last thursday i discovered my old fogey alcatel flip phone was dead. as a doornail. so i put it on the charger and after half an hour it came to life, attempting to charge. 0%, 0%, 0%, literally for hours. overnight. 0%. so i'm guesing the battery died. not surprising, i've had this thing ($30 tracphone) for years. so friday i started looking online for a replacement on the internet (they're all over the internet, anywhere from six to 15 bux 4 days or more for delivery), got no phone so can't call anywhere, and came up with three local shops, verizon, t-mobile and cricket and there's a phone repair shop right in the center of town. wally doesn't stock batteries. today i ran around town to pick up the trailer hitch i'd ordered and look for a battery.
trailer hitch? YES!
verizon? closed for pandemic.
t-mobile? closed for pandemic.
crciket? happy to sell me a phone, no batteries.
repair shop? owner out for the day, come back tomorrow.
ok, that last emoji understates things, i was quite a bit more than just a little annoyed.
Why don't you just buy one on that internet thingy? If it's that old, doubtful anyone will stock the battery locally. Trailer hitch - planning on a road trip?
4 day turnaround. i'm not really that attached to my phone. i don't use it while driving. it can, apparently, talk to the internet but with the tiny little screen, why?
nor am i enamored of e-commerce. i will pay to shop local at a brick and mortar. i'm coming to believe that e-commerce is the road to perdition.
if i just buy a new $30 phone and swap over the sim and ram cards, will it know who i am? (contacts, #, airtime?) yes, i'm a luddite. one guy suggested i just leave it on the charger and call it a land line, but it's so busy obsessing over charging that it cant seem to do anything else.
Swapping cards - Your contacts may not be on the memory card. They're usually stored in internal memory unless you had a menu option to store on the micro card. Sim cards come in 3 different sizes. If you happen to get a phone that uses the same size card, you'd still have to call tracfone to activate it. Or them may tell you you need a new sim & activation fee. It may not work at all with another provider. Tracfone uses ATT GSM so you can't use it with verizon or cricket at all. Also, 3G will be phased out in in many cities as 4G overlaps everywhere (5G is still a long time coming in most places) except a few rural areas which 3G is still around. So, yes, Captain Luddite, cough up some of that kayak money & buy a new phone
If you buy a unlocked phone without going though a carrier, be aware if it's CDMA or GSM. That will determine which carriers are available to you.
I do get the brick & mortar thing & was the same way with most items, until the rona hit. It's fundamentally & permanently changed the way lots of business is done. Certainly not all of its for the better. Some of this change is just different tho. Not better or worse.
I know I've mentioned this a few times - Walmart Marketplace sucks. If it's not sold by Walmart you're on your own if there's a problem. Ebay now has the best support out there because everyone's a 3rd party seller & they own paypal. You can work it easily from both sides if there's a problem. Amazon & walmart are the best if they sell & ship it. But non-Prime or walmart 3rd party sellers are the guy on the street selling lobster & cigarettes out of his trunk. Just sayin. Hope it goes well.
i've learned from ordering parts for bikes and firearms online that "your order has shipped" does not mean that the goods are on their way, it means that they generated a tracking #, and are now going to wait 4 days to hand off your package to the post office so it can wait until monday morning to actually ship. it took as long to get across LA as it will to cross the rest of the country. delivery still expected on the 17th.
phone has died again, same issue, twice now in under a month. charging, 0%, charging, 0%, charging... it's been 12 hours, i begin to suspect it's the phone. maybe they're programmed to stop working and consume batteries after X number of years? so i guess i'm going to buy another one and start over. right now i'm considering finding a hole and pulling the dirt in over me.
lurker: oh, good, i thought i was the only one here, talking to myself.
Aug 6, 2020 8:20:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: No doubt. I'm still in the north country among to pines. Crappy verizon signal but lucky I have anything. My usual spot was taken so while voice & test work OK, data is spotty.
Aug 5, 2020 4:29:47 GMT -7
gonefishin: to hot to type
Aug 4, 2020 19:49:34 GMT -7
lurker: i order something in maybe once a month. heck, it's usually related to firearms and i tell you guys all about it.
Jul 29, 2020 9:18:12 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup at least 90% of the time. However I get at least 2 or 3 items per week via USPS so I have a higher probability of failures they're responsible for creating. On-Trac is the leader of lost or damaged goods so USPS isn't the worst.
Jul 29, 2020 8:39:58 GMT -7
lurker: it's been my experience that the problem is not the USPS so much as the people outside USPS at the start of the process. regular mail takes a week at most to cross the country, more like 3 or 4 days, but fulfillment and customs can take weeks.
Jul 28, 2020 13:08:09 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yes. I had forgotten about the high tech USPS labs. In March they stated with confidence, after pain staking genetic surface testing that, the mail was "probably okay to handle". The also CDC advised that wearing masks wasn't useful. Yup. High tech.
Jul 28, 2020 4:08:59 GMT -7
lurker: maybe they were testing it for you? mighty considerate, those USPS people.
Jul 27, 2020 6:29:12 GMT -7
lurker: updated in polytech thread. arrival expected tomorrow. i'm so gullible.
Jul 27, 2020 6:26:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: My personal record for longest ship time is 5 months. A PCP air/water filter shipped from Shanghai in Feb. I finally got it last month. It had been in the US since March. USPS had no explanation
Jul 27, 2020 4:39:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: Ta da! With USPS it may still take a tour thu TX & OKC before it gets to you
Jul 26, 2020 7:21:50 GMT -7
lurker: hooray! it exists! it's on its way! it's in ...minnesota? some time next week, i hope.
Jul 25, 2020 4:33:22 GMT -7
desertbikes: If you print postage yourself with a tracking #, it's not scanned at the PO where it's dropped off unless it's 1st class or "overnight". Same if it's a home pickup. 3day flat rate box only gets a origination & destination scan. It's nuts.
Jul 24, 2020 4:59:39 GMT -7
desertbikes: Besides the old trick of printing a shipping label to make it appear a thing has shipped, the USPS may only scan at the destination PO for delivery.
Jul 24, 2020 4:50:59 GMT -7
lurker: ordered a small item on the 13th from colorado for poly, $25. on the 16th they claimed they shipped, but really only assigned tracking #. today 22nd they say it has actually shipped, but tracking doesn't reflect that. not happy with e-commerce.
Jul 22, 2020 14:05:09 GMT -7
lurker: sci-fi, history and anthro are all mind-openers. math? zoom, over my head. maybe see if there's a library in the next town?
Jul 21, 2020 10:41:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Also a few hundred lbs of process control instrumentation & PLC manuals. Maybe 25 years worth. While the internal instrumentation electronics have changed over time, the theory of operation & system placement have not.
Jul 20, 2020 7:53:05 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'll have to take a look. Most are in boxes that haven't been opened in years. Lots of scifi, some horror, history, anthropology, electronics & math.
Jul 20, 2020 5:06:31 GMT -7