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Old 01-01-2012, 10:35 PM
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Long story short; My daughter broke the screen of her LG RUMOR TOUCH cell phone by Virgin Mobile. This phone is just under $100.00 new. It's about six months to eight months old. I really don't want to buy another one, as she is so darn hard on her cell phones it's really getting to be ridiculous.

I think I can buy just the thin, delicate screen & replace it. However, I found another Virgin Mobile LG Rumor Touch on eBay. It has a broken slider hinge & is in two pieces. The screen half is in great condition. My question is, can the whole half be removed from her phone, without destroying the sliding hinges, and then install the used half with the screen onto her keyboard?

Or, if the two halves can't be taken apart without damage to the hinge, etc., can I remove just the screen & install it into her phone after removing her broken screen? The auction ends at around ten this morning (Jan 2) so, I can really use some quick replies here. I'm very capable as far as my abilities to perform such a task, I just need to know if it can be done on this particular phone, or, will I have to go drop another $100.00 for a whole new phone.

I can probably win the auction & get the whole thing with shipping for under $15.00 to $20.00 MAX. Alot better than $100.00, and, it won't be long before she has ANOTHER mishap & destroys the damn thing, anyway. Drives me NUTTY!! Anyone with experience, please advise! THANKS.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:49 PM
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Buy her a cheap one from Craigslist locally. Pick it up tomorrow, convert it over and be done. When the contract is up (and she hasn't destroyed the new one) buy another. Been there, done that with my oldest daughter too many times (lost, broken, etc).
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by KismetLRC View Post
Buy her a cheap one from Craigslist locally. Pick it up tomorrow, convert it over and be done. When the contract is up (and she hasn't destroyed the new one) buy another. Been there, done that with my oldest daughter too many times (lost, broken, etc).
Ah, so you KNOW exactly what I'm going through. My son, on the other hand takes super great care of his phone...almost to the point of being a bit OCD about it...but, I've NEVER had to replace a broken phone for him.

I actually went on C-List, and only found one matching phone, for $30.00, but it was an old posting from November & the phone was long gone. I'll keep checking, but, thought this might be a good opportunity to fix hers for next to nothing...what really ticks me off, is that I paid $20.00 for a super hard carry case, and she NEVER has used it!!

I've bought her elcheapos, and medium grade phones...the elcheapos just don't do well for some reason as far as reception. Our particular base location has HORRIBLE reception, like we're in a hole or something!

I wouldn't care as much, but, she has a medical condition and it's pretty important that she has a decent cell phone on her at all times. Her cracked screen phone still functions perfectly, the phone has actually adjusted itself to fit the text & numerals inside the functioning part of the screen, which is pretty cool, but, I can't rely on that forever.

The main reason I haven't bought a new one yet, is that I'm here with her all day long for the nest couple weeks, so it's okay, but, need to get this one fixed or buy a new one. Thanks for the reply!
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I agree with kismet. Buy her a cheap-o, then a nice one down the road. I've had cell phones for 21 years now (yep, I had a bag phone in '91), I've only broke one, and that happened on the boat. My daughter has a very nice iphone clone (can't remember brand or model anymore). She broke it, and it was promptly replaced with a $10 flip phone from craigslist.
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Originally Posted by AGENT86 View Post
I really don't want to buy another one, as she is so darn hard on her cell phones it's really getting to be ridiculous.
Buy her a Motorola International 1000 wrap it nicely and enjoy her reaction....

http://www.retrobrick.com/moto10003.jpg

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Buy her a Motorola International 1000 wrap it nicely and enjoy her reaction....

http://www.retrobrick.com/moto10003.jpg


That's FUNNY! I was just telling her yesterday about how rugged & indestructible the old bag phones were...she wasn't impressed!
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How old is she? How did the phone break?
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How old is she? How did the phone break?
She is 16. The phone was in her sweater pocket, it was night time. She got into her mother's van, the phone slid out of her sweater pocket. It was NOT in the hard phone carry case I bought for her when she carries it...which I CONSTANTLY remind her to keep the darn phone in. So, it got shut in the sliding door of the van...maybe the case wouldn't have saved it, but, maybe it would have...it's a VERY hard case. I have one for my phone, so I know.
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That's FUNNY! I was just telling her yesterday about how rugged & indestructible the old bag phones were...she wasn't impressed!
I still have my first one in working condition except the battery which it shot...

got it 18 Years ago, they cost a fortune those days, even more than an I phone today

You needed a Hammer, a self defense weapon, a weight etc... just use your phone

I even got my self a bigger backpack to carry it to school and when it rang one morning, the teacher asked to shut off the damn Alarm clock... it was years before phones got banned in schools here....
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Yeah, she's old enough to have to show responsibility, and by not using the case you got her and constantly remind her to use warrants an el cheap-o craigslist special. After she's had it for 6 mos or so (or when the contract is up) she can get something nicer. If she complains, tell her she is welcome to buy her own new phone with her own money. Betcha that one gets a hard case!
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I still have my first one in working condition except the battery wich ist shot...

got it 18 Years ago, they cost a fortune those days, even more than an Iphone today

You needed a Hammer, a selfdefense weapon, a weight etc... just use your phone

I even got my self a bigger backpack to carry it to school and when it rang one morning, the teacher asked to shut off the damn Alarm clock... it was years before phones got banned in schools here....
I was already out of school when those things came out. I think it's kind of funny, that you actually took one of those monster phones to school in the first place! Were you the exception, or did alot of kids have them? If the exception, I imagine you were considered to be "cool" with your own "mobile" phone

Alot of local contractors had those things and would leave them in the truck. They would have them rigged to set the truck's horn off when the phone rang, like an auto alarm! It was INSANE! What was really funny though, was watching those guys sprint outside to get to the truck before whoever was calling hung up!! I just carried my little pager & called whoever when I reached a phone...
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Yeah, she's old enough to have to show responsibility, and by not using the case you got her and constantly remind her to use warrants an el cheap-o craigslist special. After she's had it for 6 mos or so (or when the contract is up) she can get something nicer. If she complains, tell her she is welcome to buy her own new phone with her own money. Betcha that one gets a hard case!
Ahh, I know you guys are right, and, I guess I will just get her the elcheapo. It sucks...for HER
THANKS, to all! You just helped push me to do what i already knew I must. I just need to find one that will get decent reception...if I recall, there was one that did...it'll come back to me.
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Were you the exception, or did alot of kids have them? If the exception, I imagine you were considered to be "cool" with your own "mobile" phone
due to itīs price,
i was the total exception! When i left school 2 Years later, some teachers had one, but students, none that Iīm aware of....

the GSM Net was set up aprox 1 or 2 years before i got my phone, lots of dead spots
very expensive
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due to itīs price,
i was the total exception! When i left school 2 Years later, some teachers had one, but students, none that Iīm aware of....

the GSM Net was set up aprox 1 or 2 years before i got my phone, lots of dead spots
very expensive

Very cool!

Speaking of "dead spots" I do believe it's past my bed time...I've been doing my best to get to sleep at a decent hour these past couple of weeks. I've had variable success. tonight I'm up a bit later than I wanted to be, but, that's because I dozed off watching RIVER MONSTERS yesterday afternoon. Was like a mini marathon or something. I LOVE! that show I envy Jeremy Wade, he has the perfect life, IMO. My hero

Good "talking" with you, thanks again & will catch up with ya later! Chow!
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Boy I must be an out of date old stick in the mud....here I thought someone was dying of a heart attack. I never knew a cracked screen on a cell phone could incite a person into panic.
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Boy I must be an out of date old stick in the mud....here I thought someone was dying of a heart attack. I never knew a cracked screen on a cell phone could incite a person into panic.
Apparently you haven't spent much time around teenage girls lately- everything is a crisis for some of them. And, they can do a great job of making it a crisis for anyone close to them.

Two things I can think of to get that young lady to take better care of her phone:
- make her buy the replacement
- let her go without a phone for a couple weeks

If there are no consequences for damaging her phone, she'll never see a reason to take care of it.
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You need to get her one of these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv9fgLnYXuc


I've had one since last summer. Might not make the fashion statement she's looking for, but it's one tough phone.
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I swear my Daughter could tear up a steel anvil if it was a phone

I would hate to add up what we have spent on phones for her however she made it through 1 year with a Droid and it amazed me(son now has that one) and she wanted an Iphone and I am still holding my breath on this one but so far in 5 months she has done ok but GIVE HER TIME

I really like her Iphone compared to my trusty old BB but to be honest as much as I drop a phone my BB keeps on ticking. Just pick up the pieces and put it back together each time and it fires right back up

Guess she gets it honest
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Been there done that with a teenage girl, This may be hard to do but I think the only way for her to learn how to take care of her cell phone is for her to buy it herself, I can almost guaranty she will be more careful.
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Boy I must be an out of date old stick in the mud....here I thought someone was dying of a heart attack. I never knew a cracked screen on a cell phone could incite a person into panic.

No, no. You misunderstood the "FAST!" I needed to know if it could be repaired with a parts phone off ebay because the auction ended today at 11:10A.M. I decided to bid, anyway. I won it for $6.49 plus shipping, $10.98 total. If I can fix it, great, if not, ten dollars worth of schooling for me as I tinker with the two phones, so, to me worth it.

I would love to make her pay for it herself, with money she actually EARNED. However, she has been pretty much stuck at home for the most part due to a medical condition, can't even attend regular school. She doesn't have much of a social life because of her problem & her phone is more important than ever to her to text her old school pals, etc. She is doing better, and, hopefully, over the next year or three we'll have her problem either totally under control, or at least to the point where she can have somewhat of a "normal" life. Still, she's been like this with her cell phones long before she had her medical problems. As I stated above, it's important that she keeps a good cell phone with her, but, I have had some "el cheapos" that were far better than the high dollar models when it comes to reception, just have to remember which ones/brand/model.



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You need to get her one of these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv9fgLnYXuc


I've had one since last summer. Might not make the fashion statement she's looking for, but it's one tough phone.
Looks cool, but, alot of the comments are pretty negative???

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Been there done that with a teenage girl, This may be hard to do but I think the only way for her to learn how to take care of her cell phone is for her to buy it herself, I can almost guaranty she will be more careful.
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