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Scott 05-16-2010 07:45 PM

My 3rd BlackBerry Pearl
This is now my third BlackBerry Pearl to die on me... I really like this phone but man it's got some issues. One of the small pins in the USB port broke and I could no longer charge it.. I needed to use it so I had to come up with something. Verizon no longer sells my phone and won't repair/replace it... A new BB phone from Verizon would cost upwards of $300 unless I wanted to sign on for another two years which I won't do.

I ordered brand new BB Pearl off eBay but it won't be here for a few days and I need a phone.. soo this my fix. Yes I have to walk around with the charger glued to the phone :rofl: It works and the phone also let me back it up via Bluetooth..

Rip apart a spare charger I had

Break the phone apart to expose the raw USB connectors

Align the cable to the connectors

Hot glue that biznitch :gj:

Xx_jet_xX 05-16-2010 08:38 PM

that looks like hot glue from a glue gun rather than super glue... anyway you are now an official redneck!

Scott 05-16-2010 08:44 PM


Originally Posted by Xx_jet_xX (Post 365000)
that looks like hot glue from a glue gun rather than super glue... anyway you are now an official redneck!

Actually it's hot glue from a lighter and a glue stick. Yes I know that makes me even more of a redneck. I really need to buy am actual gun.. At least I don't use it out in public :rofl:

VooDoo- 05-16-2010 08:46 PM

lol wow ...i need to look at doing this too cause i broke the charging jack on my phone, also.

but why do you need to leave the charging thing hot glued on there? lol .. you can't get it to stay in place any other way?

Scott 05-16-2010 09:01 PM

It won't stay any other way.. I tried more then a few times to get this one to stick. Then I went overboard with the hot glue :owneddan:. It's just a temporary fix until I get my new one on Tuesday. I could probably mock up a prettier solution but I needed to use the phone quickly and in two more days the new one will be here..

~MOUSE~ 05-17-2010 05:23 AM

Looks like you need one of these Blackberry Pearl 8100 Mini USB Charging Port Connector .

Steve 05-17-2010 05:35 AM

haha n1 scott

couldnt you just taken the port of someting?

Scott 05-17-2010 08:13 AM

I would have done the solder+new port if I had either of them handy.. but the only other ports I had I neede and I don't have a soldering gun :(.. Plus all that stuff would have taken awhile to acquire and then i'd have to learn how to solder with super tiny pins..

SilentTrigger 05-17-2010 11:10 AM

Was just about to suggest solder but you already coverd that, nice fix ;)

skinny killer 05-17-2010 11:56 AM

it seams like it's always the charger that breaks first... good fix tho, jet's right, you got some redneck in ya.

Get 'er Done! :D

Sen 05-17-2010 12:02 PM

..This is brilliant.

MERMITE 05-18-2010 01:43 AM

First your car
now your phone
next your girl or place
then the PC and US...please get your house in order

nice fix though...blackberry? have had their day say some!

~MOUSE~ 05-18-2010 03:31 AM

I hope he doesn't start dismantling his girl.
I can't stand the sight of blood.

Xx_jet_xX 05-18-2010 03:54 AM

Next he will discover the wonderfull many uses for duct tape...

Scott 05-18-2010 08:02 AM

What you can't see in the photo's is that there is also a roll of duct tape handy :p.

Old thread:
duck tape saves the day :rofl:

~MOUSE~ 05-18-2010 06:02 PM

Life would be very boring without duck tape.

MERMITE 05-19-2010 01:53 AM

My God man.... is that a home made STILL outta duct tape....?????

Mermite is blown away...@#$#$%%$^^&^&^&^&********...?

~MOUSE~ 05-19-2010 04:24 AM

Just some removable insulation jackets for my......... water purifier. :naughty:

I really dislike phones which slide or flip open. The flexible connectors are just a fault waiting to happen.
The bar style pearl was one of the nicest of that type.

Xx_jet_xX 05-19-2010 05:17 PM

Im not a big fan of phones with exposed keys on them... too easy for them to be pressed by accident unless you get a belt clip for it. ofcourse I dont use one for anything but making calls since I dont need any of the other functions. ofcourse if i was running a bussiness a PDA phone would be a must have but I would most likely have a netbook to easily jot down notes or check info.

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