It's been almost two months since my iPhone 4 started to die. I accidentally dropped it while pumping gas on my way to work. I had a silicone cover on it and didn't see any cracks or anything. But later in the day, the screen started to not come back on when I hit the lock or home button. I did figure out that if I hit the lock button in a hard enough way, it would work for a while. But then it went for three days without working. Once I got my phone back to seemingly working, I planned on sending it in to get $250 trade credit from Verizon so I could switch. But then as it kept working normally, I figured I would keep it as long as I could instead of using my mom's iPhone 3GS that she was going to let me use for a month. Oops. It's been about three weeks since my phone last worked. The problem is the LED lighting is FUBARed. If you hold the phone at the right angle, you can see the icons on the screen very faintly, almost like an original Game Boy with the brightness way down. I could place and receive calls using voice dial and swiping where i knew I needed to when receiving. But now the lock button pretty much can't be pushed. So I'm resolved to using an iPhone 3GS that works, although the battery life is laughable. I could possibly get $40 by trading it in somewhere, but that won't help much when breaking my contract is $180. Add in at least another $200 for the next model phone and that's too rich for my blood. I assume there are others out there who have bricked an iPhone somehow. My Dad left an old Razr in his pants once to kill it. I warned him not to do such things when I got him an iPhone due to the "it won't be cheap to replace this one" factor. Has everybody else just slummed it with an older phone like me, or have you found some magical way to acquire a new phone? I wouldn't mind spending $100 on a new iPhone 4 if it didn't involve lengthening my blood contract with AT&T.