OK, Rogers is the worst cell phone provider on the planet, unfortunate as that may be they also seem to be the best option for GSM in Canada. ughhh. Alright fine. Here’s more reasons why I hate them.
I was on a trip recently and lost my phone charger. This happens every few years to me. I’m jammed up need to get my phone back working. So I go to a Rogers retail store. They sell me an aftermarket Blackberry compatible charger for $50.00. Wow I think, that’s kind of expensive… actually really expensive I thought. I’ve got no choice though. I’m stuck on Vancouver Island in a small place and I do really need that phone to work. I get it.
I go back to the in-laws house and fire up the internets to see what you can get online. Sure enough at some pretty slick online stores you can get an original Blackberry charger for $8.99. OK so Rogers just ripped me off $40.00.
Here’s the kicker. I almost didn’t even care. I mean with the over-billing, shifty online account reporting – that never seems accurate, excessive roaming and data fees I really didn’t care. I felt like I actually got off easy, those crooks have taken me for thousands of dollars what the hell’s another 40 gonna matter?
I suck it up and get on with life. First plugging my dead phone in with the new charger. I come back a couple hours later… my battery indicator is still blood red . Hmm wtf? My old charger used to be lickity split. Usually in 30-40 mins I had a good charge back and could go on with business. It takes this new charger about 18 hours to charge the phone. It doesn’t really get any better.
So I buy another charger, a new battery, a holster and a micro sim card from that online store I found. The whole order is under $40.00 with shipping…. and comes pretty quick. I get the charger out, plug it in and voila… phone charged in 30mins.