Hell phones

We imagined that in Korea we would have some serious kickass cell phones.  Well, that’s not the case at all.  As you can see by my title…we have nothing of the sort.

During our EPIK orientation, we signed up for a cell phone plan and received a “new” cell phone.  It’s a huge help and that did save us alot of hassle.  In previous years, EPIK teachers have had to wait two or three weeks before getting a phone.  We considered ourselves very fortunate.

However, it turns out that many of our “new” cell phones are previously used (and sometimes still has other people’s data on them).  Not a big deal.  Also, these “new” cell phones are really super old models.  They look like my very first cell phone in America…big and clunky.  Again, not a big deal. 

What’s the problem?  Our phones sporadically work.  One minute they work fine…and the next minute they give us some error and don’t work.  It often takes 5-10 times of taking out the battery and restarting the phone before it works again.  And even then, it may only work for a few minutes, maybe a few hours, and if you are lucky…a few days. But again…you never know.

And since we don’t speak Korean, and 500 of us EPIK teachers are under the same group plan – well, it’s hard to get help. 

On the plus side, our cell phone has become our TV remote control.  Yeah…seriously.  The cell phone has a program that allows it to be a universal remote control.  And since we don’t have the actual remote control that goes with our TV…the cell phone works perfect.

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