The truth about iPhone 3G Glass and Digitizer Replacement!

Hello everyone, I’m still here at the office watching my techs finish a batch of iPhone 3G Digitizers and Glass replacements and realized that there is a lot of question and controversy out there regarding this particular repair.  We’ve been hearing it from our customers all week.  Our website has been busy taking an astounding number of orders for this repair as it appears that it’s going to be our highest demand iPhone 3G repair.

The dreaded iPhone 3G “cracked glass” issue!

Apparently, you can buy a replacement iPhone 3G Glass panel on eBay for +/- $20.  (somewhere in that range)  Let me tell you now-  this will NOT repair your iPhone 3G!  These are glass panels ONLY and DO NOT come with the digitizer pre-attached.  The digitizer is the second layer that sits just under the glass top.  There is NO WAY to remove your digitizer and reinstall it onto a replacement glass panel.  If you’re looking to do this repair yourself, make sure that you buy the replacement glass panel and digitzer assembly as a unit!

I’ve also heard that you can’t just replace the digitizer/glass assembly, but rather you need the entire front panel including the home button and bracketry.  This is also incorrect.  Frankly, that would make this repair MUCH EASIER to perform, however it’s not necessary and these “complete” assemblies are not available in the market at this time.  Trust us, we know.

The basic procedure is first disassembling the iPhone, removing the entire front panel and then slowly removing the damaged cracked glass and digitizer from the frame.  The cool part about this is that other repair centers are using a utility knife to “pry” the glass out of the bezel which is a huge concern if you care about dings or nicks on your iPhone.

We here at Mission Repair have developed a system of removing the front digitizer without the “prying” technique.  I wish that I could tell you the specifics but for now you’ll just have to trust me that this method is very gentle and successful.  We WILL NOT incur further damage to your iPhone after we receive it.

Well that’s all for now but I just wanted to shed some light on the iPhone 3G “glass” issue.  Be careful if you plan to do this repair yourself; however if you are successful please let me know and send over your resume, we’re always looking for great technicians!  Ha!

See you later, Ryan

3 thoughts on “The truth about iPhone 3G Glass and Digitizer Replacement!

  1. I would have to say that in my experience this has been a pretty simple fix to do. I have had to do it on my daughters iPhone on two different occasions and it goes rather quickly. Of course it may be a bit easier to have a method of removing the adhesive other than taking the time to remove it by hand. I refuse to use the heat methods given the problems that have shown from that. If you really are interested in having someone working for you please feel free to contact me back. Always looking to expand my digital office a bit.

  2. The repair looks very straight forward. My question is if it is the right repair to do. The glass on my phone has no visual breaks in it, yet the image behind it is fractured, from the lower right corner up. Is it possible that the LCD is broken, and the glass remains intact? And if so, is that repairable? Mine is a 3Gs.

  3. Pingback: The truth about the iPhone 4 Glass Replacement! « Mission:Repair Blog

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