Marriage seems unexplainable complicated these days. After two years with my Samsung Galaxy Tab, the first ever generation tablet 7", both of us are tired. The tablet is getting older, slower and grumpy, refusing to be mature like, still staying in Android 2.2 and committing suicide (self-reboot) several times a day.
Now younger and sexier mail-ordered bride – Samsung Galaxy Note 2 arrived after one week long journey from Hong Kong on Friday. However, the new life just starts with a big bang.
All the preparation work for the wedding look good. Bridal clothing, shoes and accessories for the big formal occasion are making the day even more special. Connecting Note 2 to home WiFi, Android 4.1.1 guides you step by step, downloading all the latest applications you installed on Tablet 7 before to Note 2, saving your tons of time install them one by one. After two hours without any argument, about 1GB data, all original applications downloaded and installed. The new bride dresses up like old bride in the gown.
Then disharmony starts.
New bride refuses to wear the engagement ring which taken off from old bride's finger. The mini SIM card from Tablet 7 can't put on Note 2's micro SIM finger. Thank you, you bloody over regulated European Telecommunications Standards, and Apple made it even popular. No SIM, no internet, no wedding, and can't get to anywhere.
Quickly I jump on Google to find out any peace deal solving engagement ring's crisis. No surprise, a few married people on internet teach their experience how to solve the crisis – with a bit help of scissors, paper template, tape. You can D.I.Y., cutting min SIM into micro SIM. Unfortunately, no one of them offer any kind of warranty what if failed. Hmmm, too risky, most probably make the SIM not functional working after the cut if you don't give any practice. But fortunately, at the end of day, find on the Telstra forum, some more experienced married people talk about back to the jewellery store – Telstra shop, you could ask exchange service – replacing mini SIM with micro SIM. And it's totally FREE.
Exuberated with the possible peace deal on the crisis. I head to the nearest Telstra shop on Saturday morning. A Telstra sale representative almost hands me the new ring – a new micro SIM card, then suddenly he asks who is the new bride. I tell him it's Samsung Galaxy Note 2, he starts shaking his head – "Telstra can't move your plan from a tablet to mobile phone. You need buy a new mobile phone plan. Here is a plan for you type people taste – a minimal $60 per month plan, you get SAME 1GB data, but $600 phone call and unlimited messages".
I want to tell this sale person stop bullshitting me and please bugger off. Tablet and smartphone are the SAME. The size doesn't matter. Only Telstra makes people life difficulty matter. I don't want to change my current $29 plan. And I'm a human beings hater. I don't have friends. I don't need to make phone call or SMS to anyone at all.
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