What does any of this have to do with Delta, SPG or any other Skyteam member or Delta partner you may ask? Well, your Delta points blogger uses Samsung Android phones on Sprint and to access GoGo wifi (ah ha, that is the tie-in GoGo onboard – OK I am pushing it, but just humor me for today)! 🙂 I will say I do like that Delta has been quicker to release updates to the Fly Delta App for Android than iOS as of late.
I have been with Sprint for almost 15 years! Yeah, that is a long time (almost as long as I have been a Delta loyalist). I just wish all those years I could have been earning some kind of Sprint points, but I guess they did not think of that (hey, here is an idea to get more Sprint users – POINTS)! Anyway, I went from a bag phone, to a Motorola flip phone, to a kool Matrix type phone to a Samsung Palm smart-ish phone, then a Centro to the S2 you see above. I LOVED my S2 and could not say enough good things about it. That is until…
Samsung dumped on me a massive Samsung update pack that made my baby worthless and unusable. I went crazy. Sprint just blamed Samsung and said “sure we can roll it back, wipe your data, but it will bug you each day to update again and ruin your phone all over”. Grrr… So what is the fix? I could upgrade to the NOTE2. I liked the idea of having a stylus and the fast fix was a new phone so I, reluctantly, went for that. I was in love all over again. I could not say enough good things about my NOTE2. What a phone. That is until…
You have got to be kidding me, another Samsung upgrade that made me CRAZY. I am not a conspiracy theorist but I am starting to think Samsung, every few years, blows up my phone just to push me to upgrade. I even called Sprint to see what my choices were. They were upgrade to the Samsung NOTE4 or do a factory reset – Ugg – I hate both choices I think!
I backed up most of my stuff to my memory card (other than my address book – oppseee) and wiped my phone. And… still worthless after reboot. AGGGG! I started to read up on the NOTE4 to see if that would be my next phone. It looked amazing, but did I really want to upgrade again after only 2 years (yeah, yeah I know, that is like forever but still)!
The next morning I call my local Sprint store. I find out the phone support folks were clueless. I guess I should have applied the Delta HUCB before I wiped my dearest NOTE2 but I did not. Things could be worse. I was told my phone was NOT broken (well sorta not broken anyway). You see the Samsung software update was like a bad burrito at midnight (or any AA 1st class meal), that is, it sounds good when you think about it, but in practice really not so much. What happened was the “enhancement” had caused my phone to not understand where my 3 main Sprint towers are resulting in just about zero connectivity. Being a Delta flyer I understand “enhancement” so it was a strangely familiar feeling.
My choices were to wait for Sprint to find a solution but that could be as long a wait as Delta IT to fix the award booking page (yeah we all know that will never happen). So why not upgrade and be done with it.
Honestly it really was a good choice. Sure it cost a few bucks (like a ton of them but at least I will earn 5x points from my Chase INK card) but the new NOTE4 is really fast. It has Wifi calling. It has a SIM slot for use in Sweden (the NOTE2 SIM has it welded in place). There are a ton of other nice perks including the fact I should be able to use Delta Studio but we will see about that. Oh and the camera is WAY better so my reports should offer much better high rez shots of whatever! Bottom line, I like the new phone!
I mean just look at the quality of a photo of my TV with the STIG from Top Gear – I mean WoW. I cannot wait to start flying and start shooting. Impressive.
So what can you take away from this tech rant? No, I am not going to change over to anything i-product as I fly Delta Air Lines not AA or Alaska (infer what you want from that). I love my upgraded and faster Note4 but am just so reluctant to switch until I have to or am just forced to. But then once I do, I am happy I did. Who knows, maybe it is time to upgrade to an iPhone + AA or AS as my airline – maybe I will be happy if I do – maybe Delta will push me just that far one day! – René
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