Don’t dunk your new phone in coffee.

‘Nuf said. Very embarrassing.

If you do dunk your phone in Colombia’s finest like a doughnut, you will be watching repair videos and trying to figure out what a spudger is. Here are the videos that helped me.


Bad Micro SD Card

Of the issues I’ve had to deal with in using FreedomPop’s new/old HTC EVO Design, I did not think that I would have to deal with a dead (or corrupted) Micro SD card two weeks after I got the device. Coming from the iWorld, I would never expect to have a phone in which I can replace a battery (more on that in an upcoming post) or where I can get 4 times more memory for $27 at the local Wal-Mart. But that is where we landed, because on my way to work, 2 minutes out of my driveway, the “old” 8 gigabyte SanDisk Micro SD Card could not be read

You have some choices to make in this scenario, replace or repair or both. I was not equipped to repair, so I bought another SanDisk Micro SD Card with large SD Card adapter that works with my Macbook Pro. Popped in the new 32 Gig and the phone was up and running. Later I reformatted the old 8 Gig popped it in the phone and confirmed it was worked again. Now the 8 Gig is my emergency back up if need be.

The experience left with this thought and $27 lighter– “Why the heck does Apple charge so much for the next memory tier in their iDevices?”

Week One Review/Progress Report of FreedomPop’s HTC EVO Design

The week has had many ups and downs with this phone – it was not until Thursday I was able to confidently shut off my AT&T iPhone for the first time since, and this gave me pause, 2008. Granted I upgraded from an iPhone 3G to an iPhone 4 because I cracked the screen of the 3G, but yes, 5 years of Apple loyalty is no more. Hoping this will not be tedious, I can’t help my point of view being of somebody from the Apple world. Even though I do have some experience upgrading Android devices for family members, I have run BluStacks on my Mac, and I have run Android x86 on a virtual machine, the idea of letting go of the iPhone completely scared me.

Two things that change when you get a phone with free service with limits. First thing that changes is you try to, if you can, use as little data as possible. I think, for any person, this actually requires you to think about HOW you use your phone. I would probably not have even given it a second thought if I did not notice how AT&T was choking my bandwidth usage because I would listen to audio streams for about 40 minutes per day, to and from work, causing me to go over my three gigabytes of my UNLIMITED data usage. Yea, I know – this is a new and interesting definition of the word “unlimited” I did not know. So, for a month I used as little bandwidth as possible by pre-downloading audio, only listening to live audio, and watching streaming video, all over WiFi. Not that big of an adjustment, but it did require me to think. This was the pre-exercise for the FreedomPhone, though I did not know it at the time. The second thing that changes is you have all this crazy excess cash to buy really good apps that help you save money or expand functionality! Huzzah!

To this end, the wonderfully dorky feature of being able to dictate which programs use WiFi and which use cellular data is a welcome feature of Android. Unheard of in the iPhone realm, I can use FreedomPop’s Sip service when I am out and use Talkatone when I have access to WiFi. The hand off is about 20 to 30 seconds for it to get all the ducks in a row, but it works. When I am sitting around a known WiFi connection, all calls are free. When I am on cellular, I use the 200 minutes I get monthly from FreedomPop. And data over cellular with all the pinging my email accounts do amount to about to 1.5 meg per average work day, or about 45 megs per month, well under the 500 megabyte maximum.

By the way, there was crazy cash app purchase #1: Talkatone, which works with Google Voice. Well worth the money, but there is an ad supported version as well for free. The second app purchase that I absolutely needed was an equivalent to the podcast app for the iPhone. Podkeeper does the trick. I found the iPhone Podcasts app quite a dog, but it was my dog, and it got better, and last month, about two weeks after IOS7 was released, they updated the Podcast app, making it FINALLY work well one year and three versions after its initial release. Well, Podkeeper does less, is slightly more complex, and I like it a hell of a lot better than the IOS Podcast app.

Bye-bye Apple and AT&T. I have pulled the cord, killed the bill, and I am living with this phone full time.

This has been a great geek experience so far.