Sorry this place has been so dead – the demands of a small businessman are many. From making sure those hoodied teens aren’t shoplifting, to restocking the widgets, everything has been a bit more of a struggle than expected. So Chillyville has been a little deserted. To make matters worse, the worst damage one can inflict on the Chilly household happened last weekend: our internet stopped working. Yes, the Time Warner modem would occasionally tantalize us with four yellow circles of joy (and one blinking orange one indicative of the struggles of truly finding a connection in the world)…but it was always fleeting, forcing us to survive by whatever primitive means necessary (talking, watching tv, iPad Scrabble).
Enter T-Mobile. As you may recall, I got a MyTouch 4G phone last fall. The primary motivation for purchasing that particular device was not its attractive reverse-avatar Carly Foulkes (above), but the fact that it would work over the wifi connection in our apartment (which has roughly the same cell phone reception as a cave in Afghanistan). Now, with Time Warner taking its yearly sabbatical from providing the internet access we pay for, I was quite obviously double-screwed. Not only did I not have internet access, but I was prevented from catching up with folks due to the fact that the internet usually provided my in-home reception. Dammit.
But, wait, what’s this mobile hotspot feature? Given the shoddy nature of my reception, surely I wouldn’t have access to T-Mobile’s unravaged-by-the-iPhone HSPA+ network? For those that can make intuitive leaps based on titles of blog postings, you might guess that it worked. You would be correct. But would you guess that the motherfucker worked so well that it would power my computer and the PS3, where SO was busy streaming season two of The Tudors (less banging and violence than Rome or Spartacus, but I’m pretty sure it’s still girl-pron). I was stunned that it could handle Netflix streaming, much less that and my normal robust level of websearching. Kudos, T-Mobile, on a fine product – and a pretty fine spokeswoman, come to think of it. Kudos all around.
One final thing: if you are having a problem with something (for example, Time Warner internet service), I strongly recommend heading over to Twitter and lobbing in a complaint. I know, most consenting adults think Twitter is idiotic, and I can understand that perspective as I only use it to read one-liners from comedians and writers, mostly, but it has also emerged as a powerful, real-time consumer forum. Once my complaint was aired, I got a response in three minutes and then the thing was fixed the next day, without us having to set up an appointment and wait around for 12 hours (although we do that anyway, so no biggie). Next time you get screwed by a business, head on over to Twitter – you can make a fake name account in like 32 seconds. (TDiddy – @Snookisvagina has already been taken, you’ll have to start from scratch.)
P.S. This is not a sponsored post, these are legit props for a job well done. (Also, T-Mobile is unable to provide payment in a beefy crunch format, so wouldn’t really work anyway.)