A mobile phone thing - the path to Enlightenment

We just changed providers and somewhere during the switch I banjaxed something and all and everything went upside down, to put it politely.

Now, someone on this forum declared that I was a Guru.


The last few days have provided with me with an opportunity to demonstrate how lacking in gumption I really am.

I think I have succeeded and deserve a new badge. The one awarded to those who are obviously ‘as thick as two short planks’.

Somehow while swapping sim cards I lost the phone numbers we had hoped to keep and at the same time managed to get locked out of the phone settings.

After some frantic shuffling, message sending, entering cryptic numbers and waiting, a few days later we appeared to have the original phone numbers back in place and settings all looked right again. Phew.

But as for actually using the phone, receiving calls, the stuff you normally do, nothing happened, nothing worked.

Zilch, nada.

So I downloaded a manual for the phone and laboriously worked through the whole thing checking everything was as it should be.

Hours later couldn’t find any problems, still couldn’t use phone.


Went and made a coffee and had a sit down. Began trying to get used to the idea of no phone.

Later, on laptop searched for an answer. Watched a YouTube video. Followed by a Sudden Enlightenment and Grasshopper, it is truly wonderful.

On the side of the mobile phone is a tiny switch. Wonder of wonders. I can un-mute my device!!

E.T. phone home!

I would display my ‘thick as two short planks’ badge very prominently.
But they still haven’t made one,


I might add that to a disabled person a mobile device is a life line.

Perhaps there should be discounts on these devices with connection fees reduced too.

Someone should look into this.

Keep on keepin’ on
:writing_hand: :grinning: :+1:


That sounds like the sort of thing i’d do @Bobbi only i’d have chucked it around in a fit of temper probably accompanied by a bucket of tears :grin: i had a similar issue with my work phone. I gave it to a colleague & they had it working in a minute. Hmmmph.

Well done on sorting it though. You have some patience to do all that research.




It wasn’t patience, more desperation, I seemed to have messed up Hilary’s phone too.

All’s well that ends well
:writing_hand: :grinning: :+1:


I’m going to put into my planner to call EE tomo after my flu jab and ask!!!

:rofl: :polar_bear: :wink:


So it’s folk like that are the reason why computer help desks people always ask “is the computer plugged in and is switched on at the plug” first :rofl:

But you’re still a Guru, because you essentially broke it and then proceeded to fix it again. :smiley:


Whoops :grin:

You sorted it though so that’s worth a big pat on the back :slightly_smiling_face:


I’ve got broad shoulders, quite happy to accept any amount of praise, pats of congratulation too. Though I do take step back if asked to carry the world around on them, that’s more a job for one of those Greek mythological characters.

Keep on keepin’ on
:writing_hand: :grin: :+1:


Just be a Hercules in respect to atlas - take the burden and and give back as you do @Bobbi

@Bobbi sorry should that be Heracles?! Greek rather than Roman?

Oh no I’ve just looked it up and it’s actually just Greek and English transliteration! Better than mine - sorry cba to correct now

or not?!?! tired now and stroke brain and eyes both going!! ha ah

Oh well the advanced tutorial helped that took 45s

:polar_bear: :wink:


I am so very proud of you! I can no longer be bothered with figuring it out. I would just have gone without until someone came along to fix it for me. And I would have been in tears knowing no one would be calling anyway. Phone only rings for calls from those wanting to sell me funeral insurance, gutter guards, or Medicare Advantage plans (health insurance for elderly, which I am not old enough for). Perhaps just for fun, I should start answering them and chat about my health issues until they give up calling me. ? We do have discounts for disabled people, veterans, seniors, and group discounts for those who work at certain large corporations. Possibly you all do as well.