From that day on I phoned each day to see where it was. "It has cleared customs." Great! "It is in the international sorting centre." Progress! Five days before the cruise date: "It is in Melbourne and you should have it in two or three days." That means a day before the cruise. That was really great. Third day I phoned again. "Oh, your parcel is in Adelaide!" Why? For goodness sake, why? It was in Melbourne to be delivered, why has it gone to Adelaide? "Don't worry, you will have it in three days." Do I dare believe them? And even if they are correct this time, the cruise leaves in TWO days!
Some things are unexplainable. A friend who had a phone lying at home not being used, loaned it to me. It was a touch screen, which I find difficult to use. But as an emergency phone, I sure was grateful to have it.
The cruise was great.
Return home and find that the phone did indeed arrive the day after I left. With eager anticipation I opened the package and put my SIM card in. This was great! However, EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY appeared on the screen immediately. Why? What is wrong? I could not comprehend the situation until I was informed that this too was a 2G phone, although the website had not stated that. Deflated and embarrassed I again contacted the seller who confirmed that it was a 2G phone and that I was right, it had not stated that on the website.
OK, keep the charger and the battery and I will send you a 3G phone when I receive this one back, and I will charge your PayPal account for the difference. OK, I sent the phone back and some weeks later received the charge and then the news that the third phone was posted. The end was in sight, if indeed this one could negotiate the Australia Post FACILITY and then be sent to the correct address first time up. So more waiting and more thankfulness for friends who help out.
The phone arrived without any problems this time and everything should have been great, BUT ...