Blackberry Curve is a pretty slick smartphone, and my girlfriend Tara definitely likes her 8900, no question about that. As for me, I don’t have anything against it, except it has the nasty habit of making inadvertent phone calls from inside her purse. It doesn’t happen very often, but it has happened more than once over the past four months that she’s had this device.
What particularly sucks about these auto calls, is that the device will randomly pick any number from your address list, making no distinction between your close friends, distant relatives and business contacts. I first realized that the problem exists when a buddy of mine called me on my cell phone in the middle of our driving through the countryside. He said that Tara had made repeated calls without saying a word, until it dawned on him it must have been an out-of-the-purse incident, so he dialed my number and let me know of the problem.
Obviously, the problem has to do with the unlocking sequence, “* + the call button”, which turns out to be too weak as a means of protection, given the gazillions of keystrokes that the phone receives when kicking around in your pocket or the purse. Is there anything that can be done to prevent these annoying auto calls from happening? I asked this question at a cell phone shop in the mall, and the sales guy promptly replied. “Just put it into standby, he said, and you’ll be good”.
Will I, really? You see, after you’ve shut off the device, bringing it back to life takes even a simpler action, just a short pressing on the power button! How could this possibly be safer?
We did give it a try, though, and sure enough, it didn’t take long before it happened again. Now we are at a loss: is there a real bullet-proof method of securing the keys so the phone does not come on by itself? If you know of one, please share your secret with me, I will greatly appreciate that!