Phones can be prone to problems that require replacement parts to fix them. Often this is an economical solution, and many replacement parts are available through online retailers and direct from manufacturers. The technology, rather than the hardware of a phone, is the most expensive part, and things like case covers, keyboards and lenses are all replaceable items.
Make a Note of Brand Name, Model and Number
In many cases, phones are expensive items and owners are understandably reluctant to pay out for a new one, but they need not do so when replacement parts can solve the problem. Browsing the Internet will return plenty of information regarding damage to mobile phones and how to dismantle them safely when executing repairs. Once the model has been identified by its manufacturer, range, and series, the items available as replacement parts are listed and whether they have compatibility with other models of the same make. With this information, a phone owner can then shop around and compare prices for the best deal to make their repairs. Major brands wish to retain customers and understand that the price of a new phone may be prohibitive so they supply genuine parts for repair. It is essential that the replacement parts for a mobile phone are for the correct model. Although mobile phones may look alike, the positioning and size of seemingly identical components can differ. In such small items, millimetres do make a difference to effective fitting and task. A silicone rubber keypad must cover exactly the buttons corresponding to the characters the user sees at the front of the phone, and on/off buttons need to be the right shape and size to guarantee effective function.
Use the Correct Tools
Several small components readily suffer damage through wear and tear.Buttons, antennas, and battery covers, keypads, screens, and track pads may get scuffed, scratched, or cracked, and although this may not impair function, the damage can affect the appearance of the mobile phone. In order to be able to perform the repair, it is imperative the correct tools are used. These are often included in replacement kits, and they vary from model to model. Screwdrivers, opening tools, and tool boxes to store these tiny specialist tools are all available to buy online. Using an adapted home-made tool or hex/allen key could damage screw heads, and although they might undo the screw, they could have caused such damage that it is impossible to do them up again. The correct Torx T6 screwdriver that is used for many phones will make the job easier.
Damage to Phones
Cosmetic repairs usually affect the external housing of the phone and can easily be done by most people with the correct tools and a set of step-by-step instructions and of course, the correct parts for the model of phone. The outcome of exposure to moisture results in cosmetic damage, but it can also cause corrosion of metal parts inside the phone. Circuit boards, plugs, and pins can suffer damage that renders the phone inoperable, but it may not be beyond repair. Such damage may occur from regular use with wet hands and if that is the situation, consider a protective cover after repairs have been made to avoid similar malfunctions in the future. If a phone has got wet, do make sure it is completely dry before switching it on in order to avoid damaging the internal workings.
Hot and Cold
Excessive heat may also damage a phone, and a manufacturer’s warranty may not cover this type of damage as they state the levels of temperature tolerance for optimum performance in their handbooks. A car will heat up immensely in direct sunlight, and a phone left on a dashboard or car seat can reach critical temperatures that affect the battery and electronics. Similarly, extreme cold can also make a phone temperamental and prevent the screen from displaying correctly. However, spare parts are available to fix the problem.
Replacement Parts at Bargain Prices
Sometimes phone owners give up on their damaged phones and sell them for spare parts. It is possible to find bargain replacement parts by purchasing a model that has damage different to the phone requiring repair. The damaged parts from one phone can be exchanged for the working parts of the other. Read any description closely to ensure the model matches the phone requiring repair and also what particular damage the phone for sale has suffered. Having retrieved the parts required to make the repair and cannibalised the phone, it could still be a sellable item for another purchaser requiring different parts to make their own repairs. If this is the case, the repair could end up costing nothing other than time and effort.
Shape and Form
The shape or form of a phone will greatly affect the types of parts required as replacement. Bar phones, slim cuboids, usually have all the functions on the front side and are the most common form for touch screen phones. As the screen is exposed, it can be prone to damage and may need replacement if it becomes scuffed or cracked. Some models have a rim that makes the screen slightly recessed and offers some protection but any direct impact upon the screen can cause damage. They may have tactile keypads or QWERTY keyboards depending on the make. Clamshell, or flip phones are two-part structures that open and close on a hinge between the two pieces. The top part of a flip phone usually contains the display screen and the lower part, the keypad. Slider phones vary in the number of movable parts, though it is commonly two. Sliding the phone up or down may activate different functions. Normally the screen is the uppermost component, and the keyboard is hidden beneath until it is extended for use and then it retracts back under the screen when no longer required. Sliding phones usually have QWERTY keyboards because of the extra space afforded by their design. Swivel phones operate in a similar way to a sliding phone but open along a corner that swivels to reveal the keyboard underneath.
Types of keyboards used on mobile phones
Tactile keypads have only 12 buttons with digits 0-9 and star and hash keys. The alphabet features on keys 2-9 and depending on the make and model, number 1, star, 0, and hash may provide other functions for punctuation, extra symbols and change of style from capitals to lower case, and predictive text function on or off.
QWERTY keyboards follow the same layout as keyboards for typing. Separate keys are assigned to individual alphabetic, symbol, and numeric characters.
Touch Screen keypads operate on screen, and the user can choose either tactile or QWERTY options for writing or dialling.
Preparations When Replacing Parts of a Mobile Phone
Read the instructions beforehand to anticipate when the phone will begin to come to pieces and to familiarise the names of parts removed and where they should be returned. Follow the instructions and use the correct tools. Apply only as much pressure as suggested in the instructions. Never touch a new elastomer with naked hands. Work in a dry, static-free area and have a container nearby for the components removed. Handle the phone and all the parts with care. If the instructions have been accessed online, make a printed copy so that the items removed can be ticked off and checked when replacing them. A magnifying glass may help enlarge the view of small areas where jack points or circuitry require attention. Set the phone in the same position as any photographs provided in instructions, and do not skip any steps..
Make the most of search engines and browsing for the required replacement parts, and with the information gleaned, check eBay for replacement parts that are compatible with the phone. Many repair shops will identify what the problem might be if it is not obvious to the user and then simply order what is required and perform the repair as a DIY exercise.