My Blackberry went from Crackberry to Crapberry! (A love-hate relationship with my Blackberry Pearl)

Addicted to Crackberry

When my husband first got his Palm Treo a few years ago, I wasn't sure that I'd ever need a Smart Phone. I didn't think that it was really all that necessary to have something that I could call, talk, text, and e-mail on. We have phones. And we have computers. No big deal.

Of course, it wasn't long before I ended up getting suckered in to the world of what I (up until a few months ago) loving called... Crackberry.

In June 2008, when it was time for me to ditch my Motorola Razr and pick out a new phone, I went to the (then) Alltell store. I wanted something small, preferably with a full keypad for texting, but the main thing I was looking for was that it had to be a small, flat phone.

When it came down to it, the Blackberry Pearl was really the only phone that fit the bill. After talking to the guy and quickly deciding that maybe it wouldn't be so bad after all to have a device that does EVERYTHING, that's what I decided on.

I had it synched to my personal e-mail on the way to a restaurant right afterwards. The e-mails started rolling in before lunch was served. Sweet.

Then I started playing on the Internet. Fast. Faster than my husband's Palm Treo!

Then I discovered my phone already had a Facebook application on it. Awesome!

This was the beginning of my descent into my addiction to crack...berry.

 

Crack(berry) is whack!

At times, I drive my husband nuts with my phone.

  • I have a few friends that would rather text or BBM than talk on the phone. Sometimes I'm kind of like that, too.
  • I take lots of pictures with my phone.
  • Also, I'm drawn to applications like Pocket Express, where I can get my celebrity gossip, horoscope, and Dear Abby fixes. Hehe.

But whatever. I became one of THOSE people. I love having a Smart Phone!

 

From Crack to Crap!

I don't remember exactly when I had my first minor Crackberry incident, but I do remember what happened: I was trying to take a picture with my phone, and the trackball was stuck on 3x zoom. Wouldn't zoom in or out. Also, the trackball wouldn't work with anything else on the phone. Took it back to the Alltell store and the guy asked me (as if I should've known this already) if I had taken the battery out recently. Nooooo. I wouldn't mess with that. Well, that's exactly what he directed me to do: turn the phone off, take out the battery, put it back in, and start the phone up. It resets the phone, I guess. And after that, the trackball worked again! Problem solved.

Not so fast.

Just a few months ago, my Crackberry started having major issues, and we went from Crackberry to CRAPberry in like 2.2 seconds.

First, I noticed that I would get a text notification.  Either I'd hear the little "ding" or I'd see that my phone was blinking and I had the little red asterisk, indicating that I'd received a text message.  I'd click on the text icon to read it, and it would be gone.  It wouldn't be in the history, it wouldn't be anywhere.  And I never even got to read it!

Then, I realized that I was missing calls, but never even HEARING the phone ring.  I'd have all of these "missed call" notifications, but don't know why in the world I didn't hear it. 

Next, I realized that not only was I missing phone calls, but my phone wasn't even giving me a chance to answer them!  I was sitting at work one day, with my phone in front of me, and saw the screen light up.  The phone didn't ring, but it showed who was calling.  I picked the phone up to answer, and before I could press a button, the call ended and the screen told me that I had a missed call.

Weird.

I've had other issues, too, like what my friends and I call the "hourglass of death."  It happens most often when texting and using Blackberry Messenger... It's where you're trying to send messages back and forth, but the hourglass pops up and you don't know if the message went through or not.

Also, I've sent texts, only to have them disappear from my phone. 

I've had people swear up and down that they got the text (and texted me back!) but I don't get the texts they send me !

And what's really frustrating, is that it doesn't do this all the time.  Sometimes the phone works great and I can send/receive texts and BBMs and get my phone calls just fine!  Other times... who knows?

So...

What kind of (Verizon Wireless) phone should I get next?!

  • Blackberry Storm
  • Blackberry Pearl Flip
  • Blackberry Curve
  • Samsung Saga
  • HTC Ozone
  • Droid Eris by HTC
  • Droid by Motorola
  • Samsung Omnia
See results without voting

Just Say No To Crack(berry)!

I was so aggravated with all my phone issues that in December, I wrote out a list of all my Crapberry problems and called up Verizon Wireless. They suggested that I do an insurance claim online and for a small fee, they'd send me a new phone. Okie-dokie. Sounds good to me. My husband did the same thing with his Palm Treo when the ringer stopped working and all it would do was vibrate. He paid $40 or $50 and got a new phone.

I went through all the insurance claim stuff, picked out the new Blackberry Pearl flip phone because my model wasn't available, and was all set to go... Except, for me to get a replacement phone, it would cost $95.

Wait a minute. $95? No way was I spending almost $100 on a phone that I was only going to have for, like, three months. I get a new phone in March. March 10th, to be exact! (Counting down the days!)

So I'm stuck with my pieceofCrapberry for another few months. Sometimes it works great, sometimes it doesn't. I'll just have to deal with it, I guess!

When March 10th rolls around, I don't know if I should try my luck with another Crackberry... (It was great while it lasted!) or try one of the Verizon Droid phones.  Who knows, maybe by then Verizon will have an iPhone?  Decisions, decisions!

Temporary Crapberry fix?

 I was discussing my Crapberry issues with a friend, and she said that when she had the Blackberry Pearl, she had all the same problems.  (So it's not just me, and it's not just Verizon... it's the PHONE!)  She asked me if I ever took the battery out and reset the phone.  Yes.  Then she asked if I ever cleared the log.  The what?

If you hold the shift button and press G L G L G L on your phone, a screen comes up that displays your Event Log, which she explained was everything your phone has ever done.  She said that clearing the event log will help clean up your memory and your phone will work faster.

She was right!

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