Blackberry of Doom

This is my cell phone.

I received it when I first arrived in Bangalore in September 2009. I had to return to America at the end of October to get a new visa, and somewhere the mix I managed to lose the case, and never felt much like replacing it since.

After being dropped, the ball-thing in the middle was secured with paper and packing tape, and was ultimately replaced for free when I found a spare part at a repair shop in Sri Lanka.

This phone has visited ten countries with me. It has made calls to Tanzania. I estimate it has sent close to 100,000 text messages. It has used both an Indian and an American SIM card.

The "RASCAL" sticker was given to me by Rayana, made from a label printer in Sheelpa's office. I only use their names because they're both pictured elsewhere in my album. "Rascal" is apparently an Indian insult, but I always thought it was hilarious.

People ask me why I don't get a new phone, and I usually say because it still works, but that's because I can't really say all of the above so quickly or coherently.
wow! A million stories in those scratches and scuffs! Nice photos!
posted October 24th, 2011  
What a wonderful background story! Love the different patterns under the two sides of Rascal.
posted October 24th, 2011  
Now that's a well loved and well travelled phone!
posted October 24th, 2011  
Very well traveled phone!! My phone is about that old...but does not look quite that bad. :) I do believe a new phone is well deserved. This one looks like it needs to retire.
posted October 24th, 2011  
Mh, Looks a tad scrached.. Nobody will notice, Much.. :)
Well Done on this weeks theme! FEAR! Im not afraid of much,, Promice - Only: Bees/Wasps, Spiders, Tall Buildings, Heights and Bridges, - So Not much at all really, Not sure what Im going to do with this! :) Well done again..
posted October 24th, 2011  
My last phone had a nice home made duct (duck) tape back for at least a year. I only said goodbye to it when my daughter donated her phone when she got a new one. I never knew where the back went. Cool shot!
posted October 24th, 2011  
I love the front and back shots side-by-side! Even more, I love the story. One of my favorite aspects of this site is reading 365ers' commentaries, right after seeing members' global views. Your subject is a great idea for a thread--show me your phone and tell its story. Go ahead. Start the thread with your shots to get the stories going. Oh, the journeys they've taken. :)
posted October 24th, 2011  
@mebswartz Done and done! Great suggestion, my friend :) I agree that often times the words accompanying the pictures by our fellow photographers are just as inspiring and interesting as the pictures themselves!
posted October 24th, 2011  
@gurry :) I'm looking forward to seeing the shots and reading their stories. Should be fun.
posted October 24th, 2011  
can you even see through all those scratches on your screen? ;)
posted October 25th, 2011  
@laurawheeler Ditto that question...
posted October 25th, 2011  
lol how do you even read the messages with that screen.
posted October 25th, 2011  
I'd send these pictures to Blackberry they might send you a new one!!!
posted October 25th, 2011  
ummmmmmmm. thats awesome. a blackberry with a life and story and a lover :)
you see my blackberry is about to get kicked out. I strongly dislike it (aka. HATE it). I guess its more of a business phone, not a college kid phone, and it has malfunctioned multiple times since I've purchased it. Mine freezes and the battery lasts not even a full day. and well... I did something to screw up my text messages spreading them into a mix of madness with my facebook notifications making it impossible to track conversations.
I cant say its in worse condition than yours by the looks of it LOL (and its purple)... but I can see you love yours much more than I. If you are willing to adopt, take mine. have it. be my guest. :PP
posted October 25th, 2011  
I really enjoyed reading the history of your blackberry!
posted October 25th, 2011  
brilliant! love the story to it!
posted October 26th, 2011  
I like this :D looks like a well-loved phone!
posted October 27th, 2011  
ok I have to put it down here even though I should only put something if I have something to say but what the hell... "no comments"
posted October 27th, 2011  
Kim
great shot and greater story :)
posted October 28th, 2011  
It's like me - not old and knackered but 'experienced'!
posted October 28th, 2011  
WoW a Blackberry that has more than nine lives... just..... Stunning shot and so much scratched detail.. lol! ♥
posted November 5th, 2011  
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