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Unfortunate telephone PSA 
17th-Jun-2008 07:52 am
Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09
So my phone (a Nokia E62) has been flaky for several months. It started with a couple applications crashing when they tried to update preferences. It progressed to occasional crashes and hangs. Then it started spontaneously turning itself off, even when it was locked and had a full charge. Then it spontaneously put itself into meeting mode (vibrate, but no ring or beep.) Then it started hanging on startup four times out of five, so I had to pull the battery several times before it would eventually respond. (This was very annoying when I was trying to tell plumtreeblossom where I was before Pride.)

I did try doing a factory reset (which is supposed to erase all data) and it claimed to succeed, but didn’t. Neither did it fix the problem nor did it erase any of my apps. I kind of suspect that what’s going on is that there are bad blocks on the phone’s flash memory, and somehow that’s making some things read-only.

So, the short of it is that you shouldn’t rely on me seeing voicemail or text messages in anything like a timely fashion, or being able to tell when you’re calling. It does still vibrate, but I often don’t notice that if I’m driving or on the T, and never notice it if the phone isn’t actually on me at the time.)

Boo.

I have my old phone which I got back from cathijosephine when she bought a new phone, but I can’t find the charger for it (I know I have one; just can’t find it) or the data cable (don’t know whether I kept it or not), and since the main thing I use my phone for is internet access from the T, which requires the data cable, I’m going to keep limping along with my current phone until I can find or replace the data cable for my spare phone.

What I really want is the announced but not yet released Nokia E71, but I don’t know pricing and I don’t know when it’s going to be available in the US, so I may need to just replace my current phone.

(As a side note, I will be so happy in a couple years when my phone runs Linux and I can just sftp or rsync all my data off it. As it is, I haven’t found a way to get my text messages off the phone, so I’m probably going to lose all my LOLspeak lovenotes from plumtreeblossom when I switch phones.)
Comments 
17th-Jun-2008 01:17 pm (UTC) - email
I've been able to forward text messages to an email address.
17th-Jun-2008 03:11 pm (UTC) - Re: email
Yes, I can do that, one at a time, with occasional pauses to pull the battery a few times until the phone will respond again, but I've got thousands of them. :-/ And it turns out I can only forward them if they're considerably smaller than the maximum text-message length (evidently AT&T's SMS-to-email gateway adds some overhead before the thing turns from a text message to an email message), so some of my messages will forward and some of them won't.

As of this morning, though, it might be a moot point, since the phone doesn't seem to be charging. :-(
17th-Jun-2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Yu can has neu luv notez. I wil to be ritin' dem. :-)
17th-Jun-2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I have another charger for it here at Nathaniel's. Will you hit Diesel tonight?
17th-Jun-2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, I just got back from running to the Pru, where I got a charger for it. I’d love the one you have at some point (in no hurry at all) so I could have one at home and one at work, but I’m all set for now.

If I weren’t so frazzled about home stuff and money stuff, I’d be tempted to stop by Diesel anyway, now that you mention it, but I think I need to go home and work on my spare bedroom or my taxes. And I’ll see you tomorrow; yay!
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