Dropped my iPhone 4

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  1. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

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    Yea...

    A friend dropped my iPhone today and the back glass and the aluminum got a little cracked (not entire glass crack). Since I am brazilian and there's no official apple retail stores here. What can I do to get a replacement for the backglass and the aluminum border? I heard there's some ebay replacement kits, with a video I can do it by myself. Please help.


    Soon I will upload photos.
     
  2. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    Just curious did you have any kind of case or bumper on it?
     
  3. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816

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    Backglass is easy. There are replacement part vendors all over the place online or there is ebay. The border, not so much. That is the core of the phone, it cannot replaced seperate.
     
  4. rwd hero macrumors 6502

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    Check out the seller gadgetfix on Ebay. I got my rear glass from him and it came broken. He had no problem with me returning it and sending me a new one. Really easy to deal with, and great communication. Also, the glass looked flawless and fit like a glove.
     
  5. r2fa3l macrumors regular

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    apple replaces the backglass for $29 at their store
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Guess you missed this part...
    "Since I am brazilian and there's no official apple retail stores here. What can I do to get a replacement for the backglass and the aluminum border?"
     
  7. Wowzera, Jan 26, 2011
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    No. Do you recommend me one? That still makes the iphone looks like an iphone (if you got me).

    I gonna check him now. Are his products "official"? What about the aluminum part? No way?

    Some "premium" stores from Apple (not official) does that "officialy" too. But they charge (converting to US dollar) $500, even if I bought my iPhone from them. So, would you pay $500 for a glass? I wouldn't :p
    Do you know any other resellers or other way?

    Yep, I have seen that it's easy. I heard that to replace the border I would need to dismount all pieces of the iPhone. That's not for an ordinary user like me. Maybe pro's.




    Now... Is there some other way that Apple could change my iPhone for a new one? Like a bricked phone? I know that does not sound "correct".. but :(


    EDIT:

    Also, I have been searching for the official iphone 4 bumper in ebay but I can't find them... Do you guys know any seller?
    I would like to ask too what you guys think about Invisible Shield? I may buy them along with the glass repair, gonna get the invisible shield for all parts of the phone plus an official iphone 4 bumper.
     
  8. JASApplications macrumors 65816

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    Griffin Reveal, Switcheasy NUDE, Apple Bumper... I'm sure there is plenty more to choose from.
     
  9. rwd hero macrumors 6502

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    I don't really think he sells the aluminum antenna. Im pretty sure you are stuck with what you have in that case. Have any pictures?
     
  10. Wowzera thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't take the pictures yet. Gonna take them tomorrow. The aluminium don't look THAT BAD, but it's damaged. The back glass is the major problem.

    I am looking now into Invisible Shield (Full protection [sides front and back]) and an apple bumper... maybe I am safe now... or at least more secure.
     
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    You dont have anyone in the US to mail it to and have it repaired for $29?
     
  12. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816

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    Do you know anyone in Brasil to send yours too?
     
  13. troy14 macrumors 6502a

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    I would just buy a back on eBay or any other site. They are really cheap and only 2 screws to take out to replace.

    As far as the antenna - you can get a replacement... it is about $51 USD... but you have to completely, completely disassemble your phone.

    http://www.sw-box.com/Iphone-4-Metal-Middle-Cover-Middle-Plate.html


    I wouldn't recommend it unless you really, really know what you're doing.
     
  14. Wowzera thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I have a friend. But how come pay a lot for shipping + taxes and have the risk of Apple say that only Apple Brazil can change the iPhone. My iPhone was bought in Brazil, it has "ANATEL" in the back glass (it's brazilian "FC"[printed in the back of your iPhone]).
    I will let the aluminum like that, gonna buy a bumper and protective shields after replace the glass.

    Apple Bumper + Wrapsol Ultra for back glass and sides + PowerSupport Crystal for front screen. I think I'll be safe.


    Yea, someone told me that too. I will let the aluminum like that. I hope that my iPhone gets an internal problem and need to be replaced by Apple lol.
    Anyway, thanks for helping!
     
  15. rmitchell248 macrumors 6502

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    i bet any internal problem that your phone could come up with will be blamed on the drop:) I am sorry to hear about your friend dropping your phone
     
  16. kdesign7 macrumors 6502a

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    Same thing happened to my iPhone 4. Dropped it, and the back glass shattered...

    I found a retailer here in Canada that would replace the back for $179.99 (not including taxes and shipping charges).

    I found another online retailer that sold the OEM (original equipment material) iPhone 4 Glass back for roughly $120, not including taxes, duty charges, and shipping charges.

    With some more digging - I came across a really nice retailer, based out of China. I purchased 3 different style backs. I got the Carbon Fiber, and 2 Metal backs, the Screw Driver Set plus extra screws, for roughly $37 Canadian!

    Each Back is roughly $12 Canadian. THEY ALSO sell the OEM iPhone 4 Back for $29.49 USD - Which is AN AMAZING PRICE!

    Check all of the iPhone 4 Replacement parts here - http://www.sw-box.com/wholesale-Iphone-4-Replacement-Parts.html

    Also if you want to see VIDEO demo's of SOME of their replacement parts, put "SW-BOX" in Youtube.com

    SIDE NOTES:

    THEY HAVE EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE! You can call their phone number 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. They also do online Chat support, which I found to be amazing. The lady I spoke with on several accounts, her name is 'connie' and she was more than helpful.

    When I placed my order, I received the whole package within 9 days, even when the site says 10-30 business days for your order.

    I hope this reply helps you out bud!

    Cheers
    Kelland
     
  17. Wowzera thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've bought the back glass from the gadgetfix (ebay seller). It costed me $20 + shipping to Brazil. The seller says it's OEM. Hope its true.
     
  18. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    One of the most expensive phones on the market and having the back made of shatter-prone glass... What the hell where the Apple developers thinking?
    This boggles me to this day. They really need to get some liquid-metal on that pup for June.
     
  19. elan123 macrumors 6502

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    Oh come on now, thats DIFFERENT!
     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, I know pele:)
     
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    It boggles you? It turns out, more expensive does not mean tougher. As a (bad) example, most super cars use Plastic or carbon fiber for the body, not metal. Bump those suckers and you don't dent it, you crack the panel and the whole thing needs to be replaced.

    Also, the glass is very tough, and I'm convinced that people with broken glass are rather unlucky. The following has happened to my scratch free iPhone 4
    Dropped onto wood floor from 4 feet: 2 times
    Dropped onto concrete from 3 feet: 5 times
    Dropped onto concrete from 4 feet: 1 time
    Slid across concrete over 4 feet: 1 time (yeah, this didn't scratch it either).

    Actually, the metal ring is dinged. But the glass on the front and back is still flawless, which still amazes me. Even considering that most of my drops onto concrete have involved a foot or two of sliding before coming to rest. And no, I don't use a bumper.

    So, it sucks when it happens, but honestly, the electronics in an iPhone 4 are more complicated, smaller, and sensitive than any plastic brick phone any of us have owned before. We SHOULD treat it like it's made out of glass, even if it weren't.

    I'd say the OP had a bad bit of luck, which sucks. A friend in my house dropped her iPhone 3GS on my bathroom tile from 3 feet and the sucker shattered :(
     
  23. crazytiger86 macrumors 6502

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    Because the glass is chemically hardened (up to 20 times more than regular glass), it is naturally more brittle. Materials (especially metals and metallurgy) that are hardened have a higher surface tension than not-hardened materials. So when you drop it, that tension (which is higher) is going to be released in a crack.

    As a counter, polycarbonate (Used in Nalgene bottles and high speed aircraft canopies) which has a very low surface tension is soft and nearly "shatterproof" because of it. On the other hand, because of the low surface tension, it is easily scratched.
     
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