I Got a New Phone – Linux Liaison

I Got a New Phone

For a while, I’ve been disappointed with my Moto X Play. Not because it’s a terrible phone and not because I wasn’t able to get things done with it, but moreso because phones are not supposed to unexpectedly turn off at 20% battery, claiming that you’ve run out of battery. So I set out to buy a new one.

Initially, I checked out the used phone market. Local Craigslist and Kijiji listings were helpful, but not fruitful. The used phone market seems to have been plundered since the holidays and even since V-day. There just wasn’t anything at the right price point and anything that was, wasn’t worth buying because it would be end-of-life within the next few months. So I decided to look elsewhere.

Since none of my friends were selling any phones, I figured I’d just try and get a new one from my carrier. I had a contract on the Moto X Play that was due to finish within 6 months so I wondered if I could get an upgrade. So today, after having delicious sushi with my significant other, I went on a mission to my carrier’s closest outlet.

I wasn’t sure if I should get an iPhone or Android since I had been curious about the Apple ecosystem for a while. Luckily, I remembered that iPhones have terrible batteries and it was exactly “a problem with my battery” (or rather the voltage regulator for my battery) that I was trying to escape, so I shied away from the iPhone and went directly to a representative. I asked them what they had in stock that I could get for “0 dollars on contract” and he proposed to me the Moto Z2 Play.

I thought about it for a moment and considered the problems I had with the Moto X and wondered whether I’d have the same problems. Then the representative told me it also came with a mobile projector “Moto mod”. I asked how much the projector was and the answer was, “free.” I was blown away and said that I’d take it. The representative goes in the backroom and comes out with the phone, handing it to me and saying, “you can take the time to set the phone up to your liking while I prepare the documentation for the contract on the phone.”

I’m setting up the phone, and having a little fun with some of the features of the Moto Z2 Play when the representative tells me that the phone should be activated and, “initial here, here, here, and here, then sign here, and the phone is yours to leave with.” Again, I’m blown away!

Within 20 minutes I walk into the store and walk out with a new phone, all with no money exchange. The best part is that the old contract was wiped from the account at no charge, and the new phone was $0 on contract, and I get to keep the plan I already had in the first place. Videotron(my carrier) is so cool.

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