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GPS antenna damaged... Functionality?

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So I am trying to bring an iPhone 5 back from the grave and I am curious about one thing.... The phone was severly damaged but still managed to power on with a replacement screen. During disassembly though this tab broke off of the logic board.... Did I just destroy any chance I had of resurrecting this phone? Pics attached below. My best guess is that this is for grounding or for another antenna of some sort?

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So upon further research it looks like these are for a GPS antenna.... Does this mean I have no GPS now or just decreased reception?

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I've broke this multiple times before. Not a single customer complained about GPS, Signal, Wi-Fi or bluetooth degradation. Remember to unscrew it next time (There are two phillips head screws for the antennas)

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Thanks for the reply! Sad thing is I did unscrew it and still managed to rip it. These ribbon cables are terrible.....

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The two flex cables are for GPS and cell diversity. Losing cell diversity means poor reception and slower downloads, losing GPS means losing GPS.

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Thanks for the reply! So I wonder how loosing just one of these tabs will have an impact. The reply above seems to say not much at all but I guess we shall see as I do not want to attempt a desolder of the flex cable.

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So if I am reading that right, one corresponds with cell and the other with gps? If so any chance you can tell me which one I broke?

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The broken one is for GPS.

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So the phone is back together and everything seems to be functional. It does acquire gps signal and location with both wifi and cell off. Accuracy seems to be a bit decreased but not terrible. It is still usable!

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