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Ok, I have a question for you guys... I run a small but successful iPhone repair shop, (no i'm not fishing for business). My question is simple... If you can
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    Default Etched iPhone Back?
    Ok, I have a question for you guys...

    I run a small but successful iPhone repair shop, (no i'm not fishing for business). My question is simple...

    If you can have the back of your iPhone 3G, 3Gs or 4G laser etched to either reflect a name, personal message or picture, would you do it?

    If you would, how much would you pay for it?

    I just want to see if the ends justifies the means.

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    Polycarbonate and laser don't go well together, so forget about 3G and 3GS. As for trying to get relevant market data from an online forum, be it as good as modmyi, you won't be getting it.

    Just buy the engraver for a few hundreds and have it ready. It'll pay for itself in a matter of months. Alternatively, sacrifice a few backplates and take them to an engraver, then put them out on display. See if anyone asks about it.

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    I'd do it if it wouldn't void my warranty. I'd probably spend $20 tops on it for text. I dunno about the picture, that's probably more subjective in terms of price, as that would be a more difficult task.


    Just my opinion as well, but I'd much rather trust an iPhone repair shop to do it than a normal engraver like Things Remembered or something... You guys know the hardware better since you play around with it all day. Regular engravers are used to regular glass and bulky metal products.

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    I think it'd be cool / discrete to engrave the metal frame. Make sure the machine has at least 2.5" Z-Axis travel.

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    Id say upwards of 75-80 bucks on tching a iphone 4 glass back with a full design just text 20-25 3g and 3gs i wouldnt even bother doing its to hard and probably wont look good.
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    I wouldn't want to hurt resale so count me out

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    Depends if its text or design
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    I could see this happening. $15 and I am in. Graphics would be great.

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    Well, after some trials and tribulations...

    Thanks for the responses guys. I have been checking in to the whole idea and have made some headway.

    Basically, having your name or a short message engraved into an iPhone 3G or 3Gs would be around $30.

    An actual image (basic image) would cost somewhere around the tune of $40

    For an iPhone 4G it would cost around $30 as well with a large design on the back around $40-$45.

    But this is my main problem....

    What is invloved is having to prepay for this, not to mention having to send in your device to have it done. Either this, or a new rear housing would have to be used. (it's obviously much easier with an iPhone 4, a new back can be engraved and shipped to you)

    All involved, it still involves sending in your phone to have it done and waiting for your phone to come back.

    Lets remove the fact that you don't know me. Say you know me personally and trust me with your phone. Are you willing to wait and be without your phone for probably a week? Maybe slightly more?

    If you have an iPhone 4, are you comfortable with having a new engraved back sent to you and you place it on yourself?

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    3G/S owners are most likely not willing to spend on decorations, much less go through the hassle of shipping and overall high cost. Keep the 3G/S business exclusively local.

    As far as the 4 is concerned, you could keep a stock of backplates to ship out engraved, together with a prepaid return label for the owner's original (which you buy back only if it's in 100% new condition).

    Again, just buy the machine, make sure it has at least 3" on the Z, don't spend more than $1000, start local and see how it goes. The online engraving business is crowded, though you could tap into the iPhone 4 niche if you do it as I described above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tHeiPhonegUy View Post
    Are you willing to wait and be without your phone for probably a week? Maybe slightly more?
    I could try, but I'd probably crack up. I can barely stand being away from it during the time it takes to reboot.

    Quote Originally Posted by tHeiPhonegUy View Post
    If you have an iPhone 4, are you comfortable with having a new engraved back sent to you and you place it on yourself?
    To the average user, this would be too much to ask. Heck, even some people on this forum aren't comfortable with it.

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    Why not just get a custom case for it? 0.0

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    Ok. So I have gone through the trials and tribulations of engraving the iPhone 4 back and checking how it works and so forth.

    This is the deal...

    You would purchase a new iPhone back and your engraving. Total cost would be around $75. (For normal writing like names and etc. It would cost more obviously if there was something more intricate.)

    This would ship to you in a package including a screwdriver to replace the back yourself. Instructions to take off and replace the back would be included.
    You would keep your original back, just in case you have to send it in to Apple for any reason.
    Although I like the idea of having the original back sent in, there are too many variables the can cause issues. i.e. scratches and so forth. While someone might say there are no scratches there still may be some.

    Replacing the back is not a hair raising experience. It's the easiest thing I have seen. The hardest part is taking the screws out.

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    Do you have pics of your work?
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    This is what it currently looks like at the moment.

    <a href="http://www.imagebam.com/image/be437f117387025" target="_blank"><img src="http://thumbnails13.imagebam.com/11739/be437f117387025.jpg" alt="imagebam.com"></a>

    Now keep in mind, this was simply a quick pass through with the laser in order to get it up and running. Obviously anything elaborate and more than just simple text and small clip art is going to bump the price around quite a but. But you get the general idea.
    Last edited by tHeiPhonegUy; 01-30-2011 at 12:33 PM.

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    I got the photo working. Looks good. iPhone 4 is definitely the way to go with this.

    I just realized that you are in the same state as me, but on the other side of the state:P

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbounce View Post
    I got the photo working. Looks good. iPhone 4 is definitely the way to go with this.

    I just realized that you are in the same state as me, but on the other side of the state:P
    You in okc area?
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    Philly. tHeiPhonegUy is out of Erie PA.
    Last edited by jbounce; 01-31-2011 at 09:06 PM.

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    Your right. I'm in the Erie Area. Actually in the paper as well Rich's iPhone Repair.

    You can see the picture of the etching here

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