What does a cracked digitizer mean?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by awesomest47, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. awesomest47 macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2012
    So I found this iPhone on eBay but the seller keeps saying "it has a cracked digitizer but is fully functional." How can this be possible?! I thought a cracked digitizer meant the phone didn't respond to touch in certain areas (these are areas that have a big white spot) how can the phone be functional?? I keep asking him where the white spots are but he's not messaging me a photo. What IS the impact of a cracked digitizer? How does one define "fully functional" Am I being scammed? Thanks!
  2. V0RT3X macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2012
    Probably just a crack in the screen itself, like this:


    I have a crack in the corner myself and the touch is still responding. It's gonna cost you around 200$ to replace the screen though.
  3. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Probably just you're usual used phone ripoff...
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    All you can rely on is, he specifically says you can return it within a certain period. If says no return, ur taking ur chances.
  5. vtails macrumors newbie


    Jun 6, 2011
    Have you checked his score although this sometimes doesn't mean anything,If he doesn't answer you! How do you think he will treat you if something is really wrong with the phone<I had cracked my i4 really good so I bought a transparent Fr.&Bk 55 bucks watch some youtube got it done,But if the person doesnt respond I would move on beside's Ebay price's are to high for my liking and at least with Craigslist you get to see,feel,use you can call it in see if there's any problem's.
  6. iRepairParts macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2012
    A cracked digitizer means the glass is cracked. The digitizer can still be 100% functional, but if there are white spots on the display, that is a sign of issues with the LCD.

    Either way, you can get a DIY kit for anywhere from $25-$99 depending on what kind of quality you are looking for.
  7. awesomest47 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2012
    Well.. here it is

    Well, the seller just messaged me a picture of the iPhone. It's a 2G and doesn't look pretty but hey! For $30 you get what you pay for. I wish I could post a photo but I tell you it's lined with cracks [Iunder the screen. Strange... Thanks for everyone's help!
  8. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Can u even download a proper OS for a 2G? But $30 oh we'll, that's like what 4 lattes?

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