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Replacing iPhone Glass

DVGDVG No. 1 Honor StudentNether Institute, Evil AcademyRegistered User regular
edited September 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So last weekend I dropped my iPhone, which resulted in it getting a nice large crack across the bottom of the screen.

This ended up working out okay for me, because I bought insurance on the thing through my traditional insurance company, and they already sent me $300 to replace it and I upgraded to a 16GB 3GS.

However, the old phone is still mostly in working order, just has a big nasty crack across the glass (LCD not damaged), so I wondered if anyone had any experience with one of the various Do-It-Yourself Repair Kits. If I can, I'd like to fix it and sell it off, or else just have it in case something happens to the new one.

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  • lordrellordrel Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    It depends on your comfort level. I replaced both the glass and the LCD in my 3g. The glass initially cause there was dust under it that was annoying me, so I wanted to clean it. Unfortunately, I was not gentle enough in taking it apart, and cracked the LCD. It was actually much easier to replace the whole glass/lcd combo than just the glass. I beat up the seal around the glass a little (mostly because I was using a small screwdriver to separate it instead of the actual tool you can get). Now that I know what I'm doing, it's easy to pop it open, but the first time might take you a bit.
    As a side note, the 3 cables that connect the screen housing to the back of the phone on mine have popped out a few times since the repair. Don't know If I just haven't reconnected them well enough, or if they are loose now because I opened it once.
    Still...it's better than having to buy a whole new phone.

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  • illigillig Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    if you want to fix it just to sell it, i'd recommend selling it as is on ebay... you'll get a lower price, but when you factor in the cost of the repair kit, and the pretty good chance of screwing up the LCD, it works out better IMHO

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