Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Diddle er der, diddle er der, diddle er der der

I need to get a new phone already, and I've only had this one for about a year or so.

It has stopped me from downloading photos from it onto the computer for a few tries now, but what is worse is that it keeps changing my preferred ringtone (an English telephone bell, not an American one) into one of its own, and now will not let me change it back again.

This morning, someone called me about something rather important, and the first thing I heard was the Nokia tune. Not only the Nokia tune, but the Nokia tune played on a synthetic xylophone. It is utterly devoid of gravitas, and I live in dread of it playing when I am at a meeting, trying to get people to take me seriously.

I have always hated the Nokia tune vehemently, but now that Nokia has all but gone bust, the inane jingle is five times as irritating. The reason why Nokia has gone from a Northern leader in the mobile phone industry to an international joke is because they make what are now crap phones, and I have one as evidence to back up this theory.

Being reluctant to spend £1000 on a phone, I suppose I will just have to get a Samsung like everyone else, and use the technology that they have ripped-off from the iPhone without - like them - paying for it.

Hey ho...

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  1. I might - like John - finish every post with 'Hey ho'. It is so economic.

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    1. And...I thought.......original

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    2. I meant 'economical', of course. Hey ho.

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  2. Nokia got complacent, left behind, failed to move quickly enough into smart phones and their competitors overtook them. Simple lesson in how not to run a company.

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    1. Yodel - the couriers who took over from whatever they used to be called - are also about to go under for the same reasons. They were given the job of delivering all those ceramic poppies from the Tower of London to the millions of people who paid £25 each for them, and they have broken thousands and lost the rest. For that they will never be forgiven.

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    2. It was DHL who got rid of Yodel (to Home Delivery although it wasn't called Yodel then) so it makes me think that DHL didn't much like the type of business this company was in as I think they probably inherited it from someone else and ditched it, DHL being a very successful logistics company who got my carpet from Marrakech to Norwich in two days. No, Yodel wont forget the ceramic poppies. Gerald Ratner has never forgotten calling his jewellery crap either.

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  3. My ringtone on a very old Nokia is the Death March , I never get confused when another's ph goes off.

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    1. Does anyone actually call you?

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    2. Like 25 today and 17 yesterday and fortunately you were not one of them Roderick, John, Barry, Paul or whatever your name isn't.

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    3. If I were you, I would just pay him the money and have done with it.

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  4. Every time I read something like this, it makes me ever happier that I don't have a bloody mobile phone. If anyone wants to talk to me, they know where they can reach me; full stop.

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    1. That was a semi-colon, not a full stop.

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  5. Hey Tom: You had me interested in listening to the English telephone ring, but I cannot figure out which tone you mean (from the 746 phone?). Yes this sort of thing totally geeks me out.
    My cell phone ring has always been the American one, (ie the WE 500) or some lame version of it depending on my cell phone. When I last had a land-line, I hooked up my old rotary dial telephone with the wireless phone just for the sound of the ring.

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    1. USA = 'briiing, briiing, briiing"

      UK = ''bring-bring. bring-bring. bring-bring."

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    2. Quite un-geek-like, but okay, I get it.

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  6. I have a cell phone/mobile that's considered ancient, since I've had it for seven years. I hardly ever use it, and the only thing it can do is allow me to make/receive phone calls and texts. I hate texting, only do it when absolute necessity requires, and there are still places nearby with lousy mobile reception.

    When my last job forced all of the telecommuters to get i-phones, I had mine set for the old sounding ring. When I left that job, I had to return the i-phone, and was glad to do so.

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  7. I don't function without a mobile phone.

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  8. I've never understood how phone companies and their plans work. We got our iPhones from them almost for free, the reason behind that I never understood. At the same time they tried to sell us a larger data plan which we refused. A couple of weeks later we were upgraded to this same larger data plan for free, no strings attached. Makes no sense.

    I've thought about changing my ringtone to the music from the Agatha Christie movies with Margaret Rutherford but, then again, I'm cheap and will live with what I get for free.

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    1. In the ringtone world, everything is free.

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  9. I've never owned a cell phone...I'm still alive.

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    1. How are we going to call you when you're dead?

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  10. When ever anyone writes about mobile phones in blogs there is always an outpouring of crap.

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    1. I think I got off quite lightly with only 4 comments from you on this one.

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  11. Ouch. Mine is a Nokia and I have had it for six years (and I only changed it from my previous Nokia when my dog (then a small puppy) chewed the face off it. Should i be worried?

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    1. Six years ago, Nokia made phones which lasted, but the technology was the same as six years before that. If it works, why throw it away?

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