I held it the very first time June 1st this year…finally after waiting patiently for 6 months. Well, it was almost a difficult delivery. It was supposed to be due end of May, but came out a couple of days later, hehehe.
I could barely wait to unpack my SGS3. I was on the way to the airport to catch my flight for Finland when I got the call that my order was ready for pick up. I could have waited until I get back from my vacation in Vakaati…but no. I didn’t want to wait longer. In the plane, I tried to disregard the white box…but I couldn’t. An hour after take off, I finally gave in. I opened the box hoping that I could already tinker with it. Can you imagine the shock I got, when I realized that I couldn’t even insert my sim card in the sim card slot. It uses a micro sim card. Hurray! Typical me, I didn’t even bother to check it out in the first place. But heck, no trouble. There are two ways to get my sim-card easily converted into a micro simcard. Either go to the service provider (or order online from the service provider) for a micro simcard and pay 15€ (E-Plus) for it. Second option is to re-size the sim card by cutting it from all sides to make it fitting into the micro sim card slot. Just make sure that the chip (that golden yellow thingy in the middle of the sim card) does not get cut or even scrapped. Both ways work of course.
Lucky me, I have two extra sim cards. I just cut one first, to see if it would work. And it did! I could already tinker with my phone while I was on vacation. I downloaded all the apps I could get my hands on… at least what was necessary for me came down first. By the time I came back to Germany, my phone was half ready for me to use as my all around buddy. Locked and secured… I started my journey with Sam.
The thing is, hubby is also a gadget freak… so every time I came home from work, he would ask me for Sam and then would install stuff in it as well that hubby thinks I would be needing one day. Good thing too, so I don’t have to worry about it if the need arises. Yes, I am spoiled by him on this matter. He thinks of what else I would be need in terms of apps. Books, movies, music, navigation maps… anything!
Then, suddenly, one day… I couldn’t go online with Sam. I was so irritated that I had to go to other places just to make sure if it was Sam which is the problem or if it was just an overload of online users. Sometimes it really happens in the town where I live. We would loose connection and when we report it to the provider, they would come with an excuse “that the line is at the moment overloaded…” oh well!
I think it was like for almost four days, I didn’t have internet connection with Sam. Irritating! Annoying! Frustrating! YES… I’m sure most of you know how that feels. But after some days, it started working again, at places where I seldom go, but not at the place where I am almost 9 hours a day. Somehow it is blocked there.
We tried calling the hotline number of our service provider, but the person on the other end of the line also couldn’t explain to us what is wrong. Solution: We changed internet service provider for Sam. Now I have whats app, viber, chikka, ym and skype connection all the time for the small amount of 260 Php per month. There goes the big cut on extra expenses like high phone call bill and prepaid load for my Globe roaming. Advantage: I’m reachable anytime, all the time. One can text me through Whats App, or Chikka messenger or call me also through Viber, Skype. Email, YM FB-chat no problem….of course, that’s if I my battery does not die on me when I am on the road or if I don’t forget to turn on my Mobile data connection,… *wink*.