Have this phone for 2 years now - still works perfect. Sorry to hear so many of you had the WSOD problems.
I droped mine from quite a hight and now the external screen doesn't work
Will reconecting or replacing the flex cable fix this or does it only work with the main screen
I could live without the external screen and wouldn't be willing to risk the main screen to fix it
Jibon, you are a genius. I opened my phone and found that the flex cable was a little lose. I disconnected it an reconnected the cable a few times and now it works like a champ. No more WSOD! Thanks
can some1 help me??all my phone number is saved in d phone..now my phone screen went blank...i have no idea how 2 save those number out from the phone...T-T
P.S:I used th method GCSTroop mentioned above but still cant save d number...
I bought mine last jan2006. i really love this fon, its features. but now its no longer working and it is better for me to buy a new phone than to have it repaired:(
It looks really good inside and out but unfortunately won't last very long. Mine remained suprisingly scratch free from the outside but software went completely crazy after 2 years, the screen doesn't connect anymore, all I get is a blanc screen or spinning imagages of the menu...blaah
Bought in May '05 WSOD Oct '07. Loved the way the phone was set up and the features it had. Listen to the guy with the long email if you saved your numbers to the phone rather than the SIM card it works!! Hopefully Sony will notice the number of failures it launched under its name and repay its customers in some way.Just manufacture a phone that works with the integrity that Sony customers expect!!
Just putting it out there:
Thankfully they don’t make this phone anymore. Went through, no lie, 6 of them. Either it would white screen for no reason, randomly stop getting service, or my favorite, the screen would turn blue and start spinning as I would try to use it. Horrible. and even better, each time Cingular would replace my phone with a "rehabbed" one. Half the ones they sent me were white screened straight out of the box. I sent four back before getting one that would actually turn on. Then three months later the screen got gradually darker and started spinning, it finally just died one day. Cingular wouldn’t replace it because the warranty had expired, even though they were the ones who kept sending the defective phones.
This phone was such a headache. if you have the choice do not buy it.
im deciding to buy this phone cos i really like the design but looking at the comments about this phone..i still cant decide whether am i going to buy it? im buying recon phone..how? can anyone give me some comments for the last min? reply me asap, pls and thx! firstname.lastname@example.org thx :)
It blank out twice before i decided to stop using it... Dun buy this phone!
Got this phone about 14 months ago, had it die (WSOD) after about 8 months. Got a replacement and was happy with how speedy it was... until last week when my replacement went WSOD. Now I'm 2 for 2 and they wont replace since im over the 1 year warranty.
I brought 2 of this on an Cingular Plan Now AT&T. Both phones had blank screens under the 1yr warrenty at least 2 times. Both phones after the 1 yr period had white blank screens 1 mo before the contract was up. I it used my phone sat it on my desk, picked it back up 5 mins later no LDC white screen. I never dropped it or did it get wet. AT&T said there have been no known problems with LDC.
Bought new in August 2007. Today white screen . The option is to send it back to sony for repair or buy another. ATT no help. my advice is DO NOT BUY this phone. We had wanted another cell phone but ATT salesperson said this Sony Z520 Was a better phone.
Just experienced Sony WSOD on 525a. Called AT&T and after they determined I hadn't dropped it, wet it, threw out of a window (you get the picture) - said they would send me replacement. Got it the next day. Three days later - WSOD!!!!! Afer reading all comments, guess we are stuck with a lemon until our contract expires or when we can upgrade - Sept. 08. Very disheartening and I'm upset that AT&T won't let us switch to another phone - even a cheaper one. Guess they are gonna just have to keep shipping us replacements until we find one that works right.
can anyone tell me if the z520a will work in bangladesh (ASIA). Bangladesh uses GSM 900 and the z520a has it.
Ok guys, I just want to give you all a few pointers on the WSOD (White Screen of Death). I'm not a cell phone repairman, but I am well versed in electronics. First off, I'd like to say that if you have already purchased a new phone here is how you can get the numbers off of your old phone and save it to your SIM Card.
First: Insert whatever SIM card you would like your phone numbers to go to.
Second: Power up the phone, close it and wait approx. 1 minute. (Just to ensure the phone boots up properly)
Third: Open the phone and follow these keystrokes. By the way, for clarification let me explain what I call the keys. The upper left most key on the touchpad is what I call the "select" button. The circular touchpad with the "left, right, up, down and enter" keys I call respectively. The center button being the "enter" key.
Ok, so here are the keystrokes to download the phone numbers saved to your piece of crap phone onto your SIM card.
Open the phone
Press Down five times
Press select (the most upper left key on the pad)
Press Down five more times
Wait approx 1-2 min. Power the phone down, remove your SIM card and install it in your new phone. From here you can either download the SIM card numbers onto your phone's database using the respective keystrokes on your non piece of junk phone.
Ok, next, just a bit of advice, there is typically a very small ribbon cable (I believe they are called flex cables on cell phones) that attach from the base (where you dial) into the headset (the pretty picture screen). If you have a small enough torx screwdriver or perhaps even a small enough jeweler's screw driver you may be able to remove the screws off the back of the phone (in the battery compartment) and inspect the ribbon cable. Almost any nick, fray, or other mark on the cable can cause the WSOD. You may be able to order a flex cable off of the internet and replace it. If the cable looks good you may want to slightly jiggle the connection to it and make sure it is nice, snug, and secure. Put the phone back together and see if it works. If not, on to the next step.
I do not recommend this for someone who is not well versed with electronics or does not know how to properly solder. I will not be responsible for damages done to phones, this is merely a suggestion, try it at your own peril.
If you have access to a decent magnifying glass and a decent soldering iron (if you don't know what a decent soldering iron looks like you may want to stop right here) you may want to inspect the solder joints on the circuit cards themselves. If you see burned marks (I doubt you will but don't rule it out) than you're probably not going to fix it. However, inspecting all of the solder joints closely (especially ones close to the ribbon cable) look for cracked solder. Often enough, these cell phones are built in mass production labs and the solder is barely applied. Use a small but appropriate amount of solder and apply it to the worst looking places. DO NOT HOLD IT THERE for too long. I'd recommend using solder paste and/or flux and afterwards brushing it off with an acid brush and some rubbing alcohol. Be sure to let it completely dry before reassembling the phone. If this still does not fix it, I hope you saved your phone numbers to the SIM card already :D Time to get a new phone and/or flex cable if you're really determined to fix it.
Ive had this phone for over a year... still loving it.. imo, its better than the Z530. Looks great in white (:
My phone's died just like that! i got the battery checked but its alright and is working on other phones. My phone isnt turning on at all...Can anyone pls help me here?
hmm, the famed white screen? looks like its not just me. solid phone otherwise, happy to be getting it replace with same model
I loved this phone for everything it had (esp. the ability to have different ringtones for different people, ringtones that you could record, no less) and out of nowhere, last saturday, got hit with the famed "white screen of death". it's out of warranty since july, and it would cost $135 to repair it.
lost photos, numbers, audio, messages...sadness.