Blogging 365, Day 66: Wrong Number


Since switching to MetroPCS just a few weeks ago after dumping Virgin Mobile, I’ve been getting a lot of wrong numbers. In fact just minutes after having the phone activated and while still standing at the counter, I received some sort of text invite for an app I didn’t even know the phone had. I honestly think the phone was just handed to me at that point and I hadn’t even had the time to look through it yet.

The calls continue and they all have one thing in common: they are all from Oregon and so far I’ve received them from a school, a pharmacy, the Oregon Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Forensic Institute.

So to all of these places, I have a few words.

To the school: I don’t have a son/daughter named Jordan (name changed to protect the innocent). Besides, I’m not quite sure which gender that name is appropriate for and therefore wouldn’t name any of my kids that.

To Jordan’s parents: Get their ass to school. And when you take them, the secretary wants a doctor’s note to prove they’ve been sick. And oh, Jordan’s prescription is ready at the Generic Pharmacy.

To Generic Pharmacy: I’m not Jordan’s parent so I won’t be picking up his/her drugs.

To the Oregon Chamber of Commerce: I live in California and have never been to Oregon, let alone tried to start a business up there (although I hear it’s very pretty).

To the Oregon Forensic Institute: I’m not crazy and cannot confirm that I will be at my scheduled appointment. And you have the wrong number.

To the kid (from California) who called today asking for Dad: I am a dad – just not yours. Hope you get in touch with him. Maybe you should try going on Maury.

And to all those other random nutjobs who keep calling me: knock it off already.

Virgin Mobile Gives Us More Choices

It seems like it was yesterday when I wrote a post about the survey I had taken in which Virgin Mobile was asking me what I thought of the potential names of their upcoming phones.

Almost one month to the day of that post, today Virgin Mobile announced two brand-spanking-new models: the LG Optimus Slider and HTC Wildfire S. Strangely, neither of these phones bear the names for which I was surveyed but with the addition of these two models, Virgin Mobile now has a total of five Android phones for consumers to choose from.


Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus Slider (MSRP $199.99)

With its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the LG Optimus Slider looks pretty much like a replacement for the LG Rumor Touch only it’s running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.


Virgin Mobile’s HTC Wildfire S (MSRP $199.99)

Speaking of clones, it looks like the HTC Wildfire S could be a clone of the LG Optimus in terms of screen size (3.2”), processor (600 MHz), etc. It’s a little thinner and lighter than the Optimus but comes with a 5MP camera and a flash, something previous VM Android models (except the TRIUMPH) lacked. Like the Slider, the Wildfire S also boasts Android’s 3.2 Gingerbread platform.

But with the few pluses comes a huge minus: talk time. According to the specs, this model has an astounding 3.8 hours of talk time. By comparison:

  • Motorola TRIUMPH: 4 hours
  • Optimus V: 6 hours
  • Samsung Intercept: 6.4 hours

Granted, with texting often being the preferred choice of communication these days, talk time may not seem to relevant but hey, I’d expect a little more than that.

All in all, Virgin Mobile seems to be sending in the clones with these two models and I don’t see myself rushing to sell stuff on eBay to buy either of them. The only good thing here is that the prices will definitely drop on all other Android models to make way for these, which is great news if you’ve been eyeballing that Optimus V.

Virgin Mobile Survey: New Phones and Potential Names

Just when I thought Virgin Mobile was starting to overlook me for survey purposes, I get one in my inbox! This time we find out a few details of what they have planned for the future.

Here’s the first screengrab:


Hey, it looks like Virgin Mobile has yet another Android phone on the horizon! No specs; the survey just asked me what I thought of the name they planned for this “touchscreen Android phone” with the standard Android features.

Let’s move on to the second question:


Hmmm. Verve and Fling. What do you think? Despite my trigger-finger (where I inadvertently marked the Yes box) I wasn’t too crazy about either one of them.

Question the third:


Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. Judging by the information here, Virgin Mobile has two (presumably) Android phones planned for future release with the one mentioned above featuring both touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard. Possibly a replacement for the outdated and tired Samsung Intercept?

Finally, the fourth question:


So there you have it: the touchscreen/QWERTY combo will either be Venture or Chaser. Or neither, depending on what they decide with the answers given from this survey.

Regardless of the names, consumers have at least two more Virgin Mobile Android phones to look forward to and hopefully not as bad as the Motorola TRIUMPH, whose GPS has been notorious for its lackluster performance.

And if you are considering the switch to Virgin Mobile, they currently have a $25 credit promotion for new customers only. It started on 8/24/11 and runs through 9/5/11. There is also a time limit in place to activate the phone so if you want to take advantage of this, you better hurry.

The details as posted on their Web site:

* Terms and Conditions of the $25 credit:

  • To qualify to receive the $25 credit, you must purchase a Beyond Talk phone from between 8/24/2011 and 9/5/2011. In addition, you must activate your phone on a current Beyond Talk plan by 11:59PM Pacific Time on 10/4/2011.
  • This promotion is available for new customers only. Existing customers may still purchase a Beyond Talk phone but will not be eligible for the $25 credit.
  • Limit of one $25 credit per Virgin Mobile account. Virgin Mobile reserves the right to modify, extend or cancel offers at any time. Offer may not be combined with any other offer. Restrictions apply.
  • The $25 credit will be awarded upon activation within this timeframe.
  • You will receive an alert on your phone once the $25 credit has been applied to your account.
  • The activation must be successful in order to receive the $25 credit.
  • This promotion is applicable only to newly-purchased Beyond Talk phones that are activated on a Beyond Talk plan.
  • Phones activated by existing Virgin Mobile customers are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Previously used phones received as part of the Pass-it-On program are not eligible for this promotion.

Now if they would only come through with their Phone Fund and Free Phones for Life programs