podcasts and streaming radio

Slice of Life

Slice of Life

A stainless steal casing around my locked Verizon iPhone 4 has turned my iPhone into an iPod in Asia. At least once a week, an ex-pat tells me, “You can get that unlocked, you know?” Actually, I can’t. Thank you, Verizon for subsidizing the low cost of the iPhone 4. The downside is that there’s no slot for a SIM card. I could have paid $600 for an unlocked phone, but did not know at the time I would be moving overseas.

SIM card envy

SIM card envy

Have I put Americans to sleep by now? Basically, this means if you travel outside of the US where SIM cards, not month-to-month plans are the way you connect for data and phone, the stainless steel case around your locked iPhone 4 does not have a tiny slot in which to insert a card that allows you to send and receive actual phone calls. But the iPhone 4 still works as an iPod. So in wifi zones, I can Skype, Facetime, upload to Instagram, listen to podcasts and stream radio.

I wake up every morning to the news and weather from my hometown in Michigan–segments often sponsored by my alma mater, Calvin College. Especially thrilling during January and February is the weather, when the contrast between equatorial Indonesia and northern hemispherical Michigan is most stark. The familiar dulcet voices of the local NPR hosts act like a vaporous sensation of being home: Christina Shockley, Jennifer White, Jack Lessenberry, etc.

American Podcasts (Link to a post where I go into more detail about my favorite podcast app, Stitcher) also connect the walks through my new neighborhood to my weekly routine back in my old hamlet:

Slate Culture Gabfest: Banter about random cultural topics with an English-majorly perspective.

KCRW’s Good Food: Just really lovely conversation about farmer’s markets, restaurants in and around Southern California, discussions about Korean tacos . . . good Sunday afternoon listening. This show once inspired a Saturday Night Live sketch that featured Alec Baldwin.

The Dinner Party: One of the people behind the now canceled NPR radio satire show, “Rewind,” Rico Gagliano, is a hipster nerd on this eclectic program along with his co-host, Brenden Francis Newnam. Celebrities drop by. There are bad jokes, history-inspired cocktail recipes, etiquette advice . . . whatever. Sunday afternoon “lifestyle” section in spoken word.


P.S. I have many many more recommendations if you’re interested. My favorites keep changing.

Image Credit
MobilePhone UK: Dual SIM Card Adapter With Back Case – iPhone 4s / 4 MobilePhone UK (2013) Dual SIM Card Adapter With Back Case – iPhone 4s / 4. [image online] Available at: http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/dual-sim-card-adapter-with-back-case-iphone-4s-4-p25932.htm [Accessed: March 9, 2013].


About jaclynfre

Tech integration specialist, recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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9 Responses to podcasts and streaming radio

  1. Sorry to hear that you don’t have the SIM card… I don’t really know much about this but will pay more attention and learn more about it.

  2. blkdrama says:

    Bravo to your perseverance. I love Stitcher and NPR!

  3. Donna Smith says:

    Wow, didn’t know there wasn’t a SIM card on the Verizon. My iPhone4 AT&T does have a SIM card.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Donna, Do you have an iPhone 5? The Verizon iPhone 4 does not have a SIM card slot? Did you buy it unlocked in the US? I’m so jealous!! I gave my niece my iPhone 3, which would have worked, but the iPhone 4 is too tricky to make a SIM card work. I have to keep telling ex-pats, it’s not software locked, it’s hardware locked. Grrr . . . Well, kudos AT&T for making your locked phone internationally workable. Thanks for sharing. Are you using a SIM card somewhere?

  4. tsudmeier says:

    Ahhh NPR- lots of smiles. It does feel like home.

  5. jhaworthoy says:

    I did not know that about the need for SIM cards. At least you have figured a way around it by doing Skype and podcasts…a number which sound quiet interesting. Jackie

  6. Betsy says:

    I too love some NPR, Tiny Desk concerts are my fave with Bob Boilen.

  7. Uncle John says:

    Sorry to hear your Iphone is only an Ipod. I do not understand all those sim cards. It would seem to me you could get an adapter that would plug into the charging socket.

    • jaclynfre says:

      That sounds like a really sensible idea. But all of the calling and messaging runs on a SIM card. AT&T and Verizon don’t want you to be able to use a SIM card with their iPhones because they paid for part of the equipment price up front and you are paying them back by signing up for their exclusive plans. If you buy a $99 iPhone or even a free one (the promotional deal for the iPhone 4 when iPhone 5 came out), but turn around and go to a country where you never use their plan, you just bilked them out of their $500 investment in your phone. You can buy an unlocked iPhone for $600. I also think that the iPhone 3 can be hardware jailbroken and the iPhone 5 can also be used overseas–but I have the iPhone 4 on a plan. It is locked up with stainless steel so nobody wants to try to install a SIM card slot.

      Anybody who kindly suggests a method of jailbreaking my iPhone 4 in Indonesia–and this happens to me often until I give my long boring spiel–This is my spiel. So now it is in writing and I can refer you to this post. I have investigated many ways, and like many American “practical solutions” that you sometimes would like to offer while an ex-pat (such as Why don’t people weigh the produce at the check-out–rather than in a big messy line-jumping “stands” in the produce section of the grocery store–or why don’t people entering a round-about yield to those already inside the round-about instead of those inside a round-about stopping to allow people entering to cut them off), after awhile you just accept the insanity and move on. haha . . . ::silent scream:: . . . hahaha

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