Being a bit old school, I still call our Verizon Jetpacks “AirCards”. So when I went into Verizon store near our condo, I told them, “I lost my AirCard out in the Walmart parking lot about an hour and a half ago…I need to cancel that one, and get another one.” The man and the lady at the counter looked at me like I was nuts. “Do you have a prepaid plan?” Nope. I give the lady Marcia’s phone number, which is the main number on the plan, and I tell the guy, “I think you might call them ‘Jetpacks’.” As he looks over our plan he says, “Oh, heck, all we need to do is to replace what you have with a new Jetpack!” I reply, “Uh, don’t we need to cancel that old Jetpack so that someone doesn’t use up all our data?” He replies, “When we activate the new one with the same info as the old one, it will make the old one unusable.” Ok, we are getting somewhere. Now, I am thinking two things…do they have any in stock…and how do I get out of here with out spending an arm and a leg.
So next, what was it going to cost us??? Skruffy was ready to fork over as much of her piggy bank as she could, but I was hoping that it would not need to break into her stash. New 6620L Jetpack list price is $199.00. “IF” we go under a 2 year contract, the cost would come down to $49.99. However, Marcia has been a Verizon customer for over 10 years…she estimates it was probably 15 years. He said, “Listen, I have a deal for you. I will waive all cost except the mandatory $30 activation fee, put you under a 2 year contract, and you need to agree to the $5 per month replacement plan. ‘IF’ you decide to cancel the plan, you can do so after 30 days.” DEAL! Skruffy can keep her money, I can handle this!!!
Was back to the condo within an hour, box in hand. Thirty minutes later I had the network name in, the password in, and had connected both computers and both Kindles to the new ‘AirCard’. Then I turned it off…it is ready for our next trip. More about our next trip next time…let’s just say, “Two weeks from now, we will be in Florida, but we won’t be in the Condo. And when we leave, it should be for the rest of the YEAR!!!!”
Note: You can see that I smoothly skipped over the part pertaining to "ME" loosing the AirCard in the Walmart Parking Lot. I learned that from the various Main Stream Medias...if you don't want to talk about the "problem", just ignore it as though it did not happen... (they all act this way...frankly, I think true trusted journalism is a thing of the past)