Crippled With Out A Phone


While traveling the last couple of weeks I was walking to a store when my Nexus 4 slipped out of my pocket and landed face first into the concrete side walk in Los Angeles. The phone had a protective cover so I thought that it would be fine even when I heard the flat splat when it hit. I picked up the phone and saw that lovely crack across it.

The was crack across a quarter of the screen, I could have lived with that until I got it fixed but then only 1/4 of the screen work, the other 3/4 of the touch screen didn’t work, so I literally couldn’t access anything on that part, all I could do was see the notifications and go to them and get stuck.

I went nuts, unlike the iPhone not everyone can fix a Nexus 4 or have the parts. It was Saturday afternoon I had to go travel on Sunday and they wouldn’t be able to fix it until Tuesday, and I was at loss, I would be back in Los Angeles in a week but still no phone for a week.

So I went into TMobile and picked up a Nexus 4 for $500, locked to Tmobile and my line was Tmobile, even though Google unlocked sold for $350 but I was in a spot where I didn’t have much options so I got it and signed in with my Gmail account which automatically downloaded all my Apps which were on my Nexus 4. Loved that, I love that Google did that automatically and I just left it to the wifi for an hour to get everything working again.


The only thing I was crippled with was WhatsApp wasn’t working and that was my main mode of communication with family and friends. The reason it didn’t work is because WhatsApp groups I was associated with and people, are with my Kuwait line and they send a msg to that line, and this phone only accepts Tmobile lines not Zain. So I was out of touch of WhatsApp for a while.

I read somewhere that people can handle their cars being stolen, but they can’t handle their phone being stolen. I now really believe in that, in Kuwait I have a few other phones to back me up and I could be up and running in a few hours, in this case I was stranded and lost for a while, I couldn’t even call a few people because I didn’t have the numbers memorized.

I knew that Tmobile had a 30 day return policy and all they would take is a $50 restocking fee which I thought was worth it in this case after getting my phone fixed. But it took a bit longer and I had to live without WhatsApp and honestly it felt pretty good to be a bit disconnected while I was traveling, not totally disconnected but at least not my phone dinging every 30 seconds.

My screen was fixed but the battery was acting strange and the back plate was still cracked but I was very happy to have things back to normal. But it was very annoying situation to be in

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. Luka

    Nice to see you are back. This is the only good thing about iPhone, had the same thing happen to me and got it fixed the same day. Almoust on every corner there is a iPhone geek fixing them.

    P.S. Great photos on Instagram from your USA trip!

  2. Marcopolo

    I agree with the iPhone thing since I broke my Nexus 4 screen 3 days ago too, tried to fix it locally with no avail. ordered new screen online and going to assemble it myself.

  3. @Luka – Yeah agreed, the iPhone can be fixed instantly but the other phones take time! Thanks, I tried taking as many photos while in the states that I could! Just sitting down on a PC while traveling is not an easy task since I was always running around!

    @Marcopolo – Its the only way honestly, drove me nuts too, but luckily got it fixed in the end!

  4. Ouch that sucks! I would go nuts if that happend to me while travelling..!

  5. @Kal – Yeah! I had no choice but to pick up any phone to keep on going!

  6. Nouf

    I’m starting to notice that screen cracks in nexus 4 causes the screen to stop working, the same exact thing happened to my brand new nexus 4 and I’m going crazy! Can you please suggest a way to fix it in kuwait?? would appreciate any input..

  7. @Nouf – Honestly Nouf I called a few places in Kuwait, and it seems they don’t do that, but they need to order the parts! The only thing you can do is order the screen online and have it fixed here because they don’t have the spare parts for it!

  8. Mbahrani

    Same here. I have nexus 4 with broken screen. Where can I fix it in Kuwait?

  9. @Mbahrani – No where to fix it in Kuwait, you have to order the parts yourself then take it to the shop in Khalid bin Waleed street, thats the only way!

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