I am currently looking to purchase a T-Mobile sidekick from ebay, and the only problems with the unit, are that the scroll wheel doesn't work, and that the keypad is worn and not all of the letters are visible. I was wondering if I should steer clear of this phone, or if these are easily fixable problems.
Would it be best to get it professionally fixed, or is this something that can be done with a parts phone, and minimal skills. If anyone could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: Broken scroll wheel, worn keypad
yes you can buy the replacements parts and change them BUT....
this is NO minimum skill!!
the parts whom died are very impotent for every day use
(thats way they are gone)
DO NOT think about it
this sidekick is for spare parts only - not for beeing your main
as you wish
find another 1
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Ok from what i can assume, Your keypad has a short in it. This can be fixed by going to T-mobile and generally most stores can swap our your sidekick in no time free of charge depending on the plan. Now if thats not an option its looking like the keypad runs about 40 dollars and they can also swap it out at the T mobile store. Due to the phone and the fact that its easier to have them service id recommend taking it in and having them look at it for free of charge to tell you how they would go about servicing your phone.
try turning it on and typing 1234 it should work it worked for me and if that doesnt work try goin to a cell phone repair shop they should be able to unlock it. if not get your money back for the phone and buy one at the tmobile store. some stuff on ebay doesnt work i bought an ipod off ebay and it broke the next day it broke so try gettin your money back if nutin else works!
I don't know if you're still reading this post here, but if you are, your scroll wheel can be replaced - they do get worn out and stop working over time. I happen to have some because I repair sidekick 2s, so contact me if you would like to discuss it... email@example.com