i bought this Palm treo 600 (locked to Orange) of eBay (09/05/2010) for just £10+P&P, it was listed as untested (hence the cheep price), with nothing else just the phone, i new there was a 50 50 chance that it might work fine or not at all.
when it came, the first thing i did was to see if it works or not, so i checked it over and the first thing i found was that the battery was none removable, i undid the 4 screws on the back to get to the battery and tested to see if there was any charge left in the battery, luckily there was no charge what so ever (0 Volts), this told me that there was a good chance that the phone had been forgotten about and not been charged for a long time and might still work.
i then looked for some were on the circuit board for some were i could solder on some wires to run it off a fully charged battery i had (i.e from a different phone) that was the right voltage (3.7 volts), i found some points on the board and connected up the test battery, just as i hoped IT WORKS!!.
there are still two things left to do before i can use it:
buy a charger to see if the battery is ok, if so then
unlock it (i did find a firmware unlocker of the net that should work)
click here for some specs of the phone
and here are some pictures i took of the phone so far
Just a quick update, the charger/sync cable came today, the phone is on charge and all seems ok so far.
well as you can see, it works, i’ve unlocked it and debranded it, plus i’ve undated the firmware too
Total cost £13.78
Palm Treo 600 £10
Sync/Charger cable £3.78
Firmware Update £Free