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Here is a little guide nothing special just explaining the differences and what needs to be done to make the Verizon Cdma screen assembly work on the new iPhone 4S.
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    Here is a little guide nothing special just explaining the differences and what needs to be done to make the Verizon Cdma screen assembly work on the new iPhone 4S. But before we start why would someone want to do this? Well first off its cheaper to buy the Cdma screens then the 4S screens. If your doing a color conversion there are a lot more colors available for Cdma. And last but not least the market is flooded with Cdma stuff so its easier to get a hold of the parts then it is with the new 4S.



    As you can see from the image above I have highlighted 2 tabs on the back of the screen assembly. These 2 tabs are the only differences between cdma and the 4S screens.

    The first tab in the middle of the screen needs to be simply cut off. When cutting it off you do need to be EXTREMELY careful not to press on the lcd. If you press on the lcd to hard it will distort it. You do need to cut the tab as flush as possible with the frame though. I have been doing this with just some of your basic wire cutters.

    The second tab in the corner of screen is in the right place the only difference between 4S and the cdma screen assembly is where the hole on the tab is actually located. If you take a small bit and a dremel, just widen the whole literally fractions it will line up with the screw hole on the bezel.


    Thats it pretty simple and a cheaper way to fix or change the color of your 4S.

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    Very nice

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    Very nice cowboy

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    Now I just need my new color parts and I'll be all set

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    great tip cowboy!

    Now have use for this cdma front i bought by accident!

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    Haha awesome
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    Haha, awesome guide. I'm new to this, my friend's iPhone 4S was completely SMASHED in the front but the back is perfect as new. So I'm looking for a way to replace her screen but was wondering if the CDMA could fit into the 4S and googled it and this thread came up. (: So any wire cutter and a drill will make it fit into the iPhone 4S perfectly?

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    Yup just be careful
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    Look at the date it was posted there wasn't much out yet for a 4S especially color mods
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    Anyone know what I need to do to use a 4s screen on an iphone 4 cdma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayrod354 View Post
    Anyone know what I need to do to use a 4s screen on an iphone 4 cdma?
    Hi rayrod354... you can follow the same instruction as above.. it works the same way.. you will need to cut those two pieces off then you can install your iphone 4s screen into the CDMA iphone 4.

    ONE question i do have is .. How can we fix the proximity sensor Problem? if I use the iphone 4s screen on the iphone 4 or the other way around, then my sensor stopped working ...anyone got a solution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ybtronic View Post
    Hi rayrod354... you can follow the same instruction as above.. it works the same way.. you will need to cut those two pieces off then you can install your iphone 4s screen into the CDMA iphone 4.

    ONE question i do have is .. How can we fix the proximity sensor Problem? if I use the iphone 4s screen on the iphone 4 or the other way around, then my sensor stopped working ...anyone got a solution?
    Darken the proximity window with a sharpie. The 4S screens are too light.
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    The outside frame on a iphone 4s front assembly can easily be removed from your cracked assembly and put on your CDMA 4 assembly if you ordered the right part. When I say outside frame I mean the plastic rim with the U shaped hooks on it. They come off fairly easy with a razor and glue on just as easy to a different glass/lcd combo.

    I stock all CDMA and GSM 4 parts only. I swap there original frame if it looks good otherwise I do exactly as cowboy has listed here. Makes ordering a lot easier for me.

    Also the drill step really isn't necessary if your weary about it you can leave the screw out but I suggest doing it as well to make sure you get a solid repair.

    If you just so happen to be a repair shop and your looking at his guide I suggest getting some titanium scissors from your local hardware store they slice the side clip off like butter and you don't have to worry about the LCD. Makes it fast and worry free.

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    You did see the date of the original posting right? The date was before the 4S screens became easily and cheaply available.
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    Nice information you share on cdma screen assembly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
    You did see the date of the original posting right? The date was before the 4S screens became easily and cheaply available.
    I was about to say.. lol

    I would never do this now.. There is a reason why they have all those anchor points
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    it is so interesting!

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