Buying a back glass panel for iPhone 4

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  1. stephensays macrumors member

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    If I were to buy a back panel from Apple through their retail store am I able to buy it outright for the $29 or would I have to technically have a broken phone in order to buy one?

    Reason I'm asking is when the white iPhone comes out I want to pick up just the white back, and maybe an extra black if I have the money.

    Just wanted to see how Apple handled the replacement backs for the phone or what their policy is on obtaining one.
     
  2. benjayman2 macrumors 6502

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    I'm about 99% sure this will not be possible at any :apple: store
     
  3. TigerBabe macrumors 6502

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    Ya, they just don't sale parts to anyone. You can pick up some backs at places like sw-box.com
     
  4. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Unless you have an insider at an Apple store, they're not going to sell you a back plate by itself. Pretty sure those are only for repair issues and not for retail sale. There are dozens of sites that sell OEM-like back plates for your phone that will be cheaper although the quality may be hit or miss. I got one from SW-box.com and it looks okay and was only $20.
     
  5. james90755 macrumors member

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    Where did you come up with the $29??
     
  6. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

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    That's how much it costs for Apple to repair your iPhone if the back is cracked.
     
  7. macingman macrumors 68020

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    No they won't allow it. You can but them from ifixit or iresq though both sell official apple parts. Why do you need a spare back anyway, who cares if it gets scratched up a bit its just a phone??
     
  8. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

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    I want to replace my friends back glass that is broken, how easy is it to replace? From the iFixit.com site it seems like 2 screws and then it just slides off?
     
  9. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    That is it. It took me less than 2 minutes yesterday to change the back glass on my friend Iphone 4 yesterday. He ordered the back glass on ebay for $9.98 including shipping and it fits like OEM part.
     
  10. awadeee macrumors 68020

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    You can nab one from eBay at a very reasonable price.
     
  11. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020

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    Yup, exactly.

    Lots of good vendors out there
     
  12. awadeee macrumors 68020

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    I've actually seen believable-looking conversion kits for $65USD. Even sporting the new style proximity sensor!
     
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