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Battery door wont stay on

2 of the tabs on the phone body that hold the battery door on have broken off. They are the small tabs by the stylus holder. Everytime I put pressure on the battery door it just slides off. I dont want to have to replace the entire housing...any ideas??

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Get some tacky stuff... gum maybe.

i have the same problem... it sux i agree but not much can be done without glueing it on permanently.

that or use the phone insurance...

my screen just broke too so i'm awaiting the new part to come in for around $55... beats the hell out of 110 for the insurance to fix it!

Posted on Aug 11, 2008

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