Big Winner

Well hot damn! The fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is in full swing at the office. I’ve bought a king’s ransom of raffle tickets, lunch plates, fruit cups, fundraiser tickets for the last month.

Sanyo SPC-8100Today it paid off in spades. Check out my brand new cell phone baby! Bought a ticket just after lunch, and a couple hours later I got the call to come pick it up. Oh yeah, a brand new Sanyo SPC-8100 camera-phone, ready and waiting. Stopped off at IT&E on the way home, plopped down some cash for a prepaid wireless card, and I got a new phone, sucka’s.

So expect a flurry of blurry, drunken pictures in the next few weeks as I take my new toy out on the town and get silly with it. Maybe I’ll start photographing random slappings. I’m looking for any volunteers… Wes, I’m thinking of you. How about a trip back to Guam for a little slap dash fun?

This phone was a fortuitous windfall. My current phone sucks and I’ve never been happy with it. I was thinking of dropping it in a few months, once GTA goes with GSM phones and all that crap, but I’m willing to use IT&E instead. Hell, this is a cool little phone, and I’m looking forward to playing around with it. I know some people loathe cellular phones (CC? Any takers?) but I think they have their uses. I know several people that don’t even bother with land lines anymore, they just have a cell phone with a bajillion minutes. Makes perfect sense to me. My land line keeps giving me troubles, I think it’s because somebody drove into the pedestal on our street a couple months ago.

Anyway, you want my new number, email me and I’ll send it along. The old phone is going to get disconnected on Monday, so just toss the old 482 number. Tommy’s stepping into the next millennium with this phone.

5 thoughts on “Big Winner

  1. Merm

    Congratulations Thomas! All your generosity paid off.

    I just within the last year or so got myself a cell phone. I was one of those last hold outs. Just figured if I really needed to call someone I could find a phone somewhere. Trouble was pretty soon I was thinking about asking others to use their cell phones. Not cool. So, I thought time to get my own. Anyway, I also didn’t want to join some ridiculous plan where you had to sign up for a year or two’s worth of payments for lousy service. So I got what around here is probably considered a kids’ plan. Virgin Mobile. This pre-pay plan (sans contract) works well enough, but I think it’s probably more expensive than the regular plans with contract. But worth it to me when I don’t have any obligations with it (or huge surprises at the end of the month).

    So I was thinking about when I got to Guam. It would be time for me to break down and get a real cell phone. I want my kids to be able to get in touch with me when they need to even if GTA is down. It seems like every other time I call my mother, I can’t get through. By the way, it wasn’t this way ten or fifteen years ago. The phone system was pretty reliable back then (unless a typhoon had just hit).

    So, what would you recommend as a good wireless service there, that would be good for local and stateside calls…

  2. Thomas

    This new phone is from IT&E, and they boast about having the most extensive coverage area on island. We’ll see. They also have roaming on Saipan and Stateside via Sprint PCS.

    My old cell phone was from Startec, which turned into EC Comm a couple years ago. They basically resold the GTA Cellular service, and I was not pleased with it. I had/have a contract for 30 minutes a month, plus free nights and weekends. That sucked about $60 out of my wallet every month for something I rarely used. So I am going with prepaid this time around, I figure it is more cost effective for light users like me.

    Guamcell, formerly Guam Cellular and Paging, is the big dog in wireless service on Guam. They market heavily (so does #2 IT&E), and from what I hear they are servicable. I’ve never used them, though I do call people with Guamcell numbers fairly often.

    GTA is rolling out their new cellular plans these days, with promises to move their current CDMA system to GSM by this summer. GSM is that world mobile standard – think T-Mobile or Vodaphone. One phone, usable around the world, it’s an attractive idea. That’s what I was thinking about switching to in a few months.

    Smaller cellular players on island include Hafatel, EC Comm, Verizon and iConnect. Like I said, EC Comm resells the GTA service. Cellular doesn’t seem to be a focus for them though, they’re more into long distance and data services. I don’t know a thing about Verizon’s cellular plans or service. Hafatel sells prepaid GSM phones, which are cool, but they suffer from a miniscule coverage area. My friend Reiner’s Hafatel phone is nearly useless here in Yoña. iConnect pioneered those push-to-talk radio phones on Guam and Saipan. We used them at work for several years, and I had no complaints. Of course I never used them outside of Tamuning/Tumon/Tiyan. Guamcell and IT&E both introduced push-to-talk radio phones last year and work switched over to Guamcell from iConnect. I don’t have one of these new radio phones, but the scuttlebutt is they suck – or at least the radio feature does.

    Obviously cellular phones are a booming business on Guam, I know I didn’t get all of them. Island Fone – is that still around? There are plenty of choices on the island for cellular service, and competition generally means lower prices and more features. So shop around Merm, see what you can find.

  3. CC


    But congratulations just the same. Nice to find out some folks I know win things once and a while. I agree cell phones have their uses, roadside emergencies and such, it’s just that things have gotten way out of hand. You will hopefully see some sort of project from me on this topic in the future.

    Forward me the new number for my files so I can wake you up in the middle of the night to ask you what time it is.

  4. Anonymous

    send me a bloody drunken post-slapping toys photo please. and please gmail me your new contact number, as i want to call you just after CC and wake you twice in the same night.

    peace brother,

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