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SIM card saga

ImageI had a little bit of a shock this week when I was trying to get my iPad ready for travel to Lombard, IL, next week for the Tonner doll convention. I tried to sign up for cellular service (through Verizon) and received an error message saying my SIM card was no longer supported.

According to the Apple iPad website:

When you decide to activate data service, you can choose the amount of data per month you want to buy — with no long-term contract. So if you have a business trip or vacation approaching, just sign up for the month you’ll be traveling and cancel when you get back.

What they don’t tell you is, if you cancel your cellular service and don’t sign up again for five months, your SIM card is essentially “burned.” Meaning deactivated. Meaning it ain’t gonna work no more.

So yesterday, I left work early and took myself and my iPad to the local Verizon store here in town to see if they could help me fix the problem. From having researched the problem on Google beforehand, I warned my coworkers I might not be back, as it could take a while.

It took an hour and 45 minutes.

Now, to be fair, the folks at Verizon were some of the nicest people I’ve met in a while. They didn’t try to sell me a phone. They didn’t try to get me to upgrade any services. They were only concerned with my SIM card problem. At one point, I had six Verizon employees trying to figure out how to fix my iPad cellular service.

The problem, it turned out, was they couldn’t just give me a new SIM card without activating it first. But they couldn’t activate it with a prepaid plan. But they tried. They tried for an hour and a half. In the end, I just had to sign up to a monthly plan with a promise that I could cancel it when I got back from my trip. No contracts, no deactivation fee. Not what I wanted, but at least I’ll have cellular service on my trip. And I won’t have to go through all this again next time I travel. I’ll just have to go in and resign up for a monthly plan. A little bit of a hassle, but one I can live with.

I would like to thank the Verizon folks for putting me at ease. My social anxiety was going through the roof for the first half hour, but by the time I left, I felt like I had made new friends.

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The Cult of Apple

I’ve never been much of an Apple fangirl. I think most of that stems from being forced to use really old Macs while never being allowed to know the joys of the newer machines. When I started work, I was using an OS 7 piece of feces. And before that, while working for the local school system, I was exposed to even older, outdated Macs which sometimes wouldn’t even boot up. So I never really understood the rabid loyalty to a company that put out, to me, crap products.

"My Precioussssssss..."

That is, until my workplace decided we actually needed to be working in the 21st century after all, and got us all new, 24″ iMacs to play work on.

And I became inducted into the Cult of Apple.

I adore this machine. I want one. I will probably never own one because I do not have the monies to buy one. But I finally understand. I finally get it. I heard the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus when I first sat in front of this machine. And the PTBs declared there shall be iMacs, and the masses decreed it was good.

Now, I will admit to dabbling a little in the Cult of Apple a few years ago when I bought my first (and thus far only) Apple product: the iPod. It was the latest of its kind… Tons of storage. Organization. No need to carry your CDs with you. And video. My portable music player could also play video.

It was (and still is) awesome.

Then the iPhone came out. And I wanted one, but I knew the monthly fees would not be something I could handle. Plus, I have telephobia and would use the actual Phone part, um, never. So I drooled (discretely) from a distance. Then came the iPod Touch. I salivated even more. Why, it was an iPhone, without the Phone! Perfect! But, I’d only had my iPod for a little while and decided to pine from afar.

Then there was iPad. Oh, how I wanted one! An iPhone without the Phone and in LARGE PRINT! But, again, no monies. [sad face]

And so, I pined and sighed, clinging desperately to my little iPod.

And then… the announcement today of a new iPod Touch. With a camera. And video. And all kinds of newer bells and whistles.

It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be.

Does anyone what a kidney goes for on the black market these days? Because the Cult of Apple compels me to buy one. I can resist Apple’s siren song no longer.

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