Cell phone companies........GRR!!
Ok...I signed a contract with US Cellular two years ago and bought a decent phone. A year into my contract I needed a new charger which I was told, they no longer made anymore..but they made some calls and luckily..I found a US Cellular store in my area that happened to have one.
US Cellular has this policy now that, when you have certain phones, they will swap out the batteries for you at no charge so when my battery quit keeping a charge..I went in and they swapped it out for me. I should have figured that it was a probably a used battery probably from a used phone they had in the back..but it worked fine for a few months.
Went in yesterday because the battery they'd given me a few months ago was again..not holding a charge so I figured I'd get another battery swap. They told me that the phone I owned was too old and that they were no longer swapping out batteries for that phone.
Too old?? The phone is only 2 years old (yeah..the duration of my US Cellular contract!!)...and that my contract was up and I was eligible for a brand new phone.
Gee how exciting while they charge me $60 bucks to transfer me to a new plan...I get to pay money for a brand NEW phone when I'm totally happy with the one I own!! Granted, chargers come with new phones..(some do..some don't)..but that doesn't include a quick car charger that would set me back at least $25 bucks!!
While discussing this with them I asked if they had those new UNIVERSAL chargers that are supposed to save on all these useless chargers that people have to throw away when they buy new phones and their reply was, "Unfortunately..we don't at this time."
What gets my goat the most is the idea that an individual buys a cell phone..signs up with a new plan..and then all of a sudden, the batteries become obsolete..the chargers become obsolete...all just to make a fast buck and make you buy a new phone.
Just another case of corporate greed!!