Jo makes the jump to the iPhone!

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My readers are well aware of my stormy expensive relationship with the mega phone company Verizon Wireless. From outrageous charges on texting to lost phones, lost service, and so much more I have had my share of battles in trying to save myself mo money, mo money.

But recently, the company that has given me molti agita redeemed itself with good deeds.

My adventurous daughter Bri left to study abroad in Florence, Italy last week. As the over-protective, anxiety-riddled parent that I am, I did my best to provide not only phone access, but wifi access as well.

I signed up for the global plan on text-messaging and phone calls, which provided a reduction in price and purchased additional megabytes to use in case she needed to contact me and there was no wifi available.

The day came when Bob and I left the little one at the airport to begin her trip. On the way home from the airport Bob and I decided we would treat ourselves to new phones and proceeded to hit the nearest Verizon store to see what deals were available. We would be an iPhone family, I thought.

Buying an iPhone would provide me with Facetime, iChat, and a host of other perks, including (but not limited to) Siri, which will give me someone else to argue with while my daughter is away.

And boy, am I glad we did. If we didn’t make that stop, Bri would not have had the access that I paid for, because no one at the megastore told me about the global card that had to be activated in order for her phone to work overseas when I purchased the plan.

Good deed number one was born.

Through phone contact with Verizon global, the tech was able to activate Bri’s global connection and initiate the program that I had paid for — that was good deed number two.

Without this connection, how else would this anxiety-riddled mom be able to close one eye in sleep, let alone both?

After this was accomplished, I set out to make us one big happy iPhone family and checked out the various deals on the phones. Verizon, of course, has discount phones, but never as good as Best Buy. So I marched over to Best Buy and discovered its new reward program — a $50 gift card to use in the store when you sign up for early upgrade on your phone.

Ah! A $50 gift card, just the ticket, and the switch was done. I retired my old LG Lucid to a brand-new iPhone in bright white.

Great deal!

Full steam ahead, the deal done and Verizon, that greedy mega wireless company, got me for another two years.

Not for Nuthin, but my new iPhone plus the global plan cost a bundle — $5 a month global fee, $25 additional megabites, $50 new phone, $30 re-upping fee, and $40 phone case. But Face-chatting with Bri while she’s in Italy? That’s priceless.

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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