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keano 08-21-2009 10:35 AM

Curve - Piece of junk? What is not working on your phone?
 
Here is a list of things that are not working on my curve

1. The camera (tried the pressing thing, got it to work for a bit, now is no longer working)
2. No longer charging - When I put the usb charger on few weeks ago I must have bent one of the usb pins on the phone so now the phone no longer charges/connects to the usb
3. The trackball only moves UP/Down and sometimes right. Can not move to the left. It is PIA to browse since you can not move the cursor.
4. The left convenience button is no longer working

I have had the phone for just about 2 years. Still works as a phone and I do not mind getting another curve (maybe 8320), but just wanted to see what other problems folks experience.

zerog46 08-21-2009 10:38 AM

And here is a good place to complain about them.

Moved to Rants and Raves.

MikeLip 08-21-2009 11:55 AM

Everything works on mine.

You bent a USB pin? Ugh. Not sure how you do that. Seems kinda hard to do. You could charge using a cradle if your curve has rear charging terminals.

ArgonNJ 08-21-2009 01:56 PM

It's 2 years old. Time for a new device. These things don't last forever. The Curve is hardly a piece of junk.

NJBlackBerry 08-21-2009 02:33 PM

Pebkab

daphne 08-21-2009 10:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry (Post 1455856)
Pebkab

My thoughts exactly.

barbwyr 08-22-2009 02:24 AM

Hmmm....You call it junk because it doesn't work after you have abused it. Interesting. First off a battery pull would probably fix the camera, a cradle will charge it since YOU damaged the usb pins, the key and trackball sound like they suffer from the same moisture or dust damage. I have a Curve and my wife has 2, 1 hers and 1 work. All 3 are coming up on 2 years old and they still function like champs. Of course I treat my electronic devices with care and all 3 are in the factory cases when not in use so....

Yeah...pebkab for sure.

kathrynhr 08-24-2009 07:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry (Post 1455856)
Pebkab

LOL! +1

My Curve definitely <> a piece of junk. I take good care of it, and it takes good care of me.

TonyEye 08-24-2009 08:25 AM

The Curve is a great device. It's AT&T's service that sucks.

keano 08-24-2009 09:57 AM

what is pebkab?

I am telling you my experience. I love the device and I will be getting another one, but just bit disappointed that is starting to fall apart after 2 years of service.

jsconyers 08-24-2009 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keano (Post 1457454)
what is pebkab?

Normally it is pebkac; Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair. Basically saying an end user error.

Since this is about a BlackBerry, it would be pebkab; Problem Exists Between Keypad And BlackBerry.

NJBlackBerry 08-24-2009 10:01 AM

keyboard and brain.

jsconyers 08-24-2009 10:03 AM

Ahh, good call!

ArgonNJ 08-24-2009 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TonyEye (Post 1457389)
The Curve is a great device. It's AT&T's service that sucks.

Too bad none of the OP problems are network related.

juwaack68 08-24-2009 01:33 PM

Two years is pretty long to have a BlackBerry these days, IMO.

Did you keep the device in a protective sleeve/holster at all times, never drop it, and never get any moisture/dust/lint on/in it?

ArgonNJ 08-24-2009 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by juwaack68 (Post 1457625)
Two years is pretty long to have a BlackBerry these days, IMO.

Agreed. I usually get a new device every 6 mos, just to have to latest and greatest.

angelbear1973 08-24-2009 02:34 PM

Ive had my curve going on two years and I have used and abused it in a construction enviroment. Large gouges on all four corners and battery cover, screens scratched, battery needs replacing. Track ball was replaced through Horizon wireless. But all in all it takes great care of me and everything functions perfectly.

barbwyr 08-25-2009 01:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TonyEye (Post 1457389)
The Curve is a great device. It's AT&T's service that sucks.

Matter of opinion here. I am very happy with my AT&T service but have very bad things to say about Sprint and Verizon so to each his own.


Quote:

Originally Posted by juwaack68 (Post 1457625)
Did you keep the device in a protective sleeve/holster at all times, never drop it, and never get any moisture/dust/lint on/in it?

Judging by his remarks of the trackball and key not working and admitting that HE broke the usb port I would say...No, No and No...lol

CoDudette 08-25-2009 05:23 AM

i've had my bold for a year now! happy birthday bold :D and now i have to just replace the trackball..:)

i think you just need to update your device. my friends have had their curves for 2 years too, and they're still in surprisingly good condition. i guess you could have abused your curve which is why it's gone cuckoo on you. take good care of it, and you'll be rewarded with good service.

did that sound shady? oops.

endure161 08-25-2009 09:59 AM

I have had several BB's - a 7100i on Nextel, an 8800, an 8310 Curve, and now an 8900 - last three on AT&T... While the features of the 8900 are great, especially the WiFi, it is the worst of the bunch for physical integrity. Compared to the others, it is quite flimsy. Out of the box the keyboard was loose and the trackball worked erratically because it is not mounted securely like the others. The shiny chrome scratches very easily during normal use. After three months, it fell off my desk and the LCD cracked even though it was in a gel skin that cushioned it some. Because it was unlocked (TMobile used on AT&T) the warranty will not be honored by anyone, either. That was the last straw for me. I went back to my 10 month old 8310, which is still solid, looks good and works very well. What is supposed to be the latest and greatest is not necessarily that way.

NJBlackBerry 08-25-2009 10:03 AM

Interesting. My 8320 was all beat up, yet my 8900 - which I got before they hit the street - is fine. To each his own.

keano 09-15-2009 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by barbwyr (Post 1457978)
Matter of opinion here. I am very happy with my AT&T service but have very bad things to say about Sprint and Verizon so to each his own.




Judging by his remarks of the trackball and key not working and admitting that HE broke the usb port I would say...No, No and No...lol

I did not brake the USB port, I plugged in the charger!!! Bad engineering if you ask me.

Add to the list of issues the fact that the devise has stopped vibrating.

Really, really falling apart.

JSanders 09-15-2009 03:46 PM

But after... what... daily charges? Almost daily? That would be 500-700 connections made. Accidents happen. Bad or good, my two curves after two years still work. I don't use them as much now, but for the first 18 months, I did.

penguin3107 09-15-2009 03:50 PM

Isn't the Curve the best-selling BlackBerry model of all time?

ifonline 09-15-2009 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keano (Post 1455722)
2. No longer charging - When I put the usb charger on few weeks ago I must have bent one of the usb pins on the phone so now the phone no longer charges/connects to the usb

Quote:

Originally Posted by keano (Post 1471898)
I did not brake the USB port, I plugged in the charger!!! Bad engineering if you ask me.

Hey, just thought I'd put these two posts together for you since apparently you blacked out (or possibly fell and hit your head) after writing the first post and therefore forgot what you had said.

No thanks needed. I did this for you because I care. Really.

jsconyers 09-15-2009 03:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by penguin3107 (Post 1471901)
Isn't the Curve the best-selling BlackBerry model of all time?

No, ask the OP; the Curve is a piece of junk.

penguin3107 09-15-2009 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsconyers (Post 1471903)
No, ask the OP; the Curve is a piece of junk.

Oh, I'm not debating that... the Curve is definitely a piece of junk.
I simply find it fascinating that it's both a piece of junk, and the best-selling BlackBerry of all time.
;)

Jimmyelp 09-15-2009 03:56 PM

The wife and I going on two year's with the curve
 
My camera stopped working one time and I did a batt pull and that fixed it!
;-)

JSanders 09-15-2009 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jimmyelp (Post 1471907)
My camera stopped working one time and I did a batt pull and that fixed it!
;-)

Jimmy, with that much information, you could go to work for one of the mobile provider call support centers.

Really, I am serious.

barbwyr 09-15-2009 07:48 PM

LOL...I have a Curve I use all day long, my wife has one for personal and one for work that she uses even more than I do and all 3 are almost 2 years old and still solid. I really want the 8900, but can't justify replacing a perfectly good device...lol. Damn RIM and their reliability...lol.

Oh wait...I do know of a Curve that went belly up. My sister took hers swimming with her and it stopped working. You would think they would idiotproof...I mean water proof these things..lol.

keano 09-16-2009 07:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ifonline (Post 1471902)
Hey, just thought I'd put these two posts together for you since apparently you blacked out (or possibly fell and hit your head) after writing the first post and therefore forgot what you had said.

No thanks needed. I did this for you because I care. Really.

Junior, how old are you, 12?

Yes, I bent the pins by plugging in the charger. How else can you bend them? PLus, if you search you will see that there are other folks that this has happened to them. Plugging in a charger?

And now the vibrate does not work?

Trust me I do the battery pull every day, when I switch the batteries from my phone to my wife's phone for charging.

I am not saying it is not a good phone, and I may get another one, but I think that it has about 2 year lifespan.

Is that tough to comprehend?

NJBlackBerry 09-16-2009 08:03 AM

Hey sport - you asked if the Curve was a piece of junk.

You gotten your answer.

juwaack68 09-16-2009 08:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keano (Post 1472281)
Junior, how old are you, 12?

Yes, I bent the pins by plugging in the charger. How else can you bend them? PLus, if you search you will see that there are other folks that this has happened to them. Plugging in a charger?

And now the vibrate does not work?

Trust me I do the battery pull every day, when I switch the batteries from my phone to my wife's phone for charging.

I am not saying it is not a good phone, and I may get another one, but I think that it has about 2 year lifespan.

Is that tough to comprehend?


The device is two years old and the warranty has long since expired (a year ago). Be glad you got 2 years out of it.

ifonline 09-16-2009 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keano (Post 1472281)
Junior, how old are you, 12?

No. And I'm definitely not "junior" either. You?

Quote:

Yes, I bent the pins by plugging in the charger. How else can you bend them?
So you did break it. Why are we going in circles here?

Quote:

PLus, if you search you will see that there are other folks that this has happened to them. Plugging in a charger?
Yeah, and there are plenty more that aren't gorillas and break things just by trying to use them. I mean really, just how hard is it to put a USB cable into a USB socket? I suppose if I close my eyes while aiming for the USB port, plus use a hammer to make sure the plug is seated, then I might do some damage. But honestly, who would do something like that?

Quote:

And now the vibrate does not work?

Trust me I do the battery pull every day, when I switch the batteries from my phone to my wife's phone for charging.

I am not saying it is not a good phone, and I may get another one, but I think that it has about 2 year lifespan.
Okay.

Quote:

Is that tough to comprehend?
Nope. Is it tough to comprehend that your case is not the norm, but rather the exception?

kathrynhr 09-16-2009 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keano (Post 1472281)
I am not saying it is not a good phone, and I may get another one, but I think that it has about 2 year lifespan.

Is that tough to comprehend?

Keano, a question: how long, in your opinion, should a phone last? I can't imagine buying a phone and expecting it to last longer than 2 years.

Yes, they cost as much as some laptops these days, but they're also in almost constant daily use for some people, and therefore take a lot more abuse. I mean, just in the last 6 months my 8330 has: been dropped multiple times, gotten water dumped on it, been smeared all over with peanut butter, been in the dog's mouth, been in a steamy bathroom many times, been slept on and been stepped on. Not to mention I've used it daily as a phone, messenger, music player, alarm clock, gaming device, etc.

Apart from a few scratches, it's still running strong.

If I get 2 years out of my phone before I need to replace it, I will be a very happy camper. (y)

jsconyers 09-16-2009 10:04 AM

Kathryn,

That type of abuse cannot be excused! Peanut butter Berry?!?! That's a first for me.

kathrynhr 09-16-2009 10:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsconyers (Post 1472409)
Kathryn,

That type of abuse cannot be excused! Peanut butter Berry?!?! That's a first for me.

Yes, peanut butter! Courtesy of a 4-year-old boy who is determined to pull all the crust off his sandwiches since I am too "mean" to slice it off... and manages to squeeze out all the peanut butter in the process.

And then wants to play with mommy's phone... :?

keano 09-16-2009 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kathrynhr (Post 1472406)
Keano, a question: how long, in your opinion, should a phone last? I can't imagine buying a phone and expecting it to last longer than 2 years.

Yes, they cost as much as some laptops these days, but they're also in almost constant daily use for some people, and therefore take a lot more abuse. I mean, just in the last 6 months my 8330 has: been dropped multiple times, gotten water dumped on it, been smeared all over with peanut butter, been in the dog's mouth, been in a steamy bathroom many times, been slept on and been stepped on. Not to mention I've used it daily as a phone, messenger, music player, alarm clock, gaming device, etc.

Apart from a few scratches, it's still running strong.

If I get 2 years out of my phone before I need to replace it, I will be a very happy camper. (y)

Well, I am just disappointed how everything seems to be falling apart. Sure they get a heavy usage and abuse, but still. Why would the vibrate stopped working? Why my left convenience button is not working, why the camera is not working, and let's not get into the trackball.

I just wanted to gauge if other people have similar problems.


I think the phone as a device should work 3-4 years without a problem. I understand if let's say one thing brakes, or physical damage is done to the phone and the screen brakes, water damage, etc, but just things braking on its own.

JSanders 09-16-2009 11:38 AM

I don't feel like scrolling back through this entire thread, it's too painful.

BUT, try an OS upgrade to the latest, a complete JLCmder wipe and load the OS.

It won't fix hardware problems like USB slots, a broken vibrator :? or buttons, but it might fix your camera.

OrangeBDS 09-17-2009 11:27 AM

It sounds like all the OP's complaints are in regards to physical pieces/things that move on the device. After 2 years of use on a device that compact, it's not surprising to see button failures and other physical aspects go haywire.

"The camera pressing thing?" sounds like a button, I think, after two years there's probably a lot of dirt/dust/grime built up inside it. Same with the trackball and the convenience key. And as for the USB, that's all phsyical damage, obvious why it's not working.

The curve is the device I run into the most often, which in my line of work is normally a bad thing as I do troubleshooting, but most, if not, all the time it's because of email issues or browser issues. I really can't recall anyone complaining about anything other than a trackball that hasn't been cleaned properly. I'd have to say you've gotten a good life out of the Curve.

rjw3000 09-19-2009 11:19 PM

Just sold my Curve awhile back after using it for 2 years and everything works great on it.

The_conductor 09-19-2009 11:55 PM

I still have a curve 3 years and running never had a major problem maybe you just had a bad one

penguin3107 09-20-2009 06:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The_conductor (Post 1474339)
I still have a curve 3 years and running never had a major problem maybe you just had a bad one

Wow, 3 years! That's quite a feat since the Curve was only released in mid-2007.

NJBlackBerry 09-20-2009 06:34 AM

Time traveling.

jojo6 02-17-2010 11:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ArgonNJ (Post 1457647)
Agreed. I usually get a new device every 6 mos, just to have to latest and greatest.

i see this a lot on this forum. since i don't have that much disposable cash i have to ask. do you pay full price for the device with no contract or do you pay the early termination fees? please excuse my ignorance, but i have not found a way to upgrade my device every six months without getting jacked by the carrier.

dc/dc 02-17-2010 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jojo6 (Post 1566499)
i see this a lot on this forum. since i don't have that much disposable cash i have to ask. do you pay full price for the device with no contract or do you pay the early termination fees? please excuse my ignorance, but i have not found a way to upgrade my device every six months without getting jacked by the carrier.

Bumping 6 month old threads is extremely bad form.

jojo6 02-17-2010 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by penguin3107 (Post 1471906)
Oh, I'm not debating that... the Curve is definitely a piece of junk.
I simply find it fascinating that it's both a piece of junk, and the best-selling BlackBerry of all time.
;)

i have had my curve for two years and it has never failed. i know at least 5 other curve users who have never had a problem. my curve is the 8330. are the other curve models junk?

jojo6 02-17-2010 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dc/dc (Post 1566500)
Bumping 6 month old threads is extremely bad form.

then don't read it

jsconyers 02-17-2010 11:23 AM

I could really go for a spaghetti salad sammich right about now...

dc/dc 02-17-2010 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jojo6 (Post 1566502)
then don't read it

Feel free to go fornicate yourself.

penguin3107 02-17-2010 11:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jojo6 (Post 1566501)
i have had my curve for two years and it has never failed. i know at least 5 other curve users who have never had a problem. my curve is the 8330. are the other curve models junk?

In addition to your calendar being off by about 6 months... I believe you also need to check your sarcasm detector. That seems faulty too.

jojo6 02-17-2010 11:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dc/dc (Post 1566511)
Feel free to go fornicate yourself.

you've bumped it twice. please go for 3. maybe another childish comment.

TBOLTRAM 02-17-2010 12:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsconyers (Post 1566503)
I could really go for a spaghetti salad sammich right about now...

Tarter Sauce!!!!

Noodle22 02-17-2010 12:11 PM

If we all threadcrap just enough, we may be able to save this one. Thanks for doing your duty js and TBOLT :)

dc/dc 02-17-2010 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jojo6 (Post 1566518)
you've bumped it twice. please go for 3. maybe another childish comment.

My posts don't count as bumps. Try again.

kathrynhr 02-17-2010 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dc/dc (Post 1566560)
My posts don't count as bumps. Try again.

What does count as bumps, Dan? 8-)

jsconyers 02-17-2010 12:49 PM

Those things you get when you're cold. I believe they're called goosebumps. But why don't geese get them?

dc/dc 02-17-2010 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kathrynhr (Post 1566579)
What does count as bumps, Dan? 8-)

I have some bumps on my feet... ?

LOL

CanuckBB 02-17-2010 01:01 PM

*bump*

That counts as a bump.

TBOLTRAM 02-17-2010 01:21 PM

Burp. Opps. Sorry. Not Really.

jsconyers 02-17-2010 01:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TBOLTRAM (Post 1566602)
Burp.

Excuse you

Quote:

Originally Posted by TBOLTRAM (Post 1566602)
Opps. Sorry.

It's okay. So did it taste as good coming back up as it did going down?

Quote:

Originally Posted by TBOLTRAM (Post 1566602)
Not Really.


TBOLTRAM 02-17-2010 01:56 PM

Almost ready for the American Idiot tryouts.

jsconyers 02-17-2010 01:57 PM

I'll be ready, got may hacky sack and my spaghetti salad sammiches. Can't go wrong.

juwaack68 02-17-2010 02:06 PM

Closing thread. Never should have been revived. Dead horse.

Yada yada yada


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