Smart Phone

I have had a cell phone for several years now, starting when my daughter got her beginner driver license in preparation for when she would be driving on her own.  The phone went with whoever had the car.  Before long, she had her own phone and between us there  have been several cell phones in our possession.  I really liked my latest one.  This is the one I got when I banished MTS from my home and life, getting rid of all utilities from them after they provided way too much frustration.

My home phone, cable and internet are with Shaw and my cell phone is now with Virgin.  The original phone I got at Virgin is an LG in a nice blue colour and it slides to give a real keyboard for texting.  I don’t use my cell phone an awful lot and this has been just fine.

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LG Cell phone
LG Cell phone

I have been planning the last few months (it takes awhile sometimes) to get rid of my home phone, because I also seldom use it and most of the incoming calls are spam.  In preparation for this, I increased the minutes on my cell phone and then last week I got myself a smart phone.  I was a little worried that it might be too smart for me and it appears that I was right in worrying.  It is a Samsung Galaxy Ace and its a really nice phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace
Samsung Galaxy Ace

The guy at the Virgin Kiosk was great.  He set the phone up and had me phone the store to test it and he showed me how to scroll as well as get to the apps I would be using.  I could keep the same plan with this phone as I had with my LG and the cost of the phone goes on the tab, where 10% of each months bill is taken off the price of the phone.  It has a nice camera on it that faces both towards or away from me and my daughter allowed me to take a picture of her to put on this one.

One thing the guy at Virgin didn’t do was to show me how to answer the phone.  My daughter phoned me and I was pressing on the green picture of a phone and it would not connect.  Luckily, she then phoned me on the home phone (which is still here) and she told me that I had to touch and slide it over.  Now, I know how to answer the phone.  Although the letters are in the same order as a computer keyboard, it doesn’t have the same look or feel, but  I did figure out that I should turn the phone to the side to get bigger keys to make it easier to touch the correct key when sending texts.

Galaxy Ace
Galaxy Ace
Galaxy Ace
Galaxy Ace

I decided to check my email on the phone – not sure why as I have enough time to check it while I’m home – but as I was closing it, the site asked if I wanted to merge with my google account.  I clicked yes (for some strange reason) without thinking it out.  Next thing I know I have all the email contacts that I have ever used, listed on my phone.  This gave me some duplicates, since I had already entered everyone I would be calling.  I wanted to keep the ones on the phone that I had entered on the phone, so decided to delete the ones that were added because of my ‘yes’.  Of course, I couldn’t figure out how to do that since here didn’t seem to be a delete button.  My daughter to the rescue again and she showed me how to do it.  The only problem was that when I deleted them from my phone, they were deleted from my email contacts.  I still have to find a way to unmerge the phone from the rest of my stuff.

I’m pretty sure that once I get used to this phone, I’m going to enjoy having it.

Time to get back to Africam now – see you there.