Blog Closed Down Because Verizon

It took two years to pay off my Verizon 4G LTE jetpack, and not 3 months later, it’s dead, worth absolutely nothing. (The jetpack doesn’t say where it was made, but I’m guessing China.)

I cannot recharge the battery because the entrance to the plug is broken. Knowing Verizon, I figured they programmed it to break sometime after the contract was up. But the really nice woman behind the Geek Squad counter at Best Buy says that the wearing down of the plug is an issue with cell phones, too. Good to know. But if I had been warned about this problem when I bought the stupid piece of crap, maybe I would have never unplugged it at all. (That’s what I get for trying to save electricity.)

The salesman at the Verizon store said it was physically damaged. I told him this device sits on a table for 24 hours a day — how could it get damaged?

I said it was a manufacturer’s defect. He said he could show me other options. I asked where the closest Comcast store was. Our short conversation ended like this: “Verizon has been fucking me for over two years, but this is the last straw. Have a nice day.”

And because I don’t have a cell phone, I can’t call Verizon and tell them to immediately cancel my account. (And I only have a minute or two of battery life left, and I’m using it to make this post.) Of course, if there’s no activity, I guess that’s the same thing.

The Geek Squad lady said she has Cable One and it’s $100 a month. I said that’s less than what I’m paying Verizon. But she said a new modem was going to be around $100, even though I don’t have to buy a certain brand, like I do for Century Link. She said she has Cable One because of all the problems with Century Link, which I know are legendary. I don’t know if Century Link sucks more than Verizon — perhaps it’s a tie.

We called Cable One from the Geek Squad help desk, but wouldn’t you know, they’re closed for the holiday. She also suggested a repair shop close by, which (wouldn’t you know) is also closed for the holiday.

And now that I’ve had a little more time to think about the situation, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Looking at all my options, perhaps the best one is just to do without the internet for a couple of months. Try to work on a little financial stability. Maybe I can figure out how to connect to a hot spot at my closest Starbucks, so I can occasionally check my email.

I don’t know how long I’ll last without the internet — boredom is my enemy. But you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. (And I’m the turnip.)

Today is not only a holiday, it’s my birthday. So Happy Birthday to me. See ya’ll sometime in the future. šŸ™‚

19 thoughts on “Blog Closed Down Because Verizon

  1. Well Happy Birthday to you, huh? I hate Verizon! Enemy of the internet, the reason our broadband in the US is worse than places in Africa…yeah, them, Comcast, AT&T and a few other companies can bite the big one. C-Link is trying, but they just don’t have the infrastructure in place yet. They should be spending money on that instead of sponsoring the Seahawks, but whatever. I love my cable company, but I am lucky enough to live in an area where they are slightly ethical to their customers. Here is hoping you are back online soon. Starbucks is a good way to go, just remember not to do anything that needs to be secure there.

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  2. Here’s a gift for ya… I have Verizon FIOS and they offer free WiFi hotspots around all major cities (included with my internet plan). Check out this Verizon hotspot locator tool and see if you live near one.

    https://www.verizon.com/foryourhome/myaccount/ngen/upr/splash/hotspots.aspx

    Verizon WiFi:
    User ID NYC-9284
    pswd: freewifinyc1

    This is secure encrypted password protected wifi, so it’s better than the free starbucks open wifis. I hardly ever use this service, from what i remember it’s a fast high speed connection. The downside is most of these hotspots are in hotels, city business centers, airports. Good luck and happy B-day!

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  3. Happy anti-birthday day! Hope you find cause to celebrate in spite of the internet setback. When blogging is a big part of how you find meaning in a terrible situation, the loss of internet connectivity is not trivial. I wish there was some way we could help financially. Be strong, and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

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  4. Life really sucks sometimes, doesn’t it? I’d literally go nuts without Internet access. It’s become my main link to the “world out there” and I can’t imagine my life without it.

    I’m angry that you’re being put through this BS and I sure hope you can get this straightened out soon.

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  5. Happy birthday….I used to pay a 100$ bucks a month to AT&T, get my new phone every year or so and then I got fed up…that’s a lot of money for what!!! there service wasn’t stellar….so I went to Walmart and bought one of there phones…morotola 100$ and it has a decent camera on it and signed up for there “Straight Talk” 46$ bucks a month, no contracts its a month to month and it has all the exact same plan I was on at ATT for 60$ more…I have better reception on my phone than most Verizon and att members….I recently was at the beach and I had reception and the lady next to me had Verizon and she lost reception before she ever got near the beach…so I recommend them highly….and all my phones die at the charger connection too …. I am really happy with Motorola phone…its not an I-phone or any of those but it is a pretty decent phone….kathy

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    • I have a cheap phone and had Virgin payLo service, but I hate talking on the phone (and the sound of the phone ringing). I’m glad I don’t need cell phone service, just internet, but thanks for the info. šŸ™‚

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      • no problem….I was on call when I was working so I had to make sure I had a decent phone and good service…but now…who cares…LOL my phone is off at night and sometimes I forget to turn it on in the morning….LOL

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