iPhone not Available

iPhone not Available

At the Rogers Store on Broadway this morning for the iPhone 3G launch. We stood around for about 2.5 hours and the line didn’t move a whole lot. Breakfast consisted of a granola bar and water. Rogers would give us any info about the number of units until almost 10am, well after the media had left. There was a chance that I’d be able to pick up an 8GB iPhone. But it looked like hours of processing time. And I had work to do. It turns out had I gone two mins from my house I could have walked in and picked one up at 10am – but the drive back to Langley took an hour so I missed out.

The only reason I’d attended the downtown launch was because I had to drive my brother and his wife to the airport for their honeymoon. So I figured if I had to get up at 5am, I might as well get something out of it.

It was just too bad that the Rogers reps at the launch didn’t level with us about numbers when we got there, as I’d easily have been able to get to the local store in time to have picked one up.

It was also kind of funny that when they were interviewing the first guy who got an iPhone (and they were having network problems) the backdrop was a poster claiming the fastest high-speed network.

All in all, the people in the lineup made it a good time. But things could have been run much more smoothly.

No worries – there’s be more on Tuesday or Wednesday.

My BlackBerry Pearl Calls 911…

BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Emergency Call

I’ve had my Pearl for a little over a year now…actually, I’ve had a Pearl for a little over a year now – my first BlackBerry Pearl was recently replaced on warranty due to a sticky little Pearl (rollerball). Apparently it’s a common problem.

Since I got my phone, it has called 911 from my pocket between 10-20 times. This is because of emergency access when the phone is locked. When the Pearl is in locked mode, touching the rollerball will bring up a menu that says: “unlock”, “emergency call”, and “cancel”. Touching the rollerball when on this menu has a 33% chance of dialing 911.

This always happened to me when I was out of the house and my BlackBerry was in my pocket, where it usually lives when I’m on the go. So I always forgot to resolve the issue when I’d get home – eventually getting another call from 911 asking if there was an emergency. The same way you always forget that you don’t have any butter until you need butter.

I did a quick search on Google for: “disable emergency call blackberry pearl” and the first page returned gave me the answer I was looking for: The Pearl has a standby mode, which you access by holding the “mute” button down for 2 seconds – it’s on the top left of your Pearl. This will allow you to receive calls but it deactivates any input from the user’s end, so you can carry it in your pocket without any call-out consequence. It was exactly what I was looking for.

from Pinstack.com:

…I also use the “standby” mode. My phone is always in my pocket and I find the “standby” mode to be much easier to use and pushing a button, while in standby, doesn’t flash the screen and wear the battery down while sitting in your pocket. Just hold the “mute” button on the top for 2 seconds and press the same button once to get it out…