Results tagged “Phones” from Kazza the Blank One
So I bricked my phone last week.
For some months my phone battery has been having *issues*. Mostly turning off when it still had reported charge left on the battery. You'd connect it to power and it would instantly come back with like 30% or 40% or even the nearly 100% one time. Alternatively it would drop right down to 1% and then stay there for hours.
So last week it had been at 1% for hours then finally died. But when I plugged it in, it didn't come good. It just sat there saying the battery was flat.
I left it charging overnight, but sadly in the morning it was doing just that, and wouldn't turn on.
So I thought I'd bite the bullet and get a new battery for it that day. Except I needed the phone in the morning for work. So I tried doing what I'd seen suggested in various places on the internet - warm the battery up. I stuck the phone behind a storage unit power supply and left it warming up for five minutes. Plugged it in and it worked! Turned on with 82% battery. Go fricken figure.
It did the same thing twice more last week and I was able to resurrect it, but it's clearly time to either 1) get a new battery or 2) get a new phone.
Getting a new battery is certainly cheaper - @CLBradley recently got a new one for his daughter's phone for $55 and it's been fine ever since. But I have been struggling for a while with this phone. It's been *full* in forever, and I have constantly delete photos to clear space. I certainly don't have room for music. Also it's struggled ever since going from IOS 6 to IOS 9. It's just laggy and annoying and a better processor would be a plus. There's also the dilemma of whether to buy it outright or get locked into a contract. I've been complaining about Optus' crappy service for years, but at least it only costs me $30/month for 1.5GB data (which I only use about half of that a month) *and* I get a second sim (actually you can have up to 5 sims on one plan) for nothing.
So in the end I decided a new phone would be in order. The old one is nearly four years old after all.
But now for the next dilemma. What to get.
For ages I was never interested in the 6 because they were so much bigger. Being a girl I get jeans with completely useless girly pockets which are barely big enough to hold the current phone. Anything bigger just wouldn't fit in my pockets. Then Apple brought out the 6 SE which was the same size as my current phone. So if I was going to get a new phone, that was likely what I'd get. Even with the battery issues of cramming all that stuff into a smaller space with a smaller battery (so I heard).
The iPhone 7 is due out in the not too distant future. I could try and hold out long enough for that.
I could wait all that time and find they don't have a small version anyway. So I'd have waited all that time and then not been able to get what I wanted.
Although it could mean getting a 6 SE a bit cheaper..
It's all too hard, so I'll probably end up doing nothing except complaining about my phone dying all the time.
Did you know phones have a thing on them called "APN", which stands for Access Point Name, and is a configuration set to make mobile data and MMS work?
Until it didn't work.
Backtracking a little.
On Monday night while watching Cities of the Underworld, I saw an ad for Optus that lets you get additional sims for $5 each that you can use on other devices using your main data plan. And I thought *brilliant* !! With that I could play Ingress on Stu's old phone without having to setup a wifi hotspot on my iPhone (which has been destroying my battery). (As a side note, as soon as I saw that ad and told Stu how cool it would be, he said, oh, Ingress for iPhone came out today. I decided I'd rather destroy the old phone battery not mine).
So yesterday I went into Optus to get one. I figured for $5 there'd be no service, they'd just give you a sim and tell you to go online to set it up. But no, you actually sit down with them while they set it all up. That must cost them a lot more than $5! Whatevs. Turns out you also need one of their new data plans, so had to switch over to that. Anyway ten minutes later it was all going.
Except Stu's phone was still locked to Vodafone.
So popped up to the Vodafone store and asked what's the process for unlocking it, and they said you just go online, put in the IMEI, and get a code to unlock. Simple.
So did that when I got back to work and that worked fine.
The phone could now connect to Optus, except the mobile data wouldn't work. I looked in the settings and found this:
"Connection failed due to incorrect APN setting"
I googled it and found plenty of other people having similar problems. But none of the APN settings worked for me. I got super frustrated with the whole thing, and was facing having to go back to Optus today to get it sorted out.
Then I was talking to @StuartCRyan and he's like "have you tried "connectme"?"
It actually connected!!
So here's my APN settings for Optus on a HTC One X:
Name: Doesn't matter, but I called mine Connect Me
Authentication Type: Not set
APN type: default
Everything else was defaults or not set.
Thanks Stuart, you made my night!
"Updating to iOS 6.0 will delete all the apps and media, including iTunes Store purchases on your iPhone. To preserve your content, apply this update on the computer where you sync apps, music, videos and photos. Updating on this computer will only preserve contacts, calendars, text messages and other settings. Please do not interrupt the update, which may take an hour or more to complete."
Well I did it today. I turned to the Dark Side. Still getting the hang of it and a bit frustrated with the iTunes store connectivity. Or maybe it was just our wireless being flaky.. Who knows. Anyway I have my Flight Control fix now so it's all good :)
Work was much better today too. Made progress with testing and think we found the limits of what the product will do (which isn't much). So came home not completely stressed/depressed for a change.
And for the first time since I upgraded Movable Type I can blog from my phone!