Last week, my HTC Kaiser dropped off my belt in a cold, cold parking lot, and sat there for about four hours before I was able to come back and get it. Gah! It worked OK, except for a big crack on the bottom half of the screen. Gah! After a couple days, the crack had spread, so I can’t see anything on the display. This makes the phone pretty much useless. Sigh.
I put an order in for a new phone yesterday, but because it’s a Saturday, I won’t get a new phone delivered until Tuesday at the earliest. All my spare phones have been sold or eaten (my dogs + electronics != bliss), so that means I can’t make calls or see who’s calling me until a new phone comes. I figured I could probably deal with this.. but today I was at Target, and noticed that they have AT&T Gophones, which are pre-paid cell phones. On a whim, I picked up a $20 GoPhone (Motorola c168i), figuring I might be able to pop my SIM card in and make it work. Got home, tried it out, and what’dya know, it works!
It’s a junk phone (it’s only got GPRS – not even EDGE networking, horrible interface, etc), but at least I can send and receive calls, texts, etc. ;) I’d expect that this would also work for any other company that is GSM (I guess in the US that would be, er, T-Mobile).. if this helps you out, let me know!