iPhone 2G dead

iBlazed

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I have an iPhone 2G that I keep for nostalgia. I usually try to keep a charge in the battery so it doesn't fully die, but I got lazy and let it die. Now the poor phone won't turn on at all. I hate to think that this phone is dead and impossible to start, especially because it's in such great condition. Anyone have any ideas to make this thing turn on. I've already done all the standard troubleshooting, attempting to put it into DFU mode, etc.

SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!!
 

Jr. Pac

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Had the same issue with mine. Do a DFU restore. It will get into a low-power mode by the computer while being charged simultaneously. Brought mine right back to life.
 

iBlazed

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Had the same issue with mine. Do a DFU restore. It will get into a low-power mode by the computer while being charged simultaneously. Brought mine right back to life.
As I mentioned in the OP, I tried putting it in DFU mode. It's pretty much dead. I'm just wondering if there's a way to resuscitate the battery.
 

Jr. Pac

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As I mentioned in the OP, I tried putting it in DFU mode. It's pretty much dead. I'm just wondering if there's a way to resuscitate the battery.
Just to make sure you know, even when dead an iPhone can enter DFU. The screen will be black, and you won't even know it's in DFU unless it's plugged into the computer and iTunes notifies you.

If you already know all of this, then sorry. Just making sure. :)
 

iBlazed

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Just to make sure you know, even when dead an iPhone can enter DFU. The screen will be black, and you won't even know it's in DFU unless it's plugged into the computer and iTunes notifies you.

If you already know all of this, then sorry. Just making sure. :)
Yeah, the phone is just totally unresponsive. Doesn't come up in iTunes either.
 

Jr. Pac

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Hm. Not sure what to say. At this point though, if you really did succeed in putting it into DFU, even if you charge it for hours it won't boot. Leave it plugged in overnight and hold power & home for 10 secs just in case.
 

gstevie

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Take it into an Apple Store and see what they say? You never know they could sort it there and then if its just something trivial, especially if the person in store is as nostalgic as you, may wanna see it up and running again.

https://www.apple.com/uk/support/iphone/repair/other/

Out-of-warranty* cost:

iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, Original iPhone: £126.44

What does that cover? Would they be able to send it away for repair under OOW repair? - I assume they dont have handsets to swap.
 

Jr. Pac

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Jeez. You guys are rough. I collect vintage computers and game consoles. They are all well-organized and taken care of. Is that hoarding, let alone keeping an iPhone?
Seems pretty normal. Guy comes here for immediate help on an older device people here would have more knowledge on.

In all seriousness, if by all means the phone is dead, take it into an Apple store and and you will get a replacement white box device shipped to the store or to your door. However, you'll have to pay the $149 out of warranty fee, but that's it. They don't actually repair the 2G. Good luck...
 

veedubshafer

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Ummm let it go, take it in and get a 4s on OOW replacement and keep THAT phone for nostalgia or sell for money. Keeping old things for "nostalgia" reasons has a name..... It's called hording. Cut the chord and move on now. Good luck beating your addiction.
LOL...what song shall he play?
 

iBlazed

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Put it in a freezer for 10 minutes
For some reason, there was an instinct telling me to do this and I didnt. But now I think I will.

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Ummm let it go, take it in and get a 4s on OOW replacement and keep THAT phone for nostalgia or sell for money. Keeping old things for "nostalgia" reasons has a name..... It's called hording. Cut the chord and move on now. Good luck beating your addiction.
Whats wrong with you? You don't even know me nor have you ever seen my house. For you to call someone a hoarder you've never met is ridiculous. People collect all kinds of things. Do you have an addiction to posting idiotic comments online portraying yourself as an armchair psychologist? Good luck beating your addiction.
 

iBlazed

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Try replacing the battery before disposing it.
Replacing the battery in the original iPhone requires soldering, which I don't know how to do.

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Have you tried charging it overnight? Take it to the Apple Store to replace battery?
The Apple store would just replace the phone and charge me for the replacement. And I'm not sure if they would still even replace an iPhone this old.
 
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