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Motorola V180 Faceplate

by mystilirious / December 31, 2004 10:56 AM PST

I recently got the Motorola v180 and i was wondering about replacing the lens or the faceplate. In the manual, it shows you how to remove the lens, and only replace with a Motorola-certified lens, but while I was searching for other colored faceplates, I came across many faceplates that looked slightly different:

ie: http://www.cellular-blowout.com/motv180h2so001.html
The first and last parts of the set I can see fit on the phone easily, but the middle part looks like you have to take out the plate, and it doesn't show that in the manual. What I'm trying to ask is whether the faceplate, when I order it, will provide me with instructions on taking it apart and putting it together, or is that for me to find out? And I have also seen and been told that a extra tool is needed to put the faceplate onto the phone (T6 Driver/Tool) and am wondering if I do in fact need that.

P.S: I'm also wondering about these faceplates as well:
http://www.cellular-blowout.com/motv180h2so006.html

The second one, I know how to put on, but the same question puzzles me about the first part.

Thank you

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re: Motorola v180
by jefs / January 2, 2005 3:19 AM PST

How do you like the phone? My brother is looking at replacing his Siemens with the v180.

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Motorola V180 Faceplate-Replacement
by Motorad / January 9, 2005 5:02 AM PST

I'm responding to the following original message to CNET.com on how to replace/install faceplates for the V180 cell-phone: "I recently got the Motorola v180 and i was wondering about replacing the lens or the faceplate. In the manual, it shows you how to remove the lens, and only replace with a Motorola-certified lens, but while I was searching for other colored faceplates, I came across many faceplates that looked slightly different."

I saw no responses from CNET.com on how to replace and install the faceplate for the V180, so am asking for similar instructions. Thank you.

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How to replace Motorola V180 faceplate
by shanedonna / February 28, 2005 2:38 AM PST

Replacing the faceplate is actually very easy...take off the center lens and remove the 4 screws. Ideally, use a Torx screwdriver (available for a couple of dollars from most of the sites that sell the faceplates), but you CAN use a tiny jewelers' screwdriver (just be very careful not to strip the screws).
The only problem with the faceplate I bought was that there wasn't a recessed area for the screws to sit, like on the original. The result is that when you put the new lens on, it sits slightly up instead of flush with the rest of the faceplate. This isn't a problem for me, as I am very careful with my phone, but rough handling could cause a problem with the lens popping off.
You do need to be aware, however, that replacing the faceplate/lens with other than Motorola's own stuff WILL void your warranty. If this is an issue for you, maybe a better choice would be a custom fit carrying case.
Hope this helps.

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