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iPhone 3G 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.

Which Screen Part You Need for a Cracked iPhone 3G/3GS

iPhone 3G & 3GS Screen Comparison

How To Tell if Your Cracked iPhone 3G/3GS Needs a Digitizer, LCD or Complete Screen Replaced

You cracked your screen on your iPhone 3G/3GS and now you want to fix it. Apple charges too much for a repair or replacement so you look into some self repair options. How do you know what part you need? Here are some easy steps to figure out which part you need to fix your cracked screen on your iPhone 3G/3GS.

iPhone Touch Panel

(left image) Touch Panel, Digitizer or Glasstop all these terms refer to the same part: If the top touch panel or aka glass top is cracked or broken but the image under it is fine then you only need the Touch Panel. If you can see the icons, words, text etc with no issue other than the surface crack then you just need the touch panel repaired.

The iPhone 3GS digitizer part number is IP-2320 (Click Here to Purchase)

(middle image) LCD Only: If the image under the glass is broken and the touch panel is NOT cracked or damaged in any way then you only need the LCD. Also if the top touch panel is not cracked and the LCD under the touch panel is all white. Most of the time this will require a replacement LCD to fix this issue. The term LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display.

iPhone Complete Screen

(right image) Complete Screen with Touch Panel and LCD: If the top touch panel is broken and the lcd image is either black liquid or cracked you need a complete screen. The complete screen includes the following parts: Touchpanel, LCD, Home Button, Ear Piece and Frame. The parts are all assembled together into one complete screen.


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How to Tell the Difference between the iPhone 3G & iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS compare

We get many people that want to purchase replacement parts for their iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS but they do not know how to tell which model they have. Here is a quick way to figure out the model iPhone you have.

The iPhone 3G has a chrome apple logo and the letter for the word “iPhone” is white color.

The iPhone 3GS has a chrome apple logo also but the lettering for the word “iPhone” is also chrome to match the apple logo.

Hope this helps.


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Apple Stores Will Replace Broken iPhone Displays

You may have seen some information about Apple offering to replace your iPhone screen if you take it to an Apple store and have a “Genius” do it for you. Lets go over some of the details of this and why this is not the best option. First off is the cost to do this which does not include your time or the mileage to get to an Apple store. This repair will run you $199 for the 3G or 3GS even if just the Touch Panel is broken. The Apple “Genius” will take it in the back room and pull the old screen out probably with a case opener (XX1521) tool or suction cup (XX2373) and put a new screen in it for you. This is a 10 minute do it your self repair that will run you $199 from Apple. At DirectFix we carry the same screens, tools and free online videos you need to do this yourself. You do not need to be a “Genius” to do this just watch our free videos below. The 3G complete screen we carry (IP-2164) is only $99 and the 3GS complete screen we carry is only $149. That will save you $50 to $100 from what the Apple store will charge you. Now I am no “Genius” but I can also do some basic math and I do not know many people that make $199 for 10 Minutes of work. Also if you have a Jailbroke iPhone Apple will not fix it for you no matter what. So your choice is to spend $199 at the Apple Store for 10 Minutes of work or save the money and order the part from DirectFix.com and do it yourself.

Another note if you are a little more technical and have more time on your hands there are even cheaper solutions. If you only broken the Touch Panel on the 3G or 3GS this part can be replaced by its self. There are some additional tools and and adhesive kit needed but the Touch Panel only runs $30 for the 3G and $40 for the 3GS (IP-2320). That would then save you $160 to $170 from the price that the Apple store charges. As you can see there are ways to save money and doing a little research can go a long way.


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iPhone 3G Complete Screen Replacement (LCD & Touch Panel) Directions



iPhone 3GS Complete Screen Removal & Reassembly Directions IP-2322



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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New Lower Price on iPhone 3G & iPhone 3GS Screen Parts

DirectFix.com just lowered the price on many of their popular iPhone repair parts for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3G replacement Touch Panel the part that cracks the most when you drop the unit is listed for $29.99 (IP-2213). Apple Stores and Apple Repair facility currently charge you $200 to replace this part. Save $170 and do it yourself with our repair parts and free how to video directions. If you need other parts for the iPhone 3G we also carry the LCD at a new price of $39.99 (IP-2212). Also don’t forget the simple complete screen replacement. This is only a 15 minute repair at $99.99 (IP-2164) and you still save $100 over sending it into Apple for repair.

We also have new lower prices for the iPhone 3GS parts. iPhone 3GS Cracked Touch Panels Replacement now $39.99 (IP-2320). The iPhone 3GS LCD is now listed at $79.99 (IP-2321). Lastly the iPhone 3GS complete screen assembly with the LCD and Touch Panel included is on Special for $149.99 (IP-2322). Even at the $150 price for the iPhone 3GS complete screen this still saves you $50 for 15 Minutes of work versus Apple’s $200 repair cost.


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Apple will NOT Warranty a Cracked or Broken iPhone 3GS / 3G Screen

If you drop your iPhone and Break or Crack your Screen it is not covered under Apple warranty. The only option they offer is a $199 Out-of-Warranty Service. As Stated on Apple’s webpage “Apple’s Limited Warranty for iPhone excludes coverage for damage resulting from accident”. Getting the iPhone repaired can take 3 business days as stated on Apple’s webpage using their “Apple Technical Support”.

DirectFix.com offers screen repair ranging from a digitizer replacement to a complete screen replacement for $40 – $100. That would save you anywhere from $100 to $160. We also offer overnight shipping so you can have your iPhone repaired in 1 business day. If you have a few minutes to install the part your self why not save some money and go with an economical solution like DirectFix.com. DirectFix.com also has free online Videos that will show you how to replace the part that you purchase step by step.

iPhone 3G Parts

iPhone 3G LCD: The iPhone 3G LCD Part Number is IP-2212

iPhone 3G LCD

Touch Panel, Digitizer or Glasstop all these terms refer to the same part: The iPhone 3G Digitizer part number is IP-2213

Complete Screen with Touch Panel and LCD: The complete screen includes the following parts: Touchpanel, LCD, Home Button, Ear Piece and Frame. The iPhone 3G Complete Screen part number is IP-2164

iPhone 3G Complete Screen with LCD & Touch Panel

iPhone 3GS Parts

iPhone 3GS LCD: The iPhone 3GS LCD Part Number is IP-2321

Touch Panel, Digitizer or Glasstop all these terms refer to the same part: The iPhone 3GS Digitizer part number is IP-2320

Complete Screen with Touch Panel and LCD: The complete screen includes the following parts: Touchpanel, LCD, Home Button, Ear Piece and Frame. The iPhone 3GS Complete Screen part number is IP-2322


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How To Tell if Your Broken iPhone 3G/3GS Needs a Digitizer or LCD

How To Tell if Your Cracked iPhone 3G Needs a Digitizer or LCD

You cracked your screen on your iPhone 3G and now you want to fix it. Apple charges too much for a repair or replacement so you look into some self repair options. How do you know what part you need? Here are some easy steps to figure out which part you need to fix your cracked screen on your iPhone 3G.

LCD Only: If the image under the glass is broken and the touch panel is NOT cracked or damaged in any way then you only need the LCD. The term LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. The iPhone 3G LCD Part Number is IP-2212

Touch Panel, Digitizer or Glasstop all these terms refer to the same part: If the top touch panel or aka glass top is cracked or broken but the image under it is fine then you only need the Touch Panel. If you can see the icons, words, text etc with no issue other than the surface crack then you just need the touch panel. The iPhone 3G digitizer part number is IP-2213

Complete Screen with Touch Panel and LCD: If the top touch panel is broken and the lcd image is either black liquid or cracked you need a complete screen. The complete screen includes the following parts: Touchpanel, LCD, Home Button, Ear Piece and Frame. The parts are all assembled together into one complete screen.


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