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Motorola Q Rears its Ugly Head Once More

Published May 28, 2011 - 5 Comments

I never thought I’d see the day that I wrote another post about my old cellphone, the Motorola Q… otherwise known as the Piece of Shit that I Used to Use Before I Entered the Realm of Real Smartphones and Got an iPhone…  But after dropping my iPhone again just before going on vacation, the LCD screen broke… that’s the part that I didn’t break the last time I dropped it, and was so thankful because it’s more expensive to fix, and a little more complicated.  *sigh*

Well I ordered my replacement LCD from Amazon, and went to do the repair the other day… only to discover that I stripped the microscopic screws that hold the iPhone together the last time that I opened it!  So I can’t get past step one… 1. Remove the two tiny screws at the bottom of your iPhone.  Wonderful.

I contacted Bell to see whether I was eligible for a hardware credit.  Nope!  Of course not!  I’ve had the phone for 15 months, and I’m short 3 months for a possible early hardware update.  And even if I did get the credit, it probably wouldn’t be very much.  So I walked down to the Bell store in the mall and asked the guy what my options were.  I got the answer I was expecting… buy a new phone.  Sure, they’re only around $700 for the iPhone… the Android phones are a little less, but not much.  I’m still looking at $500 or more for those.  Chump change!  I’ll take two!  Yeah.. not gonna happen.

The other option (aside from cancelling outright, with a $400 penalty) was using an old cellphone.  Oh no… don’t say that!  Not that #$%^&*( Motorola Q again!?!?   Yup!


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I went back to see the guy from Bell, and handed him my Q.  That’s the phone that I had said that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy (except one).  It’s an old Windows Mobile phone, and it is crap.  It locks up regularly, and the only way to unlock it is to take the battery out and then put it back in… something that tended to happen on a daily basis before I got fed up and bought my iPhone. The guy looked at it in amazement.  He’d never seen that phone before.  Bell doesn’t even list it in their system as a phone.. they have it listed as a PDA!  I told him that it was a POS, not a PDA.

Things haven’t improved since it was taken out of service.  Now the battery is old and not holding a charge.  My txts aren’t being sent/received reliably.  A few of the buttons on the QWERTY keyboard are stiff and don’t always display the proper characters.  It’s a real mess.  I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to use it before I smash it with a hammer.  And I’m not joking.  It wouldn’t be the first piece of electronics to die a violent death at the hands of a heavy hammer.

Stay tuned…