Before I got the iPhone, I had a BlackBerry. «Torch» to be exact.
This device was just lying around here, doing nothing, which I thought was kind of a shame — there’s nothing wrong with it!
Got this bright (?) idea I could put a prepaid card in it and introduce Gerry to the world of mobility. In some ways … even though I’ve lived here for ten years … I still live in the old world, where these things were easy to do! You wouldn’t even think about it.
In Sweden, which is the country I know something about, you walk in to any store where they sell electronics and buy an envelope with a SIM-card in it. You put it in your phone, the phone number is stated in the envelope, and off you go. If you choose to register your number with Telia, or whatever carrier, you get extra money to call for, otherwise it’s anonymous. Your phone isn’t ‘locked’ to the carrier so you’re free to choose.
Over the years I haven’t had much reason to ponder all this, so I happily decided to put in a new SIM-card in the BlackBerry. Then it struck me; «I haven’t seen any such thing around … only prepaid PHONES!» Went to our friendly carrier BELL and told them I wanted to buy a prepaid SIM-card. This was apparently very unusual because they looked a bit like a deer in the headlights … began to stutter «well … uhmmm …. yes, I guess you could do that …but where are you going to put it?!» I explained I had a BlackBerry lying around doing nothing so I’d decided to put it in that.
Turns out the phone has to be ‘activated’ WITH the new SIM-card and for that they wanted $70. That seemed a little pricey to me, but they said I could also call a certain number and they’d do it for me over the phone for $25. But then I needed a voucher or I’d have to give them my credit card over the phone. So … I bought a voucher and a SÏM-card.
Went home, put the SIM-card in the BlackBerry and called the number. When I’d punched through all the choices the voice gave me, it told me to punch in my 10-digit prepaid phone number. Well … I didn’t HAVE a number, did I?! My card wasn’t activated … and they didn’t give me any option to get to a live human being. Usually it works to hit 0 [zero] in these situations but not so here!
Ended up calling the generic number to BELL and asked for the activation department or whatever. Told the girl that I’d ended up in a sort of Catch22 situation and she said they knew about it and I should have just punched in ten zeroes (!!!).
Now, I gave her all my credentials from the voucher, got a phone number and they were supposed to send an SMS to the BlackBerry when it was active. I waited 24 hours, nothing happened. Same procedure over again, call back, but this time I had a number. Right now, I can’t even remember what was wrong but after that call and a few more hours, it was finally up and running. Phew!
Now, I just have to get Gerry to like it 🙂
Showing it to him … all the ins and outs of the phone … has just made me love my iPhone even more [if possible].