Out Of Touch

I have a Motorola RAZR phone from Cingular AT&T. It’s a nice phone and it’s served me well. I anticipate getting a new, more fun phone really soon. My contract is up next month (though at this point I’m guessing they’d be glad to renew my business for another two years).

For the past few months I’ve been studying what phone to buy. There’s a new Motorola Q (Q9h) due in a few weeks. That looks appealing. The same goes for a new version of the Samsung Blackjack.

Like I said, neither is available yet, but I’m willing to wait… except last night my RAZR died. Oops.

It’s a death that others have reported. The only key that works is the one that turns the phone on and off. I can watch calls come in. I can’t answer them. I can’t dial.

It’s frustrating.

Some forums report success in leaving the phone unpowered for a day or two (no one says exactly how long). That seems far fetched, though I’m trying it.

Based on my scanty knowledge of electronics and this phone, it seems like a switch has failed closed. In other words, it’s a key that gets pressed in normal operation, but now is ALWAYS pressed. If that’s the case, there’s little I can do.

I’m hoping I have an old GSM phone at home that can take my SIM card and stretch my usability before having to sign a new contract. I’m not sure.

In the meantime, if you need to reach me – email.

4 thoughts on “Out Of Touch”

  1. Geoff,

    Most companies consider a 2 year contract up at 22 months IF you are renewing with them. If you want to switch to another company you need to wait the full 24 months. Call AT&T – I bet they’ll give you a new phone right now and you don’t need to wait another month (unless you want to wait for the O to come out, then you’re stuck)Good luck!

  2. If you have the cell phone insurance you should be entitled to a new or refurbished phone. I know that’s the way it works with Verizon Wireless. The $5.99 a month charge is worth it even if you only use it once. We signed up for it after a phone was water damaged and had to buy a new one at full price. We have it on all 4 phones. That would hold you until the new phones are released.

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