Sunday, 3 May 2015

TGO Challenge 2015

With only a few days to go to the "off", I think I've finally sorted out how I'll be blogging from the trail. Until last year, my phone was a Blackberry Curve 9320, which was great. I like having a proper QWERTY keypad. However, the camera packed up (Carphone Warehouse investigated and concluded that damp had got in and caused some corrosion) and the contract came to an end. I switched to a Nokia Lumia 630 which is a good all round smartphone but I don't really get on with the virtual keyboard. Although I don't have fat fingers, nevertheless, I am constantly touching the wrong letter and so I concluded that this phone will not do for blogging.

I thought to use my old Blackberry as a Pay As You Go so ordered, online, a GiffGaff sim card and bought a bit of credit for it. It didn't work properly. I could get internet access but couldn't send or receive texts or make or receive calls. I can't fault GiffGaff's online assistance. They really tried to sort me out. Anyway, they refunded me the money that I'd paid within a few minutes of me asking so I was really impressed.

I went into Carphone Warehouse yesterday. They tried to set the Blackberry up as a Pay As You Go but without success. Something to do with bypassing the Blackberry ID. I sorted it out the best I could last evening. I've paired it with the Nokia with Bluetooth so what I'll do is compose the blog postings on the Blackberry, transfer them to the Nokia and then post online from that. The Blackberry will be purely a mobile blogging device with no phone or internet. Having done a dry run, it will do the job (I hope).


  1. I'm with you on the virtual vs real keyboard. I finally joined the modern world of the smartphone this year, which is great for most things, but I still carry my Blackberry on trips, purely so I've got a real keyboard for typing emails and blog posts. It's so much easier to be able to touch-type and be able to feel when you've hit the wrong key. I'm sure that at some point in the not-too-distant future my BB will break, and I'll be forced into using the smartphone for blogging.

  2. I can’t believe folk still use Blackberry.