My 3.5-year-old MOTO G phone is aging exponentially. In those 3.5 years, my average yearly cost for purchase and plan has been under $300. You get what you pay for, and the phone limits what I can do with it. For the most part, that’s a desirable feature, but I sometimes think about having enough memory for more than two apps.
The phone seemed normal yesterday morning, but the battery was dead by midday and it would not charge. The reason was that the micro USB port broke. Contact number 1 which is the 5 volt line was completely missing. Spending even $30 on a repair was a poor investment, so I started thinking about a new phone that had room for three or four apps.
I couldn’t retrieve anything from the old phone because I could not turn it on. That seemed okay except for some recent photos I had taken. Fortunately, the camera on the phone is horrible, so the photos were not worth much, except that they were of the peak luscious harvest from the vegetable garden. With nothing to lose, I decided to bypass the missing pin in the USB port so I could charge the phone and retrieve those photos.
With a separate connector for the 5 volt line, I had to modify a charging cable so I could run one wire from the cable to the connector, but that was easy.
I’m glad I could rescue the veggie photos from the phone, but charging the phone now requires my modified cable. So I guess I’m suddenly a lot closer to upgrading from my trusty $150 phone to a shiny $200 phone.
It was certainly inconvenient that I could charge the phone only with my modified charging cable, so I ordered some micro USB ports (10 for $1.00 on eBay). I didn’t try to remove the old one and properly replace it because I doubted I could do that successfully. But it was easy to connect a new USB port to wires from ground and power. I strengthened the new port with hot glue and it works like new. Now I can charge again like an apparently normal person.