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The battery is readily available online or through any Motorola 2-way radio dealer. You can use part number NTN8971 or NNTN4190 NiMH battery. The phone should also accommodate 4 AA batteries instead of the NiMH battery. (Be certain to never try charging the phone with the AA batteries inside, as it is not designed to do this.)
The wall charger part number NTN1680 is listed as being no longer available from Motorola Solutions. However, during a Google search it appears several vendors still have these available for just over $7 US dollars.
The i550 was a primary phone used in the iDEN Nextel system. It operates on 800 MHz and likely needs to be connected to a system to work. I do not know if it will work as a 2-way radio without being connected to a system. The type of system these were used on has been completely or for the most part shut down. According to this article it will be completely shut down by June 2013. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9227557/Sprint_to_shut_down_Nextel_iDEN_network_next_year
Press the Mode button until the Call Setting icon flashes on the screen. The current setting ("01" vibrate + ring, "02" vibrate only or "03" ring only) will be displayed. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down button to change the call setting.
More programming details (with pics) are available in the user's manual which can be downloaded HERE
Go to your ringers menu, find the beep tone, (belive its ringer 10, while phone is the ringer is highlighted, press menu, then assign ringer as call alert. Hope this is what you're talking about. If you meant that it's not beeping when somebody presses the button to call you without alerting you, then you go to menu, settings, DC/GC options, and set "alert type" to ring. NOT vibrate or silent.
I can see where this feature can seem somewhat inconsistent. But if you think of it like a phone ringing, it is easier to understand. Once you have answered the phone, the phone stops ringing. And the person who called you never experiences a ring on their end.
Page 26: VibraCall is a vibrating alert that notifies you that your radio is receiving a message. This is useful in noisy environments. When the alert is on, the radio
vibrates once every 30 seconds when you receive a message on the channel and
code you set.
• To turn vibrating alerts on, press menu until the vibrating radio symbol is displayed, then press the plus (+) button to display the letter Y for Yes.
• To turn vibrating alerts off, press menu until the vibrating radio symbol is displayed, then press the minus (-) button until the minus symbol (-) is displayed.