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Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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Different Carrier iPhone Logic Board Swap?

I have an AT&t iPhone 5 that got damaged while someone else was trying to replace the battery. While trying to remove the battery they scratched what I think is a flex cable underneath the battery. Now the phone wont show anything on the screen. I also have a Verizon iPhone 5 that is stuck in a boot loop and has a bad IMEI. I was wondering if anyone knows if I can swap the logic boards for these phones. I am aware that AT&T is a GSM carrier and that Verizon is a CDMA carrier, but I don't know if any of the hardware in the phone is different. Any help is appreciated!

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you can switch them, but you might as well just move the VZ screen to the ATT and see what happens. A flex cable under the battery in unlikely to have any bearing on the display as long as the phone is turning on.

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The AT&T iPhone screen light up but it's just black. I'll try the LCD first. Thanks for your response!

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i swapped the boards like this said to and now the sim won't read. everything else is working fine. any suggestions?

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re: rockr411----if backlight is working but you have no image, then you almost certainly have pry damage at connector areas--check under the black sticker. this is repairable.

re: jordan lowry---make sure time/date are correct and give phone a hard reset. report back

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The hardware is different, you may end up with a little or very significant reception issues but I'm not sure, you have to try to find out.

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Everything started working normal after first charge. Successfull swap with no issues whatsoever. It's like I have a new phone

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Hi Tom,

I have an iphone 5s from t-mobile, that has bad imei. Is there anyway to renew, replace imei or this will work if i just swap a new motherboard. Also, do you know where can i buy an original iphone 5s motherboard, and does it matter which phone company is it from? Also, how long was your new motherboard working? I have read different thing on different forum that says it only lasted 3 months?

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I have been successful with this swap every time. The hardware is exactly the same.

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Is this new phone known based on the logic board or the rest of the hardware? I mean if I put a Tmobile logic board into Sprint - should I consider a GSM Tmobile?

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I am not sure if I am reading correct are you saying that if I change the motherboard of my Verizon Iphone 5 with a AT&T motherboard it will work and fit properly?

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You can switch logic boards and everything will work fine. I just installed my Verizon logic board from my phone into an AT&T GSM phone body. Works perfectly. My sleep wake button work again and there are zero antenna issues.

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Ryu I'm curious as well. Has anyone else successfully implemented the swap??

Also, like the question above, does anyone know where to purchase an original iphone 5 logicboard?

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Will swapping wipe out the icloud or will that still be locked after the swap<

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When you change a logic board it is basically a completely different phone.

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Is this new phone known based on the logic board or the rest of the hardware? I mean if I put a Tmobile logic board into Sprint - should I consider the phone as a GSM Tmobile?

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