I pronounced it - at 4pm on 11/22/2006, my SDA died of severe complications. The complications started at around noon on Wednesday, when my friend Sharran, was driving up to visit me. He called, and I almost answered but I didn't. Then I called him right back, while he was calling me back. And something about the airwaves man, *poof*, my SDA went from "Cingular Service" to "Home Service", and then to "Phone Off". No matter howmany times I would turn the phone on and off, pull the battery out and put it back in, or switch profiles, the phone would remain in "Phone Off" mode. Finally, I decided it was time to install a beta of Crossbow, our next gen Windows Mobile OS, on it. Don't know what it was, but for some reason the ROM update stalled 99% of the way in. My computer told me the update was done, but my phone held at 99% completion for about 15 minutes. So here I was thinking, 99% is as good as 100%, right, so I yanked the USB cable and reset my phone. Now my SDA comes up with a blank white screen on startup.
I couldn't find any answers as to what I could do to fix my phone anywhere. Also, I have a Cingular plan, so I'm guessing T-mobile will not want to help me. So, for now, I've reverted back to using my old Nokia. I wish I could tell you what model the Nokia is, but it doesn't say anywhere on the phone. Comes closest to a 6230. But reverting back to this phone has made me realize a few things...
I usually charge my phone on my nightstand. My Nokia can make and receive calls. Oh, it can also send and receive text messages. That's pretty much it. In comparison to my SDA, this Nokia of mine has no features whatsoever. Bottom-line, when I wake up in the morning, the first thing I typically do, is unhook the power adapter, turn my ringer back on, and check email on my phone. I only download the first 0.5K of my email messages on to my phone. But when you read a message that looks like this "This message has been sent with restricted permission and you ...", you then want to read this message in entirety, trust me. So, with one of my eyes half-closed (or half-open) I walk over to my laptop to read this email which in reality would be about something mundane. And of course, you read one email, you have to read all of them. And since you're on your computer, why not catch up on your RSS feeds? And what else is new with the BCS bowl drama? Might as well get on IM. And just like that, I've spent an hour on my computer for no real reason at all.
So, I decided to spend thanksgiving with some old friends who I hadn't seen in a long time. In fact, it'd been so long since I'd seen them, that they've had another kid during this time. A whole new human. They live about 50 minutes away. Apart from listening to music in my car, I also check my email on my phone while I'm driving. Now, I know what you're thinking - it's stupid and irresponsible. But I can't help it. What do I do for 50 whole minutes man? Driving is boring. But with my Nokia, that urge to check email while driving did not arise once. Actually it did, I'd pick up the Nokia every 30 seconds, but would curse, and put it right back down.
Maybe my SDA dying is a good thing. Maybe I can train myself to not check email every second, every second. So, this thanksgiving... nah, who am I kidding? I have a whole thanksgiving post in the works.