Thursday, February 11, 2010

HOLD ME

Pin It If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember when I posted about why I shouldn't have an iPhone:
I've somehow managed to divest myself of SIX cell phones in the last two years - all within the first three months I had them. I ran over one with the car, washed one in the laundry, dropped one in the bathtub and misplaced three.
I could totally see the iPhone in about a month, cracked under the wheels of the car, or beeping forlornly from inside a Big Gulp cup where I'd set it down whilst thinking about cupcakes (YUM).
Yeah, I wanted an iPhone, but I knew it was probably a much better idea to stick with my crappy seven dollar flip phone. 

But against all odds, my husband got me one for Christmas '09 anyway.

I LOVE MY HUSBAND.

Oh internet. 

OH HOW I LOVE IT.

A big girl phone. ALL MINE.

The love I have for my iPhone borders on unholy.

I've had it for 48 amazing days.

And now.....

BEHOLD:


That?  Would be an iPhone with completely shattered glass.  Glass that is Not Under Warranty.

I am not sure how that happened.

I'm guessing Elves.

(Evil ones.)

(I can still use it but it makes my fingers bleed a little.)

(I think I might be o.k. with that.)

{{Weeping commences now.}}


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65 comments:

  1. How on earth did that happen? My kids play games on my iphone all the time, and when they lose at those games they get really angry at the phone and throw it against brick walls and stab it with knives and throw it in the toilet and set it on fire and stick it in the DVD player and once they tossed it in a wood chipper, but there still isn't a scratch on it.

    Maybe it's because I bought it from the devil.

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  2. OH such a bummer! I love my iphone, but like you, I constantly live in fear that something bad will happen to it. :( Hope you can get a replacement!

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  3. Oh noooo how sad! You really have no idea how it happened?!

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  4. POSSIBLY it involved someone trying to juggle a Big Gulp and an iPhone and a diaper bag, and POSSIBLY it got dropped flat on its face in the parking lot.

    Possibly.



    OK, FINE, ENOUGH WITH THE INTERROGATION ALREADY, IT WAS ME, IT WAS ME, IT WAS ME!

    (But if my husband asks you, YOU KNOW NOTHING.)

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  5. You have a gift. Embrace it.

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  6. I am glad that you have your priorities straight...I would have dropped the phone and saved the big gulp too.

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  7. Need a supply of bandaids to attach to you phone? I'm glad that at least it still works. The same thing happened to Michael. Maybe it's genetic.

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  8. I would be in tears, because my husband wouldn't be nice enough to buy me two.

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  9. Are you SURE you didn't run over it with the car?

    My Ipod Touch (basically the same thing - the nasty monthly bills) has been through hell and back and still only has little scratchies on it's face. I was starting to think the thing was indestructible until I saw that picture of yours.

    Are you sure it didn't somehow get zapped by an alien life force?

    Wow, still going back to look at that picture... that's impressively damaged.

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  10. So, so, so sad. My lower lip sticks out for your phone.

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  11. Maybe you could start a business were women who have indestructible older phones that they can't upgrade till it dies come to you and have the problem, er, "fixed"?

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  12. i think bloody fingers aren't really that big of a deal. they probably have an app for that.

    sorry about that phone.

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  13. i've seen the shattered iphone bit a lot... on other people's. which is crazy considering how much i drop mine. of course, mine also has a heavy duty, unattractive case that makes it twice as thick.

    (my husband gave me the case WITH the phone... because my history is much like yours.)

    good luck procuring another one. i'll start praying. xo

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  14. Sue - I was going to say it looks a LOT like my phone after it fell glass down on the concrete.

    a side note I had the original iphone until September when it fell into the toilet, I get a new phone and dropped that one (above) within 2 months and my hubby said that this last phone is it! (can't blame him, they aren't cheap)

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  15. we are twins when it comes to breaking phones. i break all my phones, and also any type of computer equipment.

    sigh.

    i am glad we are e-friends.

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  16. How is it NOT covered by a warantee?? Just the glass? How can you cover a product with a warantee and then exempt the one part of that product MOST likely to need replacing!!

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  17. I did this VERY same thing. I had dropped it multiple times and everything was fine. I guess I dropped it one too many. I ended up just getting a new one, because it was going to cost $250 to repair the glass.

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  18. You should market yourself to phone manufacturers ... I bet they pay people to wreck phones.

    Very sad indeed. Those elves! *shaking fist in rage*

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  19. That is harsh!

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  20. Saran wrap. And gloves.
    ;)

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  21. dang it! :(

    ...bloody fingers... sorry, that made me laugh :)

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  22. When I broke my brand new phone, the really nice guy at the phone store said its only five dollars a month to get a warranty, and to call and set up it, and THEN report the phone. When you get your free phone then you can cancel it. Genious. Maybe your phone company does something similar? Also if you do get another phone, you should have an invisishield put on, you can get it done at the University Mall. :)

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  23. Interestingly enough, I am actually in the market to replace my phone. I was surfing through the KSL classifieds when I thought maybe I should just get a brand-spanking new one.

    Your blog post is quite timely. I will go back to surfing KSL.

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  24. OUCH, maybe wrap your fingers first.
    I don't have an IPHONE
    no cell phone
    I never text --cause no cell phone, duh, but I used to have one when I lived in Utah, for emergencies.
    The kids would always say "I tried to call you and your phone wasn't on"
    I say "It's only for emergencies"

    It's amazing I am able to blog really!!
    hate those evel ones

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  25. Apple totally has an "elve" return policy. Just take it into the Apple story and tell them about the elves. They will for sure believe you and give you a new phone. Or maybe three. Let me know how it goes...

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  26. That sucks. I know quite a few people who have broken the glass on their iPhone. It is possible to replace the glass yourself- you can find instructions on the internet. It will void your warranty but at least you could use your phone.

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  27. I just re-read your "Fisher Price Version" post of a while back. Hmmm. Sounds like the elves remember that you were giving the phone to your hubby; and elves are guys, after all. Next time, try not to make the elves seek revenge.

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  28. Anonymous1:16 PM

    for the next iPhone, buy an 'Otter Box Defender' case for it. it's water proof and drop proof. And actually dropped, kicked and stepped-on proof too

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  29. Oh man, I'm sorry. That sucks hardcore.

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  30. oh man. I am a recent convert to the iPhone. and am ashamed to admit my love and obsession with it since I was an avid BlackBerry/Verizon customer prior to 2 weeks ago!
    I have a case for my beloved iPhone and am still nervous at any and all moments that it will be subjected to torture by those evil little elves.
    knock on wood!

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  31. Olivia, wood is ok. It's the knocking on concrete and asphalt that seems to be the problem.

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  32. I have learned over, and over, and over again that I must GET THE EXTENDED WARRANTY/INSURANCE on my phones. Because I have a similar track record. I constantly drop them, accidentally shove them in puddles, drop them under running water, use them to cushion falls, you name it.

    Just last Sunday my phone fell out of my church bag as I got out of the car and I stepped on it with full stiletto force. My glass is now cracked, too.


    Argh.

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  33. p.s. the reason my iPods survive is that I use the clear protective film that the military developed to protect helicopter blades AND THEN I also put them in silicone cases.

    Sadly, the clear film made it hard for my touch screen to work, so I removed it, and now, CRACKED.

    Sigh.

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  34. I second Kimberly's suggestion to replace the glass yourself. My dh did that for dd's Zune player. Then she stepped on it again. Then we just put more of the protective film stuff over the top and she uses it fine. And no bloody fingers. Yet. So, yeah, it's still cracked, but I don't care.

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  35. Yeah, we're looking into the do-it-yourself glass replacement thing, thanks for the idea. I guess a jailbroken iPhone is better than no iPhone. (ANYTHING is better than no iPhone, sob, sob, sob)

    Apparently, even with the super extended warranty, Apple will not cover the glass. They want $250 to fix it. EGADS. Also - EUREKA.

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  36. I'm gonna have nightmares about your phone. But by the grace of [that apple guy]. It's posts like these that make you hug your iPhone close and cherish every moment a little more.

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  37. So sorry for your loss.

    I just looked up a lot of stuff about replacing the glass--I was just curious (and my 12-year-old son was fascinated). I would give you the links I found but I'm not really sure which ones are the better ones, and I'm sure you've already found stuff yourself. Most people said it's far from an easy repair-can take 3 hours to get all the tiny pieces of glass off--but apparently it can be done. OR, I did see a seller on eBay who claims to be able to do it for you for under $70 and who also claims to warrant their work for a year. Might be better than bleeding fingers.

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  38. That is the saddest thing I have ever seen, even sadder than the toilet dipped iPhone resting in it's bed of rice to dry out (sadder cuz the rice worked but your phone it done for).

    Not sure if it would have been able to change the outcome of shattered dreams for ya.... but next time you may want to invest in the Candyshell. Gives your Precious a fighting chance.

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  39. AUGH!! I feel your pain. I SO want an iPhone but I do have a lovely beautiful iTouch (my Christmas present), which is the next best thing, and I love it so much that I sleep with it at night. (It's my alarm clock, ok?)

    How are you with wedding rings? Do you lose those? That's my thing. I'm on my 3rd...same husband, 19 years and counting.

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  40. Huh- someone could make a pretty penny charging a mere $100 to replace the glass on others' shattered iPhones...

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  41. This is why we can't have nice things.

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  42. Nomad - oh gosh. I have a cubic zirconia in my ring, if that tells you anything.

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  43. Oh dear. That's the saddest iPhone ever!

    My trackball on my crappy already BlackBerry got detached due to an angry 2 year old. I had to walk around hoping I wouldn't need my phone--because the stupid lightbulb in the hole would blind anyone or burn an eyeball with the brightness of that lightbulb.

    Praying that the elves will magically replace your phone...

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  44. Aha! This, right here, is the reason I still walk around with my 10 year old Sony phone. It doesn't flip. It doesn't tweet. It doesn't surf the web. It doesn't email. It doesn't text. All it does is telephone calls. And it must be made of kryptonite, cause its still in one piece, with an un-cracked screen, push buttons that work, and ring tomes that I like built-in!

    I hope it lasts forever!

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  45. Yeah, that's the same reason why I don't have one. My husband says I can't even keep my $5 t-shirts clean, what would I do to a $300 phone?

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  46. You can most definitely replace the glass. My husband has replaced several at his office. He gets them from someone reliable on Ebay, I believe.

    If you want some help on it, I'm sure he could tell you exactly how to do it safely, without damaging the phone. If you want, email me, my address is on my blog.

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  47. My husbands first iphone was cracked by our two year old tapping (yes, tapping) it with a hollow, plastic hammer. That iphone was lost/stolen on our trip to mexico (and we replaced it the week we got home literally 30 seconds before the price for them slashed by 50%) Also on that trip I lost my ipod. Not a great trip for the Wren's and apple products. A great trip however, for at least two mexicans.

    I do feel for you. My mantra until my kids are out of the house is "I can't have nice things..." Twitter about it and see if Apple sends you a new one to be nicer about them. Something like that happened with a friend of mine.

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  48. That same thing mysteriously happened to my husband's iPhone. A mystery that involved me accidentally dropping it on the sidewalk.

    Anyway, he sold it on Ebay. For about $250 dollars, shattered glass and all. If you don't want to replace the glass you might want to look at how much shattered iPhones go for on Ebay -as long as it works ok. (this was about a year and a half ago...not sure if that makes a difference...) good luck. :(

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  49. have you seen this?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/IPHONE-3G-CRACKED-LCD-SCREEN-REPAIR-SERVICE_W0QQitemZ190372460116QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCell_Phones?hash=item2c53153654

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  50. This is why I put my Blackberry in an Otterbox. Best cases EVER. My phone is magnetically attracted to concrete, and the Otterbox keeps it safe. It's (gasp!) lasted me 17 months now! A new record...

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  51. That's awesome Katie. Thanks to everyone for their ideas - I'm writing this all down in my head, I swear.

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  52. I need to replace my phone and was thinking of splurging. Now I think I'll buy a $20 phone at Wal-Mart. So sorry for your phone.

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  54. My husband just did that. He put clear packing tape over the screen for a week or so-no bloody fingers. Then he found a mobile repair guy who did fixed it up right quick for about $80.

    The iphone is his mistress (even sleeps with her-I mean it), so it is surprising it wasn't me that busted it. But I didn't. I swear.

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  55. I now have to reapply my mascara. I cried for you. Real tears. Because without my iPhone I would cease to exist. I am serious. It would be like Cinderella without her little mice friends.

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  56. Come on now...tell the truth. You chuked it out the open car window, after screaming at your husband for leaving his nasty boxers on the bathroom floor again. Right? right?
    I can't be the only one, can I?

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  57. My deepest sympathies on your loss. May your fingertips heal quickly.

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  58. Anonymous3:31 PM

    Nice brief and this fill someone in on helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you as your information.

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  59. Yes, Sue, thanks you as your information!

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  60. Shortman called me today. "I broke my phone." (Which, btw, was NOT an iPhone, thank goodness) The phone was on his bed and when he was fixing the comforter - thus, tossing the phone off the bed.

    I don't know whether I should be upset he broke his phone or glad he's making his bed. IN THE DORM!

    (And yes, he was calling from the phone, but the screen is broken.)

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  61. Oh, Sue. I did that last summer. I got the thing so I could talk to M when he writes from his mission every week - without sitting at the desk, staring at the mail client all day, waiting. Then I went to a Town Hall Meeting, trying to be responsible, and as I ran across 5th West (a street I hate), the phone bounced out of my purse onto the median line. Which I didn't find out till I'd gotten a seat in the meeting, searched for the phone, run back to the meeting to look under my chair, run back out to the car (we're talking about three miles of running). Then I drove home, hoping I'd left it there (sure I hadn't) and enlisted my son to find it with the GPS locater. Which located it back where I'd parked.

    So we both drove back there, and I ran back and forth across that accursed freeway three times before we actually heard the phone screaming for help. By that time, it was smashed. But unlike yours, the touch screen was unusable.

    You have to drive them up to Gateway. And if you have Apple Care, it will only cost you about 200 bucks to replace. I stood there in front of the tech and started to cry. It was as if I'd run over a pet. These phones - there're a lot of dang emotional trouble.

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  62. 62 comments!! I'm not reading them all, so it may have already been mentioned BUT:

    You can buy screen replacement kits on eBay or Amazon for like $12!! If DH can install RAM, he can install a new screen! No soldering or anything, apparently it's really easy. I've never tried, but I would if it happened to me!

    I use mine without a case, and it's lasted nearly 2 years. I did have the screen that Azucar mentioned, but took it off for the same reason - it slowed the touch sensing time down. GOOD LUCK!

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  63. Oh sadness!!! I weep for you. I love my iPhone an unhealthy amount.

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  64. Someone may have said this already; but my first thought was "Maybe they have an App for that." They must.

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  65. Hey- did you get your phone fixed? One of my neighbors 'mashed' his screen also. He had it fixed at the Spring store on 1600 North State in Orem for $80. He also found they repair them at the BYU bookstore.

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