The phone casing on your BlackBerry Curve is the only thing that protects your phone from dirt, dust and moisture. It takes a lot of abuse, especially if you are the type of person who drops his phone all the time. Therefore, it’s often the phone casing that starts to show wear and tear first on your BlackBerry Curve. You can give your phone a quick facelift and even change its style by changing the casing on your BlackBerry.
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Things you need
- Small screwdriver
- Plastic prying tool
- Replacement casing parts
Set up a workspace in a clean, well-lit area with a level surface. Make sure that your BlackBerry Curve is powered off. Remove the back panel and the battery. Use the screwdriver to remove the two screws from the each corner of the top of the back of the phone and set them aside. You will need these screws to put your BlackBerry back together, so be careful with them.
Remove the bottom cover that protects your microphone and antenna. (It has your service provider’s name or logo on it.) Use the pry tool to unsnap the tab that holds the bottom cover to your BlackBerry phone housing. This can be tricky to remove, but you are more likely to be successful if you start at the back and work your way to the front. Go slow to avoid breaking it.
Remove the side panels by using the prying tool to unsnap the tab holding each one to the phone casing. (This step isn’t required, but it does make removing the faceplate much easier.) Two tabs hold the faceplate to the phone casing. Now, using the prying tool again, unsnap those tabs and pull the faceplate away from the phone casing carefully. You don’t want to damage the LCD screen in any way.
Attach the replacement faceplate to the phone casing by snapping it into place using a firm but gentle force. Pop the two side panels back into place and then the replacement bottom cover. Replace the two screws into the back using the screwdriver. Put the battery back into your BlackBerry Curve, and then slide on the new back panel.
Tips and warnings
- While you have the phone casing off your BlackBerry Curve, you might take the opportunity to clean the LCD screen with an antistatic cleaner and use an electronic duster to remove any debris from the keyboard.
- Most BlackBerry Curve warranties specify that if you allow anyone other than an authorised service technician to work on your BlackBerry, your warranty will be void. The smartest thing to do is to call your mobile service provider and check on the provisions of your BlackBerry warranty before you take it apart.
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