It can a funny odd, world, and mobile is not excluded from that. Sometimes you buy a phone and find that you can’t use it for the purpose you intended. usually, the logical thing to do is sell it or give it away. But sometimes, for some odd reasons you find out that the phone in question serves well for something and then you keep it and use it for that one thing.
Here’s my strangest mobile tale.
I purchased an Apple iPhone 3GS for N60,000 in November 2010. Oh boy, some excitement it was. I actually drove halfway across Lagos with cash in hand to go pick it up at 7am on a Saturday morning. You know that I have to be excited about you if I get out of the house that early and I’m spending that kind of money.
Anyway, I got the iPhone and all, then day after day of usage, I found it unusable as my daily smartphone. The entire Os and UI just felt too toyish for me, and adding to that the connectivity limitations of iOS, I ended up frustrated with the device.
But, and a very big but, I found that the iPhone was an excellent USB modem. It handled USB tethering better than any other device I know. Plug in and my PC got a connection immediately – and stayed connected. Well, you can guess the rest of the story: the iPhone 3GS spent the rest of its time serving exclusively as a USB modem. Yes; a N60,000 USB modem.
I am certain that certain people would have classified me mentally impaired to use an iPhone that way. But, I honestly found the 3GS a much better USB modem than a smartphone, and it served that purpose well.
What’s the strangest thing that you have had to commit a mobile to doing? Do share your story.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.