Anyone replaced the housing on a iphone 5s ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vim147, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. vim147 macrumors regular

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    Am looking to get a used iphone 5s off ebay. There are some power sellers on eBay selling refurbed grade B/C phones within my price range. However the housing tends to have some dints/scratches on it.

    I have seen screens and back casing selling for about £35.

    Is it easy enough to change the this over ?
    Is it time consuming ?
    Are they reliable casing ?

    i have seen seen instructions and Youtube videos but its not a simple matter of just popping off the case and screwing in a new one.
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Easy enough to do as I've done a few but it's not often decent quality.
     
  3. vim147 thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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  5. vim147 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Am prepared to do the work but if the cases are crap then i might be better off spending abit more on a better condition phone.
     
  6. nox5 macrumors 6502

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    If you going to do it for the first time don't do it. Too many parts that can get damaged during the process and those hard steps are omitted in YouTube videos to make it look easy.

    Mid frame is usually good but aftermarket lcds are mostly inferior to original lcd some with dead pixels washed colors and blueish whites
     
  7. vim147, Mar 18, 2015
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    vim147 thread starter macrumors regular

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    There are alot of power sellers on eBay selling quite a few iphones. Do these tend to be secondhand phones they've bought and replaced housing themselves ? it comes with 6 months warranty and in a plain box.

    Anyone ever bought one of these refurb units off eBay ?
     

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