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Blackberry pearl won't turn on

My blackberry pearl lost charge while still under warranty and i was sent a new one today. i put my sim card in and the new battery. a red light on the front flashes. i put it onto charge for a few hours, but now can't turn it on. it is brand new. is there a special way to turn it on the very first time.

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PS.... i don't know what a RIM blackberry pearl is. mine is a vodafone blackberry pearl 8100

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  • haguerw Apr 02, 2008

    My blackberry froze up one night so I took the battery out thinking I could turn it back on once I put it back in. Now the battery is back in but I just have this red flashing light and the phone won't turn on. What do I do?

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2008

    All was fine when I turned it off last night; tried to power on this morning and NOTHING! It was never exposed to water. So I took the battery out and re-installed. NOTHING. Plugged into USB; red indicator light came on briefly, then went off again. Keeping it plugged in to USB, eventually a symbol appears showing that the battery is NOT charging.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008

    My phone did the same thing on April 02 and now i have no idea what to do!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2008

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  • perfectrice Apr 12, 2008

    This happened to me two days ago. It just won't charge. I plug in the charger, it "appears" to charge for a few seconds with the red light blinking, and then it completely shuts off. I've tried different chargers and outlets. What gives? I've never dropped it or exposed it to moisture and I've had it for about 8 months.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2008

    My phone looked like it was charging at first, but still wouldn't charge! I tried different plugs but none worked. After i plugged it in the first time it didn't even show that it was "charging". I think it might be the battery, but I'm not quit sure.

  • robincoop302 Apr 28, 2008

    MY blackberry pearl will not charge

  • ClaireB May 04, 2008

    Mine won't turn on either.

  • baconrus May 11, 2008

    I have the same problem. my phone got soaked, i dried it for a couple days, finally tried to turn it on and all i got was a blinking red light, i connected it to my laptop(usb) windows did not recognize it at first then said installed blackberry driver, but still doesnt turn on just red blinky light.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2008

    will not charge via USB

  • swilkinson May 22, 2008

    I left my phone sitting on my desk (it was working fine). When I came back an hour or so later, the screen was black and the red light was blinking (one slow, then four fast). I can't turn it on. I've taken out the battery. Tried charging it. Tried syncing it (I use PocketMac). Called T-Mobile, they said it's a software error and I have to re-load all of the software, which in the process will erase all my data. I'm bummed. :(

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    redlight blinks

  • candies girl Jul 11, 2008

    yeah the phone was workign fine and all of a sudden went black with a red light at the top blikning

  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    Blackberry pearl rings but do not turn on. Goes straight to voicemail.

  • cstephens389 Aug 08, 2008

    Blackberry pearl rings, but no screen. goes straight to vociemail.

  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    i plug it in to charge the red light flashes once. then thats it, it doesnt turn on.

  • redas31 Sep 07, 2008

    when i put my battery to charge it completely turned off and this battery appeared with a slash across it and then i tried to turn it on and it just keeps happening even if i take the battery out and put it back in there. helpppp mee?

  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    I have the same problem is there a fix? I called AT&T and we were no help!

  • atbara Nov 11, 2008

    For no apparent reason the Blackberry Pearl 8100 I have (5 weeks old) stopped working. The only thing it does now is flash its red light at me 4 times in quick succession then repeats this exciting process. SIM card and battery have been removed, the phone charged and nothing. Interestingly this failure corresponds to Vodafone having a service fault - which is now sorted, but I am left with a useless phone.

  • myprivatewar Nov 13, 2008

    my blackberry pearl 8100 just stopped working. bought a new battery and when i put the battery in all the phone does is have a red light flashes oonce and thats it nothing. can anyone help me?

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008

    ive has this phone for a while and all of a sudden it turned off i put it to charge and still nothing has happened

  • brandon7811 Jan 31, 2009

    I was backing up files on my computer trying to get music then boom freese the whole thing just shutoff and started blinking and now i am very angry.

  • prettygis Jan 31, 2009

    I've been using my BB pearl 8100 for almost 2 month now and already I'm having problems. The phone shuts off by it self and starts to blink a red light & It won't stop until I take out the battery. When I replace the battery it does the same thing. I don't know what to do! Please help :-(

  • camposcody Feb 01, 2009

    i have delt with this also, my blackberry says that theres an APP ERROR, and gives me a list of options. i have done every option it provides, and still nothin. I NEED HELP!!!!!!

  • maddyishere Feb 07, 2009

    My blackberry pearl has a red blinking light and won't turn on. I charged it but when it does turn on, it turns right back off again. The battery has a red slip on the side with x's if that means anything. When it turns on, the battery meter is yellow but it won't stay on. I put a new sim card in it that is different from the one that was in it before. Anyone can help?

  • Gamster Feb 09, 2009

    I've had a BlackBerry Pearl 8100 for about, 2 months now and for some reason it wont turn on at all. All there is of life is a flashing red light. I've charged it for hours, and still... it won't turn on. I've switched batteries, sim cards, and that other smaller chip. Yet, it won't turn on. If anyone could give me a solution it would be greatly appriciated!

  • angelictrini Feb 19, 2009

    my blackberry just switched off during a call and never came back on.There's a flashing red light when i try charging it...what is wrong?

  • mandaluvsu Feb 21, 2009

    I had the same problem & I looked here for help. I found the problem! It has to do with the themes, I had changed my theme to t-mobile zen, I think it the default theme & it has the my faves Icon displayed on the screen & the other icons at the bottom. Under the my faves icons it has the option to hide the icons...when my phone stayed on long enough for me to click on it I did & it said something like, my faves off. After that my phone began to restart itself again & stayed on...YAAAY!!! I immediately changed my theme. Well I hope this will help everyone else with this same problem! =D

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    I was told the only way to reset my phone was to pull the battery off while it's on. Now the phone will not even recognize the battery. I just get a battery symbol with a red line through it.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    can it charge with any charger

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    Same thing

  • Shellz101 Apr 27, 2009

    My Blackberry 8800 wont turn on...it has a red blinking light at the top

  • testinggarba Oct 03, 2009

    blackberry pearl 8100 can't get switch on.

  • Tmoney1 May 11, 2010

    I had this same problem yesterday. I found out that i had a completely dead battery. Your phone takes some of the battery's energy and holds it for when your phone dies. But even if your phone is off it wont hold the energy. What you need to do is have someone with energy in their phone to charge your battery and it should work just fine. Hope this helps. $T-money$

  • markpepall Apr 25, 2013

    wat do i do my bb pearl 9105 wont switch on and ive tried charging it

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I hate this phone.

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If you have a memory ship in the phone and it wont turn in and is blinking red take out the memory card and start it

Posted on Jun 02, 2008

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Mine (pearl 8100) wouldn't turn on after a battery pull... red light just blinked.. computer would intermittently recognize that it was connected (only when red light had blinked on)... this how I solved...

1. While BBerry connected to computer remove battery then SimCard.
2. Replace the battery then restart the device and wait until the device screen is displayed. (may say to replace SimCard on display screen)
3. Disconnect the device from your computer. (...after closing Desktop Manager if it is open)
4. Power down the device by holding the power button.
5. Remove the battery and replace the SimCard and the battery... then power up your device again.

Not sure why but the key seemed to be removing the SimCard, powering it up connected via the computer then powering down properly, replacing the SimCard then powering up again..

Worked for me anyway... Hope it helps!

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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The sim card may not be put in correctly, or it may need to be slid back or fourth a little bit. I had this same problem, but continued playing with my phone until I figured it out, now of course with a blackberry it took awhile to come back on, but no more irritating red light and black screen. Voila!

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

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I had the same problem with my blackberry,i got up this morning and tried to turn it on and it wouldnt do anything so i started to charge it and i got a red light and after a minute a battery symbol came on screen with a red slash across it.so i tried to take battery out but didnt work and so i tried the recharge thing again and got the same thing so i just left it plugged in for about 10 minutes and i went to check to see what was happening and my phone was on and it had a dead battery.so if you have a similar problem just leave it plugged in for a while and see what happens it cant hurt,

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The same tyhing hhas happened to me :S but iv been looking in to it and it seemes that the problem is that alll of our batteries have died D=  i dont kno how but thats what they say the problem is :S

Posted on May 11, 2008

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I have had the exact same problem. I opened up back-cover, and removed the battery. I noticed that one of the 'springs'-persay weren't up-to-par with the others! I pried it up to par, and put the battery back in. Turned the phone back on, and it restarted with a 100% full-battery.   Hope this helps?

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I just tried to update my blackberry but got scared of loosing all my data so i clicked cancel but it continues so i unplugges it out of the usb port and now it wont turn on! the red light flashes i tried recharging my battery and tried putting it back on the usb SOMEONE PLEASE HELP. i think i broke my phone!

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Hello Everyone. I own a blackberry 8800, andi had the same reoblem with the RED flashing LED and the black screen. I tried the stunt with removing the SIM car, but no luck. Anyway, what i did, was replace the SIM into the slot, and I left out the battery for approximately 5 minues. I then rplaced the battery, and the phone worked. It is probablt a case where the operating system needed to reset, and it needed the batter out for a bit to completly do so.

Hope this helped.

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I went to the blackberry site to figure it out. What you want to do is plug your phone into the USB cord and then to the computer. Go to the applications on the desktop manager and then update the software. It worked great for me :) Good luck!

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My 8320 is crazy!! I used 4 new batteries fully charged and it after turning on it says "battery drained shutting down handheld"on all of them??!!!!lBattery indicator is red!!!tried new os install no luck tried jst bout everything and it always says battery drained like wtf???plz someone help?????

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Solution #1 is pretty good!

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Take the battery out and wait for 15min. then try again. If problem persists, try a firmware restore, a guide on how to do that is here: Blackberry Firmare restore. If that fails it looks like you need a new logic board which in theory you can replace yourself. Here's a guide on how to disassemble a blackberry. Maybe a tech savy friend can do it for you. If you want to have somebody else do it for you there are third party Blackberry Repair Services.

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I had the hour glass and then a blank screen. My computer did recognize the Pearl so I downgraded the software to an older version and the screen worked. Then I updated the software and the phone appears to work OK now.

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Hey people... my blackberry 8120 hanged with the hour glass on the display screen.... i pulled the battery and replaced it.... now it doesnt want to turn on.... when i tried charging it, a green light goes on but when i try and turn it on, the green light goes off.... what can i do???? thx

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  • ecstevenson Dec 04, 2009

    aite thanks man. but okay now my phone shows a green light when its connected to my computer... i tried the update software but nothings happening.. my blackberry screen doesnt even show the "low battery" sign... its completely black... what else did you do??? thanks

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My Blackberry Pearl had a stale white screen and I was pretty sure it crashed. I took the battery out and put it back in right away a few times but kept getting a stale red light. I was about to throw it against the wall but I came on here and I took the battery out for a few minutes and put it back in. So if you have a problem, try that first.

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I jus deleted a sofware in my black berry,so rite away i get a msg would u like to restart so that the uninstall can take place,i did exactly wat it said and suddenly screen goes and i get a red light and m still waitin for the darn thing to restart,tried removing batteries,sim,memory card etc..still the same ol red light,who made this phone

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

I had the same problem.... I took the battery out for a few minutes & when I put it back in charged it for a minute & tried to turn it on & it hey presto!!!!

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

I got my phone and it holds so much memory that it makes the phone slower so u haveto turn it off take out the battery, put it back in and restart it and also try deleting pictures, msgs and stuff it takes up alot of memory

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Check your USB connection to see if all the pins are there. Mine turned out to be missing a pin - luckily, still under warranty, I am awaiting a replacement unit.

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I have the same problem. Why??

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