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September 11, 2012
My home button was broken and I left if broken for a long time because I was able to use the assist feature in the iOS. But when the speaker stopped working, I knew I had to replace it. It was during this process that I damaged my cellular antenna.
During the speaker replacement I used a tool to help get the cellular antenna off of the speaker and inadvertently broke a small piece on the antenna's underside. The home button repair went great. When I turned the phone back on, as expected, I had severe cellular service issues. So I ordered the cellular antenna (using the $5 coupon I had just received with my home button/speaker) and within a week I had the new antenna in my phone. The repair was very easy when you follow the instructions.
Three pieces of advice:
1) Purchase the magnetic project board. I didn't lose one screw even though I dropped more than a few.
2) wear latex/nitril gloves when you work on your phone, that way you never have to worry about getting the oils from your skin on the metal contacts (which can adversely affect cellular and wifi signal strength).
3) When removing the cellular antenna from the speaker, go slow and only use your fingers to pull it away. Putting something like the ipod pry tool between the antenna and speaker can cause damage to very small components on the underside of the cellular ribbon.
August 29, 2012
Home button worked intermittently, service/antenna intermittent.
Fixed both, followed guides which were very clear and well documented. All set!
Go slow when removing the front screen assembly from the metal cage - the bottom plastic screw holes can easily snap off.
June 21, 2012
My iPhone 4 got dropped into a piece of cake and frosting got into the bottom left speaker opening. I tried to clean it from the outside but the sound from the speaker was still muffled. Ultimately I found the repair guide on iFixIt.com and decided to take the phone apart and attempt a more thorough cleaning. I am eligible for an upgrade on my phone so I figured I had very little to lose. Using tools I already had, I removed the battery and the speaker housing and was able to clean the speaker port completely with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. While reassembling the phone however I didn't notice the little ground "fingers" on the cellular antenna and broke two of them. The phone worked great after reassembly (including the speaker) but I decided to get the right tools and replace the antenna anyway.
With the right tools, the removal of the speaker assembly and replacing the cellular antenna were much easier. My phone is back together and functioning as if it never had any issues.
When tackling a repair on this complex of a phone, don't rush things. read all the little notes on the repair guide, and limit the caffeine intake before hand. :)
Beyond that, I was pleased with how straightforward the repair was.