by Tom Herbstritt
(Saint Marys, PA USA)
First LG phone got wet while hunting in a snow storm. Would only function partially. Decided to buy another and got the LG420G. Phone functioned for a while, but suddenly the screen would not display. Seems that all features were operable since it would power up and the opening music would play.
Using the braille system, I was able to make calls to my land line. Once in a while when the screen panel was opened from the closed clam position, the screen would light up and I scrambled to copy my contacts list in anticipation of a new device. After a few minutes, the screen would go black again. So I purchased a Samsung device.
New Battery Didn't Help
A call to either Tracfone or LG informed me that there was no reset code for this device. I purchased a new battery just in case it was a power problem, but that was not the solution.
Fix to Donate
I would like to repair this phone so I could give it to some needy person. Ironically the phone that became unusable due to moisture, now seems to function.
It's difficult to guess what could be causing the problem. I know that with laptop computers, the wires that provide power to the backlight sometimes break. However, I don't know how common that it with phones.
I admire your dedication to not throwing away your 420g, however that phone relies on the 2G network, which is no longer supported. I would respectfully suggest recycling the phone and donating something else instead.