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November 26, 2008

"Optional" USB Charging?

The top troubleshooting issue listed on the Sony Ericsson C905 support page is "I can't turn the phone on", and it is indeed one of the biggest flaws with this phone.

Any device whose "on" switch doesn't work, is a broken device indeed.

But this alone doesn't make it worthy of mention on Stupid. That honour is bestowed on the following advice:

Most new phones allow charging with the USB cable. With some phones, you also have the option to select whether you want to allow USB charging. If you're trying to charge with USB, make sure that your phone supports USB charging and that the option is switched on.

You have a phone with a potentially flat or faulty battery that won't turn on. You have a USB cable, but you cannot be sure that the USB cable is actually charging the phone, because the option to be sure is only accessible when the phone is on.