On my way home tonight, I noticed that my cellphone's screen had pretty much died. All it would do is show a bright white background. The phone part still worked; I could make and receive calls, but the display was not working.
I stopped at
I've been a Windows user long enough to know that the mention of any color, followed by the words "screen of death", is never a good thing.
She did all of the usual - did a power cycle, pulled and reset the battery and SIM card, but I could tell from the look on her face that this was just a formality. This phone was not going to magically resuscitate.
Fortunately, I'm a guy, I'm a geek, and I'm middle aged. These three things guarantee that I love shiny new toys.
I had been scoping out phones for months, planning to buy myself a new one for my 40th birthday this summer. Well, my birthday present came early.
I picked out a sleek red Nokia 6555, looking very much like a narrow, slightly thicker Razr. According to a review I read, this has the second-best voice quality of any phone AT&T sells (the Razr v9 has the best, but I hate Razrs, and really hate their $400 price tag). That is the number one reason why I chose it, but the size and fit in my hand while talking on it was important as well. Plus, since it's brand new, it won't be obsolete in six months.
With this phone, I also received a free phone case (always good for keeping greasy fingerprints off the external display), a car charger (yay), and a Plantronics Bluetooth headset (YAY!), a nice little set of add ons worth almost $200 (the case alone was worth $30, and show me where you'll find a good headset for less than $100). The sales rep even "forgot" to charge the upgrade fee, so Bob's your uncle.
A little presto-chango with the SIM card, a few signatures on the dotted lines (I had to renew my contract, but I wasn't planning on dropping them anytime soon), a swipe of the fantastic plastic, and voila:
OF course, there is a downside.
I really, REALLY didn't want to have to drop a couple hundred bucks on a new phone, especially since I'm not sure how much (if any) of a tax return I'll be getting. I know that as soon as I get any sort of refund, I'm paying this off my credit card.
My phonebook mostly copied over with the SIM card, but I did lose some unsaved numbers, and any additional info (addresses, significant dates, call history) was lost as well.
Worst, all of my pictures and ringtones that were saved on the Sony did not come over. I may still be able to recover them, though. As I said, the screen on the phone was dead, but the shortkey functions still work. If I put the SIM card back in, I can still turn on the Bluetooth, and if Kat would be willing to help me out some evening, maybe I can download those files to her computer (OK, so the built-in Bluetooth on a Mac is a definite plus) and either copy them onto a flash drive or upload them onto the new phone.
Now I have to learn how to use my phone all over again. Oh, goody!