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Burner Phone

As soon as I arrived, I turned on my “burner” phone, which I bought the last time I travelled in the US. This phone is also called a “throw-down” phone; people in illegal trades use them all the time. They cost like $14.95 and you buy minutes for them.

Unlike the expensive phone I have been buying a new chip for almost every time I come to the US, this phone powers right up after almost three months of never being used, has full power, still has the same number, which I discover is good until NOVEMBER, and even though I dropped it into the cat’s fresh water the first day I bought it, it works. It works.

How can something so cheap be so sturdy and so functional? It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of my more expensive phones, but it does everything I need it to do – I can make and receive calls, I can make my own phone book, I can speed dial . . .

and it makes me laugh to think I have a drug dealer phone. Hee heee heee, too funny.

July 10, 2007 - Posted by | Communication, Crime, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Travel


  1. ‘fresh cat water’ you sure it’s not in the litterbox? hehe

    sometimes cheap is good!

    Comment by Я | July 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. well drug dealers are some of the most cost and efficiency conscious consumers out there. theyv got a business to run! 😛

    and even nokia wouldnt want to piss them off 😀

    there should be a drug dealers review site, like the most reliable getaway cars with the best mileage and acceleration, or the most reliable international phone carriers who’s signal doesnt drop while youre trying to secure a 5 ton shipment of colombian coke.

    even with a review of the airlines/airports with the best security for drug mules to avoid, would mean the best security for regular folks,… now thats something i would trust over any other consumer report 😛

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. You sound like my dad. He always says that all he needs is a mobile phone that dials numbers and allows you to answer calls. Anything further than that is just beside the point!

    I always disagree 😛

    Comment by kinano | July 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. R- Holy smokes, if it had been the litter box I truly would have tossed it and bought a new one – some things are just too gross!

    SKUNK – dying laughing, I love the way you think. And you are right, w can learn some efficiencies, can’t we? And to some extent, isn’t that what bloggers do? Share information on what is working?

    Kinan – You said that once before, when I told you about the lyrics to “this ain’t a city it’s a (something) crime scene” – your Dad sounds pretty cool.

    I have a really expensive phone that I bought because I heard a woman in an airport with a ringtone from the Nutcracker Suite, Dance of the Chinese Acrobats, I think, so I wanted to be able to download cool ringtones, but then I don’t llike calling plans, just prepay, so . . . I couldn’t download ringtones, aaaaaarrrrrggghhhhh!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. Probably made in China. Don’t use their toothpaste, pet food or pharmaceuticals, but all hail their cheap hardware!

    Comment by sparkleplenty | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  6. Uh oh, Sparkle, you are right – maybe it is emitting those bad waves that cause tumors!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 11, 2007 | Reply

  7. BTW – it makes me giggle to think of you as my “Gangsta Sista” with her throwdown…and bling, too, as I read backwards in your blog! LOL, LOL, LOL!

    Comment by sparkleplenty | July 13, 2007 | Reply

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