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I get a message Ac OFF

Does the visual message Ac OFF mean that even though I'm plugged into a live electric socket, the phone or the plug connector is malfunctioning and the phone is relying on the battery only (DC vs AC)?

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Hi, Your assumption is correct. The phone is not sensing any external AC power. If you are sure that the AC cord/adapter is plug in to the mains, then it is either: 1. the walloutlet or where the ACplug/adapters is connected does not have any power; or 2. The adapter itself is defective. Hope this b e of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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