1. andino's Avatar
    So I've been looking into getting a CDMA iphone and I want to change the faceplate and backplate. I did a few searches but I couldn't find the right combo of keywords to bring up any results. As far as I can tell though, I think that the faceplate and backplates are exchangable on the the GSM and CDMA phones but I would like to get a definitive answer before I go out to buy the parts and the phone.

    I'm wondering if anyone has done a swap already or has compared the pieces to see if the parts are interchangeable. If not then I'll probably be a guiena pig and order the parts when I order my iphone. Would be nice though to know ahead of time its going to work haha

    Thanks!
    03-27-2011 05:34 PM
  2. korp#IM's Avatar
    Well the size should be the same, the difference would be the location of the volume and mute buttons on the side.
    03-27-2011 06:15 PM
  3. andino's Avatar
    ^^ Yeah I realize that but I don't plan on replacing the mid plate. Only the face and battery cover. I don't think the locations of the mounting points for those differ between models. I guess that would bring up another possible issue though >_<
    03-27-2011 06:18 PM
  4. Asunners's Avatar
    Does this void the warranty? Can they tell you changed them (assuming you change them back before bringing it in)?

    I am also interested in changing the backplate and would be interested in your results.
    03-27-2011 07:43 PM
  5. andino's Avatar
    Pretty sure it will void warranty since I'd have to take apart the whole phone to get to the frontplate/LCD screen. Not sure if they could tell without opening up the phone (assuming there are no marks on the exterior suggesting it was taken apart) so you might be able to go in for a warranty issue. It would probably be up the chance though.
    03-27-2011 07:47 PM
  6. ghostface147's Avatar
    No. They are not interchangeable. Mounting tabs are different in the display assembly and the back cover has slightly different tabs as well.
    Last edited by ghostface147; 03-27-2011 at 08:04 PM.
    03-27-2011 07:56 PM
  7. andino's Avatar
    ^^ Have you tried it? Or can you link me to somewhere that says that they're different? I just would like some background as to how you go to your conclusion.
    03-27-2011 07:59 PM
  8. Fausty82's Avatar
    First, why? What's the point?

    Second, there are model/reference numbers on the back... do they differ between GSM and CDMA versions? I'm guessing they do, but I only have a GSM iPhone4 with me, so I can't check...

    Mine says:

    Model A1332 EMC 380A FCCID: BCG-E2380A IC: 579C-E2380A
    Last edited by Fausty82; 03-27-2011 at 08:10 PM.
    03-27-2011 08:04 PM
  9. andino's Avatar
    ^^ Why? Because I can and I like to mess with my phone.

    I don't have access to either phones at the moment since I haven't order it yet. Which is why I turned to the forums because I was hoping you could help me out.
    03-27-2011 08:07 PM
  10. ghostface147's Avatar
    Anyone who knows where to find a verizon iPhone teardown on google can tell you the same thing. Perhaps if it was the first thing you searched before you opened this thread, you wouldn't have had to start it.

    But by all means, procure the parts and let me know how it goes when you get them.
    03-27-2011 08:09 PM
  11. Fausty82's Avatar
    ^^ Why? Because I can and I like to mess with my phone.

    I don't have access to either phones at the moment since I haven't order it yet. Which is why I turned to the forums because I was hoping you could help me out.
    Well, then... knock yourself out... but again, I don't see the point or the need... but whatever floats your boat
    03-27-2011 08:10 PM
  12. andino's Avatar
    I looked at a few teardowns. To me, there wasn't enough info given to conclude that they would or would not be compatible.

    edit: @hank- yeah most people don't but its kinda fun to have a phone that's different from everyone elses. I also mod cars so maybe its transferred from that haha
    03-27-2011 08:12 PM
  13. korp#IM's Avatar
    Oh I see ... you are actually trying to change it I thought you were talking about a case.
    03-27-2011 08:14 PM
  14. andino's Avatar
    ^^ Yeah haha. Sorry if I wasn't clear about that in the OP
    03-27-2011 08:15 PM
  15. ghostface147's Avatar
    I looked at a few teardowns. To me, there wasn't enough info given to conclude that they would or would not be compatible.
    I guess you didn't look hard enough. One very popular site that many on here may refer to when looking for parts or tools to do some ifixit stuff clearly said it wasn't compatible.
    03-27-2011 08:17 PM
  16. andino's Avatar
    I'll take a look at that one. Thanks
    03-27-2011 08:18 PM
  17. cp9102's Avatar
    ^^ Have you tried it? Or can you link me to somewhere that says that they're different? I just would like some background as to how you go to your conclusion.
    I HAVE TRIED it and the back plates ARE NOT the same. As of now, and trust me i've searched the web endlessly, there are NO back plates for the CDMA/Verizon iphone. If you try and use a GSM back plate on a Verizon phone it WILL NOT FIT.

    I bought a brushed metal back plate off the internet prior to getting my Verizon iphone and when it arrived i took the factory back plate off and attempted to put on the new metal one, and NO LUCK. As stated by another poster, the attachment tabs that secure the back plates to the phone are in different locations on the Verizon phone.

    If you're still skeptical, try it yourself, but it ain't gonna work.
    04-02-2011 02:16 PM
  18. generik777's Avatar
    Ghostface is correct. If you want proof, go here and scroll down to step 7 which states this "The back covers are very similar, but not interchangeable."
    04-02-2011 04:08 PM
  19. wrxnfx's Avatar
    Thanks, guys! This is some of the info I wanted to confirm as well! Wanted to change to a metal back, too, but I guess I'll have to wait or it might not come out at all. At least, I won't waste money on something that won't fit!
    04-05-2011 02:42 PM
  20. Asunners's Avatar
    I just ordered a black and silver metal backs (one each, not two colors) that are supposed to fit the Verizon (labeled CDMA on the site) from cnn.cn. I'll let you know how it works out.
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    04-18-2011 03:51 PM
  21. andino's Avatar
    ^^ I saw those the other day. Truesupplier also has some backs for the CDMA version. Nothing I really like yet from either site so I'm gonna wait a bit longer
    04-18-2011 03:53 PM
  22. wrxnfx's Avatar
    I just ordered a black and silver metal backs (one each, not two colors) that are supposed to fit the Verizon (labeled CDMA on the site) from cnn.cn. I'll let you know how it works out.
    Nice find! I ordered a gunmetal one myself, yesterday. I was surprised it came out so quickly. Just too bad not too much selection, though.
    Last edited by wrxnfx; 05-03-2011 at 04:03 PM.
    04-19-2011 01:31 PM
  23. cevmkv's Avatar
    i ordered a silver one too hopefully it fits!
    04-20-2011 05:07 PM
  24. illini_aw's Avatar
    looking forward to an update on the silver backs. Please include some pics, I wasn't sure what they meant by diamond cut and if it's beveled or not.
    04-22-2011 02:58 PM
  25. andino's Avatar
    ^^ I don't think the metal backs are beveled. There are specific beveled backs for avail for the gsm iphone4 so we'll prob see them soon. At least I hope we do haha
    04-23-2011 03:06 AM
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