Ericsson R290 Satellite Phone Questions

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:31
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Hi fellow R290 owners,

I just received my R290 from *e1* on Ebay and after wasting 3-4 hours trying to get it to work in satellite mode, it now makes & receives sat calls.

However I think there may be a problem with the charging system or the batteries may be suspect, so I have a cvouple of questions I am hoping you can answer in order to isolate the problem.

1. Does the phone power up without the battery if the mains charger is plugged in and turned on ?

2. If the battery is full, does the phone indicate via display message that the battery is full ?

3. Any other quirky charging tips ?

Thanks
Phil P

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Reply By: Hedonist - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 23:16

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 23:16
Phil,

It sounds as though you do not have the manual - download it from *EI*'s website. It should answer all your questions.

I think mine operates OK with the charger plugged in - if you think the charger is dicky try the 12V one.

Cheers,
Pete
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Reply By: Peter McGuckian - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 09:29

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 09:29
The phone will work with the charger attached. Battery life isn't great so not worth leaving on for a long time unless attached to the charger. 12v charger will really only work when driving - needs >14v to charge the phone, I think. Phone light blinks slower when charging has stopped.

Well worth downloading the manual.

Peter
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Reply By: Brad - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:50

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:50
Off topic, but I had to get Globalstar to change the 'SIM Centre' setting to get the r290 to send SMS text. Suggest you check this before "heading out".
Cheers,
Brad.
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Reply By: Phil P - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 21:52

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 21:52
The problem with my phone is not that I don't have instructions but both my chargers have faulty cables. If you bend them a certain way then the phone charges !

It will be interesting to see how the warranty issues are covered !

Thanks for the tip with the SMS !
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