Just replaced the ear speaker on an iPhone 4s. Having tons of problems

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by DG REPAIR, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. DG REPAIR macrumors newbie

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    I just replaced the ear speaker for a customer on an iPhone 4s. After I put the whole phone back together, I started having some problems. The iPhone wouldn't boot off the bat so I plugged it into a wall charger and the battery was dead and charging. I left it on for 20 minutes and the battery was still dead. Pressing the power/lock button will not power on the device.

    With the battery removed and the device on the charger, it will boot. When it does boot up, there is no service. I have double checked the sim card was properly installed, as well as reset the network settings and turned airplane mode on/off. Wifi is also disabled and not able to be turned on.

    The phone was working fine when the customer brought it to me. When I powered it down to begin work, the battery had ~50%. I have done countless iPhone screen replacements, and know my way around computers/electronics very well. I have tried a soft reset on this device with no luck, as well as checking all connections and the physical condition of the phone itself. iTunes will not recognize the phone.

    I'm baffled.
     
  2. Beezy253 macrumors 6502

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    Try another ear speaker replacement part? or try reinstalling the broken/defective ear piece to see if the phone will turn on? (with the battery installed)
     
  3. DG REPAIR thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was able to get the phone working properly again by putting the old ear speaker back in.

    It is my understanding that the iPhone 4 and 4s ear speakers are universal. When I ordered the part for the 4s, the packing slip said iPhone 4 & 4s ear speaker. Research online seems to be saying the same thing.

    I am stumped as to why this was happening. It could of been the contacts were not aligned properly, but everything looked right and I adjusted it twice. When looking at the old speaker vs. the replacement, everything looks the same other than the two metal contacts. My replacement looks a little fatter, but not much different. I'm beginning to think they are not universal?

    This looks almost exactly like the replacement:
    http://www.amazon.com/New-iPhone-Ea...0693374&sr=1-4&keywords=ear+speaker+iphone+4s

    http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server5...ce_speaker_01__41723.1326099591.1280.1280.jpg

    The original looked like this:

    http://www.dhresource.com/albu_4142...aker-earpiece-for-iphone-4-4s-replacement.jpg

    Notice the difference in the prongs.
     
  4. Beezy253 macrumors 6502

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    I'm not familiar with the ear piece on the 4/4S, but you may have gotten a defective replacement part? I would contact the seller and ask for a replacement, before you waste your time taking the phone apart again.

    You may need to replace the flex cable: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Proximity-S...e_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item460845b91d
     

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