The Other I

April 15, 2011

Phoney smarts

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 7:56 pm

We cannot get a signal for our cell phone when we are actually inside our house.  So, although we have had cell phones for more than 25 years, we now use them almost exclusively on vacation or in an emergency.  At home we have to go outside and stand in the cold to get a signal.

Okay, as far as life’s complications goes, this must rank about .5 on a scale of 10.

But several weeks ago when I got a flat in the middle of Cambridge, I thought I couldn’t use my cell phone because it needed to be charged.  However, I eventually discovered that re-charging it didn’t work, and when I looked up the cost of a new battery, decided that buying a new phone was the less expensive option.  By what I thought was an unfortunate coincidence, Peter’s cell phone was also defunct.

So I spend roughly $75 on two new cell phones that do everything but translate messages into Urdu for free, assuming that I can eventually figure out how to make everything work.

Today,  I telephoned the company where we have our cell phone contract and where I bought the phones to find out if they had a policy about recycling defunct cell phones and excess SIM cards.

That was when they told me that if a SIM card does not have a charge registered to it within the last year, it is cancelled.

The reality of the situation dawned in a ghastly eureka moment.  There is nothing wrong with our old phones.  The SIM cards had simply been cancelled as a result of non-use.

We now have five functioning cell phones.  We still can’t get a signal inside the house, but they work outside.

I think the next time I should buy a smart phone.

It might help compensate for its owner being so dumb.



  1. Lol, as they say!


    Comment by Noreen — April 15, 2011 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

  2. I always spent my half an hour to read this webpages posts every day along with a cup of coffee.


    Comment by cell phone information","mobile phone information" — December 11, 2011 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for this! I have made up my mind that the fact that I can’t get a signal for my cell phone inside our house is no reason for me to remain in the dark ages. But I will wait until spring before booking an afternoon outside to break the gridlock. In the meantime, I’ll take my cup of coffee to the cellphoneguru as well.


      Comment by theotheri — December 12, 2011 @ 11:38 am | Reply

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