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    8 months ago

    Only Satan would design a hole that is smaller than the end of a bent paperclip when the entire purpose of the hole is to put something into it.

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        For anyone else who ever has this problem, there are easier ways than a paper clip and hammer.

        I have used pencil lead (0.5mm) successfully. You get a short piece and push hard, it might hurt your thumb a bit but it works. Obviously most needles work but I have used things like safety pins from the back of a shirt pin. I’ve also used the tip of mechanical pencils in a pinch. And if you’re crafty you can do something (carefully) with a toothpick and a knife to shave the tip down. Dumbest thing I’ve ever used is a disposable flosser that had a toothpick on the end. I also used that to clean USB C ports. All of these also similarly work on small reset buttons on routers and such.

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        5 months ago

        I guess it’s called a SIM card eject pin tool, but you’ll usually find them in cell phone toolkits.

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          some are thicker or thinner than others. some phones have a superthin hole. so some ejectors or a paperclip won’t work (for some phones).

          maybe the superthin variety is the most common variety out there. but i have a collection and they are nearly all thick.

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      there must be an everyday item that functions as a makeshift alternative.

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    I just realized that each phone comes with one and only one of SIM ejectors, and I have a lot of those in my drawer. I think I have a problem. -_-

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    I keep one on my keys since it’s useful for pushing reset buttons and things and if I really need to it even works as a screwdriver

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        Yeah, I urgently need a new one but I keep postponing and forgetting. 😅 It used to be a cheap fake leather one which looked cool, has a crocodile head on the outside in it, and just plainly looked cool. Now, 5 years later, all the leather, except for the crocodile head, has proven to be a thin layer that has come off over time and what remains is a completely exposed (again, except for the crocodile head) black rubbery underlayer. 😅 Oh, well, it cost me €5 or something, I guess 5 years was a good service at that price…

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    I noticed my phone battery bulging just yesterday. So I went and dug up the documentation that came with it to see if I could take advantage of the manufacturer’s warranty. No dice, but the sim card tray ejector thing was in with the user’s manual. So at least I have that. :/

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        Yeah, I’ve done some research about fixing it myself on YouTube. A kit to fix it is only about $25. But I was a little intimidated by the “heat the phone to soften the adhesive so the screen will come off” step and decided to look into how much it’d cost just to get it fixed professionally.

        I walked into the “Authorized Google Repair” shop with my bulging Pixel and the guy told me there was a “99.9% chance” that the screen would break in the process of replacing the battery and if he had to replace the screen too, the total cost would be more than I paid for the phone and more than I would pay to get an identical model on Amazon now.

        So, I’m evaluating my options. I could get a replacement battery and a replacement screen and do a lot of research and fix it myself, which is a little risky. Or I could just contribute to the e-waste problem and get a new phone (or a refurb; this whole ordeal makes me want to not spend much on phones in the future) that has a consumer-replaceable battery.

        Oh, also, I’ve had this phone for less than three years.

        Also, an unlocked bootloader and a mature LineageOS or GrapheneOS or whatever other Open-Source no-Google-apps distribution is basically an absolute deal breaker must have for me. (I suppose if I do end up getting a different phone, I could look into Linux phones too, but I’m a little wary of that. I got burned with the Openmoko Neo Freerunner back in the day.) I bought this Pixel direct from the manufacturer (not through a carrier or anything) because that was the only way to get it with an unlocked bootloader so I could go LineageOS. But going that route, I only get the one-year manufacturer’s warranty. No carrier warranty or anything.

        So I guess I’ll go go pray to Saint Louis Rossmann now and hope for divine inspiration. Lol.

        (Ha! Sorry for the rant. I was an extremely late adopter of smartphones at all because I don’t trust them. This is the first smartphone I’ve ever had and it didn’t last me three years! Clearly I should have remained staunchly Amish for QWERTY. Lol.)

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          I used to work in a phone repair shop, I have no clue what that guy is talking about. Ive replaced the battery on dozens of pixels and never had the screen break on me. He most likely said that because there is always some risk of something breaking during the repair, so by stating it up front he won’t get any angry customers after the fact.

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            Ha! Well, that’s good info to have. That makes me more confident to try replacing the battery myself with a $25 kit from Amazon. Thanks for the input!

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          That guy is bullshitting you: I used to work in a repair shop and screens breaking on any device is uncommon, but even if the screen does break, it’s cheaper to replace it yourself than it would be to pay them.

          I suppose it’s possible he wasn’t lying, but that would mean that he’s really shitty at his job and breaks 99%+ phones he works on.

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        You can replace phone batteries. It’s not that hard. It’s just harder than sliding it in.

        It costs $15 plus the battery cost to have a professional with warranty to do it for you.

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          Depends somewhat on the phone on how easy it is to do, but if you’re technically inclined, depending on what the shop charges, it might be worth doing yourself (especially if you have a decent heat gun that can be set reliably to lower temperatures and know how to repair tech already). $15 is worth it IMO, even if you are good with tech, but some places might charge more.

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    I have like 7 of these in a container next to me. I don’t think responsible is the word that would be associated with that behaviour.

    PS - paperclips work fine for this purpose.

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      I used to keep one on my keys back when I worked at a carrier store selling phones. Made life so much easier then.

      In fact, the actual inserted part broke off years ago (and I haven’t done phone sales in over a decade), but the main part of the body is actually still attached to my keyring. I haven’t even thought about that until this post, actually.

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        The dude who sold me my latest smartphone this year had one long fingernail. I kinda thought it was a coke nail until he applied my screen protector and used the nail to separate the plastic backing from it. Aha!

        I studied classical guitar in high school and since I could never keep my real fingernails intact I always had three plastic nails going on my right hand. That was a tough one to explain to the local bullies.

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      Ngl that’s pretty smart to keep one on a keychain, better than keeping it in the original box

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    I mean, they fit on a keychain, which is fucking great; Sadly, they stab you through the pants pocket so they’re fucking rude.

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      I just upgraded mine from an old Apple one to a newer Pixel one, which has a sturdier loop on it.

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        I don’t know what in the hell I did, I have one of the solid circular round ones with a small hole in the back for the keychain. It’s been on my keys for ages. One morning I went to put my seat belt on and got a sharp stab. I pulled my keys out and it was bent 90° and I just the tiniest little bit of blood on it.

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      You’re either really good at holding onto those things, or really good at losing/breaking phones

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    i usually grab a breadboard jumper wire and shove it in my sim card slot 😂

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      As someone traveling to other countries a few times a year, eSims have been a game changer.

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      These little ejector tools are useful for more than just SIM cards. CD/DVD ROM drives have force eject buttons inside tiny little holes that these can reach and push. Many hardware reset buttons are also hidden inside tiny holes.

      You could use an unfolded paperclip in a pinch. One of my air purifiers has a reset button inside a hole that is slightly too thin for the paper lips I have on hand. But the SIM ejector tool I keep around fits perfectly.

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        I use an esim with a Pixel and Google Fi. The setup process is this:

        1. Sign in to Google account
        2. Complete normal phone setup
        3. Confirm notification prompt to use this device with my fi account
        4. Never make phone calls ew gross
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            Yep! I have a normal phone number and get unlimited voice and sms, and 5g data metered data at $10/GB. They have an unlimited plan too, but metered works best for me. It’s actually serviced by ATT and Verizon IIRC, so you connect to whichever is best.

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    I have a Moonlander split keyboard that is programmable and uses one of these little things for its reset button. My only gripe with it is that they could have designed a place for it to slot into the keyboard itself since it’s very easy to lose it if it isn’t otherwise attached to something.

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        The reset button is used to apply firmware changes. For this keyboard you can customize the keys to pretty much however you like. I have one of the thumb cluster buttons set to Ctrl-C / Ctrl-V for efficiency. It’s great for making changes to personalize your mechanical keyboard experience… but it requires that pin to make changes lol.

        I like it since I can assign Enter to one of the left thumb cluster buttons, you normally can’t hit enter with your left hand on a standard keyboard layout.