Broken USB Charger Port on 8800..Need Advice
I have a problem similarly reported in this forum. I purchased a BB 8800 from a private seller and have been using the device on ATT. Unfortunately, the USB charger port is broken and I can no longer charge the device with the travel charger (I also cannot sync). I must charge the device by removing the battery and charging it in an external charger (this is a real pain). I contacted BBrepair.com but they have no 8800 parts as of yet in order to repair the device. ATT won't budge because I didn't by the phone from them. RIM wants $180 for a refurb and $230 for a new device which I think is absurd given their cheap construction and design flaw.
Before, I go back to my crappy Treo are there any repair/replacement options that I have missed?? I could upgrade to the 8820 when it comes out but all of this talk of ATT limiting the 8820 GPS capabilities makes me hesitant. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I really think the 8800 is the best smartphone that I have had. I just wish that it would have lasted longer.
You can look in the buy trade sell portion of this site and put up a WTB ad (wanted to buy) and see what you can find or troll the WTS for a similar model.
Also, I would like a little deeper on the net and see what you can find. Check with them to see if they are parting out a similar model. If you are handy and are diligent, should be able to scare something up.
Get some workaround for you.
Maybe get a desktop cradle and charge the battery with the side connection.
Get a bluetooth usb adapter for sync.
Install app OTA.
I also had read a previous post that a member took it to a local electronic store and they solder back the usb connection for him.
Try check it out here
You can take it apart and see if the problem is a broken connection.
The silver square on the bottom left of the board is the mini usb port.
Thanks very much everyone for your help. I will give these suggestions a try.
On the left side of your 8800 there are two small copper contacts for charging with the right cradle.
Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8800/4.2.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)
Also on the buy and sell forums, somebody selling 2 8100 battery for $10 each shipped, and since you get the external charger, you can also go that route.
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