Any electronics/cellphone experts that can help me?

MacBH928

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Hi there,

I have this old phone of mine: http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_t630-559.php

I thought it would be fun to use it again, so I bought a charger off ebay and when it got here I plugged it in but nothing happened. I tried cleaning the contact metals on the phone with alcohol and even tried to scrap it lightly with a thin piece of metal. Its no use, its like dead.

I am not sure if the problem is in the charger or the phone. I got this from a high-rating seller so I doubt he sold me a replica or malfunctioned charger. Could it be possibly the battery?

I got this phone in 2004 and stopped using it in 2007 . I have another phone that I got in 2007 and stopped using it in 2010, but it works like I got it on day one. Both are Sony Ericsson ...
 

Apple fanboy

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Do you access to a volt meter? If so is there any power reading on the charger terminals when it's plugged in. If not your charger is a dud. If yes then perhaps the battery has completely died? You might be able to get a replacement of eBay, but you could be throwing good money after bad.
 

Ccrew

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I got this phone in 2004 and stopped using it in 2007 .
We're talking a 6+ YO battery that was probably never charged or maintained in any way in the interim. My $ is on the fact that that battery is just toast.
 

DaKKs

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Yeah, the battery i shot. I hade the same issue with a bucketload of other phones, including a T610. Its 99% the battery. If the charger is good, that is.

Internal components can degrade of course, but you really need to mistreat it for that to happen.
 

MacBH928

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I asked this in other forums and I got the same advice, the battery is dead. I will search ebay, but I wonder who still manufacture batteries for such devices.

We're talking a 6+ YO battery that was probably never charged or maintained in any way in the interim. My $ is on the fact that that battery is just toast.
You make sense, but why does my 2007 K800 still works?
 

Ccrew

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I asked this in other forums and I got the same advice, the battery is dead. I will search ebay, but I wonder who still manufacture batteries for such devices.



You make sense, but why does my 2007 K800 still works?
Different battery, different age, different type. You should consider that one a gift even :) That said though, you're saying that this phone is potentially almost 10 years old. That's a long time in used battery life.
 
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