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Post subject: Can You Hear Me Now?
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:30 pm
Joined: Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:25 am Posts: 16
Ran across a very funny letter by a Design News reader on the
reliability of moden appliances. Here it is (forgive the
copying). ---- Ted
HEAR ME NOW? Here's my story: My original (or first two to
three) analog cell phones worked reliably when the battery was
charged. When cell phones went digital, they started doing
strange things. About every three to four months, I had to go
across town to stand in line at a real cellular store (not the
mall kiosk where you buy them) and get the “echo” function
turned off. They had no idea why I would get a 3-second delay of
every thing I said played back loudly in my earpiece. (Note: I
was never good at the Row, Row Your Boat rounds.)
Recently, my husband decided to solve the problem by getting me
the master of all cell phones. It's that popular flip style with
the glitzy name. He even got the top brand wireless earpiece
with it. This was not a cheap shopping trip for him either. The
ear piece worked for a month or two, and then it started cutting
off five minutes into every call. Next it started activating the
amazing function on the phone to dial the number of the name you
speak into the phone — in the middle of calls. Before cutting
your call off, the phone screen would repeatedly demand you to
SAY NAME NOW. Thank goodness I didn't have Mr. Goshdarn
programmed in, because the demand repeated until I turned the
earpiece completely off. That required removal of the battery,
because the single “off/on/redial/volume up/volume down” button
didn't always perform the specific function I wanted. That too,
passed. Now, even with a new battery I can lay it on top of the
cell phone and the phone says “Weak signal.” I'm now holding
this fancy dancy phone to my ear, because even after years of
yoga I still can't safely secure anything THAT thin with the
shoulder to the ear. Do my arms get tired? Absodanglutely not! I
now have to change ears/hands when I turn to the south. The
reception is fine if I'm facing due north. It starts getting
static at east and west and totally inaudible facing south.
It's not like I'm technically incompetent. I'm an engineer
and thrive on high-tech gadgets. Right now I'm shopping for the
most sophisticated hammer that money will buy.
Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:36 am
Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:27 am Posts: 25 Location: Dallas, TX
I'm now holding this fancy dancy phone to my ear, because even
after years of yoga I still can't safely secure anything THAT
thin with the shoulder to the ear.
There's no way Rebecca could be an engineer . . . who
has time for yoga?!
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