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Old 04-16-2008, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has any one ever seen this?

My friend gave me a Blackberry 8830 that he got used from a friend of his with an Error 507. The unit was missing a few screws, and looked as if it had been taken apart.

I wiped it, reloaded the OS, removed the IT policy, and everything booted up, and the thing runs great! One problem...

I can't connect to my carrier. The signal strength meter shows a "x" as if there is no signal. It is a Bell 8830, and my personal Bell 8703 next to it has full strength, so I know that there is an available signal.

Could it possibly a unplugged antenna? Another hardware issue? Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If a CDMA device will show signal strength without being provisioned then it's most likely defective. Best way to find out is to disassemble it and look. Every time I've had a device acting like that it's never been the antenna. YMMV
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I guess I'll have to dismantle it and take a look...crap. I was really hoping that I overlooked something...

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What does it show in Options-Mobile Network?
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It shows:

Data Services: On
Mobile Network: * None *
Network Selection Mode: Automatic
Network Mode: 1XEV

I think I've tried every possible combination, and nothing has worked...
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Another oddity...

The power button works to power down the phone, but not to power up. In order to turn the phone on, I have to pull the battery...

I guess this is a sign that there are really hardware issues...crap.
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