Inside the Mind of Isadora

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Tech Fiction

It was weird to be without a phone for two days. I didn’t realize how much I used it. My smart phone wasn’t charging. A problem, for sure. I decided to do some research.

I did what I always do when I’m not sure what to do.
I googled, ‘Where do I buy a battery for Apple Smart iPhone S5?’

The answer was the Apple store or Batteries Plus. I called both to check on pricing and whether or not they had them in stock. Both said, “Yes.”

Apple charges $119.99 while Batteries Plus charges $59.99. Since I don’t like over-paying for anything I chose Batteries Plus. But, first I thought I’d check the location where I had originally purchased the phone: Best Buy.

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Best Buy Conversation

Jason: “May I help you”, very politely.

Me: “Yes, My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart iPhone S5?”

Jason: “No. There is no way to change a battery on the Apple Smart iPhone S5. Do you have the phone with you?”

Me: “Yes, I do. However, I spoke to Apple this morning and they do have a replacement battery but the cost is a bit steep.”

Jason: “What Apple will do is exchange it for another S5 phone. The case has to be broken to get into the battery. They aren’t making S5 phones anymore. It may even be exchanged for a refurbished one. I’ve got a special going on now with the new Apple iPhone 6. I can show it to you.”

Me: “No. I don’t want the iPhone 6. It’s too large for my hands plus I have no intention of buying a new phone. This one works fine”.

Jason: “The iPhone 5 Se is the same size as your S5 but has the upgraded features of the iPhone 6.”

Me: “I don’t want a new phone. I want to fix this one.”

Jason: “This special we’re having is just for today. We don’t have the iPhone 5 Se in stock. You may need to wait a few weeks for us to get it in. You want to try the bigger phone. The size of the iPhone 6 is easy to get used to.”

Me: “Well, Jason … Thank you for your help. I’m going to have to absorb all of this information you’ve given me.”

Jason: “But, the special is for today only.”

Me; “I guess I’ll have to take the risk.”

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I left the store a bit unnerved as he never acknowledged my lack of interest in purchasing a new phone. Then, I sat in my car and rationalized that he may be making a commission for his sales. So, I decided to go to Batteries Plus which was a short distance away.

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Batteries Plus Conversation

Manager: “Hello, Can I help you?”, in an angry tone.

Me: “My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart Phone S5?”

Manager: “Do you have the phone?”

Me: “Yes.” I hand it to him.

Manager: “I can’t take it out of the case.” He hands it back to me, nastily.

Me: “I can’t take it out of the case, either. The case has been on since I purchased the phone over 2 years ago. I haven’t the slightest idea how to remove it.”

Manager: “This is a waterproof / shock case. I’ve never removed one before. I can try but if it breaks it’s on you.”

Me: “Ummmm … OK, I guess.”

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He removes the case and proceeds to tap the phones different apps and settings.

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Manager: “Your phone has to be checked to make sure everything is working. What’s you password?”

Me: “Reluctantly, I tell him.”

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He plays around with the phone. He puts it on a machine of some kind. He asks for my name and phones #.

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Manager: “The external speaker isn’t working.”

Me: “Could it be because it doesn’t have a charge?”

Manager: “Abruptly, No!”

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I was about to answer him but the store phone rings …. and rings …. and rings. Finally, he answers it. In a crabby voice he answers the phone question and hangs up.

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Manager: “I hate working with kids.”

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I was clueless. Suddenly, a scruffy haired young man comes from behind the store.

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Manage: “You work here, don’t you?”

Young Man: “Yeah.”

Manager: “Then, try working by answering the phone.”

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Harsh glances are exchanged. Meanwhile, I’m thinking, ‘Hello, customer here.’

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Me: “Can you fix the battery? What about that external speaker? What would cause that to break since it was working yesterday?

Manager: “ I don’t know.”

Me: “ OK, then, how much is the external speaker?”

Manager: “$59.99.”

Me: “The total cost will be $59.99 for the battery – $59.99 for the external speaker plus tax?”

Manager: “Yes, sign here that you’ve left the phone for us to repair.”

Me: “Wait … that’s over $120.00 to fix my phone. I think I’d like to check my carrier ATT to see if they can exchange the phone for a new one as it might be less expensive.”

Manager: “You do whatever you want to do.”

Me: “Thank you for your time. Good-Bye.”

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I left the store a bit unnerved again. I told myself he was having a hard day with his employee. I didn’t feel anyone wanted to fix my phone. I figured it must be outdated as repairs seemed to be a bother. I drove to my ATT carrier which was also nearby.

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Att Conversation

Receptionist: “ Good afternoon, welcome to ATT. How can we help you today?”

Me: “My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart iPhone S5?”

Receptionist: “Let me have, Lizette, one of our techs help you.”

Me: “Thank you.”

Lizette: “What can I help you with today?”

Me: “My phone isn’t charging. Do you sell batteries for the Apple Smart iPhone S5?”

Lizette: “Let me test it for you.”

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She places my phone on an in-store charger. We wait a few minutes.

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Lizette: “The phone is charging.”

Me: “Did you say the phone is charging?”

Lizette: “Yes. It went from 6% to 8% in just a few minutes.” Your charging plug must be damaged or the wire kinked up.”

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Honestly, I stared at her like she had 2 heads. My mind was going through all of the previous conversations at the other locations. I was starting to get angry. But, she wasn’t at fault. Finally, my words came back …

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Me: “Lizette, you’re an angel. Thank you. Can I get a new charging plug for the phone? And, is the external speaker working?”

Lizette: “Yes, the external speaker and the phone itself is working fine. Of course, you can get a charger, we have them in stock. They’re $19.99 plus tax.”

Me: “I’ll take one, please. In the event that it doesn’t charge when I get home can I bring it back and talk to you about a new phone?”

Lizette: “Yes. But, I have checked everything on your phone. You shouldn’t have any problems.”

Me: “Lizette, you have been extremely helpful. I can’t thank you enough.”

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I went home. I placed the new charger on my phone. My phone is perfectly fine. Obviously, I’m not a computer tech. I rely on the expertise of those who are trained in this field. I think it’s unfortunate that they can take advantage people and we can’t do anything about it. However, I will be dropping a letter to these 2 companies. Perhaps, it will prevent someone else from this experience. And, I will be sending a complimentary letter to Att for Lizette’s good customer service.

Sounding Off …
Isadora

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

7 thoughts on “Tech Fiction

  1. Isn’t that sad how they can take advantage of us that aren’t tech saavy. Either that or they don’t know what they are doing either. I hate to be treated rudely by salespeople/managers of stores. I don’t blame you for writing those letters. Thank goodness you didn’t do anything until you spoke to AT&T.

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  2. Yes, it’s a great ending as I just learned to navigate this phone and wasn’t looking forward to purchasing another. 😃
    Sadly, we live in a throwaway society. Let’ s save our planet by being more aware that everything that’s thrown away has a consequence.
    Thank for commenting… 😎

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  3. What dreadful service, thank goodness for the nice ATT lady, she deserves a pay rise!

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  4. In the age of technological innovation common sense can win. Everyone wants to sell you something, even if you do not need it. Great ending or beginning, whichever way you look at it.

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