Well, not exactly a pig, and no money exchange was involved. I went to the cell-phone company to repair my trusted 3 year old Nokia 6280. The young pretty girl told me that just to send the phone to the lab for a check-up will cost me NIS 99, plus the cost of repairs. Or I could get a new phone for free (provided I sign up for a fixed fee service plan. Now, NIS 99 is about 20-something bucks, it's not much, but we're having a "poor" month and... hang on a minute! Did she say FREE?
I'm a sucker for a good deal. Yes, I'll have to pay NIS 109 ($ 27) a month but I pay that anyway on the old plan!
So I've "upgraded" to Sony Ericsson C510 Cybershot with a better camera, better internet access, all singing and dancing. It's not the i-phone, but the cost of those over here is unthinkable.
I've spent all day yesterday learning to use the bloody thing! I played with it till the battery died, took pictures of my most willing model (the dog), watched videos on You Tube, set up the email and went on Facebook. It's exhausting! I'm still not sure how to transfer pictures from the phone to the PC, but I have the weekend for that.
Comparing the phones I can say that Nokia's software is the most user-friendly in the world. But the SonyEricsson is the runner up. If you're willing to sacrifice time of course.
By the way, I've read on the internet (where else) that Israelis speak on mobile phones more that any other nation in the world. Mind you, when we were in China 15 years ago, everybody there was on a cellphone! Everyone!
I cannot imagine life without my phone and hate it at the same time.
I'll torture the dog for a little longer and then try and post pics with different effects.