Firstly, as you may be aware either through my tweets, or from me grissling about it in person, I have been moving house, and so I have not been at all atentive to the blog.
... But I've moved now, and I'm back!
I've been occupied doing all those things you do when you move - unpacking, storing things, cleaning things and arranging sofas and tables and the like, but finally, barring a box or two, it's all sorted and loving the place.
Now the reason for this post (in default of anything exciting happening in the world of UK politics) is to highlight stupidity on the part of my otherwise excellent mobile telephone operator.
I have two phones with Orange - one a Nokia, the other an iPhone - but combined with my work phone, I'm walking about like some kind of drug dealer at the moment, so ideally I want to ditch one. The Nokia is out of contract, so ideally I'd cancel that and switch the number to my iPhone - but that would be far too simple, and computer says no.
Instead, I must get a pay as you go sim card on another network, transfer my number over using a thing called a PAC code, THEN once that's done, transfer my number back from the pay as you talk sim to the iPhone.
I thought perhaps I might explore whether they would do me any special deal on a SIM only arrangement to save sodding about. This way I could just divert all calls fromthe SIM to the iPhone - but they weren't willing to budge. I was told that the cost would be £30 on a SIM ONLY deal, and the best they could do was £25 on loyalty.
How times have changed in the world of mobile customer retention. So nothing more to it, I'm doing the rediculous thing of transfering to another network and right back again.
What a load of old rot.
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