Friday marked a new period in my life. What might you ask was this period, it was me going back to apples iOS as my primary phone. Some may be screaming “Whhyyyyyyy” others may be wondering in less melodramatic ways what caused this change, and the answer is; A few things.
To start with, I was tired of paying T-Mobile over 100 dollars a month for cellular service. Im not saying they provided bad service or even customer support. Both were excellent. A far cry better than AT&T’s cellular service. I havent had the luxury of dealing with AT&T customer support just yet, and hopefully I’ll never have to.
Unfortunately when I canceled my T-Mobile contract, I lost my ability to receive 3G service on the Samsung Vibrant. Which basically turned it a useless commodity. Though I’ve held onto it and it turns out, my father will be able to use it instead of his blackberry. Which provides me with the perfect transition as to the other reason I got rid of my Vibrant.
The company I work for was providing me with a Blackberry Torch to use and I figured since I mostly talk to my wife and my family, this will work well, especially since I’m allowed to call 10 numbers at an unlimited rate. So I gave 7 numbers because that’s all I could think of, and one of those numbers was mine… It was my Google Voice number. Supposedly if you use google voice to call people, then it dials out to your GV number to patch through to who ever you want to call. So then all calls would be free… I dont think it actually works that way, but I also never bothered to really check.
So at this point in the story, I’m down one Android device, which means no more angry birds to kill time when I’m just standing around or in the bathroom. But I have this awesome Blackberry Torch. Now the thing about the BB Torch is, it’s something like that amazing girl you meet in the bar. The one all your friends warn you about. The, “nobody that hot stays single, there is something wrong with her”. And of-course, it is every mans God given right to ignore this sagely sound advice and proceed into what can only be described as a “shit storm of crazy” that will leave everybody involved scared and damaged for life.
That’s where I found myself. I thought it was so cool that I had a functioning GPS on my phone for once. The Vibrant’s GPS only worked once for me, it saved me when i was lost in one of New Jersey’s many ghettos. I feel like I used my one phone a friend life line while playing “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. It rather sucked.
Back to the crazy at hand. So now I have this amazing corporate device that allows me to get all my email, keep my rsa token, defeat evil warlords with the touch of a button, all the while GPS tagging my photos. It all sounds wonderful, all that’s missing is the house with the white picket fence and the two little rug rats running around the yard chasing butterflies and a pitcher of ice cold lemonade…
Right when I was thinking life is good, the Torch started freezing, and disconnecting calls. Apps would lock up, emails would take forever to reach the phone. I realize the first logical thought would be to blame AT&T’s over saturated network for the disconnected calls and horrid email syncing. Unfortunately that was not the case. It’s the phone it’s self… Once you’ve been dating it for a while, you discover all the underlying issues and baggage this phone carries with it.
And so, Thursday I hit my breaking point. After calling my wife for the 4th disconnect to continue our 5 minute conversation, I said eff it, I cant wait for AT&T to device whether or not they are going to release an iPhone 5, which if they do, i hope it sucks and has the touch of brick instead of just the touch of death when it comes to phone calls, which I hope they resolve once I’m eligible for an upgrade.
I stopped off at the mall and signed up for an iPhone 4. I had dedicated atleast an hour to an hour and a half for this process… Fortunately, once all the workers were done staring at the well endowed lady simply asking for directions to the food court and stalling for 10 minutes so they could continue to smell her, I was helped. It took me longer to find a case I liked than it did to sign up for a contract and purchase the phone. I dont like my case for the phone btw, I’ll be looking online for a better one.
So here I sit with an iPhone 4. hopefully i havent made some horrible mistake. We’ll see, but I can sleep better knowing come tuesday, I’ll be rid of my BB Torch. The only thing I will miss is the Blackberry Messanger. It was a cost effective way to keep in touch with people all over the world.