop my sim card in. As for hipness, I had my last phone for 5 years and it was second hand when I bought it.

Dog - I don't want to buy a phone of EBay and get scammed. I prefer to buy a second hand phone from somebody I know or just buy a cheap phone new.

Arual said...

My bf just bought a replacement phone at the pawn shop and popped his SIM card in. :) Would it be too late to go that route?

Dolly Iris said...

Arual - That's a good idea. At least then I could test out what I'm buying. I might swing by one this weekend. Thanks

Dolly Iris said...

Clarification - I would be using a pay as you go phone but on a plan. Sim cards are fab!