iPhone 4 won't charge. Stays on blinking red battery. Dead phone?

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  1. patent10021 macrumors 68020

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    Had to take a photo from Photo Booth. This phone is on its last leg. Actually it might already be dead. I've been using this iPhone 4 since 2009 and it's been dropped a few times recently. Actually for a long time the top right corner of the screen was black due to a fall. I dropped it again recently and the charge port might have gotten loose. Could have been a bit of water. It's been working ok lately but I've pretty much had to charge it every couple of hours or ben every hour because it would die so quickly. I think this is it. No?
     

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  2. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    It sounds dead try a different charger. And you should probably get a new phone cuz your way past the 2 year contract. Could get a 5s and just use it til that one dies.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    If the blinking red battery doesn't go away, then it probably means it'll either take longer for your phone to charge or the battery is beyond help.

    Either way, internal damage might (might) also be culprit. If you still want to use this iPhone try using another charging method (computer or another charger). Otherwise, just move along to a newer device.

    Consequently, you could go to Apple and pay to repair it, but, personally, I think that's just a waste of $.
     
  4. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah already tried a different charger. In Japan keeping the phone gets me cheaper monthly bills compared with a new phone because I'm no longer paying for the phone. That's why I had it for so long. But now I just use it as an iPod. Luckily I did a recent backup but I would like to access one more app for its data.

    The pins must be ok cause when I connect the cable I get the battery symbol. I think the battery has actually died and just has enough juice for the battery logo. No?
     
  5. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I think it's dead. I just wanted to use it as an iPod for a bit longer until I return to Japan and get a new iPhone 6 :) I guess I'll buy a new iPod Touch in the meantime.

    I already tried charging via USB and Mili charger.
     
  6. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Get a toothbrush (one that hasn't been used) and try to clean the ports. Then get avacuun a suck out any dabree you loosened with the tooth brush. Do this to both the iPhone and charger. And then try again. If it still doesn't work, then your iPhone is probably done. If you don't want sign a new contract, you can take it to apple and they'll swap it out for a refurbished phone for $150.
     
  7. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    any apple store? Same iPhone 4? iPhone 4S? I bought it Japan and don't have receipt. $150 would be half the price of a new iPod so that would be great if I could get a refurb iPhone.
     
  8. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    If you're in japan, I'm not sure if they do it there, but here in the states they will replace it with an exact model. So if it's the iPhone 4, that's what you'll get.

    Though you may get lucky if they don't carry that model anymore, last year they replaced my iPhone 3G with a 3GS. But I think they still carry iPhone 4 since they just stopped selling them a couple of months ago, so they should still have refurbished 4's.
     
  9. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm in Canada for the holidays. I wonder if I'd get an iPhone 4s here with no questions asked.
     

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