UK : strange SIM behaviour
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As my dual SIM Android phone is playing up (the screen lock/power button is not working; I suspect this is repairable but its a really fiddly thing to deal with) I put the giffgaff SIM into an old Sony Ericsson K800i (which TBH is more usable and reliable than many new smartphones).
And this happened I wouldn’t usually set my phone menus into German (it is more difficult than Dutch); and it is clearly picking up the default language from the SIM card :crazy_diz.
Not a disaster as I can still understand it and I wanted to improve my German anyway (the phone still has a UK dialplan, call rates etc) but a strange thing for the mobile company to do! Furthermore, this SIM had already been activated and used in other devices and not shown German menus. Maybe the marketing bosses genuinely think “anyone who would keeps putting those SIMS into such obsolete kit (that everyone else would have put into the WEEE container or sent off to be sold in some African countries) has to be some sort of “German” :laugh_at:
PS: I put a different giffgaff SIM into a recovered Nokia Asha 320 and that one had the SIM language default as German too On the Giffgaff forum folks complain (IMO unjustly) the free SIMS take some days to arrive to UK, roughly the same time it takes for things to get across the North Sea [most likely due to Border Force inspections]. (this time round I did set it to English as there are way more menus; and as I use these devices to look up Dutch and German words it is confusing enough as it is).
I recently mistranslated “Die Leaderin des Ganzen” (from a news article about Angela Merkel) which should be “the leader of the whole lot of them (politicians)” as “the leader of the geese” – which conjures up images of her trying to save the Germans taxpayers money leading whole families of geese across the bridges into Groningen NL – where if there are too many the Ganzenparadijs would pick them up.
Although geese look exactly the same in AT and DE as in NL, that wouldn’t work; she’d get caught out as its a popular hobby to very meticulously observe, photograph and count birds on both sides of the border, the difference in numbers would be noticed by the twitchers..
Long live the geese!
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