There are a number of reasons that you may need to take apart or tear down your Blackberry 8700 series. These reason might include:
- Fixing a stuck key on the keypad
- Fixing a broken, bent, or sticking click wheel
- Replacing the plastic nubs for the on/off and mute buttons
- Replacing a cracked, gouged, or broken faceplate
- Fixing stuck pixels, a burnt in, cracked, shattered or broken LCD display screen
Regardless of your reason, I have put together this quick Blackberry tear-down and take apart guide. Using it, you should be able to quickly remove and disassemble your Blackberry 8700 series cellular (mobile) phone.
Here is the step-by-step instructions to do it yourself:
1. Place your Blackberry 8700 series mobile phone face down to expose the back.
2. Place your finger on the button at the botton and slide the back down. As it slides down it should disconnect and you should be able to set it to the side.
3. Remove the battery from the Blackberry 8700 series. Lift up on the battery from the top and rotate out until it disconnects. The is a spot on the upper left where your finger will fit. Once the batter is removed, the SIM card is exposed.
4. Just below the SIM card is a black tab that will release the SIM card from the Blackberry unit. Push the black plastic tab down and with your index finger, slide the SIM card down. As it slides down, it will release from the holder.
5. Remove the three TORX T5 screws in the locations picture below. They are all the same size, so no need to remember which locations they came from.
6. Starting from bottom of the Blackberry 8700, pull apart the rear casing (backplate) from the rest of the phone. There are multiple clips that release as you pull it apart. It will take some effort to separate the two, be careful that you do not break the clips.
7. Remove four additional screws (pictured below) that hold the center logic (motherboard) board to the faceplate.
8. Separate the front of the faceplate from the board again by pulling from the bottom up. No clips are attaching the faceplate to main board and it should pull cleanly. The plastic nub around the headphone / USB jack should come loose.
9. Take the main board with the LCD display screen facing you. There is a clip in the upper left hand corner that holds the ribbon connector for the LCD screen fastened to the Blackbery 8700. Lift up on the small black plastic clip to free the LCD ribbon connector. Be careful not to damage the plastic clip.
10. Turn the main board over. There are four clips that hold the LCD display screen to the main logic board (see picture). Start on one side (opposite of the LCD ribbon cable) and loosen the two clips. Then loosen the two on the other side. The LCD display screen will separate from the main board easily.
11. Remove the keypad from the faceplate, it should just fall out. After this is complete, the rest of the guide will help you assemble your Blackberry 8700 Series.
12. Place the keypad back into the faceplate and make sure it fits snuggly.
13. Putting the LCD display back on the main board of the Blackberry 8700 can be a little tricky. What you want to do is start on the left side, where the ribbon cable attaches. Slide the ribbon cable all the way into the connector and close the black plastic tab. Then clip in the same side of the LCD screen. Lastly, clip in the other side of the LCD screen. Be sure to clean both the LCD screen and the inside of the faceplate before continuing.
14. Insert the top of the mainboard into the faceplate. There is a lip that it needs to be slid into.
15. Replace the 4 screws that attach the board to the faceplate.
16. Snap on the backplate (back plate) to the rest of your Blackberry 8700 starting from the top and snapping downward to attach the clips.
17. Replace the last three screws.
18. Replace your SIM card and battery.
19. Slide the back cover onto your Blackberry 8700 series unit and you have completed the faceplate replacement!
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This guide is compatible with or the compatibility includes: BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 8700v, BlackBerry 8700f, BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8707v, RIM 850, Blackberry 8700, Blackberry 8800, Blackberry 8705g, Blackberry 8703e