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PsychoMaiko 02-08-2007 09:46 PM

Replacing Pearl's Keypad?
 
Not that my keypad is broken or anything, just that Cingular's pearl isn't as sexy as the original pearl ;-)


too much grey and not enough black like the original on the right

Well, I was just wondering if I could just buy a replacement keypad and replace Cingular's keypad with an original keypad and possibly replace the little bottom cover too where it says Cingular to a blank all black one.

canonbomb1987 02-08-2007 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PsychoMaiko
Not that my keypad is broken or anything, just that Cingular's pearl isn't as sexy as the original pearl ;-)

http://www.mobiletechreview.com/imag...rlcingular.jpg http://images.techtree.com/ttimages/...156_matter.jpg
too much grey and not enough black like the original on the right

Well, I was just wondering if I could just buy a replacement keypad and replace Cingular's keypad with an original keypad and possibly replace the little bottom cover too where it says Cingular to a blank all black one.

Try getting a dummy phone to get the parts from.

PsychoMaiko 02-09-2007 05:05 PM

Where can i get a dummy phone and how much would that cost?

xXSilentScreamXx 02-09-2007 05:18 PM

well i can get them 4m my grandpa cause hes a tmo sales rep
but other than that idk?

xXSilentScreamXx 02-09-2007 05:18 PM

or just buy a tmo pearl unlocked?

cagiii 02-09-2007 08:49 PM

lol yeah spend between 300 and 400 dollars for a new keypad come one now!

canonbomb1987 02-10-2007 03:12 AM

I just did a google search for "pearl dummy phone" and came up with this ebay ad. eBay: T-MOBILE BLACKBERRY PEARL 8100 DUMMY PHONE NEW (item 320080124158 end time Feb-11-07 18:32:06 PST)
$4.99 seems like a cheap enough price to try this with. Let us know if you end up gong through with it and post some pics as well.

zacutti 02-10-2007 04:14 AM

i dont understand why cingular feel they have to change the phone to begin with, its stunning the way it is. why mess it up!

trbloomer 02-10-2007 02:14 PM

Damn, I had looked at my Pearl and somehow it didn't look as good as the pictures but the difference didn't quite register on my brain. So thanks a lot PsychoMaiko, now I want the tmob look as well.;-)

PsychoMaiko 02-13-2007 08:31 PM

Damn, too bad I didn't check up on my thread sooner, I missed out on the auction, but I have my eye on another so I'm still in luck.. I also found pearl dummy phones on DummyPhones.com - Your source for Displays & Dummy Phones for your Cellular Business! but they are going for $60!



I wouldn't have to go through all this trouble if Cingular just kept the Pearl the way it was... :x

canonbomb1987 02-14-2007 12:23 AM

I kinda like the cingular pearl. I am going to take the keypad off and color the led's underneath of it. I did that to my Pearl trackball and it now a blueish green color to it. The keypad is up as soon as i get my hands on a torx 6 wrench.

PsychoMaiko 02-14-2007 03:45 PM

Does anyone know if the keypad detaches from the front plate or not? I haven't tried taking my phone apart yet..

trbloomer 02-15-2007 04:25 PM

Keypad
 
Im guessing its similar to the keypad in a Nokia where its kind of a rubber mat that can be lifted out.

PsychoMaiko 02-20-2007 05:59 PM

Alright, I just won a dummy phone today from eBay for $20.50.. Now just waiting for it to arrive before I can start doing anything :-)


Edit: If anyone is still interested, I have recieved the tmo dummy and I have to warn you that the tmo pearl is darker than the cingular pearl. Also, the dummy I recieve, the battery door is glued shut. I'm not sure if all pearl dummies are glued shut but I bet a lot of them out there are so watch out. My mistake = your benefit


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