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Does the phone power on at all? If you hold down the red button on the front it should power on. If it is not powering on, either your battery is dead (needs a charge) or your battery or phone may be defective. Try plugging in the the power supply and then turning the phone on to see if it powers on.
Ifthe cell phone battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be wornout. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cyclesand will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% andgradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up atall.
ORThe battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the batterydrops off to zero capacity in a very short time.
Ifthe battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to bereplaced.
Wilson - The phone was not made to use regular (AAA) batteries. Unless you install AAA NIMH rechargeables it will not work. Regular AAA batteries cannot be charged by the base unit.
In case you meant AAA NIMH batteries as "ordinary batteries" then your charger may be the problem, but I wouldn't assume that until I've taken a pencil eraser and vigorously cleaned the base contacts and tried the base again (with the right batteries.)
It sounds like the battery is a goner but I wouldn't swear to it without having another to test it. Over the course of the last month or so, did you notice that the battery life was shorter and shorter? It will look like it is charging but holds no charge whatsoever upon removal from the charging base. The best way to test this, of course, is to install a new battery. Finally, is this an older phone or a new one? Rechargeable batteries are good for about 2 years, less if you don't let it fully discharge and recharge although in the newer types it's not as much of a problem. Let me know what you find out.
I had the same problem, but good thing I bought three of them. The first one worked right out of the box, the second one wouldn't come up for about two days and the third one took several days before it would turn itself on. My opinion is that the batteries are really flat from being on the shelf for so long before they are sold and have "memorized" that condition.
I went to the Uniden site and their FAQ don't really address much about this product, wish they would expand it somewhat.
Good luck and keep on trying to charge the batteries.