Sarah Brings Eileen to the Modern Era

It is a modern miracle.  Thanks to my big sister, I have an iPhone at home (and now a Blackberry at work)!

My last phone, as many of you know, was a (please pardon me) POS. The final straw was four phone calls on on my birthday with Common Loon.  That would be four phone calls back to back in order to have one measly conversation.  (This was SO NOT the first time that had happened.)  What is the point of having mobile communication if when you are mobile it disconnects all the stinking time?! That phone, a pretty purple LG, had been exchanged once with no improvement.  So  I decided it was time for an iPhone.

Tell that to the people at AT&T and Apple.  Since the POS was acquired last September, I am 18 months out from my next “approved upgrade.” Which means $400 for a 3G instead of $200. Urgh!!!  I had a phone that would not work but I refuse on principle to pay double, especially to a phone company.

I had all but given up my iPhone dream when Sarah, who has been itching for the 3GS since Jen got one, explained that I could activate her 1G without all the A&T BS of buying a new phone (and only $20/mo. extra for the data plan). 🙂 So a big box arrived on my doorstep on Monday containing my birthday present from my big sister. She even wrapped it up in her 3GS box and sent fun cases – I went with the pink, btw! (Note to Chris. You got off easy on this honey; you still owe me a birthday present!)

Anyway, I visited the evil empire yesterday to get my new SIM card, and Chris set it up last night, and gave me the first of many tutorials. So I am good to go. 🙂  When the alarm went off this morning (figured out how to set it myself!), Chris and I were the picture of modernity, laying in bed with his and hers iPhones, checking our mail and reading the “paper” before our feet hit the floor. Perhaps there is hope for me yet.

Thanks Sarah, you rock! (Oh and can you send instructions on how to blog via the phone?) 🙂


Updated by Sarah, since the phone I sent Eileen was  a first generation iPhone, and what I got was the 3GS, the newest one. I don’t know that my original phone was necessarily called a 1G, but explaining why would be boring, as well as a lenghty hijack of Eileen’s post.

9 thoughts on “Sarah Brings Eileen to the Modern Era

  1. Common Loon July 8, 2009 / 9:26 am

    I’d respond more to your post on this blog, but I think a celebratory phone call is in order! Yeah for the sisters Binghamton!!!

  2. Common Loon July 8, 2009 / 9:29 am

    BTW, my call was not accepted b/c your voice mailbox has not been set-up yet 😦

  3. Eileen July 8, 2009 / 9:34 am

    oop. how do i set up voice mail?

  4. Mom July 8, 2009 / 9:41 am

    HAPPY DAYS!! I’m next but I definitely need my techie, a/k/a Sarah 🙂

  5. susan July 8, 2009 / 10:21 am

    Is Sarah ready for the ultimate challenge…bringing this end of the family into the modern era???:-)

  6. Common Loon July 8, 2009 / 10:37 am

    “This end” includes “this other end,” too. Hey, we don’t even have a Wii, so Sue, you’re more “techie” than us (yes, that is a very small consolation).

  7. sionna July 8, 2009 / 12:03 pm

    Sarah is good at this stuff. She mercilessly mocked me about not having texting capability (in my defense, Verizon screwed that up, not me) until I was finally able to trade in my own POS for something that actually worked 90% of the time….only the ear piece volume is a problem now.

    I now text happily thank you very much. How did I ever live without it?

    And for the record, I have serious 3G phone envy since having Sarah here for the weekend. Mmmmm…may have to consider switching.

  8. Sarah July 8, 2009 / 12:24 pm

    Well, I was glad to help out. Being able to give my still-perfectly-useful original iPhone to someone who needed one was one of my criteria for upgrading. I -love- the 3GS (soooo fast), so we’re both happy!

    And to be honest, I don’t remember at all how to set up the voicemail. Check the documentation on the Apple site.

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