Dropped the iPhone

Posted by: John Rougeux

Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 09:28 AM

and it landed on one corner on the concrete sidewalk! The glass cracked.

Will Apple fix it?
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 09:39 AM

Yup, they'll fix it for $199. sick

So, moral of the story is: don't listen to people who say not to get a case for your phone. I don't know if it would have prevented the glass from breaking, but it couldn't have hurt.

The way it landed, right on the corner, is probably why it caused so much damage.

I feel sick right now. This will be my last iPhone. I am not going to be paying this amount of money for something that can be broken so easily.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 09:47 AM

Any hand held piece of tech can be easily broken. Ever drop a laptop? wink
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 09:56 AM

when I had one, no, I never dropped it.

I'm just feeling sick. dammit dammit dammit
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:09 AM

For $199, is an upgrade about the same price? No insurance, huh?
Posted by: SgtBaxter

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:17 AM

I thought the moral was don't be a klutz. smile
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:19 AM

I'm not due for an upgrade yet until next year. Just got this phone. It's the 32GB 3Gs one.

AT&T offers insurance but you had to have purchased it within the first 30 days.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:19 AM

the dang thing is slick and it's cold outside. frown
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:26 AM

I have found this place...wonder if it's reliable?

http://www.iplaypower.com/
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:33 AM

Dunno. See if they are licensed and bonded?
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:48 AM

I just watched this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mboB8p-sdw

Seems like a pretty easy thing to do.
Posted by: carp

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:50 AM

WoW thats a bummer .

How large is the crack , I mean can you still use the phone ? I so maybe just hang on to it until the next upgrade cycle .

Get a case and maybe those clear glass covers ?
Posted by: carp

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 11:02 AM

Yeah that does look easy to do - For me just not sure if I can work with screws that small ?
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 11:06 AM

I purchased this just now on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180468709042#ht_3167wt_1167

Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 11:07 AM

Going for the DYI. Let us know how it works out.
Posted by: carp

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 11:27 AM

Cool even comes with the tools , let us know how it goes .
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 12:06 PM

I will. The parts are coming in next week.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 12:55 PM

I went thru this with 2 friends. After much research we found that this can be fixed for.. I wanna say it was less than $30.00



I have a great, hard-type case that has protected my original iPhone from 3 drops from about 3 feet up.

I now have the 3Gs and have the updated case and holster.
You are correct in the fact that it's a slippery lil bugger.


Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 01:02 PM

so they replaced the glass themselves?

That's what I'm going to do. The parts cost around $19 on ebay.
Posted by: EzyriderTX

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 01:45 PM

I replaced my screen on a 2nd gen iPhone and it works like a charm. My son uses it as a Touch with a camera now. I use one of those rubber-like silicon protectors and I've dropped it a couple of times on concrete and nada. Plus the silicon is like super grip material. It is hard to drop it with that stuff surrounding it...looks cool too.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 01:49 PM

So how was replacing the screen? Is it as painless as it looks on youtube?
Posted by: zwei

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 03:32 PM

My co-worker's wife just dropped hers in the toilet. Her home button no longer works, but everything else does.

Needless to say she's gonna be out $200 as well.

schploop.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 04:06 PM

That's a bummer John.

Read through the comments to get tips from people that did it wrong. I guess removing the LCD screen is tricky, it can crack easily.
Posted by: six_of_one

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 06:00 PM

Oddly enough, i just ran into a person who did exactly the same thing: accidentally dropped her iPhone in the toilet -- and experienced the same result: only the Home button seemed affected ...

Perhaps the home button doesn't like latrines ;-)
Posted by: zwei

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/19/10 10:26 PM

Originally Posted By: six_of_one
Oddly enough, i just ran into a person who did exactly the same thing: accidentally dropped her iPhone in the toilet -- and experienced the same result: only the Home button seemed affected ...

Perhaps the home button doesn't like latrines ;-)

I found out later that's not the first phone she's sent to the blue lagoon. Just the most expensive :|
Posted by: padmavyuha

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/20/10 12:45 AM

the iPhone - still No 1!

smile
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/21/10 08:12 AM

and NO. 2 too!

Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/21/10 10:18 AM

Same thing with my Touch. The Home button is the only thing affected. I have to blow in the port to get it to work sometimes.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 02:38 PM

Parts came in. Preparing to disassemble iPhone...wish me luck!
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 02:43 PM

Step by step photos? wink
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 03:04 PM

perhaps...;)
Posted by: carp

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 04:04 PM

Originally Posted By: MacBozo
Step by step photos? wink


Yeah

And with the Dancing Gals and the Cast of Thousands laugh
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 04:15 PM

so far only 2 hard parts:

One of the screws holding the LCD (actually, the 1st one I tried to unscrew) was HARD to get loose. All the others were ok.

Heating up the glue to remove the glass. I only have a hair dryer, so it's taking a long time.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 05:39 PM

Got it together, but having issues with it starting up. First time, it started up just fine, but the touch screen wasn't working.

2nd time, it wouldn't go past the Apple. Not sure what to do.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 05:44 PM

The anticipation's killing me.
I assume we only get photos if it works, right? wink
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 05:54 PM

you'll get photos whether it works or not.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 06:07 PM

Well, the touch screen doesn't work. I think it's the digitizer, which means that I'll probably have to buy another one. But this time not from ebay.

Hardest parts:
#1: getting the screws back in
#2: getting the paper off of the adhesive
#3: heating up the glue to get the glass off (not hard, just took longer than I expected
#4: putting the cables back in

Edit:
The phone does boot past the apple, just can't get the touch screen to work. Reading in the comments, I noticed mine doesn't say Apple on the digitizer cable. It says APPIE. This could be the problem, since the digitizer is what makes the touch work.
Posted by: carp

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 06:31 PM

APPIE ? Is that Chinese for Apple laugh

Anyway thats a bummer to go through all that hassle and not have it work .
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 07:08 PM

Cables 1 and 2 clicked in? From the youtube link the guy says cable 1 is the touch screen.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/22/10 07:13 PM

yeah, they clicked in. #2 doesn't seem to actually click in though.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/23/10 04:03 AM

So I'm going to attempt to return the screen. The guy emailed me and asked what model I had...and I responded that since the touch screen doesn't work, I can't very well check! heh so I googled it and told him that I *think* it's MBsomething.


I ordered the part from here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Browse/iPhone so hopefully this time it'll work.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/25/10 03:07 PM

Parts are in...time for my 2nd attempt. Wish me luck! heh
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/25/10 04:01 PM

This time it was really easy since I knew what I was doing and the glass came off a WHOLE lot easier. Putting the screws back in still was a pain, but they went in.

Powering up now...
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/25/10 04:13 PM

Success!
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/25/10 05:24 PM

WOO HOO!
Second try is always easier.
Way to go John!
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 02/26/10 11:35 AM

Originally Posted By: John Rougeux
Success!


Glad it worked. smile

I'm just passing through, looking for where-to
post a post about IMPROVING "THE GRIPPI"NESS
of our Super-Slick devices...
I GUESS in the Accessories Forum...
if you're interested(curious), follow me there.
Posted by: zwei

Re: Dropped the iPhone - 03/02/10 06:40 AM

Good to hear!