pebblerocker: Vila from Blake's 7: I have a very low pain threshold (vila pain)
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I've been feeling a little too smug about my phone - my cheap, simple, solid phone with its two-colour non-touch screen. Pretty much everyone I know has a shiny, bulky, expensive smartphone and lives in permanent fear of damaging it... everyone except the two or three people who are using smartphones with screens already smashed into crazed mosaics.

My little phone lives a hard life. I drop it onto concrete on average once a week, and it flies into three pieces completely unharmed; all I have to do is snap it back together and reset the date and time. But today I utterly destroyed it. I put my bike on its stand on a slope and it tipped over, and somehow a hard corner of the frame must have come down right on the screen and busted it completely. And unlike a smartphone, that type of screen becomes completely unreadable once it's broken. I tried out my memory for button-push sequences to send my parter a text, letting him know I wouldn't be able to read any texts from him, but apparently all I managed was sending a blank text.

Oh well, a new mobile phone can be my Christmas present to myself. At least it'll be under $30 to replace.

Date: 2015-12-17 09:09 am (UTC)
spiralsheep: Orac says, "No." (chronographia Computer Says NO)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
::sympathy::

I've never been able to get a new battery for my old/first phone because the manufacturers intended built-in obsolescence, but newer phones (especially smart phones) tend to have less powerful aerials and don't work anywhere I spend much time. Boo!

Date: 2015-12-17 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr-sponge.livejournal.com
I got a phone from Dick Smith for $9 yesterday. No real use for it except as a music player. I've actually got a collection of spare phones I've accumulated, almost all bought for $9!

Date: 2015-12-18 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr-sponge.livejournal.com
It's hard to get a non-locked one nowdays. My $9 samsung, of which I still have an unopened spare, cost $9, and was a 2degrees official phone but was unlocked so I use it with Vodafone. The one I got from Dick Smith is locked to Vodafone.

Date: 2015-12-18 07:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vilakins.livejournal.com
What a pain!

I've dropped my smart phone a hew times - no problems. Greg OTOH has smashed his screen twice, the last time by catching it on the corner of a desk at his office.

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