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iPhone Assembly - What's Stopping it?

Hi, now that we have the complete list of parts from iSuppli for the iPhone 4 - do you think it will be possible to assemble this yourself - hypothetically speaking. What's to stop of it from working. For instance, what about the IMEI and things like that if one DID manage to source the parts and assemble.

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building a phone from parts is of course possible, you can start with a naked pcb and put all the smd parts on it - that is not really the problem - surely - depending on the phone, it could make some trouble to program it. the imei can be a problem - but that depends on your hardware/software/knowledge.

the imei has nothing to do with the carrier - the imei is a number that combines the country of origin, the manufacturer and a serial number, it closes with a checksum.

in many modern devices - the imei is not changeable - for a "regular user" with a data cable - but when you have the right hardware - you can do many things - many phones were "modified" with a jtag interface and the right voltage.

anyhow - it's possible to rebuild (or even fake) a phone - thats why there are blank iPhone pcb's on the chinese market ;-)

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I'm not expert on the subject at all, but if you had every single part supplied to you, I don't really see anything stopping you from assembling all of the parts yourself.

I'm going to take a (big) guess that the IMEI is associated with the logic board, so if you buy a brand new logic board intended as a replacement, it should have a valid IMEI. You'd still need to get the phone activated with a carrier so that they would recognize the IMEI though I would assume.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, as this is just a shot in the dark.

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Assuming you received all the parts ready for install... including all the associated ribbons... Yes. If you just happen to receive a bucket full of all the parts, your phone could be the size of a iPad or bigger. I don't know about other people, but I think the engineers who fit everything inside the iPhone are artists.

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no, they are simply technicians and computers whose job it is, to fit the needed electronics into the stuff that designers had perpetrated. maybe it sounds harsh, but it's only a phone - nothing more - nothing less.

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Has anyone had any luck sourcing all of the parts?

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Hey Guys, I have received 630 items to date! waiting on the other 27 items!

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nice - but even when you have every part - you would have to deal with the imei. i never seen something about the iphone 4, but some people rewriting the imei on the iphone 3g/3gs - but you would most likely go deep inside the scene and bring some money - those kind of hardware isn't cheap

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