Fourth generation iPhone. Repair is straightforward, but the front glass and LCD must be replaced as a unit. GSM / 8, 16, or 32 GB capacity / Model A1332 / Black and White.

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Contemplating whether or not iPhone would be worth repair?

I have an iPhone 4 Rev A (8GB) with a damaged LCD and digitizer. The phone has no warranty, so Apple wouldn't be able to help me in this situation.

When connected to iTunes, the iPhone responds well - everything shows up, such as my phone number, serial number, etc - I can even restore the device. However, strangely enough, the phone seems to be completely unresponsive. Despite the damaged LCD, I can still see the backlight which stays on indefinitely until the device's battery goes flat. The lock button doesn't seem to turn the screen off. Another problem is that when plugged into a power source, the charge noise seems to repeat constantly every 15 seconds, whether the iPhone is on silent or not. I can't take screenshots or anything either.

The phone is activated, freshly restored and, according to iTunes, is running fine. I can even install apps and music to my device. But the phone itself is acting very strangely. When I try to call the phone, it rings for a second and then instantly goes to voicemail. The phone doesn't vibrate when the ringer switch is toggled. But, the charge noise can be heard through earphones if they're connected.

I do believe there is life left in the phone - would it be worth getting the front panel replaced? Or is this phone dead? The phone worked perfectly fine before the LCD and digitizer became damaged, and for a little while after too. But after a week or so, when it'd been sat in my drawer for a while, this has happened. I've also checked the liquid indicators, and they're all still white, so I'm guessing the phone hasn't gotten wet at all.

Is my phone worth the repair?

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I think whether or not to attempt repair in this case depends on how many kids you have, and how many of them need a phone or iTouch ;)

If you have a use for an 8gb iPhone, and enjoy troubleshooting as a hobby and the satisfaction of returning something to good use, then go for it. From a cash perspective though, probably not worth it.

I'd try to plug in a screen from a known good iPhone 4, ask friends to see if anyone has one laying around, to see if your phone will produce an image. It may be that your phone has the error message "do you trust this computer" or something similar and is boing boinging to get you to respond.

If there is no image with a known good screen, inspect the board for damage---you may have damaged a small filter near the LCD connector that is causing your display issue. If a known good screen doesn't work, then pursuing this phone would just be for the love of a puzzle :)

just my two cents.


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i would say pop it open and remove the main board. then let the main board soak in %91 or higher isopropal alcohol, i've had water damaged iphones do this to me. the white lcd may be a broken lcd that's how i got my first iphone that i use to this day. try replacing the lcd in the alcohol fixes the other problems.

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?? this kind of sounds like a waste of time for a phone that has not been water damaged


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