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Fix iPhone 5 scratches with a $99 back plate replacement

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:58

Sooner or later, your iPhone 5 will get covered in dents and nicks, especially now that its body is made out of easy-to-scratch aluminum. Sure, in case your unit was damaged out of the box, Apple will send you a replacement, but in case you caused the dents yourself by accident, you will be left holding on to an imperfect piece of high-end gadgetry...

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posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:02 15

1. antmiu2 (Posts: 368; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)

aw hell nooo

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:39 13

15. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

are you tellin me that this piece of junk got a $100 dollars costlier?
You've got to be friggin kiddin me

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:52 9

17. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

now i know how they are earning the extra $$$. make ths iphone 5 easily scratched and ask customer to pay $100 for them to repair it to get scratched again its a never ending cycle

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 14:26 5

39. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

So that's why the drones like to say "urrduurrrr you dont like apple cuz u cant afford it lolduh".
Now it makes sense! Us "apple haters" can easily afford the phones, we're just not stupid enough to pay for constant repairs on apples fragile poorly made novelties.

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 13:29 1

61. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Of course, the iP5 owners could invest in a case....

Good cases (Otterbox for example) run around $40 US and provide protection from the type of damage that dings/scratches the backplate. I was at a post office recently, and someone in line dropped their iP5. You could see (and hear) the phone skittering along the floor until it came to a stop. The look of pain on the owner's face was palpable as they went to retrieve their phone. When they picked up their phone, the pain changed to joy as the phone was working perfectly and any scratches were to the case the phone was sitting in.

Note to iP5 owners and prospective owners - get a case! Actually that applies to any phone owner. I have an Otterbox on my GS III.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 06:22 1

64. GUNDAM (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

otterbox commuter series for my gs3 :)

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 11:34

66. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

That (Commuter) is the case I have on my GS III. (Thumbup)

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 11:06

65. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Most dron-I mean iphone owners I sell to do not want a good case. They want pretty and....."fun"....cases that offer minimal to no protection, or no case at all because it "detracts from the natural beauty of the iphone" (that's an actual word for word quote).

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 11:37

67. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

And those owners who feel that a case detracts from the 'natural beauty' of the phone should not complain when their phones' natural beauty gets scratched....

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 17:30 2

48. metalpoet (unregistered)


posted on 19 Oct 2012, 23:57 1

55. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

This actually did make me laugh...thanks.

Good thing PA posted a review already. If not....they may have had to actually take build quality into account. Durability? Eh....it worked for the 15 minutes the reviewer used it...scratch free. Good enough!

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 15:51 1

62. dnyalexander (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

That's what irobots like, getting ripped off. Every iphone user spend thousands to repair their iphones, apple do this on purpose because they know itards will buy s**t if apple tell them is healthy.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:07 17

2. e.wvu (unregistered)

Spend $99 to get the back replaced, then having to spend another $99 to get the replacement replaced.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:13 9

22. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

evenlty end up saling the house to keep the ip5 back scratch free :D

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:37 1

29. haywoodjiblowmi (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Hahaha....you must live in a wooden box or a mud-hut or something. :D

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 11:46

59. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

this explains ur brain level enough said :P

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 17:32 1

49. metalpoet (unregistered)

Thats the plan for Apple Inc. Lets take everything from our consumers, lets take away choice of phone, take away choice of OS, and lets make them sell everything they own to have this stupid phone just because it is a status symbol lol

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 21:55 1

54. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

Nobody's forcing you to buy an iPhone nor to replace anything. Non sense comments.!

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 11:51

60. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

and yes 100$ for a back cover are u by any chance thinking it is ok to price a piece of aluminium that high lets compare with something other then mobile.. ahh i can get top of the line gaming grade mouse headphones under 100$ which is more then which are much more then a pice of metal Apple really got over their heads with this one now

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 09:05 2

58. devildlm1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

yo dawg, i heard you scratched your iPhone 5 metal frame again

so i got you this replacement for your replacement so you can make your iPhone scratch free while you make it scratch free

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:09 12

3. iamfury (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)

was that THE plan all along ??? at first sell them a an imperfect phone at a price touching the pluto and then make money by offering replacements for those imperfections with a newer ones. i mean........... :S

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:17 3

12. dsDoan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

Isn't that why they encased a previous model entirely in glass?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:14 1

34. iamfury (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)

well it seems like it, specially after this particular offering.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:09 13

4. SIGPRO (Posts: 1862; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Sure another way for Apple to make money........thieves.
Till now customers over the whole world paid a total amount of 5.9 billion.....yes billion and not million for their iphone reparations. So overall the iphone is a crappy phone!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:28 12

5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

What a rip off, dosen't cost them 5$ to make and then charge you 99$. No wonder they are called i$???ΒΆ

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:25 1

27. troutsy (Posts: 319; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

I don't see how you could make this for $5. Casting, machining, inserts, injection molding, anodizing(?), and then the scrap cost from pieces that don't make it into assemblies.

If it costs $10-20 and they're marking it up 500-1000% it's not an unusual business practice for service parts.

It still doesn't excuse them from designing a crumby part in the first place...

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 17:34 5

50. metalpoet (unregistered)

It only costs them $5 because its made in china, mexico, or india. and $5 in those places is alot more. Plus i swear they pay people their in beatings....."you made a replacement replacement piece for the peice we originally made! great job! now here is your daily whipping!"

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:44 3

6. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Another one of those "Fix an iphone fault by spending xx amount of money" on something to fix it,much like the by a bumper case fiasco with the iphone 4.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:52 4

7. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

This is what is called "Waste of money"

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:16 4

23. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Actually, no it's not. Scratches affect all kinds of things from call quality to data speeds and even GPS accuracy. Apps run slower, you end up with less memory, it makes your phone prone to hackers, and in Angry birds the pigs take on an odd shade of green and the yellow birds don't fly as fast or straight. Man, if you're iPhone is scratched you've just GOT to get that back panel replaced.

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