Phones Got a Galaxy S4. Can it be fixed?

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  1. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    I bought a Samsung Galaxy S4 for my Mom for $50. It came with 2 batteries and seems to be in great working order other than the fact that it won't charge. It looks like either there is a bunch of lint or something in the USB connector port or it's just completely shot. One or the other. Looks pretty shot to me. I've attached a pic. My questions to you guys are:

    1 - What part do I need to fix it?

    2 - Phone is locked to AT&T, but can she use it on Straight Talk's AT&T plan?

    This will be her first smart phone and first real try at using the internet and I want to help her out. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Not sure on the repair , but it should work on straight talk att
     
  3. mclld macrumors 68000

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    Yes it will work on ST. You can buy a wall adapter and a couple extra batteries to use with it, you can also buy a wireless charging coil to put on it behind the battery cover and use it with a wireless charger
     
  4. gotluck macrumors 603

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    The gs4 does have an available wireless charging cover too
     
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  6. FadeToBlack thread starter macrumors 68000

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  7. mclld macrumors 68000

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    I literally bought a wall charger and a battery on ebay two weeks ago for an S5 for I think it was 8 or 10 bucks.
     
  8. kevinof macrumors 6502a

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    The S4 has a known weakness in the usb - it does break. I don't know what the part is but it is easily replaceable. Have had to get two s4's fixed over last couple of months with this exact problem. Cost over here is $30 including labor so not a big deal. The usb is a plug in/out par. You just unscrew the back to get access and it's easy from there.
     
  9. FadeToBlack thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the info. It's good to know that it's an easy fix.

    I figured I would post an update and let you guys know what's up. I ended up realizing that it came with a Samsung external charger, so I ended up not having to buy one.

    I have been using it since I found that battery charger and man, I love it.

    I have been enjoying it so much that I plan on getting me an S5 soon to replace my aging iPhone 4. I never in a million years expected that to happen.

    Thanks again to everyone.
     

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