I bought four z520a, was very pleased for the first twelve to eighteen months. My daughter's was the first to go (COULDN'T FIND NETWORK). I dropped mine in the toilet (clean)and I removed every cover battery and sim card and laid it on the dash of my vehicle in the hot sun all day, put it all back together and it worked fine for six months. Then my outer screen would go blank intermittantly. That continued for a month till one day it never returned. Two weeks later the inner screen went white. I bought a used z525 for my daughter online and it lasted three months until it COULDN'T FIND NETWORK.(the second phone with that problem) Finaly my son's inner screen has gone white. My wife hasn't had any trouble with hers, she thinks its because she takes good care of it. Well we'll see! So I've puchased a total of five phones and only one still works correctly. I would expect a phone to last at least two years. Fortunatly I only have five months left on my contract. I don't think I'll buy another Sony Ericsson.
I also have a z520a and i love my phone. I used my phone as pda and have all my data stored on it. yesterday the screen went white...took the phone apart to see if i can fix this problem myself and i am still working on that.
But you can also download your data and pictures from your phone to a computer with a usb cable u can get from cingular or from the sony ericsson website
These phones are a piece of crap! I've replaced it twice because of that stupid white screen. Now, whenever i try to do anything, the screen either goes white, or the background scrambles. It definately wasn't worth the money that we all paid for it.
I absolutely LOVED this phone.
though, i encountered the WSOD, and ended up haveing two phones, both getting teh wsod.
I miss having that phone, it suited my personality perfectly, though i hated teh PTT button on my replacement, and loved the cam button on my original one.
I wish i would have known about the flex cable i just read about in a comment on this sight.
I recomend this phone to people who love taking pictures and sending them to you email or photobucket and posting them on websights. or who just love the great graphic and such.
tho if you dont want the wsod and dont feel like replacing these cables, get a different phone, this one is great but too much, ya know?
I plan on getting another one of these after my contract is finished up.
i Love sony ericssons
yea i had this phone for almost two years and atfirst i liked it its cool but the last few months its been going blank/white screen..its sux now...!!!
for the second time... i have the white screen of death...
i've had it fixed before, but it happened again.
can someone post or email me key stroke by key stroke of how to turn the bluetooth on?
i need to transfer some stuff out of this phone but i cant see anything.
I am on my third phone in just under a year. after my second one broke i called at&t and requested a different model, partial refund, or gift card to purchase a different phone. I was told that they are required to send the same phone until it has broken 3 times, before they are allowed to compensate in a different method. I told them that was ridiculous, so they sent me another z525 but extended my warranty by another 6 months. I've had my 3rd one for 3 weeks now and the screen is going off and on, so i should be getting the WSOD in about a week. I wonder what they'll send me. My plan is able to be renwed in about a week, so i'm NOT getting another sony ericson!
I bought this model 1,5 years ago and design was cute,but very soon I realized that ti I did a mistake.
The screen turn white after couple months and later just stop working.
I still had a 1 year warranty,so I replace it for new.
Well - now again I have the some problem and today when I called the Sony Erickson operator, they just told me that I am not under warranty anymore and need to pay $135 to fix it.
Also I don't want to talk even how uncomfortable is the camera button which even in my pocket go on and off all the time.
Unfortunately I didn't read the customers review before,but I can tell you for sure-DON'T BYE THIS MODEL.
My wife and I have these phones for about 11 months now. Mine is great and I have never had a problem with it. My wifes on the other hand, she is on her 3rd one. Same problem everytime, that the LCD goes completely white. If any know the fix for this please post it.
If you got the white screen BUT the phone makes and receive calls, the phone is not "dead", the problem is just the flex cable of the internal screen broken. Replace the cable (very cheap) and you are ready to go.
The phone is absolutely great, but it has this design problem in the case, that makes the flex cable broke, maybe 2 months, maybe 2 years you can get this "wsod".
If the screen is white, and you cant make and receive calls, its a software problem, reload the software with seus.
My sony also had the white screen of death. i loved my little ericsson. my mom has the same phone for 2 years and ive gone though 2 in the last year. keypad messed up on the first one and then the white screen of death on the second phone.
ive been affected by white screen dead,..whats the best thing i can do?
I've just been affected by the white screen of death today. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this? Please post solution, or any help would be grateful.
I got this phone for my wife, daughter and myself. We all loved it (with the exception of the ptt button) until like everyone one else-the white screen. I am on my third one in 9 months with this last one lasting 3 weeks. My daughters screen has gone out once and the microphone quit working. My wifes went out once and her current one will go out from time to time but will come back on if powered down. Wow you would think something would be done. I'm afraid of their products now.
Thank you for your response!
However, since I am not able to see my menu options due to white screen, I am having a bit of difficulty following the instructions you have provided.
If you are able to provide me w/ details for either of the following options, that will be wonderful!
Option 1) Menu shortcuts
Option 2) Key stroke by Key stroke (ie hit menu button, hit down button once, etc...)
I also have what I thought was only my phone-WSOD bug, but I can tell you that even though you can't save all data to the sim card, you can save contacts to sim card like this: click on menu- Go to address book, click on options-click on advanced-scroll down to 'copy to smartchip'-choose copy all-then click yes-before you do I suggest that you scroll down and highlight each option in the advanced tab then click on info to get instructions on what each one does, I've had my SE Z525A phone for over a year and I'm pretty sure that's all you can save to the sim-hope this helps, Cindy
Anyone w/ a working Sony Ericsson Z525a that can email me a detailed key stroke by key stroke to save data to sim card? I also just got affected by the white screen of death issue.
I got the white screen too! Now I have to convince my mom to by me a new one - It hasn't been a year yet since I bought my phone, I bought it last june. T.T
I have been bit by the WSOD bug. I am luckier than many -- I went about 18 months without a hitch(admittedly with light use and gentle handling) but since I got the white screen of death 4 days ago I can find no way to recover. From what I read on the web it appears to be a ribbon cable issue but does anyone know of a master reset button? Seems like a lot of these devices have a way to do a hard reboot to restore factory settings. I had a problem with my sound about a week ago that was resolved by the restore button in settings menu. I am trying to recreate the same keystroke sequence based on the product manual, but it is hard to tell if I am doing it correctly since my only feedback is the snowy WSOD. ARGGGG
THE WORST PHONE I HAVE EVER OWNED! don't get it not worth the money and AT&T dosen't care. I have replaced it twice in a year and now i can't get a new one, and i am stuck looking for a new phone and dising out 100's of dollars to replace a 100 dollar phone. a totaly ripe off.