Breaking Out Of My Cell

Any of you that have read my blogs that pertain to cell phones know that my relationship has been and is tenuous.  My transition from a flip phone a few years ago was just slightly less painful then a root canal.  So, when a month or so ago I decided to take the leap to a new smart phone with a larger screen, it was with some trepidation.

First, let me say the term “smart phone” in itself is a little intimidating.  It suggests that there is another genre of phones made for those that are cellularly challenged.  Perhaps I am dipping my genes into the wrong phone pool. Of course, I long ago dismissed that notion.  I am at least as intelligent as the next guy, as long as the next guy is not a ten year old with ear buds and a Bluetooth mic.  The other thing you should know is that I am a Yankee, both physically and philosophically.  Said another way, I am thrifty (spelled cheap).  I do not think I have anything to say electronically that is so memorable that it requires an eight hundred or nine hundred dollar instrument to transmit it.   So when I shop, the price/feature ratio is very important.

I am a longtime customer of TracFone.  After looking at a gazillion options, they are the cheapest and are powered by Verizon.  So when I saw that QVC had a deal offering a 5.5 LG fully featured phone with 1500 minutes, 1500 texts, and 1.5gb of data for under $100, I jumped on it.  

Actually, I sat on it.  About three weeks after receiving the new phone, I was crawling around the living room floor assembling a piece of furniture with the phone in my back pocket.  Shortly thereafter, I realized that I had shattered the screen.  Not shattered exactly.  It looked more like a spider with very long legs that continued to get longer. Although it was still useable, it really needed a new screen.

Did you ever do or say something in all earnestness and feel like someone was laughing at you.  Well, that was me when I took the phone in for repair.  They looked at it and at first couldn’t figure out why they didn’t have replacement parts, until he asked how much I had paid for the phone.  I said $100.  He gave me a condescending smile and said “buy a new one. Our screen replacements start in the $150 range.  That is when I felt like I had taken my Chevy to a Mercedes Benz dealer for repair.

Not to be deterred, I bought a scratch protector to cover the screen.  For $18.00 bucks, I was home free.  Oh, it looks a little wanky, but hey, I’m not one to throw away a bunch of money on a phone.  So it is a little beat up and my texts are a little blurred.  So what. I drive my cars for ten years for crying out loud.  They get a little cranky, but they do what they are supposed to do.  Just suck it up.  Be happy it works at all.

The new phone should be here this week.



About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Breaking Out Of My Cell

  1. quiall says:

    hahah Sorry, but . . . hahahaha! For years I only had a stupid phone and I loved it! It made phone calls. That’s it. I was the smart one! Then technology changed and my lovely like stupid phone no longer made phone calls. I grieved. I bought a smart phone and then learned how truly not smart I am. But I got my revenge. My plan only covers phone calls (and a really cool camera!). It costs me $100.00 a year! I don’t need everything else. Who’s the smart one now?


  2. Sorry about your cracked screen OldMainer, but you’ve done better than I. When I traded my flip phone for a smart phone a couple years ago, after a month of not evening being able to answer the phone because i didn’t have the correct swipe motion, I gave it ti my wife…. Francis loves it.


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