- Thrash two Nokia 3650's
- Wear out one (nearly two) iBooks in twenty four months (having typed the keyboard completely off of one of them)
- Have a near-death-to-the-phone experience with a Nokia 6600.
- Konked a Treo 180 in a tragic downhill sledding accident at Avila College.
All that to say....here we go again.
I purchased a Treo 600 on eBay a few weeks ago and instantly declared it to be the best thing since the invention of boneless ice cream. The only snag was...once in a while, the phone portion of the unit would quietly shut itself off. Of course, because your phone is silent most of the time anyway, I wouldn't notice it. Eventually I'd go to make a call and realize "Hey, phone's off, dude!", turn it on and have six voicemails waiting, four of which where Kelsey saying "I do not like this new phone of yours.....".
Thinking I was going to help the situation (dillusion runs deep, you know), I installed the updater software from the Palm website. It seemed to install correctly, but it locked me out of my SIM card, meaning now the phone didn't work at all. This was not the desired result.
After 2 1/2 hrs on the phone with Palm over the course of 2 days, they have declared my unit to be a brick. It is so thrashed that the electronic serial number now reads (and I am not kidding) 12345678910. I actually had a Palm tech tell me, "Wow. Your serial number starts with 1? It must be a really old one." NO! My serial number does NOT start with 1! Your update crashed my treo, dude!"
Fortunately, I still have my old phone laying around. I noticed it sure rings a lot more than that Treo did. I bigtime miss the Palm application integrated into the phone though....
Oh, and Palm is absolving itself of any culpability here, even though their updater did the deed. (the unit is far out of warranty). They say "We don't fix stuff like that unless we tell you over the phone to install the updater...". Huh. Thanks for the warning, guys.