My big bro came through with the unlock code. Odd thing: I entered it, and I’m certain that the response was ‘unlock unsuccessful’, yet it has clearly worked.
I may have made a mistake at this point. Wouldn’t surprise me: I’ve made a heckuvva lot of those in the last six decades. This particular mistake was deciding to reset the phone to its factory settings…. a minor digression: searching for ‘How to reset a Samsung Galaxy J3 to its factory settings’ led me down an unfruitful garden path involving holding the ‘volume up’ button together with the power button, which was (allegedly) supposed to do the trick. It didn’t. Fortunately, O2’s website set me straight on this point. Unfortunately, the decision to go down this path may not have been the wisest choice, because…
… the phone now wanted to update its software. But, though I now had a SIM, had installed it correctly, and had unlocked the phone, I hadn’t actually registered the phone with the telecom provider as yet. So for the next hour or so it bleated at me, with the nice, friendly message ‘if this is taking too long, go back and try another network’. I thought I’d try asking the O2 guru, since they’d helped me earlier; the O2 website says ‘Live chat is the quickest way to get in touch with us’ — but when I tried that, I got the nice, friendly message ‘The service is currently offline, please try again later’.
By this point I was getting mighty sick of nice, friendly messages.
I went down t’ pub to meet with another one of my brothers. I’d been to this particular pub before, and knew that they had a Wi-Fi service that was available to patrons. I asked for, and was given, the password for it. Oddly enough: that cured the software update problem.
The next problem (yes, I think you’ve guessed that there would be another one) was that the phone now wanted me to enter an email address, and a password. Of course I have an email address. But I have NO clue what the password is: because I use a password safe. I’ve used the safe for years: no worries about having to remember passwords, because the safe knows them all. Just double-click on the row of asterisks in the safe, and paste where it’s needed… works great! … except, of course, that I can’t do that with a dumbphone. And since the safe concocts the passwords themselves, they’re made up of inscrutable characters; strings that I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to enter into this phone. So, ironically, I think I’ll have to change my email password to something less secure just so that I can get this phone to work with email.
I was right. I tried entering the extremely secure password from my password safe, five times, but each time I got it wrong. So I had to change it to something easier to enter :( (I used my ‘One Ring‘ technique, just in case you’re interested.)
Talking about ‘entering data’, on the ‘phone I’m as slow as a slow thing that’s learning how to be a snail, because for years now I’ve been typing on a Dvorak keyboard layout. So going back to that obsolete QWERTY layout is a real pain! … although I suppose you could argue that it’s no longer ‘obsolete’, because when entering text on a mobile phone interface it doesn’t really matter what keyboard layout is employed: each is as clumsy as another.
So… where are we? I’ve got the phone, unlocked it, installed the SIM, reset to factory settings, logged in to my email account. I guess it’s time to try to find out what this thing is good for…
… any ideas?