My Stratosphere fell to the floor last night, and I can no longer see the display. Nothing I or the Verizon support guy could do today restored the display. The phone has rung but touching the screen to answer it does not work. I have purchased a new Stratosphere on e-Bay - I don't trust the locals to repair the phone properly - but there'll be a few days until I can get phone service again. Is there any way to access voice mail and text messages through the Verizon website or another phone during this period?
If there are people with whom you are expecting to exchange text messages, you can contact them to let them know of your plight by sending an e-mail to their text message address. For instance, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Of course you have to limit the message to text-message length.