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Smashed And Run Over Blackberry Storm Still Works

Posted in Communication by Joe Colburn on the January 6th, 2010

I love to tinker and open things up and make them do different things, fixing what’s broken, if I can. In 2008, my wife’s digital camera screen got smashed up and I opened it up and replaced the screen, so when her parents came to stay and brought with them this smashed up Blackberry Storm road kill, asking if I could fix it, I began to think about it seriously.

Blackberry Storm Roadkill

What Happened?

Almost immediately, my father-in-law explained that he was joking and that it wasn’t even his phone. He found it out by the water near his condo back in Michigan. By the looks of it, it had been run over, rained on, stuck in the snow, and run over again. The screen is completely smashed beyond any hope of repair, the back plate won’t even go on anymore, and it almost seems to be held together, ironically, by the screen protector. This phone, clearly, was left for dead and unrepairable.

But It Still Works!

Although the request for repair was a joke, I decided to make it a challenge. While I didn’t want to spend any money on it, I did want to see how much I could get out of this poor little device destined for the trash bin. The first thing I did was pull out the 8GB SanDisk MicroSD card. Thanks to being snugly behind what was left of the back plate, it seemed almost untouched. I was able to easily pull some music files off it. Next, I decided to plug the phone in directly. Not only did it light up, but it connected as a removable storage device and I was able to see all the basic file storage folders, though they were empty. My favorite recovery software, Active Undelete, proved that the storage on this phone had been almost completely unused since purchase. It seemed that the owner of this phone didn’t have it long before tragedy struck.


Finally, I decided to install the Blackberry desktop software and see if I could connect to it to sync. Not only did it connect, but I was able to upgrade the phone’s software and install additional applications. While playing with it, I was able to get it to audibly prompt me for voice commands, which delighted me. This phone, beaten and smashed, seemed to work save for a screen to help make use easier.

Final Thoughts

I admit, I haven’t been a fan of the Blackberry Storm from day one. All I heard from friends who bought one is how annoyed they were with it’s use. After a while, these same Storm owners seemed much more content with it. This experience has given me a new respect for the Storm. I baby my iPhone for fear that a little rough-housing will leave me with a paper weight, so I’m pretty impressed with the durability of the Storm.

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  1. jtGraphic said,

    on January 8th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Isn’t that a Blackberry Storm? Good read though. I’m a BB Bold man myself.

    jtGraphic’s last blog post..2010 Polar Plunge

  2. Joe said,

    on January 9th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    jtGraphic: Nice. Shows what I know about Blackberry, I guess. I went back and changed it all over the place. Thanks.

  3. jtGraphic said,

    on January 10th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    No problem :P I probably wouldn’t have know the difference if I didn’t use a Bold. All of their phones are effing rugged though. I’ve been impressed. I’m 50/50 on whether an iPhone is better or a Bold is better. Full touch – hands down is the iPhone tho.

    jtGraphic’s last blog post..2010 Polar Plunge

  4. Jason copri said,

    on January 11th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    What is that specific blackberry made of? hahahaha

  5. Belle said,

    on June 19th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Hi, I slammed my Storn 2 in my car door. It looks a little like that. The screen protector held all the glass in place but nothing on the screen was readable except for the very bottom left. I was going out of town and was able to accept calls throughout the day but couldn’t get to contacts, read texts, dial, etc. I replaced the phone ($300 – $100 rebate OUCH) as soon as I got home.

    My question is….is this smashed phone good for anything? I don’t know much about cell phones but I would think it’s worth something. My son also has the Storm 2 so prehaps, if nothing else, we can save it for spare parts???? THanks!

  6. Joe said,

    on June 20th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Belle: I think it is. All these phones are just built of components and especially smartphones like this one can be opened up to replace the screen, etc. It probably wouldn’t be easy, but it could be done. You could likely sell it on ebay for parts or just keep it for parts.

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