CDMA version of the fourth generation iPhone. Repair is straightforward, but the front glass and LCD must be replaced as a unit. 16 or 32 GB / Model A1349 / CDMA compatibility.

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Accidentally Ripped connection near upper antenna

When the iPhone 4 is open and sitting on the front glass, there is a connection at the top right of the phone. This seems like some type of antenna, however I cannot find the replacement part, not sure if it can be replaced.

The part is being lifted by the pry tool in the first image on this guide (Installing iPhone 4 Verizon Upper Antenna - Step 25):

iPhone 4 Verizon Upper Antenna Replacement

If anyone can name this part or let me know if I would have to replace the whole chassis, I would greatly appreciate it.


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I have also done this and I too cannot find any replacement upper antennas, I think I'm just gonna put I back together and see what happens.


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Old post, but incase someone comes across this with the same question....

Verizon requires antenna diversity from any phone connecting to its network. That means the phone must have more than one CDMA antenna. On the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 there are 4 "breaks" in the metal mid-frame. The top portion of the mid-frame is one CDMA antenna (receive only) and the bottom portion of the mid-frame is the other CDMA antenna (transmit and receive). These are the antennas used to connect to the carrier's network. The side of the mid-frame with the volume buttons is not part of the antenna system while the side opposite the volume buttons is part of the antenna system for GPS and WiFi.

The antenna contact the original poster is asking about is the ground for the top CDMA antenna. It has nothing to do with WiFi and there is no replacement part per se. If this is broken, eventually you will run into reception problems. You may not notice right away, but areas where you had low signal strength before breaking this connection will probably have no signal after breaking it.

There are two options for fixing this. The first is to solder it back on to the top section of the mid-frame. If that is not possible, then you will need to pick up a new mid-frame.

Hope that helps!

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Just put the phone back together and the wifi doesnt work. Im gonna try buying a new one on ebay now I guess

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