I realized about ten minutes after I arrived at the airport that I'd forgotten my charger at home. I was probably early enough that I could have driven home and gotten it , but since I took the bus that was not even an option.
When I got to Utah, I asked Stephen if he happened to have a charger that would work for my phone. His samsung charger was for a different model and did not fit my phone - curses on proprietary connectors.
My phone's battery can last about two days under normal usage, but I used it for a couple of long calls while I was waiting around at the airport, so it lasted a bit more than a day and a half this time. So after the career fair, I headed off to the mall to buy a charger.
I wandered around the mall a little bit and decided to check if the T-Mobile kiosk had one of the new android phones that I could play around with. I hadn't seen one in person yet and I wasn't sure if I would like the feel of it or if it would work as smoothly as in the demos and ads I've seen. They did happen to have one at the kiosk, but when I powered it on, it refused to do anything without a sim card (it was stuck on the setup screen).
After some debate (both internally and with the guy at the kiosk), I put in my sim card and continued to the next screen. On the very next screen, I couldn't proceed because my T-Mobile account wasn't set up with a data plan. Having approached the final moment od truth, and with a beautiful new toy in my hands, I verified and clarified that there was a return policy for simply "I don't like it." I was getting a pretty good deal on it because my contract expired at the beginning of the month and T-Mobile wanted to lock me in for another two years, but it was still quite a commitment.
We set up the data plan, I got upsold to unlimited text messages in the process, and the phone _still_ couldn't connect. With solemn oaths that it was guarenteed to work within 48 hours (a time period I definitely did not like) and would almost certainly work within a couple hours, I finished the transaction and ran off to dinner.
Luckily (for myself and for the guy at the kiosk that probably was getting paid a commission), the phone was working by the time my dinner was served. I had some trouble getting numbers off my old phone (especially bad considering I was travelling and visiting friends), but a trip to a T-Mobile store the next day got that resolved. I think I'll make my review in a separate entry, but I still have it four days later, so I obviously didn't decide to exercise the return policy. In fact, I'm writing this entry on my phone (pardon the typos) while listening to music at 30,000 feet. That's not anything you couldn't do on a laptop, but a laptop doesn't fit in your pocket.