Tracfone device. I don't need e-mail and Internet connectivity when on the hoof, and I have a Nexus 7 tablet for navigation and portable use. Lately, we've had a weird sequence of events that got me to re-evaluate, but the situation is stabilizing now.
The story outline:
- Noticed that my car's Bluetooth hands-free system isn't functioning. After a few days,
- Leaning over to check my pool water, and my Tracfone fell out of my pocket into the deep end.
- Phone is retrieved after 5 minutes and placed aside to dry out. Not much hope, as my last Tracfone suffered the same fate and never came back.
- Recalled that at least one smart phone is now being advertised as waterproof (or resistant?). Maybe that would be a good one to have? It would be nice to have mobile yelp and other services like my friends all seem to have...
- Trying to do some banking business, I discover that I'm blocked because I signed up for 2-factor authentication. I can't add my wife's phone to the list without receiving a code on my dead phone. (I could call the bank about this, but that's a last resort.)
- Google's 2-factor process at least allows me to use one of my one-time pass codes since, thankfully, I haven't lost my wallet. Anyway, I better get a phone back with my old number asap.
- The quickest and easiest way to get my number working again is to go back to Tracfone. I ordered a reconditioned LG.
- Phone arrives, costing a little over $20 including overnight air. It wants me to charge for "5 hours", but charging is complete after about 2 hours.
- Now to the T'phone website to register the new unit and hopefully snag my old number back. End up with a human operator of uncertain nationality talking through a horrendous phone circuit. She said many things that I did not understand, but finally it seemed we agreed on the basics. (I hope I did not agree to sell my firstborn.) My number should be effective overnight. Actually, it only took an hour or so.
- The new phone became registered in stages. At first, I could dial out, but not receive calls. Then it seemed I could send text message, but not receive them. After 1-2 days, we seem to be fully registered wherever cellphones get registered.
- Car's hands free Bluetooth is still bust. I'm guessing that repair will either be free (find the right reset button) or probably 10X the cost of the new phone.