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Bust your phone? Need a temp replacement quick? AT&T customer? You’re in luck!

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.

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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!

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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!

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Kevin February 25, 2008, 10:34 am

    why do you eat your phones!?

  • nc February 25, 2008, 10:37 am

    They are tasty, what can I say? ;)

  • weierd February 25, 2008, 3:25 pm

    good tip for the day that my iPhone finally takes the inevitable fatal fall. Although I might just kill myself in despair before I need a new phone if that were to happen. :-)

  • C Velo February 25, 2008, 11:36 pm

    I was going to say that you should have send Chimo ( & Oakley ) shopping for a new phone. :-)

  • Kevin February 28, 2008, 12:48 pm

    Yeah. they’d come back with 80 pounds of chicken, a leash for Nate and tickets to Siberia.

  • Michale April 29, 2008, 1:57 pm

    Holy Crap! That’s a genius idea! Great thinking.

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