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Old 06-16-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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Has anybody replaced the dark navy-blue housing on their Cingular 8800 with this black housing from CNN.CN.COM - This Domain Name is Registered with CentralNic Ltd, The Global Domain Name Registry.


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If so, how is fit/finish/quality? Is it hard to do the replacement?
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:41 PM   #2
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It says OEM so one would assume they are direct from RIM. I've not heard that anyone has tried them.
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:06 PM   #3
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It says OEM so one would assume they are direct from RIM. I've not heard that anyone has tried them.
Although I am new to BlackBerry and BBF...I am far from a newbie when it comes to mobile phones (use, modifying, buying/selling). I have bought several body and trim pieces from Cnn.cn, with various degrees of satisfaction. Although they claim that all their parts are OEM...their quality control, or the QC of the parts manufacturer are sometimes lacking. Some parts I have had are actually better than those on the original device...but some have had poor fit and questionable quality.

Sooooo...I was just hoping that somebody else had been the guinea pig, instead of me...I guess! LOL

The black sure looks sexy though.
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:08 PM   #4
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I've never purchased anything from there either. I always wonder where they get the parts. Are they buying direct from RIM? Are they seconds? Anyway, it's a good question. I'm guessing that you could buy 3 of their OEM housings and get varying quality in all three.

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Old 06-16-2007, 03:07 PM   #5
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I bought the black case. Quality is excellent, and the swap takes about 10 minutes.

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Old 06-16-2007, 04:16 PM   #6
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They don't seem to have the keypad. I was hoping to change an 8830 to black.

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Guess I'm color blind...but is the 8800 keypad blue or black???
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:35 PM   #8
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No keypad. The 8830 keys spacing is fine but the color of the keys, letters and backlight - along with the DUMB stylish half-key protrusion are examples of terrible design.
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:48 PM   #9
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I ordered the black kit and it arrived yesterday. I haven't done anything with it yet though.

Each part looks identical to the Cingular branded one although they do feel pretty flimsy. I'm assuming it's just because they aren't fitted yet. The finish doesn't have the glossy look that the Cingular one has. The black one looks very plastic, whereas the Cingular one almost looks like bakolite. Overall, the Cingular one gives the impression of better quality and a more substantial housing.

I'm still not sure whether to bother fitting it because the blue keyboard might look out of place with a jet black housing.

The kit came with the following:
  1. Rails (with buttons in place)
  2. Back plate
  3. Battery cover
  4. Front housing
  5. Trackball and housing
  6. Middle plate
  7. Torque screw driver
  8. Tool to prise open the case

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cingular ones were made with a different plastic
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I ordered the black kit and it arrived yesterday. I haven't done anything with it yet though.

Each part looks identical to the Cingular branded one although they do feel pretty flimsy. I'm assuming it's just because they aren't fitted yet. The finish doesn't have the glossy look that the Cingular one has. The black one looks very plastic, whereas the Cingular one almost looks like bakolite. Overall, the Cingular one gives the impression of better quality and a more substantial housing.

I'm still not sure whether to bother fitting it because the blue keyboard might look out of place with a jet black housing.

The kit came with the following:
  1. Rails (with buttons in place)
  2. Back plate
  3. Battery cover
  4. Front housing
  5. Trackball and housing
  6. Middle plate
  7. Torque screw driver
  8. Tool to prise open the case
This is exactly what I was concerned about. The quality of plastic...or at least the type used by RIM for the Cingular-branded phone is a higher grade than that sold as "OEM" by Cnn.cn. Their parts may be made by the same companies that supply housings for the phone manufacturers...but they are not always the same quality in fit, finish, or construction.

Guess I'll pass...thanks!!
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I think he was just talking about the difference between TMobile's and Cingular's. The different carrier's BB's have often been made out of different plastic. The 8700g and the 8700c seem to be different plastic. It's probably just the difference between the two models. Just my $.02.
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I bought the black case. Quality is excellent, and the swap takes about 10 minutes.

Jeff
Did you fit it on a Cingular 8800? Does it look OK with the blue keyboard?
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i purchased that housing from cnn.cn and the finsh and fit is perfect and also got housing from them for my 8700c hands down best place to shop replaced all my cousins blackberry housing's from there .
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i purchased that housing from cnn.cn and the finsh and fit is perfect and also got housing from them for my 8700c hands down best place to shop replaced all my cousins blackberry housing's from there .
Soooo...how does the blue keypad look against the black housing?
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Soooo...how does the blue keypad look against the black housing?
Keypad looks more black with the black housing.
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was it difficult to disassemble and put back together, any tips? My black housing is arriving soon.
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:41 AM   #18
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hi. i read that someone here has used cnn.cn.
thanks for bringing it up, you might have just save my blackberry.
i've been looking for a while now to replace the housing (side rails and front and back covers only), but was unsuccesfull.
but can i trust cnn.cn ??

is there anybody else who can tell me about another website, so i can check it out. i have a blackberry 8800.


thanks a bunch.
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Guess I'm color blind...but is the 8800 keypad blue or black???

pretty sure that the 8800 keypad is black :D
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Default Mines totally black...

But then, this is a Voda one from the UK? Black Case and Black Keyboard.

Are there any other casings you can get?
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