I go out and try to kill a portal. Turns out, it is remote enough that the service is available before it, and after it, but not directly AT the portal. At least on Verizon.
I’m annoyed. I want to kill this thing. But nothing is cooperating about this portal. It is on the side of the road with no good pedestrian access; as I walked to it cars come swooping up from the south and are far too close to me. They can’t see me either, so I jump to the side of the road as much as possible. But the side of the road is a little 45 degree angled hillock, and you can’t walk on it. At least not in tennis shoes.
It’s a cross on the side of the road. Well – it was at some point. Right now there is nothing at all there. A flat area on the side of the highway provides a place to stand, and I pace back and forth for 15 minutes praying to the Holy Gods of Signal, that I get enough reception to fire the ADA. A brief 1X flashes, but Ingress still does not respond.
The wind is blowing really hard. REALLY hard. I get knocked around by the wind and dirt and grit smash into my face. This place is very dangerous, actually. There is a chance I could get blown off balance by a gust of wind and quite literally fall off the mountain. Time to get back to the car.
There’s a ranger station by the side of the road, so I ask one of the rangers stocking his vehicle up. “Which cell phone service works good out here ?” He doesn’t know.
So I decide that I have service on both sides of the portal, but not actually at it. Can I start firing the ADA, and drive past, and kill the thing successfully ? Maybe. It might work.
I drive past, hit the confirm button, pretty nervous about hitting other vehicles along this fairly busy road. I have my phone outside of the car and am driving with one hand through the open window – you get better signal that way.
When I reach the other side of the portal, my phone shows an android character and says “Deleting all data”.
AUGGGGHHHH ! What has just happened ?
My best guess is that Ingress and the bad signal did not play nice with the Android OS, causing a reboot. You can make an emergency boot somehow, by hitting the buttons on the side of the phone, and one option is to factory reset the phone. I must have hit the button without seeing it.
So the portal still stands. I am pissed off enough to be considering the purchase of boosters and BGANs. Considering that boosters are $100 items that’s not too bad, but I think BGANs are $2,000+ items with data costs through the roof. Yikes.
Now I need to get my phone working again. Ingress works, at least, after reinstallation. Lots of other things still need tweaking.
And the joke is, I wonder what mod that agent put on his portal to cause MY PHONE TO FACTORY RESET ! ?