New Phone, 11-18-21

Here’s my phone:

A closeup:

Yes, I’ve dropped it many times – without the case. I finally gave in, had time and went to Verizon. And here’s the kicker – they have no phones! Haha! If I ordered one it would be 4-6 weeks before it came and that’s IF they could get it. The guy was nice enough to send me to Batteries and Bulbs just down the street.

After a new screen and a new battery for $170 I have what is comparable to a brand new phone! The guy there figured my savings at $928! The new Apple phone was priced at $1100 before taxes, fees, etc.

Rick and I have decided that we are the forgotten segment of the population when it comes to technology. I haven’t used my desktop for over 18 months because I can’t understand what’s wrong with it. Sigh.

29 thoughts on “New Phone, 11-18-21

  1. Joy Van den top

    Mary, we both hate the updates also! It’s like ….where did they out all my stuff! I am sorry I did not congratulate you on your calendar cover quilt! That is a real honor! It is beautiful. Are the directions for the quilts in the calendar also?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – yes, the directions for all 12 quilts, one per month, are included.

  2. Gayle Shumaker

    Oh my goodness you are so right with the technology. I kept up while working but since 2010 when a stroke permanently sidelined me I’m out of the loop. My iPad did an update and totally messed up my iPad. My printer stopped printing just before the iPad debacle. My son and family have been with us for the week so Eric could hunt with dad and big brother, he fixed everything in less than 10 minutes. Yesterday my phone told me there was an upgrade for it. I hurriedly installed it so he could fix any problems.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gayle Shumaker – I hate the updates because I know things will be different and it’s likely I won’t understand!

  3. Joy Van den top

    We have spent many hours at a tech shop with hubby’s phone! Ugh! we E finally don’t dare to touch anything to ray try ti fix it ourself! Disgusting! Glad you could get yours fixed at reasonable cost!

  4. Diane

    I’ll bet Jp Kramer’s daughter can help you with the desk top computer. She helped you with the IPod. I enjoy your blog. I love seeing all the farm things. The animals, crops, and all the quilts. I used to live in Wisconsin, but I’ve lived in Florida for more than 20 years now. I am still working on a Bulls Eye quilt. I will finish it next5 year. I’m working on Christmas gifts now.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – Yes, Kayla, does help me but she would have to come to my house and she lives hours away. Not only that, she is still suffering the effects of long haul Covid.

  5. Janet S

    Me again. Sorry but I forgot to say you can get the Consumer Cellular phones at Target. So easy.

  6. Janet S

    Mary, After much frustration, we went with Consumer Cellular 3 years ago and are very happy. They actually answer their phone with real people and totally understand senior citizens. We have Samsung J7 smart phones which cost us about $51./month for both phones with unlimited talk/text. It’s been about 3 years and so far all is good. Good luck.

  7. Jenifer Fairchild

    Best But Geek Squad. They will come to your house and diagnose and fix your computer.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jenifer Fairchild – our Best Buy closed last year! I can’t imagine why!

  8. Linda Baker

    Mary, you aren’t the only one challenged by all this technology. When my husband had to get a new phone a couple of months ago and was having so much trouble using it, I declared “They shouldn’t sell this stuff to old people.”
    As for me, I still have the old-fashioned flip phone.

  9. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    One of the things I remember when I bought my iphone 7 was that I should let the battery go as far downa s possible and then charge it. That way the battery will last longer. I’ve had the phone a long time with no problems. I do need a new one, but gosh, they are expensive!
    Will you be getting the predicted storm over Thanksgiving. We are, we think!
    Thanks for the phone info everyone. And, Mary, thanks for the pictures of those adorable kittens:)

  10. Lois Ann Johnson

    I had an old fashioned flip cell phone for years, never seeing the need to switch over to the smart phone. Well, my kids and grandkids convinced me that I should “get with the program” and get updated. Instead of paying for an over priced I phone, I ordered a Jitterbug smart phone. A friend programmed it for me and is slowly teaching me how to use it. I came kicking and screaming into the 21st century and have to admit that I do kind of like it. Especially the camera feature on the phone–so much handier than dragging my camera and phone around. Yes–the new technology is scary for those of us senior citizens, but I just wanted to be able to communicate with my family.

  11. Vickie Devore

    Quilting is much more important that new phones and computers for me, but think I need to give in; and now thing maybe sooner so I can give them a year or so to replace what I have. LOL

    Love you and all your “texts.” Save safe and happy!!

  12. Kathy in western NY

    I do very little on my trac phone so don’t rely on it because I use my iPad which is easier for me. Have not plugged our laptop in since forever as I am not a Microsoft user any longer, but we should just to keep it charged. Since leaving the work force I have no desire to challenge my mind with all this technology out there. I save my brain power to sew, cook and read books which to the younger generation are so “old fashioned “.

  13. Marcia

    I had IPhone 7 that was having issues. I ordered the new IPhone 13 about a month before it’s release to be sure I got one when available. I use an IPad as my laptop is used for embroidery designs to transfer Disc to memory stick. It us a dinosaur for other uses.

  14. Mary in Indiana

    I got my first cell phone recently and had to go back to the store because I couldn’t turn it on. No one had told me I had to hold the On button down for 3 seconds! They need to come with a basic instruction manual for people over 65. I’m getting lessons from my children.

  15. Jane K

    Hopefully, the sent you out with a decent case as well:) I’ve had my i-phone 7 Plus for probably 5 years now…I just had the battery replaced and have no plans to replace it. As for your desktop, take it to a computer guy/gal…easy peasy. If something is wrong with our bodies, we seek out a specialist; same holds true for technological devices:)…find someone who can fix them. Good job with the phone…a broken screen or dying battery is fixable.

  16. Beryl In Owatonna

    Would love to live without the phone…like we used to do! I am afraid I will have to replace a battery soon…it doesn’t hole a charge very long or as long as it used to. I am hoping I won’t have to replace the phone anytime soon. I use Cricket, they are pretty good. I have good coverage everywhere I go and they have been so helpful when I have problems, which isn’t too often, thank goodness. I am glad you could replace the battery and glass!!
    I don’t have a desktop any longer but use my laptop all of the time. I also have an I-pad…I don’t like it very much but maybe I should learn more about it the way so many people like them, I am so thankful I have my brother who helps me when I have problems…he is so patient with me.
    We had a cold, windy day here today and little snow this morning…it all blew away.

  17. Charlotte Shira

    Glad you got your phone fixed. My son said they aren’t updating the security on the older phones so he said he needs to get new ones. I had to get a new one this year because the battery wouldn’t hold the charge for very long and you couldn’t buy a new battery. That’s how they make more money.

  18. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    Don’t know if you know about these but you can buy a glass screen protector. I’ve dropped my phone probably 1/2 dozen times with my newest screen protector and the screen doesn’t break. The last screen protector had four cracks in it and was starting to disintegrate, went to a kiosk at the mall and for 15$ they took off the old one and put on a new one. You can order them through Amazon and do it yourself but I was too lazy, hahaha.

  19. Pat Smith

    I saw a Geek squad car from Best Buy in our neighborhood today. I’ll bet they could figure out/fix your desk top. I have a laptop that I haven’t used in over a year because I use my iPad for everything I do. I think you do too. Maybe you just don’t need the desk top any more?

  20. Sherry Whalen

    Well, I feel like a super hero today because yesterday Al and I replaced the battery in my laptop – and it still works! lol

  21. Debbie Miller

    I hope your phone is not old enough to be 3G. I just read a news article that all cell phone carriers are discontinuing 3G by the end of next year to make room for all the 5G phones.

  22. Jo in Wyoming

    Well, the fellow did save you a lot of money.
    I don’t have a cell phone, but I do still have a pulse. So, one can live without.
    Anyway, I’m glad you got fixed.

  23. Frances E

    Take it to the geek guys at Best Buy, or Staples, or Office Depot. They all fix them. Good luck.

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