Here is a strange and rather complex story of what happened to us with my wife's new mobile phone
Last week the panel of the older phone of my wife got crazy. It is a LG phone with java applets bought 4 years ago , and she used it solely for calling . Period . She could not even dial the PIN as the panel shifted the pressed numbers to other numbers.
Someone advised that panel requires calibration
Still expecting to work in the Uni, ie still unemployed I had the time to look for servicing . I got into the store 'G' asking for service ie fixing or replacement of the panel . The boy in charge , after checking it a bit , advised me to better look for a new rather for fixing or repairing the front panel as the cost cold be of the range of Eu 60 . Considering that we bought the phone for ca 100 Eu , it surely out of question to repair it.
Surely i didn’t accept the repair and called my wife . So we decided to search for a new one . I took their product catalogue for reference
During evening we started looking first from the most nearby stores. I was prepared for a budget of Eu 50- 60 ie for a basic mobile as mine (Nokia 6300 ) which works very well for more than 6 years.
---A mini parenthesis : My mobile also has a problem !
The only problem with my mobile is the charging socket that does not fit so well in the plug and requires proper 'twisting' . I asked also for this to the tech guy in the 'G' store, His proposal is Eu 25 for fixing the socket and Eu 25 for replacement battery. Although i think the socket repair is possibly fair price i think that the BL4C replacement battery is too high. for the moment I charge the battery either by properly twisting the mains adaptor plug to the mobile's socket. Also using my Degen De1126 radio as battery charger which uses BL5C battery of nearly same size . Its nly difference is that 5C is less than 1 mm longer
--parenthesis ends here
My wife was looking for several simple models but did not like any of them . Her eyes stared more on higher class models ie smart phones. And finally she decided to buy a Samsung smart phone model Galaxy Fame Lite The technician if the store was unable to transfer old mobile's database or SIM as he does not have the necessary equipment. And requested us to visit a more specialized store as eg the 'G' stores , the same i looked earlier in the morning for panel replacement
As the 'G' store is a bit too far , we decided to look into a more nearby store.
The closest store is the ‘V’ -store abt 300 m from us. A tech geek in this office helped us by transferring the database into the new phone . However he could do anything with SIMM as the new mobile uses smaller sized USIM . The cost of data transfer was Eu 10
This guy did also a setup of the mobile with a Google account for my wife . The new email was ca 40 characters long ! (that consisted with her full name and a number)
The next who made the SIM transfer was a O-spot ie our mobile service provider (MSP) Another 5 Eu of cost ! The O spot is on the opposite of the street
Therefore the total cost is Eu 115 !
I was also disappointed looking into Skroutz.gr a search engine of the Greek market . Several stores offer the same model for only Eu 75 !
Same night we did an internet check via our home's WiFi .As my wife is internet illiterate I teached her everything from scratch . I sent an email to my account in Yahoo and we watched several videos in Youtube. So everything was OK ! (or we thought was OK )
Next night we connected again to internet. To my strong disappointment Google has disabled the account due to a violation of terms. I really couldn’t know what to do. And also didn’t know why this happened .
Next evening we traced the same route on the city .
The guy on the V-spot was not there . None could help us.
On the O-store the people there could neither assist us and asked us to either go to a G-store or ask the rep of Samsung for further assistance
So we gone to the G-spot ie the tech service of our MSP . The woman behind the service was also unable to assist us . After returning to the store for a break , we asked from a guy to assist. AS it is proven he is a mobile and computer geek , he spent about 10 minutes deleted the older Gmail account and set up a new account with much less user name ! And didn’t ask for money ..
So the mobile is now working properly
Many questions arise from this story but is out of my question . Instead of it , i will refer only to what I done for my mobile:
- I found and bought two batteries BL4C for just Eu 7 via eBay from China The one is 850 mAh and the second is 2400 mAh
- Found and bought a battery charger for both 4 + 5 L batteries for ca 5 Eu
- And a proper leather case for the Samsung model