the good news first… I got GOLD!!! 😀 haha…
not literally real gold but I got myself to subscribe to Smart Gold Lite plan. It’s P300.00 per month with a special P2/min call-rate Smart-to-Smart calls. (do i sound like an advert already?)
anyway, i just wanted to try it out since i’m a big boy now and i think i’ve grown out of the prepaid stuff and can handle the responsibility of paying the bills. well, sort of… in the lite plan, you don’t exactly get a bill sent to you via mail. you’re supposed to be sent an email/reminder that you have accounts to settle with Smart Communications. the store rep told me that if i choose to upgrade to plan 500, i’ll be sent a monthly bill via mail. but i don’t know if i actually spend that much.
anyway, all i did was present my Driver’s License, some reading and signing and form-filling and the next day, i had my new SIM. and there’s the problem… NEW SIM. i didn’t intend to replace my old number. i just wanted to test-drive Smart’s new promo, that’s all.
after destroying… err… breaking my phone, i replaced it with a Motorola W181, the phone that i could afford that time. all was fine until i found a very very BAD flaw in it… it resets itself!!!
i was charging my phone in the office when i heard it turn itself on. puzzled, i went over to check… Inbox = 0 Messages. Phonebook = WHAT THE H3LL?!?! so there… all my contacts on the phone’s memory and the messages not on my SIM are gone. poof! just like that… and that’s quite annoying…
so word of advice, don’t buy a Motorola W181.