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My Cell Phone – Again

1a. My cell phone broke again and I am unwilling to spend money on fixing or replacing it.  Bad phone, bad plan, too expensive.  We are looking to change plans, BUT our current plans came with phones and we are still paying them off (that is part of the plan, so that they get your money regularly for 3 years).  2 of the 3 phones we are paying for are almost done being paid off and broke a long time ago.  The third is Yitzchak’s phone, which also came with a new plan that we will probably have to pay some kind of fine to be rid of.  Just paying off the phones will cost about 900 shekels ($260, but over here it’s a lot of money), not to mention the other expenses.

broken phone, phone broke, touch phone, cell phone, phone1b.These other expenses are:

– At least one new phone, because the plan we had is a “kosher” plan that is locked to any other type of sim card (and it is legally locked and cannot be undone); preferably 2 phones because the only non-kosher phone we have is my brother-in-law’s and we don’t feel comfortable using it for a long time.

– Two one-time forty-five shekel fees to send the new sim cards for the new plan.

– A fine because we are breaking Yitzchak’s plan early (before the 18 month minimum).  It is a relatively small fine, but it’s still there and I don’t know how much it will be.

1c. In the end, this WILL save us money, though, because right now we are paying about 200 shekels and maybe more for a phone that doesn’t work and another phone with unlimited minutes.  And I hate that.  Our new plan will be with phones that we buy cheaper from a store and pay for upfront, along with two plans that are 10 shekels each.  Obviously, 10 shekels a month ($3) isn’t going to be a perfect plan but it’s cheap, reliable, and gives us what we need, even if we have to start using our home phone more (which is healthier, anyways).  The plan gives each of us unlimited texts but only 60 minutes talk time before it starts charging by minute.  But seriously – who cares?  That’s what a land line is for.  And since we are anti-social and usually talk only to each other, we can do that with texts, too.

So that’s the cell phone story.  Obviously, dumping a thousand shekels is a big deal.  This whole thing is a headache and a half but we will get through it.

1d. Not everyone knows that my phone is broken – I told my sister three weeks ago.  I told work.  I told a few friends that I ended up calling for some reason or other.  When I get my new phone I will text important people with my number and that will be that.

On the other hand, if Yitzchak gets his way and we do get him the unlimited plan (which I am against because I don’t like plans that go up after a year), then I’d like to nix the home phone.  But if we’re not nixing it, then we are fixing the jack in the living room, because the room that the phone is in is very inconvenient – and we don’t want the phone in our bedroom.  Been there, done that – and no.

So, that is the story of our phones.  Hopefully we will have a new, nicer, story soon.

2. Speaking of phones, Jajah is closing down in two days and both Yitzchak and I are kind of bummed.  Not that we used it so much anymore, or that they had suuuch a great price, but still.  They were good, and they’re closing, and it’s sad.  Bye, Jajah.  We will miss you.

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This is probably how some people in my family will feel after reading this admission.

3a. For goodness’ sake, I don’t know why I am posting this.  I have family who reads this blog and they don’t have our landline number, and we tell them that there is no option for them to call a landline.  Because, let’s face it – it is NOT an option. We have had enough calls from outside Israel at midnight or 1am, or even 5:30-6:00 am that it just isn’t something that we want to have happen.  (And it DOES NOT matter if we are awake or not at this hour; if we are awake then we are either busy, cranky, or both; if we are not then it is just plain rude to wake us up early.) No offense, but as a general rule a lot of times people forget to calculate the time difference, or just don’t calculate correctly.  I don’t have energy for that.  There is no reason that one of us should need to get out of bed in the middle of the night so that the phone will stop ringing and not wake everyone else up.

3b. And turning off the landline’s ringer isn’t an option – we always forget to turn it back on, until someone – or one of us – calls and says that they tried calling the house and there was no answer – and then the person at home realizes that the phone never rang . . . because the ringer was off.  The ringer can be off for a few days straight before we notice.  So, we just don’t turn it off anymore (and neither does Shlomo, because the switch doesn’t do anything obvious, so why move it?).  Also, we don’t have caller ID on our landline, and if there’s going to be an emotionally taxing conversation, I need the choice to refuse the call, or at the very least, five seconds to brace myself before answering the phone.  So no, it is not an option.  Sorry to all the hopeful and slightly hurt.  I hope you understand.  When we feel up to dealing with the consequences of giving out our home number, we will give it out.  Until then, we will do what is best for us.  There is always email, Skype, and loads of other options for anyone who wants to reach us.

And my apologies to the non-family readers who had to read part 3.  I will try not to subject you to this again, honest.  (I don’t do it often, do I?)

Phone Post – Again

Remember when my cell phone broke?

Well, yesterday morning, when I was getting off a bus, it fell and the battery fell out.  I picked it up, put it back together, and thought that I’d turned it out.

Turns out not.  And when I realized it was off, I turned it on again, and put it back in my backpack.

Apparently, I didn’t turn it on either time – because it couldn’t be turned on.

You guessed it – my cell phone is broken again.

All I can do is pray that the people who need to reach me, are able to reach me anyways.  Most people can – either they will call Yitzchak’s phone or our home phone.  But there are some people who I am waiting for phone calls from, who only have my number.

Maybe I will switch my SIM card with Yitzchak’s until my phone is fixed.  After all, who needs to call him?

And maybe, just maybe, I should get a sturdier phone.  But that costs too  much money.  I’d rather Yitzchak’s friend fix my phone.  At least for the moment.

Battery – Flipped?

cell pjhone batteries, batteries, replacement batteries, cell phones, chargers, phonesCall me dumb, but when I need a few minutes, I take them any way I can.  Okay, so not any way . . .

One of my neighbors (H.) needed an emergency babysitting favor, so I did it.  Her baby is 8.5 months old, and was not at all happy to be left in the house of someone who she only knew as an acquaintance, without her mommy.  She cried when I held her, she cried when I didn’t.  She cried when she sat on my lap and when I put her over my shoulder.  In short, it was one tough hour.

And then, after she was picked up, Shlomo wanted me to do something that he refused to explain.  Turn the toy on?  No.  Turn it off?  No.  Play with it?  No.

So I gave him my cell phone for a few minutes so that I could de-stress.  It had had a low battery, so when I looked for it a few minutes later, after Shlomo had started playing with something else, I wasn’t surprised that it was off.  Of course, the natural thing to do is to charge it – right?

The back was off, which was no surprise, because it doesn’t fit quite right, so I put it back on, and plugged in the phone.  Nothing.  No picture of a battery filling and emptying and filling again on the black screen.  I try to turn the phone on.  Nothing.  So I figure that I have to push the battery down a bit (the guy who fixed it had to fiddle around with the battery and change it a bit, because for some reason this battery isn’t the one the phone needs to be using).

You know what I find?  The battery is in upside-down and backwards.  Yes, you read right: The battery was in upside down, and backwards.  Or maybe just upside down.  Either way, the spot with the stripes that is supposed to meet the gold spikes was facing up, not down.  And yes, I’m pretty sure it was on the right side instead of the left.

Do you know what that means?  It means that Shlomo took the battery out (or the battery fell out) and then he put it back in.  Which, of course, is hilarious.

It took me about a minute and a half to finally get the battery out of where he’d stuck it, and then I plugged it in and saw the battery-charging picture.  I guess the phone isn’t too much worse for the wear . . .

Phones – And More Phones

cell phone, phone, cell phone technician, phone technician, phone fixes, cell phone fixes, bluetooth, nokia bluetooth, samsung phones, israel phones. israel phone technicians, smartphones, iphones, broken smartphone, broken cell phone, broken iphone, smart phone repairsLast week my cell phone broke.  (Yes, while my internet and house phone weren’t working.  Lucky us, right?)  Luckily, Jack (Yitzchak’s brother), who was staying with us, had one that he was not using.  We took our pay-as-you-go sim card and put it into Jack’s phone.  For convenience reasons, I took my sim and put it in Yitzchak’s phone, and he took the pay-as-you-go.

My phone broke last Thursday.

Thursday, Yitzchak says that he’ll take the phone to his friend, who took a course in fixing phones.

Friday is not a viable option, since it is only half a workday, so the phone has to wait for Sunday.

Sunday, Yitzchak forgets the phone.  I run an errand with Jack, and bring Yitzchak my phone.

Sunday, the friend who fixes phones isn’t there.

Sunday night, the phone is sitting in its usual place, where it is likely to be forgotten.  I get upset;  Yitzchak puts it in his backpack.

Monday, the friend still isn’t there.

Tuesday, the friend is there.  Yitzchak asks him if he can fix my phone.  He says he’ll take a look and see what he can do.

Tuesday night, I am nervous, because it wasn’t a promise, and it wasn’t fixed by the end of the day.

Wednesday, the friend isn’t there again.  I get more nervous.

Wednesday night, Yitzchak brings up the fact that we’ll have to pay this friend.  (I thought it was a favor, but Yitzchak takes business ethics to an extreme.  I should’ve known.)  I think: Wait, Jack gave us a brand-new bluetooth for his old phone, and said we could do what we wanted with it.  Maybe your friend can sell it, and give us a discount?

Thursday (today), the friend is there.  Yitzchak says his friend fixed the phone, “and fixed more than just what we asked for,” and that his friend said it would be forty shekels.  I was expecting 250.  40?  Wow.

He also said that he brought the bluetooth (wow, impressive) to his friend, and his friend said that he wanted it for himself.  Turns out, this friend ordered a bluetooth of the same kind a while ago, and it cost him $40 (not forty shekels, which is what he asked from us – forty dollars.  Or approximately 150 shekels, if he bought one here).  Friend was thrilled with the Bluetooth and was very happy to accept it instead of payment.  I don’t even feel bad, because what we gave him, even though worthless to us, cost more than what he had asked us to pay him.  And when Yitzchak got home, he said that his friend seemed to have thought that he was doing it as a favor, for free – and was kind of startled when Yitzchak asked what we should pay.

In the end, G-d takes care of us.  And I guess that’s the lesson.

Or, that’s the lesson – and the other lesson is that I only need a cellphone when I leave the house.

(BTW: The picture in this post is the same picture that Friend uses in his ads.  And I got this picture off the internet, from an unrelated site.  Ain’t that funny?)

Don’t Back Down

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It is fixed.  Mostly.  It is still cutting out, and still turning off intermittently.  There is one more little section of wire that has to be fixed, and hopefully, it will be fixed on Sunday.  Please G-d, we will not have any more problems like this, nor any worse.  Honestly, as harrowing and stressful as these past few months of phone troubles have been, even though it has cost us stress and a bit of money, it could have been worse.  There are much, much worse problems to have than these.  I pray that the stress that we went through with our phone line filled our quota, and that we won’t have to worry about worse things.  Because, in the long run, phones are phones, and health, life, day-to-day finances, and family are all much more important.

But why the title of this post?  Because of this:

When I went to set up the tech appointment with the secretary, she put the two technicians on the line, with each other.  After a few minutes, she put it on speaker.  It was hilarious.  You could hear the two technicians yelling at each other, arguing, blaming, and somehow having a decent discussion.

It reminded me of the street we lived on before we moved on campus.  It was a two-way street that could only fit one car down the middle.  Actually, it could fit two or three, but one side of the street was legal parking, and the other side was used as parking illegally, and no one cared.  So, it could usually only fit one car at a time.  There were sections where two cars could pass, but they were few and far between.

When two cars going in opposite directions would meet, the drivers would honk at each other.  Obviously, no one moved, because in Israel, you are not allowed to be  a “fryer” (a weakling).  Then they would start yelling at each other, each threatening to call the police.  They got out of their cars, screamed at each other, and called the cops.  In the meantime, traffic piled up behind them.  Eventually, before the police came, and often before they were called, one of the drivers would decide that he needed to get to his destination, and would allow the other driver to pass.  Mind you, if these drivers had met anywhere else, they would have been friends.  And if they meet in the grocery store, after the incident, they will still be friends.  But, you are not allowed to back down.

This is what the technicians’ phone conversation reminded me of.  When the tech guys came, they worked together for over an hour and a half.  Really, why should they fight?  They’re both phone technicians, working on a job and getting paid for it; they’re working together, in the cold, for the same reason.  Neither felt the responsibility was his, but both are working on it, and so each can take comfort in the fact that he’s not working alone.  As a matter of fact, the first tech to come called the other guy, who was late, and say, “Brother (achi), what’s up?  Where are you?”  Then, when he found out that there was a delay, he got upset and asked why he wasn’t informed earlier.  But he took the conversation outside, because it’s not nice to scream at someone in front of other people.  And when he came back in, he wasn’t angry at all.

Israelis don’t back down.  There’s a tough love.  We’re brothers.  Sure, you fight with your brother.  But at the end of the day, he’s your brother, and you love him, and will help him no matter what.  So, Israelis don’t back down.  So what?

Phone Lines and Internet

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Our phone line and DSL have been iffy these past few weeks.  Most of the time, they worked.  But the internet would stop working randomly, and the phone line had a lot of static on it (and sometimes it wouldn’t work, either).

Two nights ago, it went completely dead.  No phone, no internet, not even static.  (The problems actually goes back to when we moved into this apartment, but that’s a long story.) Yesterday, I went to a pay phone (didn’t want to spend money calling from a cell phone) and called the company.  I didn’t feel like waiting in the cold, so I punched in my number and they called me back.  I missed it.  They left a message, and I punched in the numbers that they asked for.  They called me back an hour later.  Yitzchak answered.  They said they’d be coming between 14:30 and 16:30 today to fix it.

They came at 9:30 in the morning. (Impressive, no?  I was really grateful.)  It took a long time, but the technician fixed the problem, except for the static.  He said he couldn’t fix the static, because it was raining and he couldn’t open the boxes.  He told me that next week, the phone company will talk to the people in charge of the phones here, and they will work it out.  No actions were needed on my part.

Well, the internet works.  And the static on the phone is much less.

BUT, I called Yitzchak from our home phone, and he asked where I was calling from.  Huh?  He said it’s not showing up as the house number.  We both hung up, and I called our house phone.  Nope, no ring.  I used the house phone to call my cell phone.  It shows up as a different number, probably that of the pay phone I used yesterday (I’m guessing).

I called the phone company.  There were 70(!) people ahead of me, and it would take 50(!) minutes.  So, I punched in my cell phone number so that they’ll call me back.  The company still thinks (or at least, the automated service does) that there will be a technician coming between 14:30 and 16:30 this afternoon.  I hope they’re right.  It would be really nice to have our phone number back . . .

So, our phone and internet work, but with a different phone number.  Great.  Just great.

I wonder when this phone trouble saga is supposed to end . . .

Note: We like the phone company.  They have given us, thank G-d, pretty good service, and they are reasonable people.  In addition, the other phone companies all use regular electricity, whereas Bezeq doesn’t.  Which means that in power failure, our phone still works.  Very useful, and sometimes very important, too, especially considering that cell phones need to be charged.

I am not complaining about the company.  I am complaining about the problems here, which I think are related to this specific location.  When we move, I hope that these problems will be solved.  And, please G-d, we will not have other problems in their place.