Tried holding both power and home buttons for one minute. Result: full screen of bright white appeared. This then went away and the apple (snow flake) icon reappeared on the screen. Before I tried doing that, I had to charge the phone. when I pushed the power button a low battery (empty battery w/ red image )appeared with an electric bolt below. I thought I might be ok. Wrong
When ever I connect to usb or direct charger, the snow flake icon will appear and stay. Disconnecting the phone and holding both power and home will get the icon to shut off. Nothing recognized when connecting to laptop and itunes.