Up until yesterday (12 Oct 2018) I did not own a smartphone and had no desire to do so. My little flip phone did all I needed it to do and did so reliably and inexpensively.
On Saturday, 6 Oct 2018, I joined the Mineral Wells, TX Farmer's Market and attempted to sell some of my upcycles and my POD (print on demand) samples. It was a very difficult 5 hours for me and not terribly rewarding. One of the reasons I lost a few sales was my inability to take credit/debit cards. I thus resolved to remedy that prior to going back to the market.
So, I got a relatively inexpensive reconditioned smartphone and signed up for their cheapest monthly plan. I also ordered a credit card reader from PayPal which I have yet to install.
In addition, I got a "free" Galaxy Tab E 8.0 that can function as a smartphone but only if I have smartphone service. There's a process called NumberSync. Anyway, this larger tablet and the Android graphic design software will allow me to do some design work during those hours at the market when sales are slow, make+receive calls and messages, and take credit card payments on a single device. The smartphone alone doesn't have a large enough screen for the graphic design portion of all that. AND, I like my fonts a bit larger now that I've crossed the threshold into seniorhood.
The smartphone took a while to arrive because I wanted to keep my old phone number. I had a very long customer support call to prove that it was my number because it was with another carrier. (Note: I was speaking to customer support using this phone number!) Then it took another few days for the two carriers to iron all this out.
Now, the real battle was getting all this tech to work. This is not exactly new technology, as far as I know, but the software that allows you to set this up is buggy beyond belief. What should have taken 5 or 10 minutes took hours. Because:
No. I did not call customer service / tech support. A week earlier when I was trying to set up the tablet, I called tech support and was on the line for over 2 hours before I was told that the tablet alone would not be a smartphone even though it has been assigned a phone number and I'd have to get another device -- a smartphone -- to link it to. BTW: there was no indication of this prior to my purchasing the "free" tablet and the tech took TWO HOURS to finally get around to telling me this bit of bad news. That and the call to port my number had left a bit of a sour taste in my throat for "service" calls.
But, PERSISTENCE is my middle name. When I want something, when I want to do something, I don't give up easily.
I did finally get this technological nightmare working the way it is apparently intended to work. But, if you ask me, and you didn't, the way it is intended to work is not such a good thing.
Finally At Last
Happily Never After
Thru Kitchen Window
Skeleton in Closet
410 Pounds of QuikRete
Desire and Love
Bird Feeder of Dreams
Tribal Bugs n Leaves
Curly & TheGreenPoodle
My Funny Life
The Ranch (NetFlix)
TV ... Upcycling
Lost In Space
The Toys that Made Us
The Spy Next Door
A Wrinkle in Time