iPhone 4 - Smashed and Bent

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 123phoneguy, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. 123phoneguy macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2015

    Today I managed to drop my iPhone 4. The front was already smashed and the glass at the top had begun to rip off but after it was dropped today the metal in the top left corner got indented in which made the back smash and the front side's glass has come off. The phone seems to 'turn on' as when I hold the power the insides light up but the actual display screen itself does not. When I was last using it my personal hotspot had been set up, when I plugged it into my computer my pc registered the hotspot and connected to it. The phone clearly works somehow but is in a bad state.

    Do you guys know how I can fix this? It's not as simple and buy a new back and front as the actual metal rim is dented.

  2. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    It's a big job to completely strip the insides and install a new body. I would look for a replacement i4 as they can be has for next to peanuts now. In fact I have a mint one here lol.
  3. 123phoneguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2015
    Okay then,

    If I buy one off ebay, can I just put it in my iPhone and away I go? I know that they either need to be unlocked or locked with EE (that's the operator I use)...

  4. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    You mean put your SIM in and away you go?
    Yes, providing the phone is unlocked, or locked to EE.
    You can unlock them for £10-15, or alternatively make sure that you buy an unlocked one to start with. My old iPhone 4 was locked to O2 but when I finished my contract and upgraded to an iPhone 5, I asked O2 to unlock my i4 and they did so free of charge.
  5. Ceviche Lover macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    Just buy a new phone and stop using that relic
  6. Ke1ington macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2009
    I'd recommend an Otterbox for your next device, whatever that may be.
  7. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Lead The Way!
    Barely 6 years and its a relic? :mad:

    I wonder if my Galaxy S3 is a relic.
  8. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    A mile high
    My bro has one, it's poison to use...wow is it slow.

    Anyways the iPhone 4 is pretty old to be repairing. You would need to spend 50 bucks on a new metal body, 15 on a new screen, 5 on a new back and who knows how much more for any other parts that broke in the fall. You're looking at around 70 bucks for the "relic" iPhone 4. Worth it? Up to you, really.
  9. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    In my opinion if this was me I would try to steer clear of eBay due to issues concerning locked up phones via their imei from insurance claims etc.

    If you have a local CEX shop for example look there.
  10. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Most desktops and laptops are considered relics after 6 years. By and large, smartphones are typically good for about 2 years... 3 years, tops. Any use after that is gravy.
  11. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    It's coming up on five years, not six.

    And to add to that point. I find it a tad bit extreme to call the iPhone 4 a relic.
  12. TechGod Suspended


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    The A4 vs the A8 instantly makes it a relic.
  13. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
    once apple stops supporting the device for software that means its a relic.
  14. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Makes little difference at this point. Does the iPhone 4 interface with the current cellular standard (LTE)? What about the current WiFi standard (802.11ac)? Bluetooth (4.0)?

    The answer to all of these things is no.

    The 4 was a great phone for its time. I had one, and I loved it. But I recognize it's a relic. It had a good run, but it's time to move on.
  15. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2014
    I have an iPhone 5 it's now almost 3 years old but hey it's still a great and speedy device it supports the most features in iOS 8 (AirDrop, Handoff, Continuity,....) the only downsides of this phone is that is has not Touch ID and although the battery is replaced recently it only lasts 5-6 hours.
  16. Yoshi Yogurt macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2010
    iPhone 4S runs perfectly and is still fast enough for me. Got it for $80 and I plan on using it until it breaks which will hopefully be a few more years....
  17. scaredpoet, Apr 16, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2015

    scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007

    Great! Good luck with that, both of you. But we're talking about the iPhone 4 here, which is no longer supported by Apple, and for which the OP wants a simple fix for his catastrophically-damaged one... which he isn't going to find short of replacing it completely. Would either of you be happy using an iPhone 4, still?

    It IS nice that Apple supports these phones longer than most Android vendors support theirs, and definitely longer than Windows Phones get any love. Just saying though: the support window is going to be shorter than current versions.
  18. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
  19. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    $50 for the metal body? You need to find a better supplier. :)
  20. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    They are both relics. 2-3 years is the average usable life of a phone if you enjoy quick performance and features.
  21. super michael macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    If the Samsung galaxy S3 is considered a relic, then my Samsung galaxy S2 is considered more ancient.
  22. uid15 Suspended


    Mar 9, 2015

    Apple iPod Parts DOT com - they are located 2 miles from me, and they proudly stock GENUINE Apple parts, unless you WANT quality reproduction parts. I have a friend who runs a computer shop, and they deal with them as trade - they are 100% legitimate, not just another eBay scammer. I recently bought a 4S battery from them for £20 - ONLY ONE charge cycle, unlike most others, which are repackaged and WORN OUT, which is why they're 1/2 the price!

    Give them a call: (01536) 609333 (uk) - trust me.
  23. Spectrum Abuser, Apr 22, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2015

    Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    You guys are being ridiculous. Use a flip phone for a month and then say to me that the iPhone 4 is a relic. To further add to my point. No one is arguing, or claiming, that the iPhone 4 is more feature rich than devices of today. I am arguing that your perspectives of what is "ancient" is skewed completely, though.

    It can still call.
    It can still text.
    It can still iMessage; FaceTime.
    It can still browse the internet; better than when the phone was first released
    It can still download and use third party apps.
    It can still play and stream media.
    It can still get on every social media app out there.

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