Last week during “End of an Epic” I glanced over the subject of dangling my Tattoo Dongle (By Globe) out of my window during a leading edge of a typhoon, which I recommend not doing in the future. As I said they are not water proof and they function very poorly when damp.
The following Monday after picking up the New Ole Honda from the clinic, I stopped at the new Globe store at the Harbor Point Mall on Subic Freeport. Where I met a charming and knowledgeable employee who was the only person working at the time I arrived, as they opened. (1000 hours) I asked if she could test my unit (My DONGLE!) and see if it still worked as it didn’t work at my house. Well it didn’t work at her house either. Now I knew I must replace my Super Stick with a newer improved one as the one I bought in December is now obsolete as the one I bought Monday is now last week’s model.
But Sir after checking her computer she told me, my old one was still under warrantee, and Globe will repair it for free. I smiled and asked if that would take very long and she informed me it would take about three weeks. Or 21 days whichever came first.
Now the same with car repairs they don’t provide a loaner, so that would be three weeks or 21 days with NO LiP! No Face Book and no easy access to my bank in the United States. Plus I could not check the movie schedules on line at the two malls, not that they’ve ever been right anyway. But it’s something I like to do.
So I glanced at Mayang, who was sitting minding her own business, and letting me work out my own solution to the problem that I had caused. As she knew the truth as to why I needed a new dongle. So feeling a twinge of guilt I looked at the young lady and told her about putting it out in the rain and then trying to dry it out. She got very serious and explained that any type of water damage would void the warranty. I looked sheepishly at her and said; “But I was honest and told you what happened, didn’t I?” She thought for a moment and said yes I had been truthful, and would I like a new and improved Super Stick, to which I nodded in the affirmative and stated that my daughter also wanted Wi-Fi like the old one had.
So for PNP 2,500.00 or Approx. USD 58.00) I was out the door and down the road in my born again car, and my new dongle, just as happy as a what? You guessed it, a clam! We arrived at home, and the excitement from my daughter was over the top, about what you may ask, the car being home after a two month hiatus, hell no; about the new dongle of course. Set it up, and I received the look, “You did good Daddy!” My grandson Jayden (Little Dude) just didn’t seem to care but he loved the box it came in. BTW Little Dude has been walking for a month or so, but his destruction level is kept to a minimum when he’s in his Scooter Pooper Walker.
But next came the clincher (Please believe me I do not make this stuff up) the phone rang and a guy from globe tells me all about a new service in my area, it’s called WI-Max and I may avail of it for a small equipment purchase amount and a low monthly payment.
Where in the name of all the Saints were you three or four hours ago, after I just bought a new dongle? It’s funny, because this was the system that they had denied me, for so many years. An antenna on my roof, a free house phone which he referred to as a landline, but we knew better. And a monthly rate as cheap as I pay now.
But herein lays the rub, to avail of this super dooper star spangled deal, I’m still stuck with my old plan that they cannot stop to switch me to the new plan. My new replacement dongle will forever remain my dongle. Even if I sold the dongle to a friend I’m still obligated to pay the monthly fees whether I use the plan or not.
I sure that the top management at Globe use the movie “Catch 22” as their business model, and still show it monthly at all board meetings. The new Super Stick 4G WI-Fi Tattoo works very well, and I would recommend it to anyone who lives in an out laying area with no access to DSL or other interweb type stuff. Now on that note; “Do ya wanna buy my new old one that has yet to be exposed to falling rain?”