My phone also can’t charge and it’s because it shipped with a dead battery, I think.
I got my FairPhone 2 last friday morning at work and I started playing with it using the 35% battery charge it came with (shouldn’t be a problem with Li-Ion batteries). I charged it with USB cable to my work laptop back to 40% after it had dipped below 10% and everything was breezy. Being friday, I went out and unfortunately the phone discharged completely.
I got home, put it to charge with a 5V, 0,85A charger that I used with my Samsung and… nothing happened. A flashing red light and… nothing. After a minute or two, the screen then showed the charging screen. Then it goes black and I left it (to what I thought was) charging. After a few minutes, there is a steady red light and I can’t get the screen to show the charge or turn on the phone at all. I try to charge from 3 different ports on my home computer and I always get the same behaviour. I left it overnight on the computer. Today I tried my work computer again and a brand new 5V 2.1A charger and I get the same.
If I leave the phone attached to a computer or the new charger I notice there is a consistent cycle: flashing red light, the charging screen comes on, steady red light. Then after a while, it repeats.
I think it’s the battery charging a trickle, the screen comes on and that starts discharging more than it’s charging and it dies again. Rinse and repeat.
Does anyone else see the same symptons?
One extra detail, people talked about using 4-wired data cables and I’ve used three of those, to no avail.