Any one here have Nextel? I do… I think the service is great, but the phones are expensive and clunky. So when my nephew needed a new one to replace his i30 I figured I could just buy a used i90 online and swap out his SIM card. Simple right?……
Nothing I do is simple. That’s what I get for trying to help…..think i’d learn by now.
So I buy a used i90 online and it arrives the next week as planned. It wasn’t packed very well and had more scratches on it than I expected. But aside from that it seemed to be in pretty good condition for $65 bucks….
So I put a SIM card in it from an i30…but can’t get it to work. Tried my i60′s real quick…no joy. So I figured that the phone just needs to be registered or something. So I give it to my nephew and send him on his merry way. The next day he call’s me and explains that he can’t get the phone to work. He’s called Nextel and even brought to a Nextel dealer.
The phone powers on, reads the SIM…everything looks fine, but it just can’t get a signal. Even holding another i90 next to it show’s that it should work just fine. So I take the phone apart…figure there’s some type of dirty connection or short somewhere.
Here you can see the main guts, due to previous experience, I’m pretty good at taking these things apart
So here’s the long and short of it, see that circuit board in the pic on the left. The one with the circle in it? That’s where the antenna assembly’s located…also you can tell this phone’s been taken apart…poorly before. Probably swapping cases or something else. Basically, whoever took it apart last fried the transmitter assembly (probably keyed up without the antenna on it….moron).
After sleeping on it for a night, it occured to me that the i60 has a similar type board (almost identical). So what I could do it swap the transmitter boards or try swapping the faceplates (which I still suspect would work).
Now I tried to get a replacement board for the i90…but the authorized Nextel repair center wouldn’t sell me one, and told me that if I had them try to fix it Motorola would just ship it back “Non-repairable”.
So basically, I swapped the circuit board from my perfectly working i60 with the one in the i90 and voila! Works like a charm. Of course I had originally bought the phone for somebody else…not myself. So now I have an i90…and I got the guy who sold it to me go give me back $25 bucks.
Kinda still pissed, but I got an upgrade out of it. Guess it coulda been worse. Now if i could just get my hands on a broken i60 cheap I could ressurect it.