My work is on call. My hours are based on events that are booked. Events, of course, change often in size, location, cost, and time. So to be a reliable employee I should be easily accessible, right?
T-mobile is by far the most user friendly company I've dealt with. Their prepaid prices are competitive, most everything can be done online, and THEY DON'T TRY TO SCAM ME. The only catch is, I get terrible reception at home and no reception at work. So it's not incredibly useful because I am at home or work 98% of the time.
Before them I was using Virgin Mobile. The reception was just as bad. The catch is, when I used their web site to turn off the automatic billing, they hit my account anyways. And then when I removed my credit card information, they disconnected a service they had already billed me for that month about 27 days prematurely. No more of my money for them.
I got what seemed like a great deal on a fancy dual-core Verizon wireless phone. I know a guy at work that gets a signal with them. They have the ONLY 4g in the county (probably every surrounding county as well), and what seems like great coverage and competitive prepaid plans. So I buy a SIM for this phone at a retail location and get on the phone to hook this thing up. The service rep tells me that no 4g capable phone on Verizon can be put on a prepaid plan, EVER. I'm a little peeved, but my AT&T internet is down, so I let her forward me to a sales rep to hear about their overpriced contract plans. But before he can even get into pricing he tells me he has to run a credit check. (Background information: I don't borrow money. I don't have any credit cards. I detest the entire CONCEPT of credit. I don't owe ANYONE in the world money. This should be good, yes? No. It is the reason Paypal permanently froze my first account; my name will not show up on a credit check.) I tell him my name will not come up on a credit check and I have zero credit. He tells me that they're gonna want a $400 deposit on an outrageously priced contract plan. HELL no. I want to be a reliable employee, but I don't get paid like that.
After calling Verizon today, I had to get animal feed for my mother. The feed store is only open 3 days a week so I had to buy it from a gas station for a few dollars more. But upon trying to run her card, the transaction stopped. The credit card machine runs on AT&T dial-up internet and the owner of the store was on the phone with AT&T in the back. So I waited. 3 cash transactions occured during this time. I waited longer, and then I was finally able to complete the purchase.
What's the point of this? I have no idea. I'm just pissed. x3 Phone companies piss me off as much as financial institutions.
(Edit: Sorry for the awkward grammar and past/present tense confusion. I probably won't go back to fix it.)
5 years, 8 months ago
20 Dec 2012 00:55 CET