Shaving old dock for iPhone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pw1500, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. pw1500 macrumors regular

    pw1500

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Location:
    Oxford, England
    #1
    Im guessing loads of peeps have already done this, but I though id post..

    I've just grabbed a scalpel and my old iPhone dock, shaved the edges and now it fits my new iPhone. I haven't done the cleanest job in the world but you cant tell when the iPhone is mounted.

    Im happy with it and the saving of £29..
     
  2. Me1000 macrumors 68000

    Me1000

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2006
  3. jt999 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    #3
    Great idea!

    I borrowed a neighbor's electric handsaw and sliced away.
    It charges and syncs perfectly.

    Now I am glad there were no 3g docks available anywhere.

    Thanks pw1500.

    Jeff
     

    Attached Files:

  4. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2007
    #4
    jt999, anyway we could get a top down view of the modified dock?

    It would help me (and others) figure out how much to cut.

    thx
     
  5. jt999 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    #5
    Here you go.

    As you can see, I wasn't particularly careful.
    I think I could have taken less off in places and smoothed better in others and it would have looked much better.

    I still have 2 other "old" docks to "sculpt."

    Jeff
     

    Attached Files:

  6. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2007
    #6
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    I'm buying you a virtual beer~~~~!!!
     
  7. pintnight macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    #7
    I used my dremel. Though, the heat from the dremel melted the plastic a bit around the edge, I just took my sharp knife to trim away the melted part. Now, my iPhone 3G fit the dock!
     
  8. pw1500 thread starter macrumors regular

    pw1500

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Location:
    Oxford, England
    #8
    Ive not taken quite so much off, and ive taken a bit of the back which was unnecessary whoops but heres a few not great quality shots of mine.
     

    Attached Files:

    • 1.jpg
      1.jpg
      File size:
      397.5 KB
      Views:
      41
    • 2.jpg
      2.jpg
      File size:
      367.3 KB
      Views:
      70
    • 3.jpg
      3.jpg
      File size:
      346.5 KB
      Views:
      68
    • 4.jpg
      4.jpg
      File size:
      312.3 KB
      Views:
      93
  9. Warpdrv macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    #9
    Nice... a little sandpaper and some touchup paint, and she'll look like new...

    thanks for posting, now we can get some older used ones from people that don't have the skills to perform this mod for cheap....
     
  10. Warpdrv macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    #10

    Nice work pw...

    Could you possible shade the area's with paint that you felt needed the trim...
     
  11. fastbite macrumors 6502a

    fastbite

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Location:
    London
  12. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Location:
    Thame, Oxfordshire, England
    #12
    Hmm, a very tempting little mod.
    May just have to have a go.
     
  13. pw1500 thread starter macrumors regular

    pw1500

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Location:
    Oxford, England
    #13
    Ok so heres a little indication of how much id advise to take off, theirs two docks in the pic kinda before after thing, the red circles are where I sanded down a little so the iphone falls in smoother. Think the trick is to just make the edges thinner really..
     

    Attached Files:

    • 31.JPG
      31.JPG
      File size:
      298.1 KB
      Views:
      73
    • 21.JPG
      21.JPG
      File size:
      521.4 KB
      Views:
      65
    • 11.JPG
      11.JPG
      File size:
      609.6 KB
      Views:
      68
  14. geeb macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    #14
    I got a free dock when I asked for one after waiting instore for 2 hours when their servers went down.
     
  15. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Location:
    Thame, Oxfordshire, England
    #15
    Good for you. Don't ask and you don't get.
     
  16. colcass macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #16
    they were only £19.95 you cheapo!
    lol
    i have my touch in my universal dock sat next to my 3G in its own dock

    they look like brothers
     
  17. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2008
    #17
    They should be included. But, I have a bigger gripe with the phone companies' charges for text messaging. Text messaging fees, be they plans or per-message, are outrageously priced.
     
  18. n1ck macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    #18
    Cheers pw - have just done as per your pics and it fits perfectly! :D
     
  19. ChrisN macrumors 65816

    ChrisN

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2007
    Location:
    Demarest, NJ
    #19
    If i get a 3G iphone I guess ill do that :)

    ChrisN
     
  20. thecritix macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Location:
    West London, England
    #20
    You guys are crazy!

    You've spent all that money on your phones and are bodging these docks, frankly they look awful.. why not just sell your old ones and spend a small amount on the new dock?
     
  21. Stardotboy macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #21
    Impressive as these make-and-do efforts are, I won't be truly wowed until someone has made a case for their new iPhone out of spaghetti, jelly beans and cling film.
     
  22. alFR macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2006
    #22
    Maybe they don't want to throw away into landfill something that's working perfectly well to buy something else that does the same job? Just a thought....
     
  23. Cnasty macrumors 68020

    Cnasty

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    #23
    Wow, this is very cool.

    Might make it very beneficial to jump on Ebay and grab one as they are going very cheap. Some at $5.
     
  24. thecritix macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Location:
    West London, England
    #24
    So are their old phones..

    I was simply asking why you'd want a cut and rough product holding your iphone
     
  25. RobTuck macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Location:
    UK
    #25
    Who said anything about landfill? There are plenty of original iPhone's out there requiring a dock.

    I agree with thecritix. Whilst I commend the efforts of people hacking up their docks, it is a bit extreme. The original iPhone dock can easily fetch between £10 and £15 on ebay. A new original iPhone dock costs £29. A new 3G iPhone dock costs £19.
     

Share This Page