As I limp towards the finish line with my Alltel Blackberry, (AT&T takes over in a month or two) I have been enduring a few problems which are happening with greater regularity.Â The most consistent of which has been my phone randomly dying, and then displaying a ghost-like image of a battery with a red line through it, which could never mean anything good.Â This is what it looks like:
When this happens, the phone/camera/texting machine doesn’t work.Â Although it seems like a battery issue, it isn’t.Â If you pull the battery out and put it back in, I get the same ghostly image.Â Usually, after I take the battery out and put it back in 30-40 times, it comes back to life.Â Usually. But not yesterday.
From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. I was in crisis mode.Â I had taken the battery out and put it back in approximately 200 times.Â It was not working.Â So I did what I always do when I’m in a predicament…I went to Google.Â Calmly and bravely I typed in the words, “blackberry dead red line through battery.”Â I find that Google likes it when you’re more direct.Â Google doesn’t like it when you beat around the bush.Â I clicked on the very first response and eagerly began reading messages from people crazier than me.Â It felt good to know that I was not alone with my Blackberry issues.Â But a funny thing happened as I continued reading.Â Comment after comment after comment detailed how, if you dropped your phone from a height of three feet, it would solve the problem.Â Some people said four feet. Irregardless Regardless of the height, there were pages upon pages of people that had the same problem.Â And almost every single one of them had corrected the problem by dropping their phone on the ground.Â I’m basically a pretty skeptical person, (years of working in the media will do that) and seriously, is this how you treat a so-called “smart-phone?”Â But I couldn’t stop thinking about the idiotic text messages, e-mails and phone calls I was missing from my “friends.”
So I looked around to see if the coast was clear, and I dropped my phone from the beginning height of one foot.Â I was pleasantly surprised at how high a Blackberry could bounce.Â Within seconds, my phone was alive and well and functioning perfectly.Â Thank you Google!Â And, if you’re bored today, type those same words into Google (blackberry dead red line through battery).Â Then click on the first response at the top of the page.Â It’s seven pages of the funniest stuff you’ll ever read.Â And I haven’t even added my two cents yet.Â On page 3, my personal favorite is from someone using the screen name “tech101”.Â “tech101” isn’t very happy that people are dropping their Blackberries.Â Lol.Â Nerd.