R.I.P. BlackBerry 8700

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This is my phone.

Or, it was my phone. The above-pictured BlackBerry 7900c wasn’t the flashiest of smartphones — no camera, no touch-screen, no music player. I got it last March mainly for the QWERTY keyboard because T9 nearly gave me seizures.

Two days ago, I started experience what’s called “the white screen of death.” Highly original name, right? First, “the blue screen of death” with Windows-based computers, then “the red ring of death” for the XBOX 360. This is BlackBerry’s take.

My one-year warranty dried up — you guessed it — two days ago. So, rather than contact the braintrust at T-Mobile and get roped into a two-year extension, I’m going to saarch for a new phone on eBay.

Has anyone else ever experienced “the white screen of death”? Did you find any solutions?