My phone died over the weekend.
It’s had a massive crack on the screen since January, but it still worked, so I ignored the cracked and carried on regardless. Although I have no real evidence of this, I’ve got a feeling the crack constituted to the crappy battery life the phone seemed to experience since that point - but that’s irrelevant.
What is relevant is that after 9 months of suffering a cracked screen, the backlight finally gave up. The screen still works, and you can just about make out what’s being displayed if you hold it at just the right angle against a lightbulb - but as I’m sure you can imagine, this isn’t practical for day to day use, so I needed a replacement.
With some joy, in January of next year, I’ll be in the position to get a Google Pixel, but until then I need something small and crappy just to get by, so yesterday I placed an order for the Wileyfox Spark X, which will be delivered at some point today. I’m not expecting great things out of it, but for what it is, at £135, it should be more than adequate for the task at hand, and once I get my Pixel, it’ll be a handy backup phone should the worst happen to the Pixel…
Which I’m discovering is a very good idea, because there are at least two important things which I want to do today that I’m unable to without a phone.
The first is check my Revoult transactions. Being the first of the month, I’ve got a ton of payments leaving the account. Most of these are going directly from my current account, but things like Heroku and DigitalOcean (being American compaines that charge in dollars) are on the Revoult card to avoid exchange fees. Unfortunaly, Revoult doesn’t offer a web portal for their customers, so I’m somewhat stuck in limbo until I get a replacement phone.
That’s not too much of an immediate issue, however, as that can happily wait until tomorrow. What can’t wait is the Uber I need to book to go visit the doctor. Uber do have a web portal, but that’s limited to seeing past transactions - to actually book a cab, I need to use the app.
What’s the point of this post? I guess it’s to act as a cautionary tale for people to take stock of the things they take for granted, and to make sure they have systems in place for when the shit hits the fan. For example, do you have backup 2FA codes for all your accounts?