Today (2014-07-14) was a crazy day. First, I had to run a couple of errands. This led me to walk the dogs early in the morning. I then boarded a bus to go to Downtown at 8AM. Out of this, I went to find out shipping costs for an item so I will know when I get a similar item. I also got an email from an eBay seller to tell me that what I asked for wasn’t what I got. So, that was a thorn in the side. I also went to FedEx to make a few copies, and get a receipt scanned to .pdf. After the post office, and FedEx, I waited in line to get into Social Security to get verification of my income. I went home, walked the dogs again, and went back out after I dropped off everything I done. I went to the pharmacy to pick up something there, and made it back home.
Part of what needed to be done was fold some documents which then had to be stamped, and prepared to send. The income verification would have been among them, but the envelope from the company was defective which meant I had to call them, and get an address I can send mail too. That will have to be done when I get the chance. I will have that document and what needs to be done prepared beforehand. The receipt is for my Nexus 5 which I chose to spend $90 for a 2 year agreement as compared to what I would have to pay with T-Mobile. I sent an IM to the person that was supposed to have the phone about the defect. I also sent a message to help someone, wrote two blog postings on my Technology Blog, and a posting on this blog (other than this one), and concluded the day with dinner, and ending the evening.
Continue reading And the Craziness Concludes
This was a busy week. The first of the month fell in this week which will explain why. I was out most of the days in some degree, and had been a bit busy throughout. First, I spent a little on my credit card to get new socks and briefs. I was lacking in socks without holes, and my briefs were falling apart. I swear though, underclothes are getting too expensive. On the first, my benefits came, although there was some delay. I was able to address most things quickly though. I paid my rent, and electric bill. I then transferred the rest to my two Capital One cards. The Quicksilver got the money for the phone bill, and Internet service. The reason for this is because this card provides a cash back on purchases made. While nothing to brag about, it is better than nothing. However, even though I paid the bills before the banks open on the first, the money didn’t get recognized until the third.
I also decided to buy a new phone. I of course used T-Mobile’s EIP in-house credit which seems to rival my two credit cards put together. This is rather depressing, but I am not complaining. I was considering trading in the old phone for credit to the new phone, but they only wanted to offer me $20 for my near perfect condition Nexus 4. For that T-Mobile, FU! Needless to say, I kept the Nexus 4. It is now being used as a house phone which therefore retires my old cordless phone from service.
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Not much happened this week. I received a little of the money Chris owed me, but not as much as I wanted. I deposited the money into the bank which was then transferred to the two credit cards, and a portion to the Google Wallet. In addition, I decided to upgrade my phone from the Nexus 4 to the Nexus 5. I also learned the hard way that even Nexus devices with T-Mobile is locked to T-Mobile. I requested an unlocked code for my Nexus 4 which the last payment will be paid in July’s bill. The first payment for my Nexus 5 will be in August. Last this week, Chris came by on Saturday for a couple of hours.
As for plans for the next week, I will be expecting not only my normal benefits, but a rent rebate deposit. This is due on July 1, which the money will be used to pay for the dog’s annual visit, and the rest to my credit cards to reduce the money owed. I am also expecting a BAWI site to be registered which I will start to work on (hopefully). I had been a bit lazy on my sites this week, and hope to make up for it in the coming week.
Earlier today, I upgraded my phone from the Google Nexus 4-16GB to the Nexus 5-16GB. While the Nexus 4 still worked well enough – there are a couple of reasons why I chose to upgrade, and the benefits I have. First, the Nexus 5 is more capable phone which will run more reliably, and in a slimmer package. In addition, the Nexus 5 support LTE bands of service which will hopefully allow for future VoLTE (Voice over LTE). The capacity is the same, so there is no benefit there. The phone cost $30 (sales tax), and will have a monthly charge of $16.50 for 24 months.
As with most Android devices, updating the phone was relatively simple, although not everything as for settings transfers over. The button placement is similar so there should be no learning curve from my Nexus 4. As for the Nexus 4, it will eventually be replacing the Siemens Home Phone as the primary house phone. This will first require the phone to become unlocked, and then using the TruPhone SIM Service. The Nexus 5 has a 4.95” 445ppi display supporting HD resolution and a 16:9 Aspect Ratio. There is a 1.3MP front camera, and an 8MP rear camera with an LED flash. There is a 2300mAh battery, Qi Charging, Bluetooth 4.0 support, Wifi-AC, NFC, GSM-2G/3G and LTE Support. Since this is an North America phone, the LTE bands are 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41. In addition, CDMA 0/1/10 are supported. The phone has a Snap Dragon 800 CPU (2.26Ghz) with an Adreno 330 GPU. There is 2GB of memory, and with my device – 16GB of storage, but there is a 32GB option. A micro-USB (slimport) is at the bottom, and there is noise cancelling microphones. As one might expect, I have the black model.
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T-Mobile decided to offer the Nexus 5 16GB model for an easy payment plan of $42 + 24 payments of $17. This comes to a price tag of $450 + sales tax. However, this is a serious issue, especially when you consider other factors.
First, if one was to pay full price for the phone upfront, they will have to pay $450+sales tax. At Google, the 32GB model is $50 cheaper than what T-Mobile will sell for the 16GB model. And since they may no mention of the 32GB model, I will only presume that T-Mobile does not wish to sell a Nexus 32GB for $550 which seems to be what T-Mobile will likely do. However, this major discrepancy of price is not the only issue.
Continue reading A Nexus 5? Not from T-Mobile