It has been a while since I have merely ranted. I have not done a product review for a while either. Boy, do I have something to whine about now.
On a lark I went into a t-mobile store to see what they had to offer. The sales GIRL ( I use the term in the most derisive way possible)told me every thing I wanted to hear. She said I could have a plan that met all of my needs for less than $80.00 a month. I walked out of the store without getting anything right then yet the seed was planted.
I know the things I want on my phone are pretty “top shelf.” This is what I want:
- A smart phone with all the bells and whistles.
- A plan that is inexpensive
- More than 900 minutes for talk
- Texting, more than 200 per month
- At least 2 gigs of data (meaning full internet abilities)
All for less than I was paying before. “Why of course we can do this for you Mr. Turner, for less than you are paying now!”
I asked the sale girl, her name was Ty, what to expect in extra fees. She said, “We do not work like that.”
I have since found out that statement may not be entirely true.
I let the idea settle for a few days and did a little research on other carriers. I found that this sounded like a pretty good deal. I would be saving almost $30.00 a month. So, even with the early termination fee from Sprint I would come out way ahead financially. The phone she sold me would be adequate to my needs, but that was almost secondary, most Androids have the abilities that I require. It is the service that really matters to me.
Having said that, the phone I got is the HTC Achieve. Ty told me that it has a new antenna and would be really good. When I went back to make the deal, I was a little skeptical about the phone, but the service I thought is was getting would be good.
I took the phone out during the weekend for a ride around the mountains to see what the reception was like. The phone did not have all the bars filled, but I was able to make calls and get internet well enough. Google maps and Navigation seemed to work to my satisfaction and in some places I actually got a 4G signal, in others it went down to 2G. All in all the phone passed its tests with flying colors. I can even use the phone in places that I did not get reception with Sprint.
Happiness! I have found a phone and carrier that works great and I am paying less than before! The world is a good place, and I have everything I want.
So I settled down to personalizing the phone, adding apps, setting the various screens, and learning how to use the thing. I was happy with my new purchase, content knowing that I had soon a smart thing.
Until a week had gone by.