If you’re unsure of what iPhone screen repair you’re in need of, don’t feel like you’re the only one. It is easy to lump iPhone 3G and 3Gs together because as the name suggests, the 3Gs is an upgrade from its predecessor, not deserving of a more unique title. This helps the overall process of fixing these phones similar in many ways, although before any repair do your research so you know what your are getting into. Basically, don’t read about how to fix a 3G if you own a 3Gs. One way in which these phones have something in common is screen repair. While the parts are not the same necessarily, the process in which one performs a DIY repair is very similar.
One main nuance is the fact that the the glass screen and LCD digitizer display are not glued together. In the iPhone 3G repair world this is a big difference to the original model and the new iPhone 4 that is stuck together to avoid dust in the display.
As our much overlooked 3G and 3Gs tests showed, even with protective covers the iPhone can be in danger of LCD display issues even when the glass does not shatter or get cracked. Sometimes the iPhone 3G screen is cracked but the LCD behind it is fine. Screen display issues varies in price depending on the exact need, which often times comes down to if the glass and/or LCD is broken.
An iPhone 3Gs repair is much the same story, as broken glass can be an easier type of DIY repair but LCD damage can be much more difficult. Overall, fixing a 3G iPhone will cost a little more than the 3G.
DIY iPhone replacement parts are also becoming increasingly popular. Our services offer a great way for you to find out how to fix something yourself. Sometimes people think they can fix something but after speaking with us are thankful we saved them from disaster. Give us a call and we will find the right iPhone repair solution for you. If you know what you want, rest assured that when ordering, you will be receiving your products and services from the growing leader in Apple iPhone repair services.
The iPhone took a giant leap when it made the leap from working on the old EDGE network to the 3G network. Streaming videos from your cell phone, fast picture messaging, and quick internet access exploded on the smart phone scene transitioning everyone to a mobile, fully portable tech world.
Being well into the whole iPhone 3G repair scene with generations of past 3G collecting dust, you may be questioning what exactly to do with that ‘ancient’ 1 year old iPhone sitting in your desk drawer. Is it worth anything? If it’s broken, should you just chuck it? Or perhaps you may think about keeping it so you have a backup phone, should your near and dear iPhone 4 decide to break.
I’m here to run through a these different options, and give you the pro’s and con’s of each, hopefully helping you make the right choice.
First off, is it worth anything? Yes, absolutely. Unlike computers, iPhones tend to hold their value for a good amount of time. The fact that older ones, which are unlockable, and not available on other carriers such as t-mobile, Voice Stream, and other GSM carriers makes these phones very appealing to consumers that are stuck on these other carriers or those who do not want to sign a 2 year contract, just to get an iPhone. The whole industry flourishes, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
How broken is it? Is it worth repairing? Why put $50, $75, or even $100 into fixing it? Simple answer. You can still use it, should something happen to your current phone, it’s much cheaper to get it fixed, than to go out and spend $200+ on a replacement iPhone. Did you know that to buy an iPhone 4 out of contract you’re looking at spending $599? That sure does make the $50-$100 repair to have a backup sound a little more appealing. Whatever the break may be, worst case scenario you’re looking at spending about $125.00, give or take a few bucks, max, on an 3G Repair.
For things like cracked glass and a dead LCD, a DIY kit may be the perfect solution for getting your iPhone repair on the cheap if you’re up for a challenge. An iPhone 3G Glass kit runs you about $39.99. Throw in an LCD into the mix if your screen is totally shot, and you’re still only at $74.99.
Lastly, if you’re dead set that you have no intention on fixing your broken iPhone, we have one word for you, RECYCLE! iFixYouri has a full scale program that will help you in the process of recycling your iPhone, all while putting a couple bucks in your pocket. We’ll fix the iPhone and bring it back to near factory-spec condition, where we will then put it in hands of less-privileged who can’t afford a new one.
iFixYouri has many close ties with many low-income schools and shelters where we help the less fortunate by donating electronics like iPhones and computers. Not only is this helping others, but helping our environment as well by cutting back on electronic waste (e-waste).
There were the days of hopes and dreams of a shatter proof iPhone glass. During the WWDC Jobs spoke of the glass as being Engineered Glass.
All the breakthrough technology in iPhone 4 is situated between two glossy panels of aluminosilicate glass — the same type of glass used in the windshields of helicopters and high-speed trains. Chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, the glass is ultradurable and more scratch resistant than ever. It’s also recyclable.
We are seeing such a high iPhone 4 repair demand for glass replacement already, as well as the back glass replacement. The iPhone is not even a week old and we’re already seeing this as a major, major problem, but now with 2 times as much glass as before.
One customer contact us stating that he had left his iPhone 4 sitting in his car, which got hot, and well, when he returned, he was in need of an iPhone screen repair. The heat had actually cause the screen to crack. Our thoughts on this are that the metal frame got so hot that it heated the glass up to an unstable temperature, and it cracked.
Another customer had the iPhone in his lap and got out of the car, where it fell a mere 2 ft and put a hairline crack right through the front glass.
iFixYouri has already had numerous orders come in for both front and back glass using our mail-in service. We will continue to honor our iPhone 4 Repair service and uphold and maintain the high standard of service that we consider common practice while adjusting to a new product.
With such a high demand already for the iPhone 4 glass repair and a limited number of repairs available due to the current supply of parts on the market, we will be regularly updating our blog with info on iPhone 4 parts and repair service status. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions. Under the iPhone 4 product page, we’ll be listing if any repairs are currently on back order.
About a week ago a few of the techs and I decided to drop test an iPhone 4 to test screen damage resistance (we had a full iPhone, minus the motherboard). This test came under scrutiny since there was no ‘video’ proof and the iPhone parts used were questioned. We did not use any hammers, ice picks, or axes to break it. Just gravity. We did not throw it or spike it.
We told everyone that once we have a full iPhone, functioning, we’d be posting a video of us drop testing. The test was completed on a sunny afternoon in Florida, behind our repair facility. The area where it was dropped was free of pebbles and/or small rocks. It was a flat surface out in our parking lot. The height it was performed at, was about the level where you would be holding the phone out in front of you.
Well, the day has come, we have a complete working iPhone, straight from Apple, in our hands today. We disassembled it, took some pictures, reassembled it, showed that it works and that it is a functioning iPhone in the video. This video is completely unedited. What you are about to see is heart breaking. Our next step will be to perform and iPhone repair to show how we can clean up a broken iPhone 4 screen when suffering glass damage.
****WARNING – THE VIDEO YOU ARE ABOUT TO VIEW CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC SCENES. IT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART*****
All the hype going on right now is about the new iPhone 4, all the great new features, and Apple raising the bar a notch to its competition.
We received our FULL, circuit board included, iPhone 4 quite early this morning and rather than playing with all the new features, we tore it down to its bare components. How it comes apart and gets put back together is determines the iPhone repair process and that’s what really excites us.
First thing we noticed is how solid it felt. It feels heavier, and definitely more durable (feels is the key word here).
Taking the back cover off reveals a battery, like most other phones on the market today. This battery actually comes out with ease. The iPhone 4 is manufactured in a way that is opposite of the 3G, and 3Gs, but similar to the original 2G iPhone. Let me explain what I mean here….
iPhone 2G/iPhone 4 – In the manufacturing process, the Glass is the first part that is assembled to the chassis/frame, followed by the internals, and last the battery then the back cover.
iPhone 3G/iPhone 3Gs – The back cover is the first part assembled, then battery followed by the internals. The glass is the last part that goes in.
With iPhone 4 Repair for screen damage, this makes the process a bit more difficult, time consuming, and costly as the iPhone needs to be completely torn down to change out the glass.
After removing the battery we moved on to other iPhone 4 parts, we removed the lower speaker, charging port, and gently removed the logic board. With the logic board removed, you have access to the cameras, power button, ear piece speaker, volume controls and all the screws that hold the screen in place. Once all the screws are removed, the glass has a bit of adhessive that holds the screen to the frame snuggly.
The frame is a piece to marvel at. The intricate design and how everything pieces together is quite amazing.
In addition to the manufacturing of the phone gearing back towards the ways of the original iPhone, Apple decided to go ahead and use a mass amount of new screws that we have not seen before. As if the tiny screws that were used before weren’t pain enough, now they threw in some washers that help in holding the glass in place.
The steel body, combined with the sleek glass on front and back, we’d say that Apple hit yet another home run with this one.
Repairs on this new phone should not be left to amateurs. The mass of new screws, connectors, odd shaped circuit board(to maximize real estate), make this a tricky repair. Any and all measures to prevent electrostatic discharge(ESD) should be taken when cracking this open. Our technicians are always grounded when working on phones, and are only permitted to work in ESD safe areas.
Many different types of drops will shatter your dear phone’s glass leaving it in need of an iPhone screen repair.
We’ve seen every type of drop imaginable, from sitting on it, to your iPhone leaping out your hands and out the window of your car at high speeds. It can, and will happen.
A chip here or a crack there, iPhone glass breaks in many different ways. It’s painful to see your companion, also known as iPhone, get hurt and go through so much pain. We know, because we have been there too! All is okay though because we are here to make the iPhone repair process as painless as possible.
The process to get it fixed is quite simple.
- Determine what model iPhone you have
- iPhone 3G or iPhone 3Gs – On the back side of the phone, you’ll see a stamp on the back that says 8Gb, 16Gb, or 32Gb
- 8Gb – 3G or 2g
- 2G – Aluminum back housing
- 3G – Black Plastic back housing
- 16Gb – 3G or 3Gs
- 3G – The words written on the back are a flat gray paint.
- 3Gs – The words written on the back are a reflective, chrome-like paint.
- 32Gb - 3Gs only
- 8Gb – 3G or 2g
- iPhone 3G or iPhone 3Gs – On the back side of the phone, you’ll see a stamp on the back that says 8Gb, 16Gb, or 32Gb
- Based on the model, select iPhone 3G Glass Repair or iPhone 3Gs Glass Repair
- Add the selected repair to your shopping cart.
- Proceed to checkout
- Once checkout is complete, ship your iPhone to our National Repair Facility located in Florida.
- We’ll receive your iPhone, fix it, and ship it back out to you before the close of the same business day.
Glass and LCD Repairs received by 1pm will be fixed and shipped back out the same day. Please include your name and contact information inside the box when sending your iPhone into us. Also, we do ask that you hold onto your SIM card, as we have no need for it and you can put it in a spare phone while yours is getting fixed.
You can have your glass repaired complete and back in your hands in as little as 36 hours. Our iPhone Screen Repair service is so fast you’ll never even know if was gone! We strive for quick, low-cost repairs, all while doing continuous improvements in our processes to maintain and uphold quality services for our customers. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can rest peacefully knowing that the best iPhone parts, combined with the highest skilled technicians in the industry, will get your broken iPhone back to perfect working condition, quickly.
We offer FREE FedEx return shipping and a 1 year warranty on all glass repairs, insuring that your repair will be delivered on-time and last!
For added protection, we now offer an iPhone Protection Plan to save you some $$$ the next time your iPhone decides to take a leap towards the ground or go for a swim.
The iPhone 4 tests we’ve performed here at iFix have come under scrutiny from some dark and remote places on the interwebs, and we are here to say, check yo’self.
The tests performed we’re done with Apple iPhone 4 parts direct from the manufacturer. These images were taken after a series of well controlled tests performed by our stylish and intelligent staff. The drops were made from a distance of three and a half feet, or about the height of a six foot person dropping the phone from their pocket, or a drunk chick sliding one off the bar.
Here’s what’s up….
The main thing that is adding confusion is ‘how many drop tests were performed?’
There were two total tests complete.
First round broke on the 3rd drop, on concrete, flat. As stated.
Second test, as requested by readers, was another test to see if it would break on different surfaces(carpet/concrete) if it hit the corner, fumbled, etc. It broke on the 7th, hitting the top left corner, on concrete. The second drop test is not pictured yet.
For the second test…The glass survived all drops onto carpet, and survived six angled drops onto concrete, but when dropped flat down the glass shattered. The seventh angled drop onto concrete broke the glass as well, but your local retired NFL lineman can tell you all about cumulative damage.
The following pictures(of the glass from the first drop test) ought to silence some of the doubters. You will see that these are high quality parts, note the laser etching on the digitizer cable, and front camera hole in the test glass. We’re too legit, you must acquit. More images to come.
We here at iFixYouri did a little science experiment the other day with some of our newest iPhone parts. Many people have been talking that the new iPhone has strong glass, less prone to scratching, 30 times stronger than plastic, etc. Will the new glass prove to be ultra strong and never break?
I’m going to go with a no on this one. Why may you ask? They do say that it is 30 times stronger than plastic, and there is a video of it bending. Bending, yes. They did also state that the iPhone 3Gs Glass was stronger when that came out as well. It may bend more, but can it handle shock and sudden impact, that is the real question. That is what causes 95% of glass shattering. Not because you bent the glass in your pocket, not because you dropped it and it bent, but really because of sudden impact.
Land it flat on the ground, and it will smash. We have evidence. Before i show you the evidence, I am going to point out a design flaw that will bite them in the future. On the new iPhone, the glass basically sits on top of the aluminum frame. On the old iphone, it was recessed and protected by a chrome bezel.
We have a full iPhone 4(minus the circuit board), here at our shop and decided to do a little drop test. This drop was performed from 3.5 ft up. The iPhone 4 did survive 2 drops, as expected, but on the 3rd drop there was a loud POP, and yet again, shattered glass.
More updates/pictures here!
Since this posting has got waves from many people, we’re going to clear a few things up here.
1) People are saying, “there’s no way you have iPhone 4 parts yet, the phone isn’t even out!”
- The fact is, is that we’re a repair shop. Along with other major repair shops, we’re able to receive parts earlier than most. A simple google search will show that not only us, but other top players in the ‘iphone repair’ world, do in fact have these parts. We did put out a press release on June 3rd stating that we had the parts. This is no secret. A rather large competitor had them as earlier as May 19th. This is also widely spread on the internet
2) You hit it with a hammer
- Uhmmm…no…we didn’t. That’s the most ridiculous thing we’ve heard.
- We’re going to go with a no on this one as well. iPhone 4 Parts are available to all major repair shops…just seek and you shall see. Google ‘iphone repair’ and check some of the top competitor sites…they’re all ramped up and ready to service iPhone 4′s.
Here’s EXACTLY how it went down…if you want to read more into it, go for it. But honestly, and truthfully, this is the EXACT re-enactment of what happened:
It was a hot day on June 7th, 2010 and us here at the shop had just finished listening to the keynote by the great Steve Jobs. He had made a statement that the glass was stronger, more bendable, etc. After hearing that, one of our techs said “We should test a piece of the glass that we have in stock(iphone 4 glass that is).”
We proceeded down the hallway with our assembled iPhone 4(minus the internal circuit board), stepped out the front door and out to the side walk. Our tech held the phone(front facing the ground), and dropped it. Nothing(drop 1-we were very impressed). Drop 2, nothing. Drop 3, smash. He dropped it flat on the face and it popped. The all too familiar pop sound that some of us beloved iPhone users fear for.
As we sat talking about it, we decided to show our results on our blog, so that our readers could see what we had found. Not expecting it to take wind the way it did.
That is all…no ulterior motive…just to show our readers what had happened. That is it.
Please do yourselves a favor and check some competitor sites and you will see that the iPhone 4 parts aren’t as rare and elusive as you may think. There are numerous places out there with iPhone 4 parts already.