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[MOD} Convert your Grey and Blue One S To MAO Black the right way

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18th October 2012, 08:56 PM   |  #1  
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Welcome to my guide on how to transform your one S


from that ugly grey and blue to a nice clean black and red finish


Things covered in this guide:
  • Where to get parts to do conversion
  • what parts to get to do a proper conversion
  • The steps I took to do the conversion

WARNING: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU DAMAGING YOUR PHONE WHILE TRYING TO DO THIS MOD. ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE TO DO TO YOUR PHONE IS JUST THAT...A CHOICE.. SO REMEMBER YOUR CHOICE IF YOU BREAK SOMETHING IT'S NOT MY FAULT

I would like to preface this guide. When I bought my Tmobile One-S it was in hopes the One X+ would come to T-Mobile.. Since this is not happening I have decied to just do the full case conversion to the black and red edition with the hTC branded screen.

Where I started:
  • Found the parts I needed
  • Watched some youtube vids for taking the screen out of the unit
  • Had some experience working with small electronics / cell phone repair before

Things you will need for this project:
  • Torx T5 screwdriver
  • Small phillips Screwdriver
  • A plastic case pry tool (should be avail from the place that sells my parts)
  • Housing
  • Midframe < that part is KEY for not having to do HEAVY modification to the tmobile midframe
  • Camera ring (the red one)
  • speaker cover and Sim cover in black
  • Adhesive strips (SUPER IMPORTANT!!!!)

Where I got these parts:
I use this site because when I worked at a cell phone repair shop this was our parts provider and the seller is a great one to work with and is local to the USA (fast shipping times)

Where to start:
I first started by watching a few youtube videos on how to replace my screen so i could get a feel for how hard it would be to actually dissasemble the phone. I will post a detailed picture guide once i shrink the pics and highlight the needed steps in them (dont be scared to use a hairdryer to get the glass of your screen nice and warm to the touch this will make the adhesive easier to seperate and lowers the risk of breaking your glass)

I started by popping off the sim cover and removing the 2x torx screws at the top of the frame and setting them aside.



then i ran a pry tool to loosen up the adhesive on the bottom plate and it unclipped from the bottom of the frame



Then in the spot i had removed the bottom clip from i unscrewed the 2x phillips screws and set them aside. I then ran a pry tool around the casing between the grey and black to seperate the midframe from frame



once seperated I flipped the midframe over and heated up the battery slightly and then used my pry tool to pull the batter off the adhesive





Once that was done i then unscrewed the phillips screw to the top left of the battery and undid the ribbon connections for volume touch and lcd





i then heated up the screen and proceeded to run the pry tool around the edge of the screen VERY SLOWLY while keeping some heet on it





i set it aside

I then turned the frame to its side to remove the volume buttons i applied a small ammount of heat and used the pry tool to loosen the adhesive (WARNING) they didnt make this a sealed thing so be sure you actually get behind the volume buttons






I then moved down to where the "chin" was and used a VERY small flathead to pop it off and i tried to be gentle with it as much as possible

i then applied heat to the buttons at the bottom of the frame and used the pry tool to take them off their adhesive





just so you know these are attached to the board at the bottom






it took some wiggling but i got it through the slide hole for it..

i applied some heat to the board that had the vibrator on it and used the pry tool to take it off the frame







then i put the soft keys on the new midframe





then i put the volume buttson on and the lcd back on








the only problem i ran into is the blue plastic that covers the top of our board was approx 2mm too thick for the EU frame

so i had to hack it up pretty bad to get the cover to fit









i know shes dirty i got my hands all over while putting stuff back together


total time on project: 2 hours. Total invested by choice: 105$ ... had to buy my screen cuz i broke the old one: 168$



Enjoy guys and gals and Happy modding

-Zarboz
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18th October 2012, 09:47 PM   |  #2  
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All of that adds up to around how much i paid for the phone itself
18th October 2012, 09:52 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by Kamilr97

All of that adds up to around how much i paid for the phone itself

Was thinking the exact same thing lol
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Was thinking the exact same thing lol

i bought mine unlocked and paid almost 600$

and spent 100$ in parts... nominal to me

you dont HAVE to get the hTC branded screen it was just a nice polish off feature for me
18th October 2012, 11:39 PM   |  #5  
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Thanks for the write up and links.

I think replacing the screen is a little overboard, but to each their own. If you don't replace the screen or the camera cover (strangely I prefer the blue), it saves you $167, so not a bad price to spruce this thing up a little. Too bad there's no way to stuff more memory into it while it's open.

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This has got way out of hand, lets keep discussion to the OP title, there is no need to make this personal. Now respect each other and keep on topic without bickering.
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This has got way out of hand, lets keep discussion to the OP title, there is no need to make this personal. Now respect each other and keep on topic without bickering.

Thank you

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Can I change the screen to a hd one?
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Sounds like an idea I could similarly apply....

I'm looking for the grey housing. Mine came with quite a buckle but I was too happy about getting my new device so I never sent it back.
Where can I buy it? Shipment to Germany should be possible.

Thanks in advance!
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Sounds like an idea I could similarly apply....

I'm looking for the grey housing. Mine came with quite a buckle but I was too happy about getting my new device so I never sent it back.
Where can I buy it? Shipment to Germany should be possible.

Thanks in advance!




Doesn't the EU body come in grey????? i could have sworn looking at parts i saw a EU grey *housing*

http://www.amazon.com/Original-Genui.../dp/B008MRADHI



or you could do white im sure




if you would like to purchase my old housing it is 3 weeks old and is in fair condition and i do paypal


The place i order form is USA based so shipping might take a while to germany. Might want to look for a hong kong based seller.

you SHOULD be able to do the same thing with the grey and blue housing

i am uploading 100+ pictures right now guys So standby
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