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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blackberry - How to replace the faceplate on your 8700 - Step-by-Step

Do you need to replace the faceplate on your Blackberry 8700? Replacing or repairing the faceplate (face plate, cover or skin) on your Blackberry 8700 series is common, although not trivial process. There are a number of reason why you might want to or need to change out the faceplate including: changing the color, a scratched, broken, notched, gashed, cracked, split, or other problem with the faceplate. This post will walk you through the process, step-by-step.

There are a couple of requirements in order to be able to perform this procedure. The first is that you need a TORX T5 bit screwdriver. (I recently picked one up on eBay) The second is that you need a replacement faceplate. Those can be obtained from one of the advertisers on the right for your Blackberry by clicking on them.

Here is the step-by-step.

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. Transfer the plastic connectors for the on/off button, mute button and earphone to your new faceplate.

10. Insert the top of the mainboard into the faceplate. There is a lip that it needs to be slid into.

11. Replace the 4 screws that attach the board to the faceplate.

12. Snap on the backplate (back plate) to the rest of your Blackberry 8700 starting from the top and snapping downward to attach the clips.

13. Replace the last three screws.

14. Replace your SIM card and battery.

15. 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


Prash said...


Anonymous said...

This worked like a champ, thanks for the tutelage..

Henry said...

Thank you very much. I think there is no tutorial like you do.. perfectly understand

Gn2 said...

This is a nice guide but not very accurate.

To PROPERLY change the casing on an 8700 Blackberry, remove the back door, battery and sim, then remove the three screws you can see, then with the Blackberry face down, gently pry up the back bottom edge, as you are gently lifting that back bottom edge, insert a very small slot screwdriver into the slots on either side of the battery compartment approximately in the middle, pushing the clips found there in towards the middle to release them.
When the two clips have released, you should be able to lift the back up from the bottom and pull it down towards the bottom. If you do as instructed in the blog and simply try to "unclip" it all the way around you will surely break one of the clips. There are only three clips, the small ones on either side of the battery compartment that hold the back on, and the big one at the top in the middle that holds the back on. You can't get the top one out unless the two side ones have been released first.
The back and the front both attach to the MIDDLE piece. Knowing this going in makes dis-assembly much easier.
Once you have the back off, you will see the four screws you need to remove to get the FRONT off. Its easy from there. The top of the front is clipped to the middle, I think, but comes off easily once the screws are removed. Don't forget your MIC and earpiece in the old facing...