Cell Phone Jones. Who’s Really Calling The Shots Here? How Much Was That?

 

 

 

Hold me tight and never let me go.

“I’ve never known anyone like you–I mean except for the 8.  We’ll be together forever, or until they release the 11.”

 

NOTHING PERSONAL BUT…

 

 

 

Y o u               shopped for it.  You popped for it.  You carry it.  You lock it.  You protect it.  You display it.  You trust it.  You train it.  You know it.  You hold it aloft.  You program it.  You search for it.  You wake up to it.  You finger it.  You insure it.  You answer it.  You’re proud of it.  You’re impressed by it.  You cherish it.  You’ve incorporated it into your very self-image.

 

Y o u               take it on vacation and show it the sights.  You feed the giant data ball OEMs build behind it and feed it with.  You’re fixated by it and you don’t share it.  You’re in love.  So is it really your phone?

 

Or are you part of the massive volunteer army acting as “Device Server” for the makers, or Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEMs)?  Gotta feed the data ball yo.

 

 

Have you stepped into traffic while glued to it?  Is there insurance for that kind of thing?  Would you drop down the plastic port-o-potty hatch to save it?  Some have.  Explain that.  If that’s not a willingness to go to any length then what is it?  That’s one of the addictive behavior ques isn’t it?  You’re not addicted?  Then hand it over for an hour.

 

 

 

bridal-636018_1280Nice shoes but we’re going to need your phones–if we’re gonna do this thing.  It’s a four-way.

 

 

Still consider yourself single after that?  Apple and Alphabet ought to be paying you for the data you provide.  Don’t firms normally need to pay if they want market research?

 

 

 

Have you asked your Apple or Android platform where the two of you are going this summer?  You heard about the water-proof thing right?

 

 

maldives-666118_1920Look.  Google uses the same toe-nail enamel as you.

 

 

Who needs water-proof when you’ve got Paris in the Spring?  That is if you can still carry your phone on.  Can’t we just ride wherever it is you put it?  Can i get a signal in that compartment?

 

“Here we are in the City of Lights.  We had an awesome time–here let my phone show you.”

 

 

The “SMART” iPhone premium.  How Apple became the largest company in human history.

 

Not everyone acts like a phone addict.  Besides, there are much worse and common things.  How about micro-beads in the ocean?  That’s a one-way trip.  You probably don’t get those back.  What about other modes of phoning?  There are others.  Here’s one.  One of us did it.

 

The Samsung Gusto 3 is a flip-phone.  That’s right.  It’s light, small, rounded, voice-activated, with a bright display, and good sound.  One of the crew had a Gusto and uses Verizon.  The phone died.  A replacement was needed.  Looked around.  Phoned Verizon.  Fifty bucks to replace at Verizon.  But the Verizon rep said that the Gusto was also available for much less on Amazon.

 

 

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This modest little workhorse by Samsung was selling on Amazon for $0.01.  Right, one cent–including shipping and zero tax.  The math.  The info from the Verizon rep cut the price paid from $50.00+tax/shipping, to a penny.  That’s a cut of 5000%.

 

 

iphone-x-2957273THE X.

 

 

 THIS IS FUN.

 THE SPECTACULAR iPHONE X

 Assume a flat $1000.00 price tag on the most sophisticated consumer product ever, the X;  total$1000.00 and for a zillion reasons worth it to scads of people. The jeans change-pocket-sized Gusto by Samsung;  total $0.01.  The premium up-grade percentage increase…..100,000%.  When presented with purchasing options do you normally step up your price point by 100,000%?  What inside that device makes your life better and by how much?

 

Guess where this member of our crew stashed the $999.99 saved?  And when she called to activate?  She talked Verizon out of what they defined as an “up-grade” charge because none had occurred.

That’s another $30.00.   Thus total replacement/activation $0.01.

And you’re right.  The above 100,000% difference is working off the “law of small numbers.”  But then, that’s how pricing works.  Besides, pennies add up.  Ask the Kingdom of Apple.

And never worry.  When you ask, they’ll remember you, a lot about you.

 

Thanks for reading.  Keep looking.

 

 

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