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“Loosegate”: T-Mobile G2 phone suffering hinge problems?

updated 05:10 am EDT, Fri October 8, 2010

Questions asked about the possibility of a recall

It appears that Apple may not be the only phone manufacturer facing design issues with its flagship phone. HTC, the manufacturer of the T-Mobile G2 Google phone flagship appears to be facing an emerging loose hinge problem plaguing some of its users. A video (below) circulating the net shows a G2 with a hinge so loose that merely picking it up by the top half of the hinge causes the keyboard on the bottom hinge to slip straight out.

According to reports, users have gone to Radio Shack stores and had to unpack up to three boxes before finding a G2 with a hinge that stays firmly in place. Neither T-Mobile, or HTC has yet to publicly comment on the matter, but if the problem is indeed widespread, they may be forced into addressing the matter directly. The commentator in the video suggests that it seems a spring is missing altogether. This will raise questions about whether a recall would be necessary fix the issue. It also remains to be seen whether Consumer Reports will recommend duct tape to users of the G2 as they did for users of the iPhone 4 as a cheap solution. [via Ubergizmo]



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  1. phillymjs

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    An HTC with shoddy build quality????

    Color me shocked. I'm on my 5th (I think, there have been so many) HTC phone, though they are WinMo and not Android. I don't mistreat my hardware, either. They just cannot stand up to even normal use.

    (For those asking why I keep buying HTC if they are so awful-- I'm not buying, they're company-issued.)

  1. legacyb4

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    +1

    Either way

    Moving/sliding parts and small mobile devices just don't mix; something's bound to break sooner or later.

  1. facebook_Calvin

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    abc

    hi!

  1. facebook_Calvin

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    Latest Mobile Phones

    hi!
    I am a regular user of HTC windows phone. I didn't face any such kind of problem till now. Though i would be careful about that. Thanks.

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  1. dthree

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    Wow

    This is such a problem because I am always picking up my G2 by carefully grasping just the screen part. Idiots.

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