Oh and starkers.....congrats!
Sadly, not really! Well not for the desired result.
You wouldn't believe the hoops and hurdles I had to jump...to get absolutely no f**king where. I'm totally pissed, though more at the government imposed bureaucratic red tape... revenue raising obstacles deliberately put in the way to make life unnecessarily difficult. No, f**king impossible!
Yeah, so I went back today with the requested proof of ID - my birth certificate; a marriage certificate; a decree nisi; my medicare card; my pension card; my lease agreement and tax file number.... an expired British passport that clearly identifies me as being who I say I am. Nope, no good! The bloke who was there yesterday and said that was more than enough, wasn't there today, and the store manager refused to put it through without a primary form of Australian produce ID... birth certificate; passport; drivers license; proof of age/ID card.
So yeah, off I trots to the Department of Transport a frigging gain [where proof of age/ID cards are issued], and still no friggin' go. Despite having far more documentation than previous attempts, I still did not have enough acceptable forms of ID [meaning a current form of photographic ID] to get photographic ID... and their suggestion to obtain it would cost me 400 - 500 bucks for essentially a one-off need/event... to buy a fracking phone, because I'm never going to fly/travel OS again to ever need a current British passport.... and I can't get an Australian passport because I don't have enough ID to obtain Australian Citizenship to qualify for an Australian one, Catch frickin' 22, every which way I turn. *insert numerous and frequent hard core expletives here*
Worse still, I went around to my ISP/Landline provider to see if I could get one there. Still no go! Despite being a current customer and able to answer all their security questions regarding my account, plus provide details only I would know, they still balked because my ID was/is insufficient. Rats!!!
Then they suggested my missus sign up for it instead... yeah, right! Everything went through normally until the last moment... they found she had a previous bill [she'd paid in full] that had been handed to a collection agency in error, and this precluded her from purchasing a phone with them, despite the error being theirs, not hers. *insert a few dozen more expletives, fired off at rapid rate here*
*Okay, rant off*
Anyhow, things did improve some from there, though not entirely as we would have hoped/liked. We went to another phone shop and managed to secure a pretty sweet deal... for 2 phones at the same price as the previous [withdrawn] offers. Thing is, we each ended up getting a Lumina 820 instead, which physically is a slightly smaller unit while retaining the same connectivity features, etc, though it lacks the 'no-cord' recharging feature of the 920. The reason for this is the only network with 4G connectivity, Lumina 920's plus an affordable contract is Telstra, the company that effed us around so much earlier in the day, and the only other telco with Lumina 920's under contract was seeking 120 per month over 2 years, twice that of Telstra, 4 times our current deal and could only provide 3G
At the end of the day, however, we have more than decent phones now and I'm not plagued with the POS Telstra phone that seriously struggles to qualify even as a paperweight. Okay, so they're not 920's, and various commentators say they are slower due to a slower processor, but frankly, the salesperson gave us hand-on demos of both and there seemed to be little discernable difference... well none that would make a great deal of difference to us in our daily lives.
Oh, and edit, I just read that the 820 is rechargable via the Nokia Charging Plate, which is an optional extra with both the 820 and 920, though some dealers have included them with the 920 in bundles. The little bonus we got was a spare rear cover bundled with ours, so we each have a black and the default red one to interchange as we like.... so I still get my shiny black one after all.
So, are we happy with our purchases? Yes... definitively yes! Okay, they're not the Lumina 920 as we first would have liked, but the 820 is a worthy and well equipped second best that I'm finding it very easy to use... which isn't bad for an old fart who's had very minimal contact with smartphones before, much less the use off. I'm still finding my way around it, but yeah, I like the OS and tile interface, the responsive screen and the whole experience it provides. The other thing I like is that it is nice and weighty and a good handful to get a good hold of. So what if the screen is a tad smaller than the 920, it's not exactly piddly and I don't have to squint or use a magnifying glass to read it, not like with that other POS. The other thing, I put a 32gb memory card in it so I now have 64gb of storage for whatever I like.
*EDIT* Ah, it pays to read up on the manufacturers site, doesn't it? A few people [some of them phone salespeople] told me that the 920 had a larger/faster processor than the 820, but that's not true, I've just been on the Nokia site and looked at the specs of both phones. Each has a dual core 1,5Ghz Snapdragon S4 CPU by Qualcomm, so the difference is basically weight, case and screen size.