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A New Phone, New Challenges

I had to buy a new cell phone. I didn’t want to buy it, but the one I’ve had for the past three years had reached a level of wonkiness where I was not even receiving calls half the time. On at least two occasions, texts took over three days to reach me.

I’m not very tech savvy, and I use Straight Talk for my cell phone service. That means I have to set up my own devices. There’s no friendly technician on hand to take care of setting up everything and transferring my stuff.

It’s usually a struggle for me. I’ve often gotten into a screen and couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t advance to the next one, even while using the virtual assistant. I remember cursing technology and the need for it when I bought my last phone.

I was completely dismayed when only a third of my contacts transferred. It had taken me the better part of an evening to figure out how to use the Bluetooth to make the transfer because the other option using the Cloud, which was easier, wouldn’t work. I had to reload every single one of my aps, too.

This time hasn’t been too bad. It took several hours, but as far as I can tell, all of my contacts and messages transferred to the new phone. The bad thing was I began the transfer before I turned the phone off and then back on to activate it. Therefore, I was without a phone for the better part of the day before I was able to interrupt the data transfer long enough to complete activation.

As I write this post, my new phone has been downloading information from my old one for eight hours and is showing no sign of stopping any time soon. I hope it will be done by the time I need to leave for work.

I’m still trying to determine why I couldn’t get my new phone to pair with my car, but I’ll figure it out eventually. While I’m a technological dinosaur, I can learn. It just takes me longer than my twenty-something step-kids who can charge a device and have it working in less time than it takes me to remove all of the plastic.

I have been able to make phone calls and use some of my aps. I think this new phone will work out just fine. It will just take me a little while to learn to use it.

I wish you all health, happiness, and victory over new technology!

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