I am trying to overcome my fears. When I got my new laptop a couple of years ago and the operating system had changed from one of the older versions of Windows to Windows 8 oh gosh, I was totally lost for ages. It seemed to take forever to find or do anything and I was incredibly stressed by it all. I haven't upgraded to Windows 10 even though the computer keeps asking me to. Too scared you see!!
As for mobile phones - cellphones - well, that has been even worse. A couple of years ago - perhaps three or four years - I had to replace my phone as the previous one was dying, it wouldn't hold any charge anymore, the case was scratched to beyond belief, but as it was pushing a decade old I couldn't complain about the service that it had given me.
When I went to buy a new phone I marched into the shop - this was pre blogging days - and said that I wanted a phone that made calls and that was it. No camera, no internet, none of that "rubbish". That was what I got. My phone made calls and cost me less than £1.00 - 99 pence to be exact. It again has served me well and has continued to do so. I have been very happy with it.
With one exception. No camera, no internet, hence no Instagram and finally feeling left out of the world and wanting to join in.
So yesterday I overcame my terror of technology and of phone shops and I went and bought a new phone. It has a camera, it has the internet and I now have Instagram!!!!! Yay!!!!! Finally I have joined the real world with the rest of you.
Not that I am getting rid of my old phone as I will explain in a moment.
You can now find me on Instagram as Lovemademyhome - of course!!! I have been anxiously checking on Google to make sure that no one had an IG account in that name for the last few days as I was so worried it had already been taken. As I am Love Made My Home - or as I like to think of it LMMH - everywhere else I wanted to be the same for IG and I am.
I have found a few of you already and am following you and some of you have found me too, but if we haven't connected yet please do come and find me and follow and then I will follow you back and we can interact!
It is all new to me and I am still terrified of the phone and the whole data thing and wifi and all the rest of it, but I am getting to grips with it and quicker than I did when I got my new computer so that is all good and I expect that it will come...
Back though to the purchase of the darned thing.
First we went to John Lewis (very good department store) which is where I have bought tech before and always had very good service. They didn't have what I wanted though as I could either have a really cheap phone with hardly any memory and not very good camera, or something really expensive. So sadly that was a loss.
That meant going to the phone shop. Scary. I wanted to keep the same number and was happy with my network so we went straight to the shop for the network I already have. Of course I was instantly pounced upon by the sales child - seriously if she was actually 18 I would be surprised.
It took nigh on 2 hours to complete the purchase, switch my number to the new phone - which I am still waiting for it to actually switch across - pay for it, set up the data thingy, oh and on and on and on and on it went!!!!! She got a bit upset when I declined all the extra insurances and did I want wifi and goodness knows what else, but we soldiered on and got there in the end.
To say that the purchase was a trial is an understatement. It is completed now though and I am finally in the real world with everyone else.
The reason I am keeping the old phone. Well, this was the one thing that has annoyed me rather. I decided to buy the phone and then do a 12 month - very cheap after I negotiated - contract for data and calls only. I had to also buy a £10.00 top up. I thought that would be added to the phone as extra credit. No. I had to pay £10.00, but it cannot be added to the phone I have this data contract thingy. So I am stuck with a £10.00 credit.
Hubby suggested that when my number is switched to my new phone I put the credit - on a sim card - into my old phone and keep that as an emergency back up phone and credit just in case we ever need it. Very sensible I thought, it will make use of the credit and the "old" phone which really had nothing wrong with it at all.
He is a sensible fellow isn't he my husband!
So after all that, do you want to see the phone? Here it is! Sorry about the fingerprints!!
This is also my first IG post... Get me!
Well, there isn't any more to add, other than to ask you to please come and find me so that I can come and find you all!!!Hope you are having a good weekend!