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iPhone 5 CDMA - GSM Swap

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iPhone 4

iPhone 4 Power & Lock Button Replacement

iPhone 4 Power & Lock Button Replacement

15 - 30 minutes

Difficult

My Problem

My friend was offered $38 for his iPhone 4S because the (+) volume button and the power button were broken. After $50 in parts/tools, he received $220 for the fixed phone. In addition, I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile three months ago with my unlocked CDMA iPhone 5, originally purchased outright in 2012. Since T-Mobile is on the GSM network, I purchased an unlocked GSM iPhone 5 on eBay for $250. The buttons barely worked and the screen was very scratched, so I swapped the screens and buttons with my CDMA phone. I now have a GSM iPhone 5 in amazing condition, and sold the CDMA iPhone 5 for $220 to a third party buyer.

My Fix

The repairs were both flawless. They were both time consuming (2-3 hours each), but this was also my first time.

My Advice

Please make the guides clearer about the specific tools required. Sometimes the tool list jumps into two columns, and this makes it hard to look at as a "check list." I missed the fact that I needed a flathead screwdriver for my repairs and had to improvise with a flat hair clip.

iPhone 4S Power and Sensor Cable Image
iPhone 4S Power and Sensor Cable

$19.99

Phillips #000 Screwdriver Image
Phillips #000 Screwdriver

$8.99

P2 Pentalobe Screwdriver iPhone Image
P2 Pentalobe Screwdriver iPhone

$8.99

iSclack Image
iSclack

$24.99

iFixit Opening Tool Image
iFixit Opening Tool

$1.99

iPhone 4 and 4S Power and Lock Button Image
iPhone 4 and 4S Power and Lock Button

$4.99

iPhone 4 and 4S Volume Button Image
iPhone 4 and 4S Volume Button

$4.99

iPhone 4 (GSM/AT&T) Headphone Jack & Volume Control Cable Image
iPhone 4 (GSM/AT&T) Headphone Jack & Volume Control Cable

$14.99

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