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Old 07-01-2022, 10:30 PM   #2493
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so frustrating. my cell phone, a google pixel 4a, started crapping out. i think after dropping it for the 200th time, the camera got jostled. now it only takes pictures 4" from anything. every other distance is blurry.

fine, time to upgrade, it's getting older..

figure it's been a little while, maybe i can get one of those $1200-when-new motorola razr flip-smartphones for cheap enough now. $200, sold! hits all my main requirements. smaller, google maps, and internet access for looking up product manuals. maybe slightly old being manufactured in 2019, but should still be good...



i get it, and learn that it's an e-sim only phone.. the 1st phone, the camera doesn't work at all, and the camera is the only way to pick up the e-sim profile via a QR code from the network provider... so back and forth with the seller, he sends a label and will refund, i buy his other listing a the same price..

finally get the phone, no big deal, go to the verizon store to get it activated. magic internet says they give me a code, setup the e-sim profile within the phone, back-n-forth with activation, and i'm done.. oh, but they're only open 8-6 anymore, i get off work around 6:30...

get off work early, finally, i can get this set up... 30 minutes in the store, they tell me that i have to call customer service, they can't do it.

spent 2 hours on the phone with customer service. error after error, the guy keeps insisting he's pushing the activation code to the phone, i keep asking if he's got the code i need to setup the e-sim profile.

finally the guy says that he can't create the e-sim profile, his computer system only allows him to enter phones as old as 2 years.

so now the the tech support the store sent me to, told me to go to the store, to ask them to push the activation through...

so i get to go back to the store tomorrow to try again, though i'm quite sure i know the outcome...

so the moral of the story? don't buy a phone with an e-sim!...

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I liked it better when my phone was on the kitchen wall.
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Old 07-01-2022, 11:37 PM   #2496
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An interesting rendition of Pachelbel's Canon In D Major.


very cool. My carpal tunnel would have kicked in around the second dude popping up on the screen followed by a steady stream of profanity and a trip to the ER.

Bonus: My dog was mesmerized with the sound of the squeaker.
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I liked it better when my phone was on the kitchen wall.
It's funny because I specifically got the brz because it's a reincarnated 30 year old car without all the integrated technology
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Yep. That's why I bought my FRS. Classic look and feel, relatively inexpensive, with just enough modern like airbags and crumple zones. That's why I don't like the latest gen. I think they lost the classic look, and too much tech.
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so frustrating. my cell phone, a google pixel 4a, started crapping out.
I have a Samsung S4 they tell me I have to replace before they make it obsolete. Sucks. I hate spending more money on a phone than I spent on my first car.
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I really try to keep my phone's under $200. I don't need the latest/greatest, or keep up with the Kardashians. just one that works. It's getting harder to stay a few years behind the curve anymore though.
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so the moral of the story? don't buy a phone with an e-sim!...

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Or ditch Verizon? Dunno. Cell phones are a scam. Thanks Apple! Even though Apple now supports theirs for longer, they still die super young battery-wise.
Mine is now 4.5yrs old, stuck on Android 9... Can't get anything like it and I like nothing on the market. I'm screwed when this quits on me.
That really sucks though. I seem to recall you can just sit there at the store while they talk to support. Past closing. Don't go home without a working phone.
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Or ditch Verizon? Dunno. Cell phones are a scam. Thanks Apple! Even though Apple now supports theirs for longer, they still die super young battery-wise.
Mine is now 4.5yrs old, stuck on Android 9... Can't get anything like it and I like nothing on the market. I'm screwed when this quits on me.
That really sucks though. I seem to recall you can just sit there at the store while they talk to support. Past closing. Don't go home without a working phone.
happened to get an actually-knowledgeable person this time. turns out the phones aren't compatible, so time to pick something else...

i've considered swapping to at&t, but verizons service in this area is still better. especially in the less populated area's.

in the city, everything works. but get an 2 hours away like i tend to, tmobile is unusable, at&t is dropping to 1-2 bars at times...
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I really try to keep my phone's under $200. I don't need the latest/greatest, or keep up with the Kardashians. just one that works. It's getting harder to stay a few years behind the curve anymore though.
I was Blackberry all the way, until they gave in.. and now stick Nokia, nothing fancy, however, I do occassionaly wish it had a better camera!

As for the new Twin, my wife is not a car person.. She still refers to the BRZ'ed as my Blue car.. However, she was very clear that she doesn't like the look of the new GR86 especially the front..
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So she has good taste.
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