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Sidekick / Hiptop 2 won't take charge

Here is my problem... the phone says it is charging... the battery meter flashes 1, 2 and 3 bars with the lightning bolt through it like it is taking a charge but it's not... Now it's dead and when I plug it in the red and green phone lights on the top and bottom of the scroll wheel very dimly flash really fast but no charging ?? I have tried 2 different wall chargers and also my car charger so it can't be the charger. HELP....

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  • digler Sep 24, 2007

    UPDATE: now it is totally dead and when I plug it in... nothing. Could the battery need replacing ? Do the batteries in these phones run out like that..?? The battery is not easily accesible, leading me to believe they shouldn't need to be replaced ?

  • digler Sep 29, 2007

    ^^ I will look into that, thanks...


    Now the phone will take a full charge, but then won't charge when it gets low until it goes totally dead... then has to sit for approx. 24-48 hrs. before it will finally take a charge again.

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I called tmobile and told them about my problem and they replaced it for free

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The battery might be an issue. Sometimes with lithium Ion batteries, tehy just act retarded and need to be jump started from the dead. Buy a battery from any vendor and test it out. If it doesnt work you can always return it.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007

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