Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Suicidal Phone Leaves Owner Disconnected

The Sony Ericsson K530i – 3G mobile phone.Not photo of actual dead phone. Image via Wikipedia
by Ihsan Khairir

Kota Damansara, 4 September - A 2 year old Sony Ericsson K530i hung itself to death in front of its owner, taking all the owner's contacts list with it to cellphone afterlife.

The successful suicide attempt, the third after two unsuccessful ones earlier the same day, happened as the owner tried to make a phone call to his sister who's studying in University of Malaya. The said sister, who used to own a Sony Ericsson W-series phone, also lost her communications device to the same fate a few months back.

The K530i earlier had hung itself and died twice before the owner managed to resuscitate and reanimate the phone from electronic death by doing a hard restart.

"Removing the battery and instantly replacing it worked the first two times," said the owner, as he explained the problems suffered by the dead phone to the worker at the cellphone stall where he sent the phone for repair. "But this last time, the phone just refused to turn on again after it died. It was as if the phone really wanted me to let it go. Like, for real, this time."

Motorola V3xx Platinum ClosedImage by craig1black via Flickr
Also not photo of owner's actual phone.

The sudden departure of the K530i came as a sudden shock to the owner, as with it went all the phone numbers the owner has collected over the years. "I didn't make a hardcopy nor softcopy backup of the contact data," said the owner regretfully, despite suffering the second cellphone suicide in three years. About two years ago, the owner's Motorola RAZR V3xx also hung itself to death in one single attempt. "I should've learnt my lesson from the previous death of my old RAZR and my sister's W-series."

The late K530i was sent to Subang Jaya Digital Mall for an all-or-nothing reanimation attempt, but all was futile, as it never woke up from its eternal slumber. Cause of death was determined to be internal component failure. The motherboard was not functional, causing all other components to cease function as well.

The owner claimed the dead body of the K530i back from the cellphone morgue and immediately sought for a replacement. "Initially I thought of immediately replacing the K530i with an Apple iPhone 3Gs," he explained. "But considering my current financial obligations and situation, I decided on a temporary solution, and procured a Nokia 1616 as a temporary replacement."
The Nokia 1616. Image from

This new appointment may come as a surprise to some, as it was clearly a downgrade to the basics from the previous 3G cameraphone. The Nokia 1616 is only able to make and receive calls, and send and receive messages. It has none of the capabilities of its predecessors, like taking photos with an inbuilt camera, surfing the net using 3G or WAP, recording and playing videos, and sending and receiving multimedia messages (MMS), among others.

"I'll probably be using this basic phone for a few months, until I feel the time is right for me to acquire a more capable phone to fully replace the late K530i," said the owner. "There are other matters more important right now other than getting a smartphone." And that, according to the owner, is rebuilding some part of if not most of the contact list that the K530i took away to the grave with its sudden suicide death. "This will be a daunting task, seeing as I had more than just phone numbers in the list, and it was a 2 years' worth of contact information. But I can't be disconnected now. I need my contact list. And I will need everyone's help to get it back."


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