My cellphone let me down last week in a manner that nearly made my worst phone nightmares come true. It conked out twice –both on crucial days. First was the day the finance minister presented his budget and the second when Hindustan Times was in a relaunch.
In between, I quickly ran to the repair guy in Noida, but I needed his help again.
I realised how mission-critical the device has become to our lives. Here are a few tips for you to avoid a nightmare.
1) Keep a spare cellphone ready – I had an old handset that saved me for a day, but I realised my contacts were not listed on them.
2) Keep your phone book backed up in the spare handset—When incoming calls and outgoing calls are vital, just replacing the SIM card should keep you in business.
3) Make sure your spare handset is something you are comfortable with – Navigation is a pain in an unfamiliar handset, and you simply don’t have the time to learn when you are on a crisis day.
4) Use your memory card and SIM—The good phones come with one great memory cards. Store your numbers and key messages in the SIM and/or memory card.
5) Invest in the right accessories and use the ones you have – Card readers don’t come free.
6) Use your service provider – I learnt after my problems that Vodafone has a cool service where you simply SMS them to get your phone book backed up on their network. Great! Must do it now.