I dented my iPhone. Keep, repair, or replace?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by waltchan, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. waltchan macrumors member

    May 6, 2005
    I accidentally dented my iPhone today. There's three tiny dents at the top right-hand corner. I feel sad that it's no longer perfect. The black leather clip case bought from the Apple store did not protect it because there is no protective area at the top right-hand corner. Can these tiny dents be repaired? Should I keep it still? I don't know if I can live with this for the next two years. Is it cheaper to sell the one I have and buy a new one again? It still works perfectly, though.
  2. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Selling it would be far to much trouble. You are probably best just giving it to me for use as a backup phone. :D
  3. blueflame macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2003
    Studio City
    my suggestion

    thi may feel like cheating, but I did that with my ipod and it made me feel better.

    buy an invisible shield iphone body shield, put it on. it makes it feel a little less stand-outish, and also usually looks like the case is a little scratched and not the device. it tricked my mind into being ok.
    Good luck!
  4. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Hmm. Doesn't the case cover the dents? If not, then ...

    Customize your phone! Dent all four corners and post a how-to video on YouTube.

    Before you know it, thousands will have identical iPhones, and the constant value of yours will be assured.

  5. ambience macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Near Detroit, Michigan.
    Its a phone not a sacred artifact!
    All my phones got dented, dinged, and scraped but I still used them until their useful life was over. If it works perfectly why sell it or get rid of it? :confused:
    Its going to get damaged regardless, just go look at 90% of peoples iPods...
  6. joekix macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2007
    earth, long beach CA to be exact
    scratches are inevitable. what if you get a new phone and the same thing happens? just be more careful with the one you have and try to keep it clean. you'll get over it. it's only a phone.
  7. waltchan thread starter macrumors member

    May 6, 2005
    Just in case I decide to go buy a new one, is it possible to transfer my existing phone number in the old, dented iPhone to the new iPhone?
  8. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    me too

    I had no problem with my phone until I protected it in a nice, fully covered padded case. I think the protection made me reckless...

    I was using an open-design purse.
    I kept hearing a voice say..."do not use that purse, the phone will fall out...change your bag". I must have heard that stupid message 25 times.
    Then one time I pick up the bag and the phone just jumps out and goes flying across the room (in an arch). On the case, there is the tiniest opening at the top right & left corner where the top closes over. A sliver, really. And that is precisely where the phone made contact with the floor.

    I kept trying to wake up, hoping it was a nightmare. For two days I tried to wake up before I gave in and accepted the dent in my phone.

    I decided that the dent gave it character and truly made it *mine*.
    Still a little sad but perfection really is a losing battle.
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Buy a new one. I'll buy the dented one for $300.
  10. thuff13 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Just swap the SIM cards.
  11. waltchan thread starter macrumors member

    May 6, 2005
    How do I open the SIM card cover on the top?
  12. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007

    You should read some of the "problem" posts though (screen version is one). Some people are on their 6th & 7th phone (maybe more). There are issues and in many cases the strive for perfection (or just betterment) left them with a bigger problem or flaw.
    If all else on your current phone pleases you, you may be better off just sticking with it. How neurotic will it make you to purchase another phone and then make sure nothing bad ever happens to it? My hands are shaking just imagining that.
  13. tickyholdago macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2007
    Take a staple, push in the little button.
  14. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    (I'm not playing anymore - my typing is too slow and everyone beats me to answers)
  15. TheBusDriver macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2005
    or just buy the rubber case that wraps around the back and you can't see it problem solved, I think I got the same case you did and mine dented on the top right by the headphone jack buy I really don't care that much you can only see it if you look for it.
  16. Navintar macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2006
    Not sure if this will help but you could buy one of these iphone back cases from http://cnn.cn/shop/index.php for about $50. It is not easy though to dissemble the back case but I'm sure you can find a good tutorial out there if you're willing to try.
  17. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
  18. JCluts macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    Same thing happened to my sacred artifact, just one day before my 14 day window. I agonized all day over whether or not to try to swap it.

    In the end, I just learned to feel relieved that my first dent was out of the way. None of the cases appealed to me, and it was inevitable that I'd drop the thing eventually.

    Unless you're prepared to sell and rebuy the phone everytime something goes wrong, I'd just learn to live with it. It's been a week now since I dropped mine, and I have no regrets over not swapping it out.

    Besides, it's fun to show off to people that I dropped it onto concrete and the only damage was a little dent (as most people assume the phone is much more fragile than it is).
  19. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2007
    I think you should find a metallurgist to reforge the case and restore it to perfection.

    Or not.

    People, there are medications for the type of obsessive compulsiveness I see demonstrated on this forum. It's a phone. Make calls on it. Accept the fact that it will look used after you, well, use it for a while.
  20. The Prise macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2007
    http://www.colorwarepc.com/ see if these guys actually replace the backing with an OEM part before they customize it. or reorder the oem part and get it installed.
  21. dmc015@msn.com macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007
    ok, the same exact thing happened to me. Dropped the phone, dented the upper right hand corner, subsequently shed a tear every time i would look at it afterward.

    I decided I had enough and called 1800MYAPPLE and explained my situation. The customer service lady then proceeded to tell me that APPLE WAS REPLACING PHONES WITH COSMETIC DAMAGE. I was shocked to say the least. I even responded with an idiotic "but it was MY fault! I dropped it!" And she assured me that they would replace them at an apple store. All I had to do was schedule an appointment at the genius bar and they would swap it out for free. Unfortunately there was no appointments available for the entire month, so she told me I can opt for a repair where my phone would be "like new" all I had to do was go through the repair process, free of charge as well. As of right now i received the free loaner iphone they sent me (an 8gb model i might add, nice since i only had the 4gb) and i had sent my phone in for repair in the prepackaged box that they sent. I am unaware of what will happen next but I am sure everything will work out fine and I will be dent-free.

    I will update you as my situation progresses. Hope this helped!
  22. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    That's extraordinary that they are replacing damaged phones. I'm still keeping my dented one though - I don't want to re-experience the "first imperfection" again.
  23. iph0ne macrumors newbie


    Jun 29, 2007
    I say you keep it. It's going to happen eventually... so what difference does it make when you do it now. I know it's the new gadget that everyone wants but honestly...
  24. E46NM52 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007
    I had similar accident and dented the upper right corner as well. Anyway, I brought it to 3 apple stores (only a week after purchase) and they all said they can't exchange it. Only one store says they can send it in to fix cosmetic stuff which takes 3-5 days and costs a flat rate of $249. The other two stpres say apple don't do cosmetic fixes. I am really surprised to hear your experience. Please do update us on the progress. I might just call the apple store myself after this.

    Anyway, I ordered the OEM metal cover from cnn.cn mentioned above, and was thinking to replace it myself. But I am afraid taking it apart will not look perfect after all... I almost cried everytime I see the dent... :<
  25. waltchan thread starter macrumors member

    May 6, 2005
    Are you serious? Is it just a fabricated story you made up to entertain people?

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