Friday, June 9, 2006

Le téléphone est mort, vive le téléphone

My phone must be on its last leg. Even with a new battery, it can't even keep its charge while it's being charged. I plugged it in at two bars out of three this evening, and now it's down to no bars of charge. It's too bad. I liked that phone.

Since I'll have to get a new phone anyway, I think that it may be time to switch to somebody other than Cingular. I get great reception just about everywhere except my apartment and my office. Other peoples' apartments half a mile away? Just fine. The Microsoft building between the two? No problem. But, of course, my phone spends 99% of its life in one of those two places, and it's annoying to not get reception in either one. Other people get reception in my apartment and my office. Time to find out who they pay way too much a month for service.

6 comments:

Swid said...

I feel it's my duty to put on my Captain Obvious disguise and point out that you could (in theory) simply buy a new battery... ;-)

Travis said...

I feel it's my duty to point out the start of my second sentence, which was "Even with a new battery..."

I have two batteries for the phone. Both exhibit this problem. Both worked fine about a week and a half ago.

Swid said...

Me fail English? That's unpossible!

Andy Misle said...

Um, I also feel this is a bit Captain Obvious, but have you checked the charger? That's a rather small amount of time for a battery to go bad. I would be willing to bet your charger is no longer putting out current/voltage. Just because it shows a charging indicator does not necessarily mean it's working.

Travis said...

Okay, I think I know more about what's going on. The phone still uses battery when it crashes. If it crashes around midnight, then it's already a third of a day where it's been running, and it's always had terrible battery life. It seems, though, that I can successfully charge it back up to full if I turn it off before charging. This allows for a full charge (good for a couple days) and prevents crashing. It's annoying, but I'll live with it for a while.

The charging indicator is on the phone, not the charger. Given that it seems to work with the phone off, I'm inclined to believe that it is, in fact, the phone.

Luke said...

Check the T-Mobile super-extreme-close-to-your-house coverage map that they have; it should give you a decent gauge if you'll be covered at your home and office, rather than those macro-national maps other people have.