Looking Cracked

It has finally happened. I’ve completely cracked up! It started as a small scratch that soon became a fine crack. As time passed the crack got longer and started branching. Soon it reached from side to side and top to bottom. I lived with it. Then I dropped the phone. The crack went through the little thumb print reader. I was finally able to get into the phone and disable the thumbprint ID security feature. So my phone is still working but definitely cracked.

My Fitbit had cracked over a year ago. Again it started as a strange scratch that became a crack. The cracked face started to pucker and turned into a little peaked ridge across the surface. It was working. My sister gave me a gift of a new one. I decided to wait until this one actually died before switching. Besides I had gotten all these new colorful bands for the old Fitbit and I didn’t want to have them go to waste. So with the cracked phone and cracked Fitbit I survived 2020.

Now that it is well into 2021, I feel it is time to relinquish the the cracked and move into a new year with new unblemished and fully functional electronics. This is easier said than done. I tried to activate the new Fitbit. I can charge it. I can wear it (and it will tell me the time and how many steps and stairs I’ve done) but it won’t record my data to my account. It won’t let me add it to my existing account, it won’t let me set up a new account. So frustrating. I broke down and had an online chat with the Fitbit folks. No real help. They suggested that I might need to upgrade my computer with new drivers or update my phone…

Which brings me to the new phone. So far the options are slim to none. I like the service I have. They used to offer you a new phone at a discount. Not anymore. If I want a new phone I’ll have to buy it on the 2 year plan with an added monthly charge on the bill. I stopped by the store but they are woefully devoid of phones. They only had a few that I could try out (but they suggested that I sanitize my hands before and after touching them). If I look online I can let them know which one I want and they can tell me how much it will cost, order it to come in, activate it and transfer all my data and settings.

I’ve been so aggravated that I’m going to wait until the old phone totally dies before getting a new one. I’m continuing to wear the old Fitbit until it stops functioning completely. Yeah. My electronics karma is missing. Or chased off. Or maybe stolen. Whatever the reason it is gone, gone, gone. I’m feeling cracked up but I’m not a crackpot!

54 thoughts on “Looking Cracked

    1. I just need to have it stay functional for another 6 months. By that time all the phones (except my husband’s phone which had to be replaced a year ago) will be 4 years old. Then we can get new ones!

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  1. I miss the discounted phones, too. Thankfully, my last purchase of a phone was the summer before the pandemic, and I got it at a discount. I’m sorry about your cracked life. Sometimes, it’s a good thing to crack up, though.

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    1. I love to laugh. Still the cracked life is okay for now…. But soon I shall be all in one piece! I just hope there is a sale or an incentive that will make it all better and less expensive!

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  2. If you switch to the new devices while the old ones are only MOSTLY DEAD, there is a chance they can transfer your data. I waited too long and had to re-enter everything myself. Good luck. 🙂

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    1. My phone backs all my data to the cloud so even if my phone is deader than a doornail I can still get all my contacts and photos, email, etc. But my old old old phone was a royal pain when it died. But it was a Tracfone and was not “smart”…

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    2. My phone backs all my data to the cloud so even if my phone is deader than a doornail I can still get all my contacts and photos, email, etc. But my old old old phone was a royal pain when it died. But it was a Tracfone and was not “smart”…

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    1. I’m hoping to get a little more use from them before they disintegrate. I do like the FitBit but my mother prefers her Apple Watch that tracks her heart rate and rhythm, steps, sleep patterns, and also serves for email and phone…

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  3. Interesting how easy it is to enjoy this First World, isn’t it.
    Not to mention, challenges that can be fixed with money.
    Ah, the blessings in the burdens, as I look around at my money pit. 😉

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    1. My laptop was my gift to myself upon retirement so it is still fairly new… But with the zoom meetings I’ve discovered that it does not have a microphone so that is an issue! Lucky to still have a functioning iPad (that is so old that I’m afraid it will stop working any day).

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  4. I am on daughter’s plan and rarely use the phone except to call my home and let hubby know I’m on the way home. I do send pictures of Mr.Grey and my coloring to FB and once or twice answered when a friend called. I don’t learn well…new is a challenge.

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    1. my MIL got a smart phone and is having problems. I think she is afraid of it. So my husband has to call her just so she doesn’t forget how to answer it. She used to have a flip phone that all you had to do was flip it open to answer….

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  5. My phone did the same thing – I think I had two payments left and it cracked. My fault – I dropped it, but still. My apple watch has a cracked screen that I’m living with, just not wearing it in the shower or anything.

    I hope you get it all figured out.

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    1. Thanks Patti! My husband had to get a new phone when his battery started bulging and cracked the screen. He used it until it stopped working… That was an expensive phone since he still owed $ for the dead one and now is paying on the new one too… At least mine is paid for!

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    1. Oh! I’ve never done anything like that! I know people who have dropped them into toilets (carrying them in a pocket) but I’m very careful with mine. We used to have cheap TracFone but have upgraded and never looked back… My husband was resistant to the idea of a smart phone but of all of us, he’s the one who would be least likely to give up his smart phone!

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  6. I feel your pain. I’ve been wanting a new phone for several months now, but just keep putting it off. It was a painful enough process before Covid, but I can’t imagine the hassles now.

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    1. My last computer was a desktop that was running Windows ME. We still have it in the basement because all the old games will run on it but it can’t handle the internet! Of course when I got the laptop with Windows 10 it wasn’t a big change since I had Windows 10 at work…

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                1. I don’t like the iPhone either but since my mother lives with my sister and they are all iPhone users (and she’s on their plan) she has one too. My iPad was a gift from a former boss. Everyone else who got one killed theirs. Six years is great. I hope my computer (and yours too) continues to work to infinity and beyond!

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