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    Glad to see everyone likes it

    Quote Originally Posted by mumra06 View Post
    I agree this mod is awesome. One question though. What does the back of the case look like? Meaning, the original has imei info on it?
    It looks identical, the numbers on the back (model #, etc) arent phone specific.

    Quote Originally Posted by FairLight View Post
    I wonder if it's possible to change the color of the faceplate of the LCD. (The black parts.)
    Possible, absolutely. But I dont believe I've seen an aftermarket screen in different colors.

    Quote Originally Posted by kjack05 View Post
    Very nice write up! I was thinking about eventually changing my case out, but was waiting until someone else did a write up about, thanks for the link to these cases as well!

    How do these compare as far as quality to the original case? Does it look like it could of been OEM as far as the fitment? Do all of the screw holes and everything match up?

    How hard is it to detach the flex cables and reconnect them when putting back together? How long do you think it took you to make the swap?

    Also on these online what is the point of the front piece it includes? Is it just a replacement front screen or what? is that part like a plastic overlay over the glass?

    Thanks alot for your contribution!
    I have seen OEM quality ones but they are about $100. This one in my opinion is an 8/10 compared to OEM for $35, and comes with a new sim tray (in red for me) and plastic buttons, bezel which I did NOT use, I used the original ones. This meant I had to take the bezel off the old back and attach it to the new one, but it was worth it. It looks awesome, has all the screw holes, etc of the original and everything matches up. It feels the same once the phone is back together. The only differences are you can BARELY see some molding lines around the buttons and since I used the original metal bezel off the old back....it took a little sweat getting it to match flush, but it did.

    If your a little seasoned with electronics....I dont think its hard at all. Just gotta take your time. I was taking photos and stuff while doing it....but I could do it straight through in probably 1 1/2 hours.

    The flex cables arent hard to disconnect, but its like everything else in this thing, pretend like your working with glass.

    Tools....#0 phillips screwdriver, tiny flat screwdriver, crazy glue, razor blade and/or ipod opening tools.

    The front panel it includes replaces the "glass" (if you will) piece on the phone since the glass, digitizer and LCD are separate on the 3G.......however I will use the original pieces cause theres nothing wrong with them, and I like to use as much OEM as I can.
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    Wow great job. Could we get a high-res shot of the bottom of the back case after the swap? When you say the IMEI info isn't phone-specific, I'm not sure what you mean. Why would there be IMEI info at all? It's not OEM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    Possible, absolutely. But I dont believe I've seen an aftermarket screen in different colors.
    Well..

    Could we get an original screen, Somehow color it white with say paint, And put it back?

    Well not paint, But something else more suitable?


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    ^Naw, another member said IMEI info was on the back....but its not. There is just model #s and such....compared to 2 more 3G's I have sitting here....all the #s are the same.

    Even with my SLR Nikon, you cant make it out in a pic....but here is what it says:

    "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China"
    "Model No. A1241 FCC ID: BCGA1241 IC ID:579C-A1241"

    Compare it to yours, it'll be the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by FairLight View Post
    Well..

    Could we get an original screen, Somehow color it white with say paint, And put it back?

    Well not paint, But something else more suitable?
    I believe i've seen overlays that do just that. Kinda like a screen protector with the actual screen part cut out.
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    haven't decided yet, but I think I might go blue. You know how me and white are..... but that blue is hawt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
    haven't decided yet, but I think I might go blue. You know how me and white are..... but that blue is hawt.
    Way I look at it....if ur gonna do it....might as well be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    I believe i've seen overlays that do just that. Kinda like a screen protector with the actual screen part cut out.
    Well hot damn, I'm pretty interested in this.

    If I were to find out about this 'overlay', Would it be significantly hard to install onto the device?


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    Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
    haven't decided yet, but I think I might go blue. You know how me and white are..... but that blue is hawt.
    I like blue too, but that blue is too deep, too purplish... I wish they had a lighter blue.

    But the red looks really nice too. But I've only ever done small repairs, I don't think I have the confidence to take the whole thing apart and put it back together again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ducky View Post
    I like blue too, but that blue is too deep, too purplish... I wish they had a lighter blue.

    But the red looks really nice too. But I've only ever done small repairs, I don't think I have the confidence to take the whole thing apart and put it back together again...
    Just think of it as lots of small repairs

    Edit: Me and one1 found some cheaper places to get the housing.
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    omg! I did that to my iphone on sunday! i chose pink instead of red. it took me like an hour and a half, but i love it!! Here are some pictures (sorry my camera is awful)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    Just think of it as lots of small repairs

    Edit: Me and one1 found some cheaper places to get the housing.
    But the quality is likely not as good...

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    Thats effin beautiful!

    Damn i wanna do this with a red back!! I tried changing the housing of an old Razr V3i like 2 years ago and kind of messed up and accidentally disconnected the screen permanently lol, i really want to do this but im too afraid id mess it up like my Razr
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    Quote Originally Posted by _ducky View Post
    But the quality is likely not as good...
    Joo think we're stoopid?

    Same case, mucho cheaper. The un-needed glass face is eliminated from the sale from this seller and therefore ax's the price.
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    Very nice.
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    I just got the new LCD in and swapped it out.....I'll post that later....

    Right now Im cussing and screaming because I think I accidentally fried something will doing a repair to the home button

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    I just got the new LCD in and swapped it out.....I'll post that later....

    Right now Im cussing and screaming because I think I accidentally fried something will doing a repair to the home button
    Yikes, I hope it isn't bad


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    ^Well.......it aint good

    Think I tracked it down, but I dont like what I found

    Dont think it was something I do though.

    EDIT: CHECK FIRST POST FOR THE SIMPLE LCD SWAP.
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    can you post a link to the places with cheaper housings?

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    ^One1 has em.

    Few of them were on ebay....same housing minus a few things which I didnt use anyways....and half the price.

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    eBay Store - yeecychu168: Apple iphone: Headphones headset handfree w Mic for Apple iPhone 3G


    This has went from project red case to project F*Ck a duck.
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