the salesman was totally right because I was totally unhappy to have to buy a new phone. i'm getting used to the new phone but it's weird and i'm super bummed that my genius plan to get my old phone working again failed miserably. i guess you need more than genius, you need luck and technical skills and the ability to let go and just be grateful you can afford a new phone and get over it.
on the downside, I lost everything. email addresses and phone numbers and music and everything. if I had your number and i owe you a call or a text, sorry dudes. my phone was dead for weeks before i got around to dealing with it and my sister was convinced i was dead and now because i live like a technology gypsy and have nothing written down...i'm totally without basic contact information for most of my family. it would be awesome if i learned a lesson from this but odds on I tell myself I'm going to write it all down and I won't. Maybe i'll surprise myself.