My friends may believe that I’m knowledgeable of my various electronic gadgets, such as my mobile phone. But, every time something goes wrong, I PANIC.
I wouldn’t bother you with this story if I hadn’t PANICKED two other times over my mobile phone not working and dashed off to the tech office without thinking.
Well, more than twice.
This time, I had my phone on the charger. For some reason, I could not call out nor could a receive incoming calls. From my land-line phone, I telephoned the help desk of my mobile provider service.
Isn’t this neat! The ‘voice’ said, “Just hit #1 and we will call me back within ten minutes.” Only, after thirty minutes, I got tired of waiting.
I should be able to figure this out.
In the past, the problem often was a loose SIM card. I opened the back. Yes. Reconnected the SIM card. Suddenly, the battery fell out. PANIC. I put it back in.
The phone was black. I went through the two steps to turn it on that I do so many times a day. - then * Black. Still black, regardless of what I click on.
PANIC. The problem must be the battery, right.
Just then, the land phone rang. Finally, the help service. They agreed it had to be the battery…just as I had told them was wrong. I must go to the technical help office.
How can I go out without a working mobile phone. (Forgetting that most of my life I managed without a mobile phone.) Even more PANIC.
I didn’t wait to think.
Instead, in my panic, I rushed to the shopping mall office. Waited and waited. Finally, my turn. I hope I don’t have to buy a new phone.
The tech opened the back of the phone. SIM card, right. Battery, right.
I had NOT turned on the phone’s power button to connect to my telephone service.
I forgot that almost all of the time my mobile phone power is on. When I use the phone all I do is wake it up. (- then *) When I removed the battery, I disconnected the power. Of course!!!!
I hope I learned my lesson.
I need to read the instructions especially when I am having a problem. Most mobile phone instructions are on the Internet.
I need to look for this sign on the phone, often in red and very small, too. And remember to hold it down rather than just touch it.
I need to remember that on some of my electronic gadgets the power button is hidden on the side with no symbol identifying it.
I need to vow to Think before Panicking.