*AP = Average Person. Clever, isn't it?
Let me take a second to write about my cell phone service. It's dirt cheap, it's no-contract, it runs off of a larger carrier, but you have to pay full price for the phone and it has to be strictly this carrier's phone. I say that to say that I found a phone that was a good price from a different carrier, but it was the exact same phone, so I figured it would work fine. I bought it and tried to activate it, only to be told that, even though it was the exact same cellular device, I couldn't activate the phone. That really wasn't that bad, though, I ended up making a profit when I sold it the next day. The search began again.
I finally find a seller on a known online marketplace that sells the phone that I like for rock bottom prices, and they have auctions for them ending every hour. Perfect! I finally win one after at least 5 assholes bid-blocked me (see what I did, there?) with a huge offer WITH ONLY FOUR SECONDS REMAINING. Did you catch that? Let me break it down for you: I spent right around 6 hours trying to save 40 bucks on a cell phone. Pathetic? Nooo. Had I actually been successful in making this phone my bitch, it would have been worth it, but it gets better. I receive the phone in two days (awesome) and take my lunch at work early so I can go get it from my mailbox. I try activating it on my own. Fail. So, I call in and "successfully" activate the phone, but it won't let me place calls. I call back and the operator tells me that I just have to wait 4 hours for it to work. That's okay, I'm at work, anyway. Four hours go by and I still cannot use my phone for its intended use: communication. I call my carrier again and am told that I should take it to one of the stores because they cannot activate it unless I do. This is a little frustrating because the only store that could help me is across town and Mini-AP (my son) has a doctors appointment right before they close. Long story short, I book it to the store with a cranky kid in tow, only to learn that the phone is unusable. Can't be activated.
"Okay," I think to myself, "I'll just return this phone and activate my old one until I can purchase another phone."
Sounds like a great plan, right? Wrong. My carrier only lets you "swap" phones once every few days or something.
Probably not. Ultimate phone phiasco.
The Average Person