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iPhone 2G Tips

How to Determine Your iPhone Model

DirectFix just released a new video on how to determine your iPhone model. This will help you in the process of trying to figure out and determine the iphone model you have. We will step you through the process of checking the model number and features that will narrow down and figure out what model iphone you have. After you have figured out what model iPhone you have you can order the correct parts for that model.


How to Determine Your iPhone Model

How to Determine Your iPhone Model

Not All iPhone Parts Are Created Equal

iPhone Parts

iPhone Parts

We at DirectFix have been working with and selling parts for different PDAs for over 10+ years now. Since its arrival in 2007, we have been selling parts and accessories for the iPhone. One thing holds true from the past to present ‘Not all parts are created equal’. So what does that mean? Well, we get emails, messages, and posts on our Facebook wall or Youtube almost every day from individuals telling us how they found a part cheaper on Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist or some other website. It is plain and simple; you get what you pay for.

Sure, we receive daily emails from vendors that are willing to sell us cheap, junky parts at super low prices. We have been getting emails like this for years, even during the old days of PDAs. Could we buy these parts and sell them at super low prices so customers are happy about getting a repair part cheap? Certainly we could but when there is an issue, which will happen 99% of the time, with one of these cheap parts people will expect us to make good on it or they will go post negative comments about our company and the quality of our parts/service, and rightfully so; if we were to sell such parts. People that do sell these junky parts on random websites are college kids trying to make a buck on eBay do not have corporate backing, or reputation to uphold, or even care if you get a good product as long as they make money. We have even had cases in which individuals have contacted us saying they want a refund from the part they purchased from us on eBay only to discover -after some research- that they purchased the product from someone else but that seller sent them to our free videos on YouTube.

So what makes DirectFix different from the person selling the cheap parts on eBay? We know the vendors we buy from. The president of the company has flown oversea on numerous occasions and met with the vendors who provide our products. He has gone to the factories and has a long-standing, personal relationship with many of the vendors. We only buy original parts, every part is tested before it is shipped to us, and then when the part arrives at our facility, we test it again to make sure there are no issues. Does that stop every part we ship out from being bad? No. Damage can still happen from our location to our customer’s location but we take pride in making sure the customer gets a quality part that will last them the life of their device.

If you just want to save money and take a chance at buying a discounted part from eBay that might last you a day or maybe a few weeks, then go ahead and buy from eBay. However, if you want to make sure the part you receive is quality and will last the remaining days of the device, then buy from a reputable company like DirectFix.com. We stand behind what we sell and make videos available for FREE to help people repair their devices.

AT&T to offer iPhone Insurance – Not A Great Deal

AT&T iPhone Insurance

BGR is reporting that AT&T might start offering insurance for the iPhone. If you read through the details and compare it to the price it cost to fix the iPhone with part from DirectFix.com you are wasting your money with AT&T. “The insurance plan, which will be run by Asurion, will carry a price tag of $13.99/month $168/year and will be available for purchase through Apple’s App Store. The charges will be billed to the credit card on file with Apple. The deductibles range from $99 for an 8GB 3G to $199 for a 32GB 3GS, which is pretty steep.” as quoted from BGR. Lets do a little comparison.

iPhone 3G – Insurance $168 Year Plus $99 deductible = $267 for a screen repair.

iPhone 3G Touch Panel from DirectFix.com Part Number IP-2213 – $29.99. That is a savings of $237.01.

iPhone 3G Complete Screen Replacement which is about a 10-15min install from DirectFix.com. Part Number IP-2164 – $99.99. That is a saving of $167.01.

Now lets look at the iPhone 3GS.

iPhone 3GS – Insurance $168 Year Plus $199 deductible = $367 for a screen repair.

iPhone 3GS Touch Panel Replacement – Part Number IP-2320 – $39.99. That is a savings of $327.01.

iPhone 3GS Complete Screen Replacement which is about a 10-15min install from DirectFix.com. Part Number IP-2322 – $149.99. That is a saving of $217.01.

Lets face it you do not need to be a math genius or an Apple genius to see that this insurance for the iPhone is just another way for Apple or AT&T to get more money from you.

Original BGR Article Here


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Not All iPhone Repair Directions Are Created Equal

“Taking a metal spudger to a phone and ripping it apart is not the same as instructing someone how to properly fix a phone”

Morgan Hill, Calif. – May 6, 2010DirectFix.com, the leader in “You Fix It” replacement parts, accessories and videos for iPhones, Blackberrys, iPods, PDAs and handheld games, today announced an article on educating people on the difference between ripping an iPhone or other electronic gadget apart with a metal spudger and teaching someone how to properly take apart / repair an item.

In the race to be first in the world of electronic disassembly, especially when a new electronic gadget gets released, people sometime take short cuts. Some websites and companies will travel the earth in order to get their hands on devices first so they can rip them apart and post on the web what the inside of a gadget looks like in the hope that the media or major networks will pick up on the story. In their haste to be first the result is that readers will suffer terrible losses by following these directions that are posted so quickly. When someone actually tries to follow these convoluted directions, which most of the time are missing many keys steps, they end of damaging their own gadget beyond repair with no help from the company or person that posted them.

Things to watch out for when viewing the latest gadget take apart; first, if they are using low quality “still” photos then you might want to look elsewhere. Second, if they ever tell you to use a metal object like a “Metal Spudger” on your nice shinny gadget you may want to find another set of directions. Third, if they do have pictures, then look at them close to see if any of the parts look bent, scratched or damaged from someone ripping it apart instead of taking it apart properly. And finally, if they include written directions, then are they more interested in telling you what is inside the gadget or how to properly fix it?

DirectFix.com has taken the approach of using High-Definition Videos to instruct people on how to properly take apart their gadgets. “Back in 1998 when we did do our directions with pictures it was the only media available to us says Robert Stanley, founder of DirectFix.com. “It is now 2010 and High-Definition video directions are the only way to show someone how to fix their electronic device.” Robert goes on to explain how the use of pictures leaves out so many steps and creates questions in the customer’s mind. “There are no questions when it comes to a free high-definition video as people can watch it as many times as they like”, explains Mr. Stanley.

Mr. Stanley’s company DirectFix.com has over 100 different Video directions and they are adding more weekly. With over 6 million views on his YouTube repair direction videos you might want to consider taking a look the next time you break your gadget and want to fix it yourself.

With millions of gadgets and iPhones sold yearly; users are breaking them on a regular basis. Many electronic devices like the iPhone have quickly become an indispensable, vital personal and business tool, which means breaking one, can be inconvenient and expensive in terms of downtime. With the parts that DirectFix.com sells and their free video directions there is no reason that you could not fix it yourself and save money.

About DirectFix

DirectFix.com, founded in 1998 as GetHighTech, Inc, now offers over 100 free videos with titles such as “iPhone 3GS Touch Panel Replacement Directions” or “iPad Broken Screen Replacement.” DirectFix.com webpage carries 1000’s of replacement parts for gadgets including the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Nintendo DSi and more. Their free step-by-step directions make it easy for you to repair your broken gadget so you are back up and running in no time. Check them out at http://www.DirectFix.com


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Beware! of the $10 iPhone 2G Touch Panel Repair on Ebay

Beware of sellers on ebay or companies selling just the lcd or just the iPhone 2g glass touch panel. The iPhone 2G is also known as the Original iPhone or Gen 1 iPhone.

Be careful there are people out there selling either the lcd or the touch panel by them selves and not together as a complete screen. The way the iPhone is designed the glass touch panel cannot be replaced separately from the LCD. The glass touch panel and LCD are fused together at the factory and cannot be separated. The only way to repair a damaged iPhone Gen 1 screen is to replace the complete screen assembly. Take a look at part number IP-2085 at DirectFix.com for the complete replacement screen. Do not be fooled as we have been working on PDA’s & Smartphones since 1997 and know what we are talking about. Also take a look at Youtube.com there is a person that did a video on why you need to purchase a complete screen and not the cheap solution on ebay for $9.99. The title of the video is “iphonereplacement glass” by scamglass1. Watch it and save some money in purchasing the correct part the first time.

Also take a look at DirectFix.com free video that shows how to install a complete screen for the iPhone Gen 1. Do yourself a favor if you have the first iPhone 2G and you break or crack the screen goto DirectFix.com first so you get the correct part without wasting your money on a part that will not work and might also cause more damage in the long run.


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