How many of you own a droid?

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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:14 pm

Ok, so here's my problem...dropped my 2-year old DROIDX. Now I have several black spots of bad pixels. Phone works fine and is still on unlimited data plan.

So, do I have someone replace the led screen on it or try and get one online for about $150. Would Verizon transfer all my data and activate my number on that new phone without changing my plan?
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:06 pm

You should be able to swap SD cards to pull your data over. Not sure about the new contract, however.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby the wicked child on Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:33 pm

At this point, I don't think you can renew your contract w/o losing the unlimited data. No idea how they handle a new phone.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby blackjack68 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:34 pm

Verizon doesn't use SIM cards. In the past when I've purchased a new phone, they've just transferred my numbers and photos.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:36 pm

blackjack68 wrote:Verizon doesn't use SIM cards. In the past when I've purchased a new phone, they've just transferred my numbers and photos.


They transferred whatever was on my old SD card on my Ally to my Droid 4 (this was the McKnight Road location, they asked me if I wanted to).
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby knives of ice on Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:54 pm

you realize that if you have a google account it syncs all of your contacts and it doesn't matter if you change devices your contacts will sync? as long as you have it set to sync contacts that is, and if you don't it can easily be turned on.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby skullman80 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:30 pm

blackjack68 wrote:Verizon doesn't use SIM cards. In the past when I've purchased a new phone, they've just transferred my numbers and photos.


Verizon does use sim cards now on their 4GLTE devices, at least the newer ones.

Also like Knives of Ice said, if you have a droid, just sync all your contacts to your google account, and then when you put your info in on your new phone it will all be there.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby blackjack68 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:35 pm

skullman80 wrote:
blackjack68 wrote:Verizon doesn't use SIM cards. In the past when I've purchased a new phone, they've just transferred my numbers and photos.


Verizon does use sim cards now on their 4GLTE devices, at least the newer ones.

Also like Knives of Ice said, if you have a droid, just sync all your contacts to your google account, and then when you put your info in on your new phone it will all be there.


TIL two new things. Thanks.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby the wicked child on Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:53 pm

Yeah, I was going to say I have a SIM card in my Galaxy S3.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:49 pm

blackjack68 wrote:Ok, so here's my problem...dropped my 2-year old DROIDX. Now I have several black spots of bad pixels. Phone works fine and is still on unlimited data plan.

So, do I have someone replace the led screen on it or try and get one online for about $150. Would Verizon transfer all my data and activate my number on that new phone without changing my plan?

I had that phone and the exact same thing happened to me. The dots started out as several parallel lines, maybe 1-2 pixels high each, running the width of the screen. After about a month, they became solid black dots that obscured the top 1/3 of my screen. Thought I could power through it, but after about four months it just became too much of an annoyance. Wife and I upgraded to 4G LTE Galaxy S3s last weekend (8 gig data plan).

I don't think VZN will reactivate a new phone on an unlimited plan; their goal is to get everyone of their customers on the shared data 4G plans. Then again, if it's just a 3G phone, maybe they don't care?

Personally, I'd just upgrade to a new 4G phone. It's a little bit silly how fast the new device is, and when I speed test my 4G connection I get speeds that are better than anything other than fiber optic land lines, and the up/down rates are almost equal. (I tested my new S3 in the parking lot of the VZN store last weekend and got 23 down and 20 up. That's a little badonkers.)

I stream podcasts, iHeartRadio and Sirius/XM during my 2 hours of daily commuting, so that's about 40 hours a month of data usage. We averaged around 3.4 gigs a month over the last six months, about 98% of which was probably me. We went with the 8 gig shared data plan for 4G, and it is actually a tiny bit less than what we had been paying for 3G unlimited. I'm cool with that.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby blackjack68 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:06 pm

Yep that's exactly what's happening.

I'll have to analyze usage vs. New plan. We just bought an ipad for us and the kids to share and I'm sure they will eat data like candy. Since I have unlimited, I can just use my phone as a hotspot and link the ipad to it when on the road and use wifi at home.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:36 pm

We each have wi-fi only iPads, and I really can't think of a situation where we've been out and felt the need to use either in a location that did not offer wi-fi.

Linking a tablet to a shared mobile plan seems like a surefire way to end up maxing out our data every month. And the second you go over, you get dinged $15. Go 1 gig over, another $15. It snowballs quickly.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby bh on Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:00 am

Anyone get a windows phone yet? Played around with one at BJ's and was surprised at how much I liked it.

I need something new. I still have the original droid incredible and it is just crapping the bed daily. It just seems like there are so many options now. I have verizon right now but I don't know if i want to stick with them or not.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby canaan on Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:33 pm

I just bought myself a Nokia Lumia 920, bh. So far, I love the OS. Its not perfect (Facebook tends to auto jump to the top when you hit back from a selection you've made from the newsfeed. In terms of appearance, its gorgeous. The wireless charging plate comes with when you sign up with att
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby the wicked child on Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:44 pm

Ever since the os update, my today widget doesn't automatically update to the current day... Annoying.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Pitt87 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:35 pm

blackjack68 wrote:Ok, so here's my problem...dropped my 2-year old DROIDX. Now I have several black spots of bad pixels. Phone works fine and is still on unlimited data plan.

So, do I have someone replace the led screen on it or try and get one online for about $150. Would Verizon transfer all my data and activate my number on that new phone without changing my plan?


Google does most of the transfer of contacts, etc, but no one will transfer your data. You should be able to get all the files off the device and Google will restore stuff like wifi pw's and apps, but you'd have to root and use something like Titanium Backup to get everything else, like cached application data (restoring profiles, cached app data, etc.). You'd also have to root the other device to restore it.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby columbia on Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:41 am

The only real compelling reason for me to stick with an iPhone is not wanting to get into a platform hopping game. For example, Samsung is adding phones running the Tizen OS:
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/01/ ... eplace-it/

Yeah, it's still Linux-based, but I'd prefer to deal with a hardware company that is focused in its product development.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Loaf31 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:44 am

My RAZR MAXX has been becoming unresponsive at times, especially after periods of inactivity. Did the factory data reset, no help. Sometimes to get it to respond, I have to do the "battery pull".....

Any ideas?
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:50 am

Loaf31 wrote:My RAZR MAXX has been becoming unresponsive at times, especially after periods of inactivity. Did the factory data reset, no help. Sometimes to get it to respond, I have to do the "battery pull".....

Any ideas?

My Droid X did that a lot, especially during the second year I owned it. I could never get it solved, but you may want to take it to Verizon and see if they can do anything.

Perhaps a rooting it and using a custom ROM might be the best fix.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Loaf31 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:18 am

Yea this is my 2nd year for it, I took it in once and all they told me was to do the Data reset. I may take it in again this weekend
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Hockeynut! on Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:44 pm

Can anyone recommend a good phone that would be a generation or two old? I'm sick pf paying Verizon $100 a month for a phone I use maybe 5 days out of the month so I'm going to switch to Straight Talk and their $45 a month plan. No desire to drop $600-$800 on a phone though.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Pitt87 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:25 pm

Digitalgypsy66 wrote:
Loaf31 wrote:My RAZR MAXX has been becoming unresponsive at times, especially after periods of inactivity. Did the factory data reset, no help. Sometimes to get it to respond, I have to do the "battery pull".....

Any ideas?

My Droid X did that a lot, especially during the second year I owned it. I could never get it solved, but you may want to take it to Verizon and see if they can do anything.

Perhaps a rooting it and using a custom ROM might be the best fix.


I consistently find Android developers to be considerably more helpful than VZW reps. If your phone can be fixed, exploring custom rom options is a must but you'd have to go to VZW first.
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby Loaf31 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:49 pm

Pitt87 wrote:
Digitalgypsy66 wrote:
Loaf31 wrote:My RAZR MAXX has been becoming unresponsive at times, especially after periods of inactivity. Did the factory data reset, no help. Sometimes to get it to respond, I have to do the "battery pull".....

Any ideas?

My Droid X did that a lot, especially during the second year I owned it. I could never get it solved, but you may want to take it to Verizon and see if they can do anything.

Perhaps a rooting it and using a custom ROM might be the best fix.


I consistently find Android developers to be considerably more helpful than VZW reps. If your phone can be fixed, exploring custom rom options is a must but you'd have to go to VZW first.


Went to VZW and they are overnighting me a new MAXX
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby the wicked child on Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:00 pm

Hmm... My Facebook app isn't loading any pictures for some reason. Wtf...
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Re: How many of you own a droid?

Postby mac5155 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:13 pm

Hockeynut! wrote:Can anyone recommend a good phone that would be a generation or two old? I'm sick pf paying Verizon $100 a month for a phone I use maybe 5 days out of the month so I'm going to switch to Straight Talk and their $45 a month plan. No desire to drop $600-$800 on a phone though.


The iphone4 would probably be a solid choice.
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