Originally Posted by wangdaning
I would like to point out though, you must have opened the back cover for this.
Cost of replacing the home button is so small that it is worthless to ship it off for warranty.
Also, your warranty is now void because you wired other things onto the motherboard.
The best thing is though, you know it is still functional
Good job and much praise for your huevos.
Yes, I did have to open the back to access the terminals. However I was careful and as I mentioned, I cleaned it up so there were no marks or prints etc.
And you're right, the cost of a button (in this case, the flex circuit cable + button) is very low, only a few $ off eBay. However, to replace the button and cable, the glass has to be removed. To do this, they have to heat the glass and separate it from the chassis/LCD/digitizer, replace the parts, replace the adhesive and refit the glass. (not the best design from Samsung to access a simple switch, otherwise I would have just done it myself) Not a job that I want to attempt myself with limited tools.
I've been quoted anywhere from $100-$300 to do this...most of the cost is labour.
Also, with Samsung repairing under warranty, if they happen to break the glass or LCD etc. it's not my problem.
Anyway, it's all a moot point. The warranty claim was accepted and I will have the phone back in 5-10 working days fully repaired for free.
Definitely pays to have huevos at times. ;