What do you guys think about those phone leasing programs?

I’m asking you guys for advice.

But first.

Orange CatHere is a picture of my ill-mannered cat, Martin.

I’m a little sick of his shit.

I mean, I give him everything he could ever possibly need.  Food.  Shelter.  He gets to play in the bathtub when he wants to.  But still, this little bastard has the nerve, gall, and the audacity to consistently have a bad attitude.  It’s like housing a surly teen.  At least with the dogs, they actually act like they’re grateful, and look sorry when they act up and you catch them.  But this cat…


It’s like that kid.

Also, it’s supposed to be 77 degrees in North Carolina today. Keep in mind we were all looking like a bunch of fools with this, and there is still snow on the ground at the national park, to the point that they canceled the Umstead Marathon this weekend. 😦 I feel bad for all the people who signed up – but hoping they’re all able to defer and do it next year. Global warming is not a joke evidently…

Moving right along.

So I need advice.  Phone advice.  

I currently own the iPhone 4s, which is starting to grind to a halt.  I’ve gone all over – I went to the device service center, who sent me to the Apple store, who told me to go to AT&T.  When I got there, the gentleman explained that they didn’t have the 4s any longer in the store (which I totally understand because the phone was released like 4 years ago), and that I would have to to upgrade through their Next program.  I researched a bit, and essentially, instead of buying the phone outright, you lease it over a 24-30 month period.

I guess my issues with this is the world “lease”.  So I don’t own the phone.  I make these payments, and at the end, I don’t get to keep the phone.  If the phone makes it that long…I don’t beat my phones up and keep them in a case at all times, and I’ve never had a phone last much longer than 2 years.  Plus there are some pretty caustic responses to the plan, so I’m at a loss for what to do.

I’ve already explored the insurance route – with insurance, they would replace my phone with another 4s.  Which is fine, but how long before this phone grinds to a halt?

Which brings me to this question.  I use my phone for EVERYTHING, including a lot of the classes I teach. I used to use my iPod a ton, but that thing crapped out on me a few weeks ago, so I’m solely reliant on my phone for a lot of my music needs and things.

All of that said, what is my best option?  I’m reading all of this stuff and it doesn’t make sense.  Do I do the insurance and just get the 4s?  How long before the 4s isn’t supported by anything?  

Blah!  Let me know what you guys think!

The Apple Store.

I visited the Apple store twice in the last four days.  That’s a lot of Apple.  And a lot of products.

So first, I’ve been rocking the same iPod since about 2011-2012, but in reality, the iPod has been floating around for about 5 years, and was gifted to me after some hoodlum stole it from the gym at the Banana on Glenwood (my old apartment building).  The fair Ashely Little, one of my bridesmaids, shipped me the iPod, and saved me a million dollars for my classes.

So last week, I went in to replace the iPod ($150), and while I was there, I swapped out my phone because the camera was doing this weird thing….

10154254_10100302828930373_6607342305233116822_nWhere it would leave this ghostly black line through the top of the photos.  It was driving me crazy, and I felt like, even though I do a lot of my photographing on my new real camera, I hated putting pics like this one up on the blog because it’s ratchet. So I swapped it out.  Free, because I still had 65 days left on my warranty.

So after yesterday’s debacle, when I locked my keys in my car, fell asleep on the front porch, and scraped up the entire right side of my body, I realized, upon falling down and spraining my thumb, that I’d cracked the screen of my new iPhone, the one that I’d gotten 3 days earlier.

When glass started affixing itself to the side of my head, I knew I had to go in.  And there, 4 days after I swapped out my iPhone, I spent $200 despite begging and pleading for them to have mercy on me to replace my broken phone.

Expensive lesson learned.

Once again, I nailed it.

On the plus, the people at the Apple store are really nice, and I feel for them because of the sheer volume of idiocy I saw.  Some guy jumped in line in front of me to check in, then left the grounds when they were calling his name.  This older lady from Michigan plopped down in a chair and then stated that she had not been helped.  But you plopped down and thought someone was gonna magically know to help you in a crowded store?  Then this couple was literally shouting at this one associate….I just cannot.

Tell me your best broken phone story!