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Hey guys,

I'm looking to replace the front and back glass, and I'm guessing I should just replace the LCD while at it, of a broken iPhone 4 I found in the street by my house. I've already turned it on and everything works great. Anyone ever done the same and can recommend a place to buy parts? I say a 28 dollar kit on amazon and ebay for the front glass/lcd but the reviews say its junk. I wouldn't mind spending 75-100 bucks in parts if I had to.
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I often repair iphones, (have done 3, 3gs, 4, 4s, and will be working on a 5 soon) I almost always buy them on ebay.

few things to look out for:
WHICH CARRIER! i think the 4/4s is slightly different between cdma and gsm carriers (sprint and verizon are the same screens)
USA Seller
OEM (not "oem quality" or anything that sounds like it)
come with tools (you need a small number 0 screwdriver, the ones that come with most suck. also you will need a very small torx that comes with most that include tools)

Even if i have done a repair a hundred times, i always follow the guide on www.ifixit.com (link)

edit: also, the LCD is glued to the glass, so make sure not to buy a screen that does not have LCD. as long as you follow the guide, it is difficult to screw the phone up. keep track using a piece of paper of all of the screws. i find it useful to have a notepad and draw an iphone at each layer. usually takes 1 or 2 drawings to keep track of each screw. they need to go back where they came from.

you will need to fully disassemble the phone (almost) in order to replace the front glass. will probably be about $50 in parts and would take me about an hour to replace it all (take your time though)
Edited by rocker22dallas - 8/30/13 at 3:04pm
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What do you think of this, out of curiosity?

http://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Premium-Screen-Replacement-Repair/dp/B00822ZF3K/ref=sr_1_19?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1377899243&sr=1-19&keywords=iphone+4+replacement+screen

Couple college students started this company up a few years ago and apparently offer a pretty good service. Think the LCD is of any higher quality than anything on ebay?
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that actually looks pretty good. its only a little expensive. really, that one has 2 things over the cheap ebay ones (which i have had no issue with if i paid around $35 for the front screen) and that is that the tools look much more useful, and the little mesh earpiece thing is pre-installed. you will still need to swap over the home button, but the earpiece can sometimes be more trouble than it is worth. that being said, i wouldn't pay an extra $25 when i already have a little mesh piece of metal and can swap it.

Another plus of that screen, is that Amazon is great, and will refund or replace even if the company you bought it from on there refuses. possibly could try to find an OEM quality screen. I usually look at about 10 of them priced around $35 and choose the best looking one (i use ebay just because)
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I also like the Prime shipping. I'll look around. Might just go eBay since I need to replace the back glass too and I don't think these guys are packaging it.

I appreciate the help
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the back screen is nothing, don't pay more than like $5 for it. that is the first thing you take off to get to the front screen, then you take out the battery and the guts of the phone, then loosten the 6 screws on the sides and remove the 4 (one on each corner) then pull the front screen off, swap in the home button and mesh on ear piece, put the front back on, guts back in, new back on, and it is done
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