My main smartphone is (still!) a Windows Phone: A Nokia Lumia 735 that has been through a lot but despite its promising (back then) route, it sees instead a declining future mostly due to the lack of support from Microsoft (as a part of the Windows Phones). I am used to it, so I cannot take the (hard) decision to just drop it.
I also have a backup smartphone, an Android-powered Samsung A3 (2016), which was mostly used in car, paired with my car’s Mirrorlink-enabled head unit – it was the cheapest Mirrorlink-enabled smartphone I could find some time ago. Apart from that, I also use it for Web browsing, social media etc. Both smartphones are pretty entry-level but have been exploited to the extent possible.
During my summer holidays, I found myself at Moutsouna, Naxos island. As soon as I got there, I had to make an urgent call; alas, I did not have signal – at all! I tried walking out of the house, walked even at the pier (facing the Aegean sea), moved to a higher, open spot of the village hoping for cellular connection but with no luck.
I friend of mine approached me and asked me about my carrier – he was sure I was on a specific one, whose signal was so bad in the area that all locals had switched to other carriers (and this was my case). He then advised my to switch to 2G (!!) if I wanted to make a call. I went through my Lumia’s menu, only to find that 2G-only was not supported. I tried with 3G-only but still no signal. And then I made the choice…
Got my A3 out of the backpack, quickly swapped SIM cards and went through its menu; I could switch my A3 to 2G only and I actually managed to make the call I had to! I never swapped the SIM back during my 7-day stay at the island, and made use not only of the updated apps available in Android (stuck versions behind in Windows Phone) but also its better camera.
Damn you Windows Phones, you keep disappointing me…and the same goes for my carrier!