My son really loves my Sprint cell phone, to the point of sucking on it. The contact points on the battery and phone (where it hits the charger) got corroded, and now the phone doesn't charge.
It was a gradual process. Over the course of about 3 weeks, the charging got to be a hassle where I'd try several times putting the phone in the charger, until finally it looked like it was working.
Anyway while on vacation my phone totally died, and I couldn't get it to charge enough even to get my numbers out of my address book. I took it to a Sprint store while in Alabama, and the lady there just looked at my phone and said she couldn't help because it was an old model.
Today I am back in Manhattan and took it to a Sprint store. After putting my name on a list and waiting a few minutes, I was called to the "agent" who just showed me the corrosion and said my numbers were gone.
Somehow I think that if it had been her phone she would have at least tried to plug the thing in. For all she knows, maybe I'm a moron and don't know how to charge the phone.
(Okay sure, you're probably right: Had they tried plugging in my phone before informing me it was too corroded, I may very well have complained on this forum that they don't even take my word for it that it won't charge. Nonetheless, they didn't even try.)
We have now switched to T-Mobile. If they are also crappy, maybe I'll make a post about my patronage being portable. And then that would lead to the next pun, namely "These people give cingularly bad service!" and so forth. We can only hope things don't come to that point...