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    I have a iphone 3gs 32GB. The phone switched itself off around 24%. I tried to charged it with the power point, Cig lighter, USB and portable external battery however still would not charge. I connected the phone to itunes and was not detected. I also tried connecting to Itunes while holding down the home key and still nothing. I also held in the on/off key and home key and still nothing. The phone is dead. Is it the battery or the mother board or is there another problem. How do I go about fixing it or how much would it cost. Or do I just toss it in the bin and buy the iphone 4.



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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderhouse1969 View Post
    I have a iphone 3gs 32GB. The phone switched itself off around 24%. I tried to charged it with the power point, Cig lighter, USB and portable external battery however still would not charge. I connected the phone to itunes and was not detected. I also tried connecting to Itunes while holding down the home key and still nothing. I also held in the on/off key and home key and still nothing. The phone is dead. Is it the battery or the mother board or is there another problem. How do I go about fixing it or how much would it cost. Or do I just toss it in the bin and buy the iphone 4.
    It sounds like hardware, but it might be relatively simple / cheap to fix.

    Is it still under warranty? Only 3GS sold in the first 3 months of purchase should be out of warranty already.

    Check the 30 pin socket on the base of the phone, is there any damage, corrosion, foreign material?

    There is an ESD fuse connected in the path from the 30 pin connector that can blow to protect the rest of the iPhone circuitry from damage, this is reportedly relatively cheap to replace.

    As it died at approx 25% it could be that the chip which controls the battery charging has an inaccurate idea of the current charging capacity of the battery. This is generally avoided by letting the battery drain fully once a month or so. It also could be a failure with the battery itself.

    The lack of detection of power (at all) leads me to think it is the ESD fuse.
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