I consider myself a pretty tech savvy person, but I have yet to understand all that goes into cell phone plans. For some reason, no matter if I have an upgrade or not, I always run into some issue that keeps me from buying a phone online. Today, I spent almost 3 hours at the AT&T store figuring out some huge annoying issue, due to the over-complicated system that is the cellular telephone monopoly of America. It's terrible, but we have no choice. We have to be prisoners to their system, we have to pay the hidden fees and listen to their lies every time they change our plans. They hold all the power, and we are forced to cooperate.
This morning, I woke up at 3AM (like a typical Apple drone) to preorder my iPhone 6 plus. All went well, things worked how they should. It was easy. Too easy.
I went to work at 6AM, and powered through my sleep deprivation with the excitement of my new oversized iPhone.
12PM hits. I receive an email saying my preorder had been canceled due to my address not being valid. Last time I checked, the address I mailed the phone to was pretty valid. It was the same address I had things sent to time and time again. Now, the sleep deprivation, the excitement of a new phone, and my disturbing of my wife by waking up so early was all in vain. I had no choice. I had to go across town and wait in line at the AT&T store.
I told them my tale, and felt their sympathy. They went through everything with me, but alas, the phone I had decided to order would now not be available until November. Good-bye iPhone 6 plus. There were two models that were available for launch date: The 4.7 inch iPhone 6 in silver or gold with 128 GB. Skeptical, I had them show me the cases for me to decide if the size was right for me.
Looking at the above photo, I quickly determined that there's no way this 5.5 inch phone would fit in my jeans. Anna wouldn't even be able to wrap her little hands around that thing.
I saw the 4.7 inch cases shortly after and determined that it's the perfect size phone. In fact, I don't think I could have a phone any bigger that 4.7 inches. I went with the 128 GB iPhone 6 in silver. (I told my friend Woody that gold is a little too Louis Vuitton for me). I've always had the black iPhone, so maybe it's time for a change.
What I learned today is that if you want a new phone, always try to deal with human beings instead of webpages. The people at AT&T were really helpful and made my 3 hours a little easier. Also, webpages fall apart when millions of people are all trying to do the same thing. Moral of the story: I'm an idiot who woke up at 3am to get the biggest iPhone, then by the end of the day ended up with the small one. Fortunately, I won't have to get a new phone for a while.