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Oct. 27th, 2005 @ 10:31 pm My cell phone
Hasn't been working right since I went to England in May and tried to use a prepaid SIM after trying to get an unlock code from Cingular which they happily gave me but didn't work. At any rate, I had all sorts of theories why, and it hadn't been working wrong enough to warrant true attention until recently when it would take about 20 tries to make a call, and rarely did receiving them work.

My SIM card also behaved badly in other phones. So I called Cingular and for a not-so-small fee they're sending me a replacement SIM. Once I get it tomorrow I should be back in business.

I've decided the SIM had a mechanical failure of some sort, or perhaps a physically induced data scrambling. The intermittent behavior I experienced was indicative of that. For instance, when I called 611 from the phone for service, sometimes the automated attendant knew my phone number, other times it asked for it as it would if I was calling from another phone. My phone would show a full strength signal and then disconnect when I tried to make a call. The wife's SIM in my phone worked perfectly, BTW.

Looking forward to having a reliable phone again.
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Date:October 28th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
What kind of phone?

I just ordered a new battery for mine off the internets. Non-OEM because the OEM ones are like 30 fucking dollars. Insanity.

Plus, my phone sucks. I have been thinking about getting a TREO but I think I'll just wait until there are better phones on the market that are basically laptops that you can talk on. Heavily influencing this decision is the fact that I really don't need more fun devices to assist me in isolating myself from others while in public. I'm good at that without them.

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Date:October 28th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)

A Motorola V600

Overall I like it even though the net.buzz is it's a bit quirky and buggy. Ours (except for my SIM problem) have worked fine.

It has these cool concentric rings that light up with multicolored LEDs.

If you were getting a Motorola phone now you'd probably get the RAZR V3.