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Pimp your iPhone 5 with this $40 transparent back plate mod

Pimp your iPhone 5 with this $40 transparent back plate mod
One of the easiest ways to personalize your iPhone 5 is to outfit it with a cool protective case, but for some people that just isn't geeky enough. These are the folks who might be interested in this do-it-yourself kit by iPhone5mod – it comes with all the parts and tools you need to replace an iPhone 5's back with a translucent plastic casing. Even the SIM card tray and the buttons on the sides are replaced with transparent alternatives. 

Now, a lot of you are probably wondering why one would swap a high-quality aluminum panel for a cheap piece of plastic. Well, let's say that the iPhone 5 is prone to scratching if not handled with care. Moreover, the kind of plastic that is used in the kit is resistant to fingerprints. But most importantly, some might simply find it cool to be able to see what's inside of their iPhone 5 all the time. Needless to say, their warranty will be rendered invalid after the modification, but that's the sacrifice one has to make in order to own a unique iPhone. 

The translucent iPhone 5 kit comes in 7 different colors: pink, red, yellow, green, blue, white, and black. It can be ordered for about $40, and if you get yours today, iPhone5mod will throw in top and bottom panels of all available colors at no extra charge. Check out the video below to get an idea how a modified iPhone 5 looks like.

source: iPhone5mod via 9to5Mac

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 14:04

1. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

that's unique for sure.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 04:07

14. MeoCao (unregistered)

like walking in the street in see thru clothes lol

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 14:08 3

2. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I guess this is a good alternative if the Phone gets bent or scratches =P

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 14:09 10

3. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

And it would make it look worst than it already is

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 14:50 2

5. Johnmark (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)

so are you

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 16:28 7

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Good comeback, 3rd grader.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 14:34 2

4. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Someone will actually trade Aluminum with plastic?

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 15:40 4

6. acewhales (Posts: 19; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)

I see a lawsuit coming....

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 17:15 5

8. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

now ur iphone will look like a cheap chinese knockoff lol

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 18:54

9. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

We're going back in the time where Nokia phones had changeable cases for a dollar.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 19:12

10. guzza (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)

Why would all the phone manufacturers want to ever place all the different back shell on their phones when we could get this stunning transparent shell on our phones?..... Hmm.... I dunno. Maybe to make it look better?

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 19:59

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

It sounds like you're trying to be sarcastic here, but I actually like it. Not an iPhone fan, but I think it looks dope.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:48

12. anshul0000 (unregistered)

horrible song..

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 02:21

13. phljcnth (Posts: 497; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

It's like stripping away the $200-part of your phone, the logo.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 13:52

15. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)

That makes the phone look as horrible and cheap as the song they used...

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 21:36

16. eltoro1975 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

I finally received my translucent mod kit today. I thought this would be a cool mod and had a few hours to sit down and begin the process of modifying my phone. I want to begin by saying I am fairly experienced working on iPhones. I must go on to say though that this mod is not for the faint of heart. It is a daunting task to say the least. First of all, there are no directions and all the pieces are not included and not all of the threading are correctly sized to receive the stock screws. I had a number of screws thee did not fit where they were supposed to go when reassembling the device. Also, there is a metal bar that is used as a hinge that seats the power switch that is missing and impossible to transfer from the original device. I had to cut a needle the correct size to replicate the missing part. After 2 hours of work I was successful with the mod and I am writing this post on the finished product. If you have any questions about this mod feel free to contact me and I can tell you all about it. My impression of this mod is generally positive although I have mixed feelings about the quality of construction. I also have a new appreciation for the men and women that put these devices together. Eltoro1975icloud@gmail.com

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