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Blackberry Pearl Issues- Does anyone have these issues?

I ask this and I already know the answer- it's yes. If we are all having the same or some of the same problems with our Blackberry Pearl phones, shouldn't they do a Blackberry recall, fix the issue, and send us a new phone that works. I can pay the insurance charge of $70 to get a new phone but it's the principle behind it. I don't need a new phone- I just need one that works. Issues: 1) Incoming/Outgoing call list suddenly disappears. 2) My phone mysteriously "connects" with people on my contact list. I get voicemails from contacts who haven't called. And my phone has somehow "called" other contacts even though I know I haven't called them. One time the phone was right next to me, locked, when it called a contact. This happens a few times/week. 3) My ringer/text alert stopped working. Volume is on. No settings have been changed. 4) My email/text list only holds about 2 days worth of messages. Before it held weeks worth. 5) Outgoing Voice Notes/messages do not work. 6) Calendar Alerts do not work. 7) When I save a contact or a calendar appointment, it doesn't automatically exit out until I re-save. When I re-save, it gives me an error message and finally saves the entry. 8) Weird Blackberry Messenger issues. I often have to end a conversation to access their new message- and repeatedly do it to access each new message. I don't want to have to keep paying for a new phone if this is a recurring problem. If anyone is having these issues, please comment. We should all push for a recall if they aren't making phones that work properly.

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  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    My blackberry 8100 started freaking out this weekend.  I started the day with a very low battery and did not have a chance to top it off before I helped some friends move.

    When the move was done I went to phone my wife and could not get past the password entry as the keyboard kept inputting invalid duplicate/smear characters.  A battery pull reboot seemed, at first, to resolve it.  I placed my call then fiddled around with some ring-tones as I had new people to pair with.

    Still in a low battery condition the phone began behaving very unreliably, selecting a sequence of menu items without any input.  The trackball also ceased to function as an enter key.

    I believe the low power situation may have lead to a corrupted piece of data somewhere in the phone.  I've re-installed the OS with similar results.  I'm in the process of finishing a JavaLoader wipe to see if it will resolve.

    If any damage had occurred during the furniture moving it would not have cleared up briefly with a reboot.

    I think there is a chance some internal registers can become corrupted in low power situations.  I have yet to determine a method to clear them.

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    I have a BlackBerry Pearl 8100. All of a sudden, yesterday, people calling me could not hear me at all. Initially I had the Blackberry 'white screen of death' issue which got resolved on its own and now my BBerry Pearl Mike does not work. I tried keeping it on speaker but that too does not work.

    Please help!




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Not so much a solution as a warning.

I renewed my account early (June 08) with some incentives and got another line for my son...he got a free Pearl and I paid 149 for the Curve. The company had a refund policy if their price went down within 30 days...which it did, by 100...which I never saw.

On to the phones...the Pearl had issues with the BB Messenger and email features almost right from the start. After 2 months he couldn't send coherent IMs, access the email feature or even use the phone and charging devices. Total phone failure within 60 days of getting it.

The provider opened a warranty claim with RIM since I was told they were out of stock/backordered due to a recall (which the provider now disputes). Sooo, I wait, and wait, and wind up taking my Curve in which had the same issues with BB Messenger and email. I get my Curve within 2 weeks and have never heard back about the Pearl. This was from August 2008...14 months of waiting for a replacement! There were other issues, too, like $45-175 in errors on my bill every month.

Obviously, with all of the other issues with the provider I never paid my bill (the overbilling and fraud is ridiculous) and in December the service was cut off. I was even billed for usage AFTER the service ended and had plan adjustments after the bill changed internal departments.

Be wary of getting locked in to a contract and paying big $$$ for a BlackBerry...some of them don't work well, many are awesome. Kind of like cars made on the same assembly line.

I have finally gotten some access to their highest level of service and resolution, but to this point they are refusing to honour the still valid warranty claim for either phone (my replacement never allowed access to BB Messenger or email no matter what I tried and they wouldn't do anything about it).

I love the Curve features and unit itself, but there seemed to be a real quality issue with various units produced until 2008 at least. The franchise store I used told me they had about 1 BB in 5 that came back for warranty work/replacement...of all types, not just 1 model. Seems like there was a real quality control issue whereever the units were made.

Make sure you do your research on a provider...Bell Mobility has done nothing but overbill me, charge me for services or plans I didn't use or purchase, failed to honour warranties, added an email plan when email was covered in my BB data plan, failed to even properly document my calls for service issues (send emails so you have a permanent record...I've got a government agency looking into their activities now...word is they are notorious for this sort of abuse). What really got me is that I was a prior customer and once I renewed they began the screw job immediately.

My first bill had more in errors than the contract/plan itself...if you can get a BB with a shorter term or no contract, I would suggest it. It might be worth your while if anything remotely like this happens to you.

The Pearl looks all cutesy, but I'd recommend a full QWERTY or maybe a touchscreen instead. If you're on a budget, go for a simpler phone and text/talk only without all the frills.

If you write off the costs, have one provided, or $$$ isn't an issue for you, a BB has all the bells and whistles you could want, just make sure your provider honours the agreement. Smartphones are the biggest market segment these days and where most of their revenue is generated, either by legit usage or by their sneaky billing 'errors' that they seem all too keen to include if you aren't vigilant.

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1) Stop whining, everyone is not having this issue and nobody wants to hear you complain. If you want a resolution, stick to the problem. Some people are having an issue and I believe it is highly dependent on the preinstalled and 3rd party software you use and the available memory, not the hardware - which means it is your responsibility and the responsibility of your service provider not the blackberry itself to fix the issue.

2) The connecting to people on your contact list is for me often "voice command" or accidently "hitting talk". Is it actually a random contact or the last person you called. I'm also assuming you're sure that your not bumping the buttons, so it may be that the buttons are stuck. It could also be something is initiating voice calling like a blue tooth device. Have you tried disabling blue tooth or voice calling to see if these are the culprit?

3) Wipe any third party applications, restore the default settings, and remove java games then see if the problem persists. Also upgrade your memory using an SD card. The blackberry makes no distinction between working memory and storage memory, when you exceed what you have it will slow performance and the whole thing gets flakey. It would also explain why you can store less mail now.

4) As for the ringer, it can be set from "Applications > Profiles" but also on a person-by-person basis, by type of message, etc. There are many place sound could have been disabled. Try playing music, if that doesn't work the speaker is probably busted. The blackberry does seem to use a different method of making music sounds and speakerphone then it does for talking and there have been posts that one works while the other fails.

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