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July 18th, 2007


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09:19 am - THERE IS NO PHONE
I don't have a phone for a while, folks. My cellphone's charge point up and broke on me last night. It'd been acting kinda wonky for a while now, you know. One of those times where you plug the charger in and it doesn't automatically say OH HAY I'M PLUGGED IN and then you move the cord and it goes OK I GET IT THERE'S AN ELECTRICAL SUPPLY CONNECTED TO ME and the little chargy light goes on but if there's even the smallest quantum vibration near the phone the charge point moves and the connection is lost and the phone goes GUESS YOU DIDN'T WANT TO CHARGE ME UP AFTER ALL, OK I'LL SHUT MYSELF OFF. Then you smack your head, try to move the plug around and wonder when exactly it's gonna break for reals. Well, it broke for reals last night and I'm now stuck with a phone that's shut off with 1 1/2 bars of power left and a battery that's disconnected from the phone so I don't lose the charge in case I need to make a really important call.

Well. If you can't charge the battery while in the phone, charge the battery outside the phone. There's an accessory for anything, right? Surely there's a charger that enjoys charging only the battery and not the phone with the battery attached, right? I've seen it happen before to other, luckier batteries. There must be one for my particular battery which only seems to fit my particular phone. That's what you'd think and that is what would be the case were we to live in a fair and just world. But you know, it's difficult to find accessories, or even believe such helpful devices exist, when the website of your phone's manufacturer doesn't even believe such a model exists anymore. It goes so far as to do that snide, condescending "Did you mean Model ABC595?" trick when you try to search for Model ABC599. The end result is one of those frustrating moments where you find yourself hollering "IF I'D MEANT THAT, YOU STUPID THING, I'D HAVE TYPED THAT" at a ... computer. Sigh.

When searching the rest of the Interbutt with such terms as "model abc599" and "external charger" and "no I didn't mean abc595" and "AAAAHGGHGHGHH DIE DIE DIE", I did find one universal cellphone battery charger. It apparently lets you adjust its chargy thingos to the positive and negative terminals on the battery. Seeing as how my battery seems to have one copper strip for one terminal and two copper strips for the other, I sure hope this universal thingo takes into universal account this universal battery. Serves me right for picking what is apparently the redheaded stepchild of the Audiovox family, but goddammit it has a cherishable camera in it as well as, oh, ALL MY GODDAMN NUMBERS. I am skeptical of this device but any port in a storm, really. I hope I can get the charger by the end of this week. Until then, communication can be had via the Other Usual Channels, just not by text or voice.

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From:fancycwabs
Date:July 18th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Who's your carrier? I might have a spare usable phone lying around.
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From:kyree
Date:July 18th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
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You might be able to find a phone with the same battery type on eBay and use your charger to charge the battery in that phone, then switch it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:July 18th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't have a charger, that's the problem. The only way I can charge my battery is plug the phone in while the battery's attached.

Now that the phone won't take the plug, I can't recharge any battery whatsoever.
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From:jotasbrane
Date:July 18th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
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What kyree might have meant was to buy another phone that takes the same type of battery, use that other phone to charge your battery up, then put the battery back in your own phone. (And if not, then I'll happily take credit for the suggestion.)
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From:derspatchel
Date:July 18th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah. Lateral thinking! Nice!

it would be very interesting to have an identical phone for the use of recharging the battery. I could also try and see if I could make stereograph cameraphone pics!

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