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Him this is a very common problem with all flip and slide type phones, the problem your having is with the data ribbon that connects the 2 halves of the phone together, over time this ribbon wears as it moves each time you open and close the phone to keep the connection with both halves, but over time this data ribbon becomes brittle then it breaks and you lose one half of the phone making it un-usable, the only way to get it working again is to have this data ribbon replaced, this is a very common fault so all phone repair shops will stock this part and should be able to replace it for you, they will charge a fee for this so ask how much first then work out if its worth getting it repaired or would you be better of upgrading and getting another phone all together, without replacing this ribbon the phone just wont work as the connection between the 2 halves has become damaged
it doesnt slide off like most...it pops off....the the bottom of the phone there is a small half inch slot...i just put my thumb nail in it and twist and it pops open...it literally just clicks into place
Try turning the phone off. When the screen appears and says "slide to turn off" or cancel, press cancel. If that works then do it again but slide to turn off. If you cant slide, then you need a new digitizer. There are some other things to try like a hard reset, where you hold the power button and the home button at the same time when it's plugged into the computer, but I've never been able to get that to fix a phone where the slide capability stopped working.
Restart the phone, e.g turn it on and off and then try again... Sometimes to delete a message, actually go into the message then press delete, it doesnt always work if you go to the inbox itself and select a message and delete :)
THIS WORKED FOR US: Hold down the power button until you see the "CANCEL" icon; tap around the screen until the "CANCEL" button turns blue - this will take you back to the slide feature. MAKE NOTE OF WHERE THIS SPOT IS ON THE SCREEN. Repeat the "cancel-screentap" process to find a 2nd spot in another area of the screen. While on the "slide" screen, draw a line between the 2 spots; when you return again to the "slide" screen, the "slide" should work. ONCE YOU HAVE OPENED THE PHONE do 2 things:
RECALIBRATE the screen
LENGTHEN the screen saver time-out to something other than the shortest time available.
Hope this works for you - GOOD LUCK! PS - dunderground posted the following solution in Apr 2009: "The fastest way is to be on the slide-lock screen & hold the side volume button in the Up position until "Press volume down key to check" comes up onscreen. This may or may not work on all firmware versions on the current i9, but works on most. Make sure to hold the button firmly in the Up position. You will first see the normal volume speaker icon show onscreen and the volume rise, but just keep holding it Up, and eventually you should see the pop-up box noted earlier. The moment you see that pop up onscreen, immediately press the side volume button in the down position. A white calibration screen should now show & you can calibrate the touch screen using the stylus."
THE I9 IS A JAVA BASED JAVA APP PHONE THE JAVA APP THAT RUNS THE SLIDE TO UNLOCK FEATURE HAS MALFUNCTIONED THE ONLY WAY IS TO HAVE A TOTAL FIRMWARE RESET BUT AT THE MOMENT CECT ARE NOT SUPPORTING THIS YOUR ONLY HOPE IS TO CONTACT THE SELLER OF THE PHONE AND TRY TO GET A REPLACEMENT HOPE THIS IS OF SOME HELP THERE IS A CECT FORUM IF YOU SEARCH GOOGLE