How to muck up a mobile phone

Hubby and I both have mobile phones, though we use mine the most and it has all the important numbers in it. It’s the one we give out should anyone want our phone number as it’s the one that is carried around everywhere every day and is always switched on.
My network provider is one of the major supermarkets, and the package I have is a simple PAYG which I have been happy with for over 20 years.
My little Nokia was purchased before I went on this network and people laughed at me because my phone only made and received calls and text messages. We honestly didn’t know it did the latter for almost two years when we finally worked out what the occasional ‘ping’ was. How sad is that?
Anyway, my gem of a mobile went to that great network in the sky a couple of years ago and we had to buy a replacement.
The only one we could get that was even remotely similar for the use we wanted as a PAYG and no contract had a camera on board which I am still trying to work out how to use the flash! Coooool, and I’ve posted some of the ‘flashless’ pictures, like this one.
I should really have used this post as a Monday Peeve, because I get SOOOOOOOO mad when everyone assumes we have the same techno stuff, apps and mobile packages as everyone else. Someone decided today to send me a download which has possibly fubared my phone as it is not designed to accept stuff like that and doesn’t have the capacity for it either.
I sent her a text message asking her to abort, but it was too late, and the app/picture/whatever it is was trying to download into my phone, locked it in the process, and I couldn’t delete or stop it.
We’ve gone through the manual, and this type of problem isn’t listed, so even the manufacturer didn’t include this kind of scenario.
We’ve tested the phone and can make/receive calls, and are hoping it will time out and delete itself as incomplete/failed.
In the meantime, I’ve made a note of all of the important numbers (2 sides of A4 paper no less) just in case we have to ditch it and get a new sim card. Dammit, I’ve just put twenty quid on the damn thing!!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to How to muck up a mobile phone

  1. pendantry says:

    I feel for you. I watch my aging mother struggle with her computer, and I think: that will be me in twenty years’ time (assuming that we’re still around), when technology has moved on past the point that I understand it 😦

  2. Liz says:

    Whatever it is, you shouldn’t need a new phone, it’s just you won’t be able to open it, with not being able to use it for whatever phone make you have.

    • Hopefully it will work out like that Liz as we can make and receive calls OK at the moment.

      • Liz says:

        What make of phone is it, if you don’t mind me asking?

      • a STK, one of the cheaper brands but it suited the purpose for me.

      • Liz says:

        I had to look that brand up with not hearing that one before and I see that brand has been around many years. It’s a British make brand. They make the basic key pad phone that I assume you have, just to make calls and texts and nothing else.
        But they also make smart phones too.

        Looks a good phone for your needs and now I see what it does, yes, you have no worries about having anything on your phone, because you can’t install anything without internet, so no worries there.
        It’s just deleting the unwanted text like you do with any other messages you receive.

        So if someone was to send you a text with a web link or a photo attatch, you wouldn’t be able to anything with it as you know, than just delete the text.

        When one time I had a basic phone, as my starter phone, being that was all I could afford then, I had someone send me a message and I wondred what the heck it was, as it just looked scrambled to me and I was guessing it was a link I couldn’t open. Turned out someone tried to send me a photo, when I couldn’t view anything like that because it didn’t except MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), as for that, you need internet. They had assumed I could be a of knowing I had a camera on my phone.

      • Bless you Liz. You’ve summed it up perfectly. Thanks so much for taking the time to check it out. I’ve sent and received text messages this morning with no problem so I shall just leave it alone in the security file out of the way. ❤

      • Liz says:

        Your welcome.

  3. Sadje says:

    Could you just switch it off and turn it on again. It might stop the download. Or even better idea is to disconnect it from WiFi and data and then abort the download.

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