I don’t like to spend a lot on phones, mostly because I’m so good at not having them. If it’s not stolen, mugged, or borrowed, it’s falling in water or somehow getting donated. My system is to buy a low-cost phone, then I don’t feel the pinch when it goes missing. The priciest phone I ever bought was a 1680, and I gave up on it when the internet wouldn’t work. I suspect it’s Chinese, because the Nokia Handshake breaks in half.

A few weeks ago, my 1203 fell into water. Well actually, what happened is I put it in a juala with a borrowed plastic dish. I had just washed it [the dish, not the phone] and was taking it back to its owner. The water somehow got into the phone and the screen went blank. I dismantled it and dried out the parts. It seemed fine, but it kept dying half way through my phone calls and refusing to accept security codes.

A few days later, Princess was using it as a torch when it fell into some water in the bathroom. I’m not too sure which water exactly, because the lights were out, but I took it as a sign for a new handset. I settled for a Nokla 2700. There’s an authentic looking NOKIA on the faceplate, and the only way I know he’s not true Nokia is the box he came in *pointing up there*. Also, the writing on his back says ‘flashlight’, while Nokias … don’t. The plastic casing is different too.

Googling Nokia 2700 will also show you that in the original, the label goes above the screen, not below it. There’s no mention of FM on the faceplate, and the original Nokia camera is 2.0 MP, while mine claims a whopping 5.0. Also, Nokia doesn’t generally do twin sims. I don’t really mind, because he has all needed features: radio, internet, recording, and even memory slots.

The trouble started when I looked into the packaging. It uses a Nokia battery, but not a Nokia charger. The charger itself is shifty and you have to tweak it to make it work. The box had no instructions, and a few of the phone’s features don’t work. For example, the phone wouldn’t vibrate, and it had no status reports. There’s a setting in ‘Common’ where reports could be enabled, but for some reason, they didn’t work. Plus, the sound was too low.

Luckily, I bought it at my local M-pesa, so I could swiftly take it back. At first, they tried restoring factory settings and when that didn’t work, they replaced it for me. The new handset was fully functional, except for a few minor glitches. The sound on the radio can’t be adjusted, and it’s pretty low. You can’t use the internet because it has settings but no cache or inbuilt browser. There are four recording devices, but you can’t use them without a card for memory. Also, still no status reports.

I should explain beef with my status reports. See, I’m a known control freak, and I get really mad when people don’t reply my texts. In my circle, nobody replies texts. It just not done! So at least I can take comfort knowing the message has succeeded in reaching the person. Without status reports, I can’t even do that! The horror! Still, the phone’s vibrator works, and it really is gorgeous. I went to ask them to replace my charger, and to see if they could fix the status reports. The guy twiddled the phone and announced that it was working.

Here’s what happened. When you go into ‘Common’ there’s a box that says ‘Delivery reports’ and at the bottom of the box, it says ‘on’. When you click on the box, a red dot appears, and the bottom it says ‘off’. So, of course, I never bothered to click on the box. After all, it was already on, right?

So how did the man fix the status reports? Well, he clicked on the box. Apparently, when your phone is blue, a red dot is a good thing. Groan. [Yes, I know it would be easier with twitpiks, but I can’t figure how to put off the flash on the camera, so every time I try, all I get is this.]

So now I have my pretty phone with dual sim and status reports and an annoyingly soft X-Fm, but I’m happy. There’s just one problem. We whined so much about Safaricom that everyone went and bought themselves a Yu line. Zain got clientelle too, after their rates went down. So now suddenly, Yu is all congested and Safaricom rings like a bell. Friends have tried to reach me on all lines and only get through on M-pesa.

Yes, it’s a bank, not a phoneline. It lives in a zombie on the windowsill formerly known as Nokia 1203. Last week, I tried caling Kisumu on all my lines, and only got through via Saf. The only thing that hurts is my pride. Also, clarity aside Safaricom and Zain are only reachable on my windowsill, so once again, my house now has no network. *russumfussumfreeadvertising*

In other news, meet Pinkytoes. I’ve been hustling for new headphones for a while now, and finally got some spare change. I was given a 300 bob pair as a gift [hurray for little brothers!] but they died soon after, despite being gorgeous. So I decided to spend a bit more. Hopefully something pricey would last a bit longer.

I walked into Best Sell on Kimathi Street but they had headphones ranging from 850/= to 1950/=, and the 850/= one was just one. As in one earpiece. Yeah.

I wen into Ebrahims and they had some for 550/=, 650/= … and 2500/=. Naturally, I focussed on 550/=. Only problem is … they were pink. Really pink. And I am not a girl that does really pink. I own one pink sweatshirt, and that’s because it had a v-neck and cost 50 bob. So pink is clearly a problem…

I settled for old Pinkytoes because her muffs were soft fabric. The 650/= pair was black leather, and that causes sweat after a while. It’s not cool since I have them on like 12 hours a day. Also, Black Leather Dude had a hanging appendage, whily Pinkytoes microphone was inbuilt. Sweet!

I decided to forgive her for skin tone and focus on price and convenience. Besides, they’re headphones. I don’t have to look at them. I tested Pinkytoes out once I got home, and thank God she has some kick-ass bass. I just hope she works for skype calls and lasts longer than six months.

29 thoughts on “Mr Blue and Ms Pink

  1. simple,funny and fantastic jst the way it should be. ur really gud at this writing thing no kidding!

  2. You are in actuality the just right internet marketer. The website reloading velocity is definitely amazing. That almost can feel you are performing just about any unique key. Moreover, This material usually are masterwork. you could have completed a wonderful endeavor during this subject matter!

  3. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a
    co-worker who was doing a little research on this.

    And he in fact bought me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this matter here on your internet site.

  4. Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and detailed information you present.
    It’s nice to come across a blog every once
    in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed information. Fantastic read!
    I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google
    account.

  5. Hi there! I realize this is kind of off-topic however I had to ask.

    Does building a well-established website like yours require
    a massive amount work? I’m completely new to operating
    a blog but I do write in my diary daily. I’d like to start a
    blog so I will be able to share my own experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for new aspiring blog owners.
    Appreciate it!

  6. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it
    up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any points for newbie blog writers?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  7. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem along with your website in web explorer, could test this?
    IE still is the market chief and a large element of other
    people will omit your wonderful writing because of this problem.

  8. Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?

    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking
    for something completely unique.
    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  9. I think this is among the most significant information for me.
    And i’m glad reading your article. But should remark on few general things,
    The web site style is perfect, the articles is really
    nice : D. Good job, cheers

  10. This design is steller! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what
    you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

  11. Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your website in internet
    explorer, might check this? IE nonetheless
    is the market leader and a big part of other folks will pass over your fantastic writing because of this problem.

  12. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to
    be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  13. Hi there would you mind letting me know which web host
    you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and
    I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you
    recommend a good web hosting provider at a fair price? Cheers, I appreciate it!

  14. Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you
    get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you protect
    against it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any help is very much appreciated.

  15. I have been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours nowadays,
    but I never found any fascinating article like yours.
    It is pretty price enough for me. Personally,
    if all web owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you probably did, the internet might be a lot more useful than ever before.

  16. hi!,I like your writing so so much! proportion we be in contact extra about your post on AOL?
    I need an expert in this house to solve my problem. May be that’s you!
    Looking forward to see you.

  17. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.

    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message
    home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog.

    A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *