My second-hand i-phone 4 started to not work last week. No one could hear me when I was talking (just on the phone, not in actual real life, that would be freaky).
BUT if I put the phone on speaker, I could be heard! So this solved the problem short term, but was v.annoying.
I fell into that trap of assuming straight away that it would be un-fixable, and had almost started looking on eBay for a ‘new’ one, but then hubby said that one of his work colleagues had managed to replace the speaker on their i-phone-hurrah!
The first issue is getting into the phone. Hubby managed to borrow a special kit from his work colleague, but I think it is possible to get into them without. There are various videos on You Tube-try here and here.
Once opened, hubby discovered some kind of sticky and slightly damp residue. On questioning, I did remember *maybe* spilling something on it a few days before….
Anyway, hubby dried it all off, and we tried out the ‘bag of rice’ technique for drying it all out (basically putting it in a bag of rice overnight).
In the morning it was slightly better, but still not usable, so hubby ordered a new speaker/microphone bit for the grand sum of about £2.50 from eBay.
While we were waiting for it to arrive, he put the phone back in the airing cupboard overnight, with the back removed.
And in the morning, it worked!
I know that ultimately this is quite a dull tale, and just involved drying out the phone.
BUT I wanted to share as I think it illustrates the point that many of us (me) assume that things like phones and i-pads are going to be either super tricky to repair, or totally non repairable.
This was the simplest of fixes. And I think that prior to My Make Do and Mend Year, we (hubby) wouldn’t even have attempted it.
Yet we’ve saved ourselves the cost of a new (second-hand) phone-hurrah!
Oh, and we have a spare speaker/microphone for an i-phone 4 if anyone wants one….
PPS. If you don’t fancy having a go yourself, check out the Restart Project to see if there is a Restart party anywhere near you.