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Old 03-23-2009, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default PIN to PIN delivery flakiness and stolen Curve :(

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We have two Curve 8330s on Verizon. Well, actually, we have just one Curve now as my wife's was stolen a few days ago.

The problem is that if I send a PIN message to her Curve and it is off, the message sits there waiting to be delivered. If the Curve is off or out of range for a short period of time, like say 5 minutes or so, the message is eventually delivered when it goes back into range or turned back on.

However, if the phone is off for longer than that, any messages that got queued up, stay queued up forever even after the phone is turned back on. I can send new messages when the phone is on and they go through immediately, but the previously sent ones stay undelivered and a D never shows up next to them.

10 years ago, when we got our first RIM 950 pagers, this is the one feature that was really cool. If a message couldn't be delivered because the pager was out of range, once it got back into range, it would be delivered even if it was weeks later.

Additionally, on those old pagers, you could get an audible notifcation of delivery and read status's as well as delivery and read times.

The current PIN messaging doesn't do any of that. You only get time sent, D, and R(but not times or sounds).

Are there any solutions to any of these issues? The PIN to PIN delivery failure is mind boggling as that is THE defining feature of PIN mesaging.

My wife's phone was stolen. I'm hoping the thief is stupid enough to try and use it. That's why I haven't shut it down. I did disable international calling and verizon app downloads. I have unlimited messaging and data so the only realy thing I'm on the hook for is peak time usage. I'm willing to take the risk that the thief will call a non disposable phone or the possibility that they will sell the phone to someone who doesn't know it's stolen. If the thief believes the phone will be deactivated, they may just simply try to sell it to someone. If it's still activated I might get through to someone who would be willing to return it.

If they intend to use it for personal reasons and start calling real phone numbers, I WILL track them down.

It was stolen at an IHop. She left it on the table. She was one of the last ones out. When she realized that she'd left it behind a few minutes later, she went back in to get it but the table was cleared off. She had already gotten the spare phone out of the car, the one we use for GPS tracking, before going back in. When they claimed they didn't have it, she called her number but it went right to voice mail. I sent to some pings to it but they didn't go through so the phone had already been turned off.

Over the last few days, it has been on briefly a few times. Usually, one of my last PIN messages suddenly shows a D on it and and I pick up the phone and start calling it over and over. Usually within a few minutes it starts going to voicemail on the first ring instead of after 10 rings.

At this point, I thought there was a chance that the phone might be in a safe or something making reception flaky.

But then today, it called a phone number. Unfortunately, it was a business who's primary phone line appears to be hooked up to the fax machine. I found the business through a reverse phone number lookup to see if they had another phone number but the number called is the one that is listed as the only number.

The call was less than a minute.
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