Cell phone mystery/conundrum
August 22, 2011 9:23 AM Subscribe
My cell phone display has gone black, for no reason I can see, and now I'm receiving a mysterious new spate of text messages-- which I can't read or identify the sender of. Help?
posted by dee lee to Technology (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I woke up a couple of days ago to find that I'd slept on my cell phone. In a development that may or may not be related, the display does not work at all now-- the keys are backlit and the phone is still functioning, but the screen itself is always black.
In another development that may or may not be related, I've received a very unusual number and frequency of texts since then, and I've contacted everyone I can think of who might be texting me, and, well, they're not.
This whole thing smells really fishy, and it's driving me nucking futs. I almost never send or (normally) receive texts.
I would really like to know what the hell is going on with my phone, rather than being stuck with my speculations. My hope is that this is a specific thing, a known issue, and you, the hivemind, will recognize it where google could not.
Failing that, I'd like to know how to retrieve and read those texts-- preferably in a way that doesn't cost my broke ass much.
Details-- it's a Samsung-model Verizon phone, still covered under warranty. I share a cell plan with my grandparents, and if I really can't hack my way around this, I'll replace the damn thing after a lot of red tape and a couple weeks' wait.
It does not have a SIM card. I tried signing up for Verizon's online service (which stores a backup of your text messages) and they sent me a text with which to confirm my account. *Sigh.* I may be able to work around that by turning my cell phone off for 24 hours, signing up for the service again, and then trying to talk my grandparents through finding a confirmation code Verizon sends them in the mail. Again, looking for alternatives here.
I went in to a Verizon location. The employee I spoke to was unable to offer any solutions other than the replacement option, or any explanation of what happened to my phone. This was before the strike ended-- another thing that may or may not be related.
I signed up for Google Voice and GVMax-- unless I'm missing something, the free edition of Voice no longer offers SMS-to-email forwarding and, by extension, GVMax can't anymore either. My phone is not, as far as I know, 3G-enabled.
I've also tried opening and forwarding the text blind. No luck there.
I don't have a credit card. I have a tiny bit of money in my PayPal, and a TracFone with plenty of minutes.
I'm normally not this much of a curmudgeon, I swear. I'm a little terrified because I sent an embarrassing text message to a friend at 4 in the morning the night before all this happened. Her phone doesn't actually receive texts, but my big fear is that in my blurry state I selected the wrong contact and opened some horrifying social can of worms.
Tell me something I don't know?