10.13.2009

OH, HAPPY DAY

Did you know that the cell phone you receive when signing a 2 year contract with a cell phone carrier is programmed to self-destruct at the exact 2 year mark? I know because I have been sticking it to the man by not renewing my cell phone contract for the past 2 years.

It hasn't been easy sticking it to the man. There have been a few times that I have almost succumbed to the pressure and just renewed my contract with Verizon or *gasp* switched to AT&T, but what happened today made all the suffering with old crummy cell phones worth it.

I finally have a new phone without signing another cell phone contract. Yay!

Of course there is a catch. It is Alcoholly's cell phone.

I wish I would have known that Alcoholly was going to dispose of her phone 3 days after she purchased it because she couldn't figure out how to charge or use it. I would have encouraged her to get a popular and expensive cell phone. Unfortunately, that is not how it worked. A few months ago I took her into the Verizon store and asked for the perfect cell phone for really old people who do not know how to use a cell phone. This is what they gave me -

The Samsung Knack!

First of all, there is no camera. The buttons and text on the phone are huge. You can turn up the volume louder than any phone I've ever used in my life. The side is color coded. The best part is that there is a big 911 button right in the middle of the phone. I am already predicting that this will be Charlie's favorite button to press.

However, it works and it is new. I am not complaining. Take that, MAN!

17 comments:

  1. My in-laws have the same exact phone. That is so sad that you feel like using a sad phone just to be able to say you stuck it to the man. I mean you are going to be using a cellphone in two years anyways.

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  2. We just stuck it to the man at our cell phone company. Our contracts expired two years ago and we needed new phones. So I ended up finding a deal with free activation fees, free shipping and free cell phones. This after talking to them on the phone and finding out that renewing our contract limited us to only 3-4 free phone options, and a renewal fee. So we got the phones we wanted for free, free activation and free shipping. And when I called to cancel our old numbers, the people at the phone company were totally confused that I'd done it the way I'd done it... but I paid nothing. Woo hoo.

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  3. I just wanted you to know that my laptop charger kicked the bucket last night, and I have only 70% battery life to use today, and with 2% of that life, I am commenting on this post. First, because I feel bad for not commenting in a while, and second, because any time you talk about Alcoholly, I am sure to comment. I can't help myself. That woman is amazing. Good luck with the 911 button. Even without kids, I'd probably push it myself accidentally.

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  4. Crisitn, I think this is just pathetic. While you are "sticking it to the man" we are enjoying amazing camera (touch) phones that WORK!

    But you're so right. It's so worth it to not sign that two year contract and just use Lolly's handicap phone for two years instead!

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  5. Don't you just love sticking it to the man? Totally worth it.

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  6. You should get a new phone!! Trust me you won't regret it!!

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  7. This post made me laugh so hard! That phone is PRESH!

    Here's my advice for how you can get a really sweet new phone that you LOVE: Go and do stand-up comedy one evening each week in your local comedy club. You are HILARIOUS and could make quite the little bundle!

    Btw, that Alcoholly post CRACKED me up!!!!! (It's been a while since I laughed that hard.) Your mom is adorable. Do the grandkids now call her "Mormor" or did she settle on something else? Pray tell!

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  8. Katherine - Thanks for the nice compliment and YES, it is Mormor. I think we've all gotten used to it now, but at first it did seem funny.

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  9. That is so great! I love it. I think it has such a great sound, not to mention the incredibly hilarious story regarding its origin!

    Fact: I think one of the reasons I found the "Mormor Debate" sooo funny, is that just this morning I was reading the first chapter of Ether. 'Mormor' sounds like it could fit right into verses 6-32 with 'Emer' and 'Omer' and 'Moron' and 'Corom' and 'Ahah' and 'Hearthom'... It has such a Biblical/Book of Mormor--I mean Mormon-- ring to it!

    So, as you write your family history (and yes, it could be in the form of this blog), you could actually say: "Luke was the son of Cristin. And Cristin was the daughter of Mormor. And Mormor was the daughter of Alcoholly" (or Lollie or Elaine, if you want to keep the flow). Etc.

    Your family is a riot. Tell cute Mormor to bake a batch of Danish rolls for the grandkids once or twice a year and call it good!

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  10. So isn't the man kind of sticking it to you?

    Yeah, I understand, though. I love my phone. And it is self-destructing. (I almost destructed it myself after an episode involving the toilet at Girls' Camp last summer. Amazing what a bag of rice will do.) The battery lasts for about a day now. I found out that for a mere $40 I can get a new battery for it. For, like, $30 more, I could just get another phone. One that hasn't been in a toilet at Girls' Camp.

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  11. That's awesome! I wish I could stick it to the man. My stupid phone hasn't been working right for about five months now (the screen goes black randomly, which makes texting dang near impossible and I really get annoyed when I'm trying to find someone's number in my address book, but it goes black before I can call them!). Unfortunately, we're not up for new phones until December, and I'm too cheap to pay full price for one, so I'm trying to survive until then. But I'm so mad about my dumb phone that I told Nate I'm getting an iphone next time (you know, since I'm saving us so much money by not giving in now. Heehee!).

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  13. You're an inspiration and I honestly mean that! I like to think having a phone that isn't cutting-edge with technology is being resourceful. another money saving tip: When your deoderant wears out and the plastic starts scraping your armpits, you can use a pointed nail file to gouge out all those extra little pieces and save them, along with one deoderant container. after saving deoderant tidbits from 5-6 deoderants, melt them in the microwave, pour into the container. put a paper towel on a fridge shelf and set the deoderant on top until it sets again-voila! i may have to post this desperate tip on my blog one day, just for giggles.

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  14. man, I hate verizon wireless... especially how they make you wait and wait in their store forever to buy a new phone because they only have one employee out of 6 in the store that can do the selling. that is stupid. but I really do love my totally awesome wonderful envy-touch phone that I got free after 2 whole years.

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  15. My 1 year old has called 911 on both the house phone & the cell phone. You know they call back if you hang up. I also have a 15 yr old who is extremely hard on phones. Now we just look on ebay for used phones that will take a ATT sim card, get the new phone, pop in the old sim and off we go for only $20.

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  16. So has Charlie called 911 on your hot new Samsung Knack yet???? Just wondering.

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