Crack on the back of my 16GB black 3G iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by amirite, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. amirite macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2009
    I recently noticed a crack on the back of my iPhone 3G in the middle. It starts at the bottom where the USB cable connects, and goes upto just above the "CE" mark. If you don't live in Europe, its on the same line where the FCC mark is.

    Anyway, I've heard that these cracks are a widespread problem? Will Apple replace my phone out of warranty because of this?

    I also noticed the bottom corners of my iPhone look a little damaged...I've dropped it in the past a few times (but who hasn't?)* and it's been mostly fine, but now I'm worried I won't get a replacement.

    Could this get worse? The crack seems pretty deep. If it gets bigger and the back of the iPhone breaks in half then what are my options?

    Will I get a free replacement?

    If not, can they replace the back? If so, how much, or if I can do it myself for a lot cheaper, where do I start?

    If not, how much is a replacement iPhone 3G? I think I heard that some people were receiving cheaper replacements since the 3GS was released?

    *If you haven't, don't just quote me to say this. Thanks ;)
  2. nycdesigner macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A400 Safari/528.16)

    Do not say you dropped it. They'll replace it under warranty for the known crack problem.
  3. amirite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2009
    I'm not under warranty.
  4. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    Then you'll probably have to pay for a repair or replacement.
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Slap a gelaskin on the back to cover up the crack and strengthen the back
  6. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Why would you expect a replacement for an iPhone you dropped? Even if there is a known problem with cracking, I would think dropping the iPhone would void any claim you had.
  7. Johnnybrav0 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2009
    Take it to the Apple Store...they will replace it for free or charge you...All of us here won't know...we are just like you...making guess....

    Just be friendly with them and things will work out...
  8. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Just go see them at the store.

    I have a crack from dropping mine.

    I was at the Apple store for a different problem and the apple employee saw my phone and told me to make an appointment for the phone. He said "If it were me, I'd replace that for free, but it depends on who you get."

    So there's your answer: Be nice.

    (I haven't done anything about my own yet, btw.)

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