4/21/12

The Dead Phone Chronicles: Part 4

[Previously on The Dead Phone Chronicles]
And now the exciting conclusion...

After my previous writing, I was a little bummed that I had to continue waiting for my tax refund. I didn't think it'd be enough to cover the whole cost of my phone, but it would at least take care of a good chunk of it. And then halfway through the week I learned that what I thought would be a $300 purchase was actually going to be more than double that. See, what I hadn't be counting on was the fact that I was looking at the new or renewed contract pricing when I came up with the $300 figure. The full price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was actually $650. Which would put my 6 week journey closer to 13 weeks. Unless I could find a benefactor.

It's kind of interesting how in America we let you have the phone for cheap up front as long as you sign a two-year contract. Everywhere else in the world you have to pay full price for your phone and pay for service by the month. I guess in a land where capitalism is king, we are slaves to contracts that seem cool up front, but really just keep you shackled.
THEY CAN TAKE OUR PHONES etc. etc...
I was mildly depressed/shocked when I found out the actual price of my phone. Until I talked with my friend, Joy. Besides being an all-around awesome person in general, she gained more awesome points by being worried about my late-night walks home without a phone. After talking about my predicament for a while, she agreed to use some of her own student loan money to help me get my phone as long as I repaid her as promptly as possible. This was the best news I had gotten in quite a long time.

She sent me $600 through PayPal on Thursday night (I, of course, already had the rest). Friday I waited until Zack got off of work so he could give me a ride to the Verizon store. When we got there, we were greeted by one of the nicest representatives/salesmen I've ever encountered. And I don't mean the kind of fake nice that salesmen put on to impress you and sell more stuff, I mean a genuine kind of nice. The kind that knew that I knew what I wanted and what I was talking about. The kind that didn't try to sell me anything extra. The kind that gave me a huge discount.

While I was at the counter, one of the other salesmen pointed at something at the screen and when it was time to swipe my card, the register read only $200 (plus tax)! Here I was worrying about going the whole summer without a phone when, on my own merit, I could have come and gotten this discount in only one more week! Needless to say, I was ecstatic about not having that huge debt to a friend over my head. I still needed some of her money to cover what I didn't have, but by the end of the day she had $450 back in her PayPal account, and I had a brand new phone that's Google to the core.
Such beauty ne'er defined, save only in mine eyes!
I never asked what the discount was for. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. From then 'till now I've been playing around with my phone, getting the settings just right and fixing up the layout of the homescreens. I have to say, this is far and away the best phone I have ever had. And all it really took was a few weeks of waiting after the drowning death of my Droid X.

It's been a little over a month. It was difficult, but I made it through without a phone. There were moments of jealousy, moments of depression (mild, mind you), moments of feeling out of the loop and tethered to a location. But I suffered through and came out of it with a better phone at a better deal than I had ever expected. I guess it just goes to show you that with a little bit of patience, and the love of some close friends, anything is possible. Now I have to go check in at my house on Foursquare... because I forgot to do that before starting this post.

Saved in total: $650; 325% of $200 final total.