Blackberry Crisis Solved

A Random Blackberry. Not mine, but similar.

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.  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.  This is what it looks like:

Not good.

When this happens, the phone/camera/texting machine doesn’t work.  Although it seems like a battery issue, it isn’t.  If you pull the battery out and put it back in, I get the same ghostly image.  Usually, after I take the battery out and put it back in 30-40 times, it comes back to life.  Usually. But not yesterday.

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. I was in crisis mode.  I had taken the battery out and put it back in approximately 200 times.  It was not working.  So I did what I always do when I’m in a predicament…I went to Google.  Calmly and bravely I typed in the words, “blackberry dead red line through battery.”  I find that Google likes it when you’re more direct.  Google doesn’t like it when you beat around the bush.  I clicked on the very first response and eagerly began reading messages from people crazier than me.  It felt good to know that I was not alone with my Blackberry issues.  But a funny thing happened as I continued reading.  Comment after comment after comment detailed how, if you dropped your phone from a height of three feet, it would solve the problem.  Some people said four feet. Irregardless Regardless of the height, there were pages upon pages of people that had the same problem.  And almost every single one of them had corrected the problem by dropping their phone on the ground.  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?”  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.  I was pleasantly surprised at how high a Blackberry could bounce.  Within seconds, my phone was alive and well and functioning perfectly.  Thank you Google!  And, if you’re bored today, type those same words into Google (blackberry dead red line through battery).  Then click on the first response at the top of the page.  It’s seven pages of the funniest stuff you’ll ever read.  And I haven’t even added my two cents yet.  On page 3, my personal favorite is from someone using the screen name “tech101″.  “tech101″ isn’t very happy that people are dropping their Blackberries.  Lol.  Nerd.

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10 thoughts on “Blackberry Crisis Solved

    • I am. I ordered it a couple of weeks ago. But I’m not as excited now. I keep seeing that commercial where the one guy has a big guy on his back and that is supposedly depicting the new iPhone4 and how slow and cumbersome it is. Plus, now that I know how to fix my Blackberry, I’m starting to doubt my choice.

  1. Oh the things a person can fix with dropping electronics. Now a days when something in our house stops working I just instinctively drop it. Or chuck it at the nearest wall (Awesome stress reliever!!). Most things spring back to life with that. Cameras, phones, random annoying talking baby dolls that sound like they are having seizures. Gravity is a pretty amazing little tool.

  2. this particular blog entry and the comments that followed were very informative. You either A) went behind my back and ordered and iPhone, specifically after I provided you with my professional opinion to not do that. or B) lied to faithful readers of Reggie Tales. Either way……….not cool

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