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I'm amused that someone is still talking about the Samsung Stratosphere. The first model was obsolete nearly as soon as it came out, in the sense that Android 4.0 came out a week after the Stratosphere, but the phone never received an update past 2.3 (the two it did receive brought it up to 2.3.6). I've never used the Stratosphere 2, and it sounds like that's where most of Bennett's complaints are coming from. One the Strat 1, I've never experienced the calendar bug, and the screen always comes back on when I'm on a call and pull the phone away from my face.
I will commiserate about the fact that there are almost no phones coming out anymore with a slideout keyboard.
I have a feeling the same thing has happened to me. I noticed a week ago that I was no longer able to log into my router. I was planning on trying to reset the router to default settings just so I could get back into it to administer my network. If a notice was sent about the change, I'm sure it was sent to the verizon.net e-mail address attached to the account, which I don't have access to, and my roommate (whose name is on the bill) never checks.
This action by Verizon is very irritating, to say the least.