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Replacing a 3GS piece by piece.
Hi i am new to the forum so forgive me if i have posted this into the wrong section, anyway i have recently been given a 16GB 3GS from a friend, this iphone is in pretty poor condition. Firstly it had a very cracked screen although everything worked fine until my genius friend decided to try fix it himself, to no suprise he managed to F&&K it up he put the screen back on and the touch pad doesn't work and cracked the screen again leaving a few dead spots in the lcd. I need to get the LCD and Digitizer fixed i am guessing this is reasonably expensive but i cant afford a new iphone. I was wondering if i replace the digitizer and lcd firstly and it works will i be able to get the back of the phone fixed? I also dont know the battery life of this phone so if that turns out to be poor will i be able to get a new one which lasts longer? Ultimately i am wanting to ask whether or not replacing these items will make the iphone like a new 3GS and will it last?
Cheers for any feed back
1) You can replace the LCD/Digitizer module. Haven't priced them recently, but last I checked they were about $100 for the unit.
2) Yes, you can replace the battery, however, aftermarket extended batteries (non OEM) have had very bad results with iOS 5 units. I don't recommend buying anything other than a standard Apple replacement battery for the phone.
3) You don't mention what's wrong with the back of the phone, just ask whether or not it can be fixed. If it's just aesthetic damage on the back, you can buy a replacement phone back for like $20-30 and pop it on.
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U can get a digitizer off ebay for about £5 and an LCD for around £10 (not sure bout ebay USA prices)- i know there not original apple parts but I used 2 buy them all the time for repairs until I found a vat registered supplier and I rarely had a problem with them. You will pay alot more if you buy the whole assembly pre-made but the parts are easy to fit anyway so buying an assembly seems pointless to me.
I agree with n1ckn4m3 about the battery - the generic 1s arent always great and you'll be better with an apple 1. The generic batterys start at around £3 on ebay so its probably worth a £3 gamble if you cant find an original apple battery.
Also the back plastics for the iphones are easy enough to replace but the cheap generic 1's dont always seem to 'fit' perfectly, maby Ive just had bad luck with them but Id buy an original if u can get 1. other than that maby you could just get a nice strong case, this would be cheaper and you wouldn't be able to see the back of the phone with it on.
Here is a picture step-by-step guide of the iphone 3gs stripdown - if you follow it you WONT go wrong... iPhone 3GS Repair Manual - iFixit
A lot of suppliers on ebay do offer 12 month warranty on parts but that doesnt usualy cover user damage, so as long as you look after the phone once being repaired there should be no reason for it to not be 'like new'
Before you buy anything tho does the phone send/receive phone calls? you should check this first because if you have been given it you want to check that its not been barred by the network else you will just be able to use it like an ipod.
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