Don’t hold your breath, it ain’t the much-talked and hyped-much iPhone 6. #WishKoLang. Actually, far from it. Not even its significantly less expensive counterpart from Samsung. But I’m already so happy with it. So anong kwento?
How to retain your lost/stolen mobile number
OK, so when I returned to the Philippines phoneless from Hong Kong, Randy was inconvenienced because I kept on borrowing his phone. So one of the first things I did was to go to Globe to request the same number. You need to present either an affidavit of loss or your old SIM bed. If you have registered for G-Cash, an ID would do. But I recommend that on the onset you tell the Globe people that you’re there to get a SIM so they could tell you right there and then whether they could provide you a SIM with your old number. Because on the first Globe center I went to, I was told they had none available after I had lined up for half an hour! But they were nice enough to call other Globe centers and informed me which branch had the kind of SIM I needed.
Back to bar phone
When I had my new SIM card, I inserted it to one of our existing cellular phones. We had quite a few in our office lying around, as we only used some of them during the summer. So I got to choose whichever I liked. This was my “first pick”:
I did not ask Randy to buy me a new phone (because, believe it or not, I’m far from being a gadget freak. So I let Randy choose my gadgets. My phones and laptops last with me for a long, long time until they get broken or, in this case, lost/stolen. Gaaah!) because I felt like I had to be punished for being so negligent. So I told myself to suck it up.
But after weeks of being back on bar phones, I was ready to explode with frustration and tears. First, I always had to wait for Randy to sleep before I could even check my Instagram. Next, I read emails quite late. Third, my thumb got sore from texting. And fourth, I would always feel so helpless not being able to document the mundane yet pretty things around me, and the biglaang monumental stuff without a camera phone.
Inggit na inggit ako sa cellphone ng yaya ni Raviv mga baks!
I’m not fond of joining mga raffle-raffle pero guys, nag-Google search na talaga ako ng mga raffle na iPad or smartphones ang premyo at pinatos ko silang lahat! I was that miserable. Inisip ko na ring sumulat kay Vicky Morales sa Wish Ko Lang at i-exaggerate ang mga kamalasan ko sa gadget para bigyan ako ng bagong smartphone, but thank God my inner delicadeza and common sense won over me.
So I had to swallow my pride and went up to Randy to tell him I wanted a smartphone. Yun lang, wala nang gana ang lolo natin na ibili ako ng gadget. His running joke that our helpers found funny was that the surprising thing with me was that I haven’t yet lost my MacBook Air. Of course imbyerna yan, but I didn’t have it in me to complain over his lack of enthusiasm and his joke. I headed to my next “consultant”—my gadget-freak BFF. Who also happened to be mean. I poured out my heart to her via text. She seemed to empathize. I should have known better!
Nung gabing nakita kong may pinost siya sa Facebook ko, I knew she is letting the whole Facebook world see my inner misery, which I carefully cultivated to appear as though it was not a big deal. At ito na nga po ang bumulaga sa akin pagbukas ko ng Facebook ko:
With the caption:
Chrys, excuse me rin pero anong goal mo sa pag-post nito?!? If I know, sobrang umiikot ang tumbong (hehe peace KathNiel fans) niya habang ginagawan ng collage ang phone ko at yung printscreen ng message ko! ‘Wag kang mag-deny Chrysanthemum!!!
Anyway, bumawi naman siya and offered to lend me the free phone she would get from Globe. Her advice to me was to wait until iPhone 6’s (what I really want!!!) price would go down before buying it, mga 6 months. So for the meantime, she’ll lend me the free Android phone that Globe would give her. At dahil jan, napatawad ko agad sya. Hehehe.
My new phone, finally!!!
The following day I went to our Sta. Rosa office to interview applicants. I went to Toast Box at Nuvali to have quiet lunch alone. While waiting for my food, it occurred to me how much I missed a smartphone, because I was just nakatunganga. If I had a smartphone I could be reading downloaded books, connect to the WiFi, etc.
While I was nagmumuni–muni, I saw the almost empty Globe center across Toast Box. After my lunch, I headed to Globe and asked about the phones my friend could avail. What I really wanted was the Lenovo A536 with free powerbank. “yun lang, may cashout na P2,000. The P2,000 cashout was OK except that I dunno what the appropriate arrangement with my friend be. I mean, I’d shell out the P2,000 but I can’t expect her to give the phone to me because I know it’s heavily discounted because of her plan. As I was contemplating, it occurred to me that her “plan”—Globe’s mySUPERPLAN Load Tipid 500—could also be my plan! I really do not like a postpaid plan because of the horror stories I’ve heard and read regarding sky high bills. But when I read what Globe’s mySUPERPLAN Load Tipid was all about, I realized I could just get that plan for myself!
The mySUPERPLAN Load Tipid Combo lets you manage your monthly load easily! With this, you can receive your monthly load automatically. You even have the freedom to choose your monthly plan limit.
If you’re like me who is so ignorant about mobile network promos, let me explain: this “plan” is still prepaid except that instead of going to a loading station or buying a call card, it is Globe that will send you your load monthly. When your load runs out, you could still go to a loading station or buy a prepaid card. I thought it was a good deal because I usually spend P500 din naman every month. And I get to keep a nice smartphone for only P2,000, may free powerbank pa! San ka pa ‘diba? Hindi masyadong nakaka-guilty!
Anyway, here’s my new phone and its specs:
For P2,000 with free powerbank, not bad na ‘di ba?
So yeah, even though this is waaay far from the much-lauded iPhone 6, I am already happy as a bee!
Pero iPhone 6…minamatyagan pa rin kita!
Tell me what you think!
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