Thursday, February 17, 2011

Letters of Intent - The Deaf Texter

 

Dear Verizon,

 

I’ve always noticed the big and little differences that my deafness brings to the forefront, but sometimes I take it for granted that some things might not seem so blastedly normal for others :)

If you read up to The Deaf Mommy and The Deaf Dental Patient, you probably would have beaten me to the punch on this one…

 

So maybe I harbor a secret wish for an iPhone.  Something that would let me stay connected and online.  Except, you have zero packages that allow you to text only.  Meaning, a $99/monthly phone bill, for a cell phone for a deaf chick.

 

Yeeeeah.

Sad smile

 

My old flip cell was so ancient that even the teenager at the phone store couldn’t figure out how to reprogram it. 

As my main mode of communication when I can’t just pick up a phone and call someone, that puppy has seen tens of thousands of text messages – and dare I say a few lines of poetry from Mr. Daddy.

(A favorite:  “I love you, ain’t no lie.  When I get home, gonna lick you in the eye”.   Swoon)

 

But still, imagine my embarrassment when the salesguy picked up Old Faithful and stared at it in shock.

You know it’s bad when the Verizon guy is impressed that you’ve actually managed to text the letters clean off your phone…

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And in case Verizon is checking out my teeny little blog… I’ll buy the nice phone if you can figure out a package for us hearing-impaired folk :)  And I’ll love you forever.  And say nice stuff about you on the blog.  I mean seriously; if that picture isn’t a cry for help, what is? :)

Love, The Deaf Texter

~

Joining up with King Julien for Letters of Intent… hop on over for more letters!

Foursons

24 comments:

Brandi said...

Oh, girl! Verizon SO needs to hook you up!

That Mr. Daddy sure has a way with words. LOL! Y'all crack me the heck up!

Heather said...

RACHEL! That is stinkin hilarious. You open my eyes to a lot of things I take for granted/aren't cool for hearing impaired! They really should have a text-only plan. Also...why isn't Mr. Daddy published?

kc said...

I thought Verizon had a text only plan...maybe that was Sprint.

love that poem.

Melissa said...

Oh I think this should be passed right along to Verizon...they should really work up a plan for you, Good luck to you Rach!

GunDiva said...

That's impressive! No letters left on your phone :) Text-only would be so helpful. I know a lot of people who never use the phone part of their phone, just the texting part :)

Shana said...

Hey woman! That phone has seen it's better days for sure. Just passed a few tweets along to a couple of Verizon @'s Maybe they pay attention I don't know. But this should be addressed for sure.

Shana said...

Oh yeah, loved the poem so much!

Tiffany said...

Ok, so I had witty comments galore, and then got totally distracted by your amazing fingernails and lost them all. Seriously, lady?!?!?! How do you feed horses and keep them so nice?

Big Mama Cass said...

Aww! I can't believe they don't have a package you could use! :(

FAB poem by the way ;)

Mom of M&Ms said...

Boost mobile?? it is not text only but but cheaper than anyone else...I have i phone ( 49.00 at at&t now) envy too.. but the bill stops me each time!

Kmama said...

I never thought about that before. $99 a month just for texting. That is insane.

LOL at you texting the letters of the keys.

myletterstoemily said...

how frustrating for you! one of my best friends is
virtually deaf . . . and the church accompanist. i
don't know how she does it!

you are both my heroes.

Beth Zimmerman said...

You are a funny girl! I hope they hook you up! I can't say I've ever seen a phone looking quite that bad! :)

Wouldn't that be text AND data - with an iPhone or Android you have to buy a data plan to keep you online. So it's not exactly text only! I think my data plan was about $50 a month and I was paying $20 a month for unlimited texting. But we switched to a family plan (US Cellular ... no iPhone) that allows all of us unlimited texting and data and it wound up less pricey than doing it a la carte.

Kameron said...

OMG it looks like you have texted holes in the keys!!!! That totally makes sense. Hopefully they'll come through for you!

robin said...

LOL! You've totally gotten the use out of that phone! Good thing you know the letters so well that you don't need to see where each of them are anymore! The thing about the texting only...even though it sounds cool...your Itty Bit may need the use of the phone part at some point in the future...you know, to call Grandma or home to tell Mr. Daddy to get dinner ready and that you're on the way home, lol!

FWIW, I've had Verizon for more years than I want to admit...luckily it was the only cellular service that worked during our hurricane in 2005. We now have 5 cell phones (and data plans etc) that add up to about $300 a month! Luckily, we have the unlimited everything, I think! My brother and nephew are on our plan (along with my hubby, daughter and I.)

Lisa said...

WOW!
Seriously? You wore it right out, funny!
You need to forward this right on over to all the cellular companies. I never even would have thought of that until you mentioned it so I bet they don't even think about that.
Now I think it should be mandatory!!
I don't know how to text Rachel, isn't that horrible and I refuse to own a cell phone even more horrible is that I have a trach child and don't own one. I think I just expect to wave someone down if an emergency should happen.

Mr.Daddy that is some sexy right there licking someone in the eye. Mr. Romance fer sure.

Foursons said...

I'm going to type "Verizon" as many times as possible so that when they Google their name they will come find your blog. Girl, you are in SERIOUS need of a new phone! And they should totally come up w/something for those who can't actually use their phone for talking.

Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon

Think that's enough? I'll do a few more just in case.

Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon Verizon

deepintheheartoftexas2 said...

No text only plans. They need to have something for hearing imparied people. Nice poem.

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

This should definitely be forwarded to Verizon. They really need to work on a plan for you!

passionofthemom said...

I'm surprised this hasn't become an issue for the ACLU by now...and I had personally never considered that myself. But you're absolutely right, they should be made to have a text-only plan for the hearing impaired!! Definitely never going over to the Verizon camp, if the CSR didn't IMMEDIATELY hop on the horn to corporate to see what they could do for you. Some customer service!! Hmph. We should all band together and storm the Verizon castle until they get with the times!! =D

passionofthemom said...

LOL So I've just returned from their website, where I sent them a rather inflammatory email regarding their lack of forethought for the deaf community. Maybe it will help, maybe it won't. (I really, REALLY hope it does!!!) But it sure did make me feel empowered! xD I highly recommend it!

TheRixonFive said...

Verizon needs to get on this NOW!

Michelle said...

Hi. I'm meeting you via Amy of Fourth Frog Blog. I'm hearing impaired (completely deaf in one ear, strongest hearing aid you can buy in the other). Mega texter here too. Let me tell ya....for 10 years I was a Sprint girl. Then when all the phones went digital, I couldn't find one I could hear on. Switched to AT&T. First phone from them, nada, couldn't hear well at all. Usually the reps aren't interested in trying to help me find a phone that works, but Don at the Avon Indiana store? He RAWKS. When I said testing in stores wasn't helpful for a hearing aid customer (since my aid can pick up the telecoil sounds from EVERY phone in the store) he actually unlocked them and told me to take them outside to make some calls. That WOW'd me to no end. Then? When the only phone I could hear super well on was $100 more than the phone I purchased? He did an even trade. If he wasn't married, I would've kissed him in the store. Best customer service I've EVER received.

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