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Sidekick 3 i have a phone and when i put the charger in the light dosent turn on and its not charging but the phone turn on and every ting works on the phone its just that problem.

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    I have exactly the same problem. I am looking for a sidekick3 service manual.



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I have had in all 5 sk3s. All w/ problems. 3 of them have the charger port problem. One had the white screen problem. Another had the backlight problem. I have been able to make two completely good sks from this mess. The charger port thing is a big deal, but I found a MUCH CHEAPER solution /workaround then the $30-40 cradle. It is a China made external Universal Cell phone charger. They go for less then $5 on ebay. They are ugly and clumsy, but cheap, simple and super compact. They can be kind of confusing to figure out at first because they don't come with instructions. I finally figured mine out and it's charging up one of my good SK3 batteries right now. I didn't think it was charging because the battery was cold, but when I put it in the SK, it fired right up, even though it wasn't full. They have little adjustable electrode contacts that you can put on just about ANY cell phone battery including ALL the SK series. The Cradle for the SK3 is only good for the SK3, these cheap universal chargers are good on ANY PHONE.

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Sad to say, this is a common problem with the sidekick 3.

The charging port probably has gone bad. If it is under warranty call t-mobile.

If not, you can have it repaired but it can be pricey.

A workaround is to buy a sidekick charging cradel with a spare battery charging slot. An extra battery makes this easier. This will allow you to charge your battery outside the phone.

Both will cost you about 40 dollars total on eBay.

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