16 September 2007
No, it's not an iPhone
I've mentioned elsewhere that my cell phone is six years old, which is true. And while my wireless needs are modest, the old device is getting cranky: more than once I've pocketed the little candy bar and gone off to run errands, only to discover when I got home that at some point it had simply powered itself off.
So I ordered one of these, which is hardly a high-end device but which should meet most of my requirements (including roaming into 850 MHz areas, impossible for the old phone) fairly easily. And yes, I did sign up for a two-year contract, but it's the same set of terms I've been on for the last four, so there should be no particular surprises, and in exchange for this lien on my soul, they let me have the phone for next to nothing plus shipping.
I suppose I'll have to go get a Bluetooth headset now.
Posted at 11:00 AM to General Disinterest
And yes, I did sign up for a two-year contract, but it's the same set of terms I've been on for the last four
I guess that's doable when your cell phone company doesn't change hands every two years. We started with AT&T Wireless®, which was acquired by Cingular®, which is now ... AT&T Wireless (No Relation)®.
There's been one sale since I signed on: the original VoiceStream was taken over by Deutsche Telekom and renamed T-Mobile. As I recall, the takeover by the Germans was quiet and peaceful, although there was some flap in the Congress about foreign ownership (the German government owned the majority of shares in Deutsche Telekom at the time).
Volume on bluetooth accessories sure seems to be a problem. I got a Jabra BT150 from Woot and I could live with the low volume, but it died in about two weeks. It's under warranty, but geez, messing with a $9.95 gadget seems a waste of time. Then, a Motorola H700 from eBay - and the volume was so low it is basically worthless. Now, I'm going to try before I buy - even if it means going to the store and paying fifty bucks too much.
the takeover by the Germans was quiet and peaceful
That might explain why I've been seeing dogs and cats living together.
I have a 6133 and love it. You'll enjoy the screen, as it's the best you can get on a T-Mobile phone, unless you spring for a smartphone.