Yeah, I tried to wipe it probably 100 times in every series of steps I could think of. No battery, battery first, quickly attached, wait for a while, password, no password, etc. I posted in a different thread that had started up by then.
Battery was fine although I had considered that. It seemed to have just a tiny charge when I touched it to my tongue. But once I got back I knew the phone was dead from being able to really try to wipe it. When I put the battery in the new phone it started up just fine.