| | 05-15-2009, 10:59 PM Thread Author #1
Wahoo. New to me Curve 8330. Difficult find?
So having a contract not up until December of 09. I couldn't deal with my Pearl 8130. Great device, but not for me (I type too many URL's and drive mappings for a SureType device). I needed a better phone. Was I rationalizing a Storm, or a Tour? No, I just wanted a Curve.
It's been out for a year, finding a good one shouldn't be an issue. Right?
Scoured Craigslist. Called people, emailed others. Most people don't bother to respond.
I am starting to hate CL as much as ebay.
Dimwits: If you sell it, take the ad down, call or reply back. Jeesh.
1st try: Met someone at a Starbucks for a meet and sale. Planned on looking at the phone, convincing the guy I need to call in the ESN to make sure it's clean, and then hand the guy money or bargain with him based on actual condition vs. advertised condition.
Guy shows up with a brand new looking Verizon branded box. Good so far.
Open it up after exchanging pleasantries, and ugh. Screen wasn't scratched. Well that too, there were hundreds of scratches. It was also gouged with what was probably a knife. Or it slid down a gravel path face down for hundreds of yards with a 250 lb load on top of it. Trackball was almost dead. And the battery wasn't charged. It could have been dead since we couldn't make it last more than a minute after it booted...after charging it for a half our at the Starbucks outlet.
I still felt bad for summoning up a resounding "No." Friendly about it, wished him luck, and then parted.
2nd try:Someone called me back after responding to a CL ad. He wanted to meet at his house. Awfully trusting, so I felt a little better about that. If someone wanted to open the door to their home to a stranger, maybe it's an honest guy.
He didn't have anything except for the phone, battery and a SD card already fitted. He was also a little modest about the condition, talking about scratches. When I finally saw it, it looked brand new. Just missing the peel off the stickers on the screen and battery door.
Success!! ??? Nope. He agreed for me to call in the ESN before the transaction. After a 10 minute hold, I get a negative on that.
3rd try: This time, it was myself that was unprepared. Met someone at a massive outdoor shopping center. I used to frequent it for lunch everyday. But I got lost since I haven't been there in years. Didn't arrive with cash, and I couldn't find my bank's ATM. The guy called was asking where I was, and he was very patient and forgiving. Finally met with him, with cash in hand and high hopes.
He presented the package. Original VZ box (doesn't matter to me, but okay), every accessory and print out. Everything.
The device itself. A few scratches on the battery door, but it was fantastic. Great LCD, fully charged battery, no other scratches.
Also, this guy agreed to my ESN requirement. 10 minutes on hold, and the cheerful VZ BB tech, said, "You're good to go. ESN is clean."
Finally! After installing all the apps I need, and then some, I still have oodles of free space.
BWAHAHAHAHA. I now feel normal.