Mar 27, 2008
Was given a RAZR V3 by a friend of mine who claimed it was having a problem charging and that the charger had to be "wiggled around" in order to work. Took it home and, sure enough, because there is a little bit of play between the connections, I had to re-seat the charger a few times before it was finally recognised by the phone. The standard "Charging Battery" message appeared, but, a few moments later, the outer screen/LCD started flashing and fading in and out, seemingly as if a connection or cable was loose or broken somewhere, and then the phone died altogether. After that, the phone wouldn't recognise the charger at all. Removed the battery, left it out for a few minutes, re-inserted it, and was then able to get it to recognise the charger again. This time, there were no problems with the LCD, but, after only a minute or two on the charger, the "Charging Complete" message appeared, which I thought was a bit strange given that the battery appeared to be complete dead when I received the phone. Took it off the charger and attempted to power it on, but neither the LCD or screen would display anything, though the keypad does light up. Dialed a random number and the vibration unit came on, but it seemed really underpowered. I was able to get MPT to recognise the phone at that point (there was no play with the USB connection) and could read the contents of the phone and sim, but after transferring 3 out of 6 ringtones back to the computer, the phone died and I had to repeat the whole battery removal reset process.
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Not being overly familiar with the V3, my uneducated guess is that this is a dead battery issue. The phone does not show any signs of outside damage, there isn't much play at the hinge, and the water indicator is still white. Since I don't have access to other batteries or chargers for this model, I figured I would check to see if anyone else recognised these symptoms and/or had any potential diagnosis for them before I start ordering things online.