Some of you may recall this announcement in March 2020: “Purchased Vodafone Pocket WiFi today. Just getting used to it. Some may find it ironic that it is a Huawei product!”
And here is the beast:
Generally speaking I have been happy with it, despite occasional glitches. It has suited my needs. One major incident involving a defective SIM card was resolved with some marathon phone calls to India!
That was in August 2021 and I chronicled it on Facebook:
One hour of conversations over the past two days with 3 lovely people in India — two of whom I kept having to say “slow down” because we people in Wollongong talk slowly — and Vodafone came good at last! Mind you, it was their defective sim card that caused the problem in the first place… As one lovely person in India admitted when I told him I was about to dump them and go with Telstra!
That has not been a problem since though the service did have to get a new number. The new SIM card I could buy at the local servo in West Wollongong!
Now meet my phone:
Back in June 2021 I said on Facebook:
Telstra’s nice little earner.
Now as an old fogey I am a smart phone resister. My dumb phone does all I need, and I have a laptop and internet access for everything else — and a blog. So I am not a total technophobe.
Government and others discriminate against me all the time of course, as they seem hand in glove with the sellers of smartphones. My dumb phone will not download QR codes or apps, you see. But it does take and send messages, make calls and tell me the time.
Also I have never had a contract. Pay as you go suited me, even more so when I could top up online. Now Telstra — who obviously want me to buy a smartphone and get a contract — have made this difficult by not sending bills and changing the BPay number without letting me know what the new one is.
So I get a message yesterday telling me to pay my widow’s mite for the upcoming month or else they will keep all the money that is sitting in my account — enough I might say that I could if I liked talk to Sirdan in NZ all day.
And it is MY money, not theirs!
So today I go into the Telstra shop first thing. Last month I actually said to the lovely girl who took my money — “This is a nice little earner Telstra has, eh! Not that I expect you to comment…” She did smile sympathetically. And I kept my money, adding a little to it….
I have since worked out how to do the Telstra thing online so that problem was resolved — but next year Telstra is closing their 3G network so then I will need a smart phone. They are all conspiring to make them necessary!
Including Vodafone of course. Their current scheme involves how one logs onto their site, which of course I do quite frequently to check usage or to prepay my internet. Works a treat really.
In recent times they have instituted two-step log in for greater security. Fine, You could opt either to get an SMS link on your phone or an email link — on my laptop in my case. Woolies every now and again does two-step but in their case the SMS they send is not a link but 3 digits that you enter in the appropriate box on their log-in page. No worries. Vodafone do not do that. You just get a link.
Trouble is my dumb phone will not let you click links — or copy them — in SMS messages. A good thing in a way as those scam SMS’s are thus rendered harmless.
The other trouble is that during August Vodafone are making their security log in SMS only! Which I cannot use.
So I have prepaid enough to cover most of August while I consider my options which include: get a smart phone and learn how to use it and/or change my internet connection. All of which I explained yesterday in Facebook Messenger to an actual human at Vodafone Australia, who was both helpful and a canny sales person. For example:
What phone are you currently using, Neil? You may be able to open the link by copying and pasting it into a web browser on your phone. Having a smartphone will open up a world of opportunities and is becoming more and more essential these days! We’ll be here to help out if you’d like to look at upgrading your phone
On seeing my “dumb phone”:
What a beauty! It may be sad to say goodbye but we’d suggest an upgrade to help with those link problems. We have some amazing deals on our phones at the moment, if you’d like to bring your number over to us we can help set you up with our best phone and plan deals to suit your needs
Check out the oppo A16s when you pop into store. It’s just $2 a month when you sign up to one of our plans. We’ll have you Snapchatting in no time
I see Woolies has them too! Interesting.
My niece Christine Parkes commented on FB:
Think of it as a new adventure. You will have a phone, camera and computer in your pocket.
An absolutely fabulous invention one in which you will have a lot of fun.
So if you have to change over I’m sure you will be fine