Christmas and Cell Phones
Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2003 at 3:16am by Brett.
(Thursday, December 11th, 2003 at 5:16pm Japanese Standard Time)
I received in the mail yesterday a Christmas package from my family in the States. I'm not allowed to open it until Christmas Eve while my mom is on the phone with me. Not a problem...
Also, I got an email from Yuki, who is going to graduate on Sunday. Way to go Yuki! She'll be coming back to Japan for an interview at IBM Japan in Tokyo, and wants to meet up again, so we're trying to work out a good day right now. It will be nice to see her again. Last time I saw her was right after I got here...I remember very well getting off the plane and her saying "Welcome to my country!"
Following the trend of life hating me, my cell phone has decided to join in the efforts.
You seldom call people in Japan. Most communication is done via email or SMS on cell phones. The phone I used is a pre-paid plan. You have to recharge it so often or else you lose the phone number. It's not that much of a problem, really. I had been getting many Japanese emails from the central server, and just assumed they were pointless announcements. Grr.
I dialed out, and the nice lady that tells me my account balance and stuff came on. I heard something that couldn't have been right, so then after many minutes of fighting with the touch button menus, I switched the language to English and listened again. Sure enough...because of updates to "the system", my phone will now expire on Dec 31st.
That's just peachy.
It's not my account, or minutes or whatever. It's the physical telephone that will stop being supported, from what I understand. I talked to my tutor and we're are going to get a new phone Saturday. It will probably be an AU phone because they give student discounts.
I'll post the new phone number as soon as I get it. People using gorillamobile.com to call me will want to update their account information to let it work with the new phone number.
"A test....it's a test..."
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