iPhone Or Bust?

Last modified on June 10th, 2008

My mom used to always say that somethings in life seem to happen for a reason. Surprisingly, she’s been right most of my life, and the strangest things sometimes happen to me that end up pushing me down a path that turns out to be a good one.

While camping this weekend, my Samsung A880 phone went into a spiral of death, and started complaining about not being able to find service. I figured that I maybe forgot to pay my bill or something stupid, and called up Bell Mobility yesterday. After spending two days on the phone with them, they are all of the opinion that my phone has just gone the way of the Dodo.

So, the question right now is just what do I do with myself. I currently have no phone, so I could probably break my contract and be done with it. The iPhone is coming out in about 30 days, so I could maybe do without a phone for that period of time (although it would suck). Or I could maybe try and barter a loaner phone from Bell under the guise of trying to get my phone fixed.

Decisions, decisions. I’m going to head downstairs to the Bell store and see what I can do about it. But it’s looking likely that I’ve just been pushed down the iPhone path.

** Update – after spending 10 minutes yelling at some stupid Bell Mobility person (who is obviously paid to ensure that nobody can leave THE FIRM), they finally agreed to let me go. Of course, they threw a pile of curve balls at me, namely having to do with keeping my current phone number. Finally, I just told the guy to shove my number up his ass and just cancel the damn thing. So, it’s done. That means I’m technically without a phone. To be honest, I might just grin and bear it for a month. Except for text messages, I really don’t field a lot of phone calls, and have voice over IP on my computer for whenever I need to make a call. I have a GSM RAZR at home somewhere, so maybe I’ll pop a pre-paid SIM in it for the next month in case anyone wants to get a hold of me.

7 responses to “iPhone Or Bust?”

  1. Jason says:

    Yeah, I’ve been limping my Razr along for the better part of 6 months with a meager 15 mins of full-charge battery life at best. I’ve been sacrificing for the impending iPhone 3G release north of the border, which while I I’m forced to jump networks, break my contract and settle for my failing phone for half a year, the 3G looks to be well worth the hassle and pain.

    Do it man. Do it for Johnny.

  2. John Biehler says:

    You could get a pay as you go phone from Rogers (there are always cheap deals), port your number after breaking your contract (I think you can do that on a prepaid plan) and then upgrade to the iPhone next month.

  3. Tania says:

    I think your old phone dying is some kind of sign …
    don’t question it, just go for it! 🙂

  4. Raul says:

    I have a pay as you go from Rogers, precisely, but I would say just get it if you really need it. I went without a phone (cell) from Nov 2007 to May 2008. I feel better now WITH the cell phone.

  5. Kevin says:

    Just out of curiosity, did Bell make you pay their stupid cancellation fee or did you get out of that someway. Just wonder as Im in somewhat of a similar boat (phone is almost useless at this point) and Im wondering if they are just feeding me a bunch of bull as usual.


  6. Kasia says:

    Yay! I’ll save you a place in line downstairs at the Rogers kiosk. 🙂

  7. Sucks that you lost your phone number. Perhaps if you get yourself a pre-paid right away you’ll still be able to port it with you?

    I had the same issue with my old RAZR – brutal battery life, and it would also just randomly shut itself off (full battery) so I ended up borrowing a blackberry off a buddy of mine to tide me over until the iPhone showed up. Only a month to go. 🙂

    I’ve been wondering what the deal will be on July 11th. Will there be line-ups at the Rogers stores? Seems like it would be so much easier to just take pre-orders online and send out the phones as they arrive from Apple.

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