iPhone Tragedy = Phoneless Bliss
Like many of you, I live with my phone as an extension of my arm. It is my camera, it is my work tool and it is my social connection. So when it slipped off my lap onto the floor as I stepped out of the car, and then I stood on it, all in one smooth move, I was horrified. During my job, surveying dirty and dark smoke filled houses, I have dropped it a number of times and it has been perfectly fine. This time however, I dropped it in a gravel car park and a big stone got it, right between the eyes, add to that my hefty 150lbs and you have a dead iPhone.
What made it worse was I did it whilst on holiday in the South of France so I had no access to my usual contacts. Luckily I also had my iPad with me and I was able to send an email to my boss from my gmail account explaining what had happened and apologising profusely. He was rather pragmatic about the fact that these things happen, but I needed to ring Vodafone corporate to organise a replacement. Well clearly my phone didn’t work and Esras phone does not have roaming on it, so it would have to wait until I was back in the Country.
I rang Vodafone on Saturday morning, unfortunately, I was told, the department who could organise a replacement only work Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. So when Monday morning arrived I borrowed Esras phone and made that call. That’s fine, I was told a replacement would be available as soon as my manager authorised it, they would send him the email today. They would email me when it was on it’s way. I booted up my laptop to pick up the 500 inevitable emails that had arrived in my inbox during my holiday, only for my system to tell me that my password had expired. The only way I can change my password is to VPN into the servers, the only way I can VPN into the servers is by using a 12 digit key which is text to me, on my phone. So now, I am first day back at work with no emails and no phone.
I find an email from the office in my paperwork on one of my files and phone my lovely new assistance Lauren. I explain the situation, explain that if anything is urgent to email my Gmail account and asked for my bosses number. I phoned my boss and relayed the bad news. As it happens Mondays are my visit day anyway, and Lauren had emailed me the paperwork I needed for my visit so I was good to go. By Tuesday my phone had not arrived and my work had taken on a different pace, rather than being stressed and frantic, I was relaxed and able to work on what I could do without email. It was a revelation. Wednesday is my visit day and again Lauren sent me the paperwork I needed for that and I greeted my new appointments with smiles and a much more relaxed demeanour. This must have been what work was like without emails. It was amazing! I could concentrate on the job at hand, rather than mentally juggling all the other unanswered questions I had on all the other projects I was running simultaneously, and for once in my life I felt remarkably relaxed and in control.
There were no texts to answer, no distractions, no checking Facebook when I had a spare minute. It was just me doing my job, meeting my clients and thoroughly enjoying it.
My phone arrived today. A new iPhone SE, much smaller than my 6. It’s just charging at the moment and then I will put in the SIM card. It will then ping at me a large number of times I’m sure with the amount of voicemail messages I will have received. Tomorrow I will VPN in and change my password so I can get all my emails. I imagine there will some frustrated ones asking why I haven’t responded yet, or stating URGENT! but I am going to save all that stress for tomorrow. For this evening, I am going to continue to luxuriate in the peace and quiet that is life without a phone.