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This a picture of what you don't want your iphone to look like!  Thursday afternoon I picked my phone up from the desk only to have it slip from my hands and land with a loud crack face down on the hard tiled office floor.  I knew that couldn't be a good sound.  Amazingly, it still works perfectly, so I guess the protective case did ok for shock absorbency, but the only thing holding the shards of the screen together is the sturdy screen protector film over it.  They crystallized effect is rather pretty, but makes reading the screen quite difficult.  SIGH

Thankfully, the phone was insured, and the replacement will not cost anything. Which is a relief since a new iphone without a new service plan runs at about $600 - well beyond my budget!  On the down side, while it usually only take a few days for them to send in the old one and the new one to be shipped out, the warranty facility has run low on iphones and has them on backorder (why me, Lord!), so it could be anywhere from 5-30 days before my new one arrives at Best Buy.  Sure would be nice if they had refurbished loaners one could rent by paying a deposit or something. 

I do have my previous cellphone that they reactivated for the time being, but I am so in love with my iphone and it's many capabilities that this is much like driving a dinosaur, and the touch screen requires "pounding" in comparison to the feather touch needed with the iphone.  One of the things I miss most, along with the handy voice activated Google feature, is Words with Friends.  My husband and I, and my son and I each have a couple games ongoing at all times and playing them throughout the day is a fun way of saying "I'm thinking of you".  It's also great brain exercise for us old farts!

I smile at my loneliness in the absence of my iphone friend, and wonder how it is we ever all survived "way back then" with just one dial up wall phone in the house, very limited long distance time due to the expense, and of course we kids were the "answering machines", just as we were the "remote controls" for the television! :-)

Still, it's not just all pleasure with cellphones, they are life savers, and peace of mind machines.  I love knowing that my family, or anyone, can reach me anywhere 24 hours a day, and I don't have to rely on recorded messages or keeping them updated on my whereabouts.  I also remembering driving 1000 miles down lonely country highways in an old car to visit my family in Dakota on a wing and a prayer, hoping that there would be no breakdowns or problems.  A cellphone would have been so good to have on those trips, and saved my mother lots of worry.  I think too how she would have loved "unlimited minutes" and the ability to visit often and and long as we wanted without Dad tapping his watch to note that her "seven minutes" were up! I'm betting she would have learned to text in time too, or at least would have loved messages and pictures popping in from us!

I will probably survive the temporary absence of my iphone, though I did try to con my husband into buying us a new one so my old one could be a "backup spare" - to no avail.  That might have had something to do with the price. :-)  What we learn when we don't have something we take for granted every day (and of course this goes doubly for the people in our lives) is how blessed we are to have them in the first place! 

Now to go study more two and three letter words to use in defeating my very clever son in Words with Friends, when the games resume! :-)

15 comments:

  1. Ouch is right! Thank goodness you had it insured. My daughter has an Android phone that does everything but the dishes...and she has become very attached to it. When she dropped it and cracked the screen, they had it for over a week repairing it and she nearly went stir crazy. LOL
    I have a bare bones cellphone that I carry for emergencies but otherwise I'm not on it. I'm on my pc at home too much as it is....if I could take the internet with me, ....good grief....I don't even want to think about THAT. Here's hoping you'll get it back in record time.

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  2. I hear ya sistah! I love my Iphone -- which seems rather scary considering it's just a technological device filled with circuitry and gadgetry, an 'inanimate' object that sure brings lots of things in my life to life!

    Hmmmm..... must think about taking an "Iphone" day off!

    Hugs

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  3. WOW! Those Iphones are expensive. Hubby wants us to get one. I have been putting him off and am glad I have. We have blckberrys and dont se a thing wrogn with what we have. But when you are use to somethng it is what we like.
    Hopeful you will get your phone back soon.
    Blessings

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  4. Oh I DO hope that you get the replacement soon. I love my phone too, but often I hate it just as much. The convenience is awesome, the responsibility of it drives me insane. If one of my kids can't reach me, they sent out the damned national guard..that's the responsibility I refer to.

    Have a wonderful Sunday Evening Jos. Hugs. :)

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  5. Val - you are right about that handy Internet connection, it's pretty hard to resist checking Facebook or my blog now and then when I'm not at home! :-)

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  6. Louise - I'm surprised by how much I've fallen in love with my iphone too. When my daughter first showed me hers I wasn't that excited, but now that I have one, I feel pretty lost without it. I do like it's ability to keep me connected with my Facebook and blog friends, as well as Word, text and photo exchanges with my kids often! Unplugged vacations are healthy though!

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  7. Bethe - they are outrageously expensive. I would never have one if we didn't get them for a whole lot less with our phone plan. Insurance is essential though, cuz otherwise replacements are full price. I know a lot of folks who love their Blackberry's just as much!

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  8. Jamie - you are so right about the mixed blessing of these hi-tech ever present phones. I wouldn't be without mine, and it's always close at hand, but there are times when it might be nice to have some "off time" without everyone worrying or wondering if they are on my "ignore" lost. Geesh! :-)

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  9. I do know that the ability to talk long and often at any given hour of the day and night has been a lifesaver to my daughter in the last very rough year of her life, and it's given me a lot of peace of mind to know that she can reach me whenever she wants or needs to. That alone is worth the price of the phone!

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  10. I have an iPhone4 and blow me down it looks just like yours. I have to put mine in to be fixed but I've been reluctant to part with it. My dau informed me tonight that you get a loaner to tide you over so I think I might just get onto that. I'm slightly embarrassed when people see the state of it but I have dropped it at least a hundred times due to the lack of feeling in my hands so its a miracle it even works.


    I love my phone too though I only use the very basic apps. Sometimes I hate it though and wish I could throw it away. :)

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  11. Yikes! That's quite a picture and story. Sorry about that!

    Gourmet Limerick

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  12. Oh my goodness! Ouch is right. It's amazing how we miss our modern conveniences when something like this happens. We lost power a couple of weeks ago during a storm, it was only for a couple of house, but yakes, we had to pull out the candles to eat dinner. It romantic, but it was difficult trying to load the dishwasher in the darkness. Then I think about those people in MO and KS and AL that have lost everything as a result of all those tornadoes. I felt ashamed.

    I don't have an iphone, only one of those stupid phones that can only make and receive calls. I don't even have texting.

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  13. Josie you have been such an inspiritation to me thank you for that. I was awarded a writers award that was made for me and I would like to share it with you. Please go pick up at my blog.
    Blessings

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  14. Went through a (somewhat) similar trauma while changing providers last week. I really feel for you.

    Communicating is extremely important for us humans, one only has to look at the ever increasing popularity of the internet!

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  15. I'd be so lost without my iPhone! Luckily, we have 2 Apple stores in the vicinity, and Apple has been so good about replacing my phone. They did it once when my volume-off switch developed a tiny gap, once when I dropped it and cracked it, and again last night when my home button was acting up. BTW, I have my old 3G iPhone. I could loan it to you. Really.

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