Now that I am in this predicament and unable to quickly resolve the problem (waiting for a replacement battery to arrive later this week) I am researching what my options are.
- Call my provider and have them forward my phone calls to another number, perhaps my home phone or Google Talk.
- Call in and retrieve my voice mail from my home phone.
- Visit my local CPR "Cell Phone Repair" shop and get their free 15-point inspection. They said my battery is bloated (test this by spinning it on a flat counter) and my on/off button is "designed to fail." They did not have a replacement battery in stock so they were unable to replace the battery and test the results. Their "bench fee" is $45 for troubleshooting the issue. This fee can be applied to the cost of the repair service. The repair of the on/off button would be $65-$70. www.cellphonerepair.com
- Wait patiently for my replacement battery to arrive at my doorstep.
Following the reset I will need to spend several hours reloading my favorite apps: OneNote, DropBox, Google Mail, HTC Sync (to restore my contacts and calendar), Pandora, AccuWeather, and many others.
IF I HAD A BACKUP OF MY MOBILE PHONE, I would simply restore my apps and associated preferences, text messages too, from my backup and be in business in short order. As I read the forums the most mentioned name for Android backup is Titanium. With 4 1/2 stars from almost 250,000 people, it's likely a good choice. There is a free version or for $5.99 a PRO version. I will need the PRO version to backup text messages.