Can the front glass not be replaced by itself (without LCD)?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TH55, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68020

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    I received the front glass replacement for my 4S I ordered off of eBay. I got online and did some searches for how to replace it only to discover most of the tutorials ended with them holding an LCD screen in their hand. Was I scammed? Should I request a refund and report them to eBay?
     
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    PNutts

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    I've heard it's possible to replace just the glass/digitizer but it's very difficult and everything I've seen recommends replacing all three as a unit. (I've never done it so someone correct me if I'm wrong). Considering it sounds like you make a mistake and bought exactly what they were selling I don't see why you would request a refund and report them. Or is my assumption incorrect and the item was listed as glass/digitizer/LCD?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No it was listed as full replacement package for the front glass. Even if it were just the glass that's still completely dishonest and misleading to sell something that unless you are a professional can't be replaced
     
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    Isn't it only two pieces? Glass and LCD Touch Digitizer? I've replaced several for Iphone 4's, but I've always bought replacements that were fused together. Never bought glass only, but I've seen people selling them like that.
     
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    It sounds like you got exactly what you paid for. Can you post a link to the ebay listing?
     
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    rabidz7

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    Probably a scam...

    On the iPhone 4,4s,5 the screen and digitizer/lcd display are fused together. It is impossible to replace only the glass without replacing the digitizer without destroying the digitizer and/or the glass.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Exactly, so I did get ripped off and that seller was completely dishonest. Thanks for the info, I am requesting a full refund and reporting the issue.
     
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    chambone

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    Maybe it's better to hold your horses with the reporting and ask the seller what can be done nicely. It's your own fault after all.
     
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    brand

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    Without you posting a link to the eBay listing it sounds like didn't know exactly what you were buying, assumed one thing and got another. In no way does that mean that you got ripped off or that the seller was dishonest. Things like this happen everyday. If I am wrong please post a link to the eBay listing so I can be corrected.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 68020

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    None of that is relevant, all that matters here is that the seller is knowingly listing something that is completely unusable and after checking his feedback it appears dozens share my frustration and have said it was dishonest and misleading.

    Most average consumers haven't the first clue how an iPhone is put together, and therefore buy it thinking it will work.
     
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    DanielCoffey

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    Please show the listing before making accusations.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    Some people prefer to buy their screens separately. After all, there are a lot of 3rd party manufacturers out there and the quality between them varies massively.
     
  14. macrumors member

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    For 4 and 4s it should be possible with a heat gun, but very difficult. You should've researched before you bought it. So nobody scammed you, unless he wrote it's display and digitizer together.
    For 5 no idea, they use new displays.
     
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    PhelpsiPhan

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    Then maybe "most consumers" shouldn't put an iPhone together... Just a thought...
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    They didn't scam you. You bought the whole front glass to replace your broken iPhone. You should of bought the front glass with the lcd and digitizer. It's an easy mistake and they shouldn't even sell just the glass.
     
  17. thread starter macrumors 68020

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    We're just playing semantics here. If someone is selling something that leads others to believe it can be used when it can't, it's a scam.

    Why else are dozens of people complaining?
     
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    Applejuiced

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    Dont you think you have a little responsibility in this too?
    Its not the sellers job to teach you how to replace screens or what is easy and what's not.
    Its not impossible to do just very very hard.
    He's just selling a part and you bought it with zero knowleadge and now ask questions after and blame the seller.
     
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    sulpfiction

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    I understand that you're frustrated, but it's ur own fault. U classify urself as an "average consumer" who has no idea how an iPhone is put together. Then u get online and buy a part without a clue about what ur buying. I'd be willing to bet that the listing is correct and ur the one who screwed up. It's not the sellers responsibility to make sure u know what ur doing. As long as u got what was listed on eBay, the seller isn't the bad guy, nor should he be reported.

    Post a link to the listing so we can see what it says. That'll solve everything.
     
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