I just ordered this bad boy (brushed metal replacement back plate)

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Only $12.99 + $5 shipping from cnn.cn here. It will probably affect reception but I love the way it looks and it's not expensive. Removing the iPhone 4's back plate is apparently very easy as well, so it shouldn't be an issue to install or remove if I need to take my iPhone back for warranty work.

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Unfortunately, it hasn't arrived yet. Though I ordered it a week ago now, it just shipped today according to an email notice I received earlier. Still looking forward to receiving it though. I think it will look nice enough to tempt my husband to upgrade to an iPhone 4 from his current 3GS.
 

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I don't see how it could affect reception, since the antennae are around the outside of the phone, and the new back is, well, on the back!
 

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Ordered one myself today. It'll definitely prevent usage of all my cases (except the bumper), but the look should be worth it.
 

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Is it supposed to bump up or is that how an actual plate is supposed to be when it's not mounted?


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As a trial run, i just took the back cover off of mine, and it's super easy. You unscrew the two philips head screws around the dock connector, then the cover slides right off. only takes a few seconds, and you don't have to mess around with any of the internals. The tricky part is just having a small enough tool.

seriously, though, i'm never using another case when it's this easy to replace the back.
 
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I wonder if customs would seize such a unit. At a minimum, for the trademark voilation and/or as an honest presumption that the entire device is KIRF.

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I wonder if customs would seize such a unit. At a minimum, for the trademark voilation and/or as an honest presumption that the entire device is KIRF.

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I don't think they would, because it's your device you can do what you want with it. Kinda like jailbreaking.


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Actually, I just ordered an OEM white back and a white bumper. Should be pretty sweet. That's actually what i wanted when i saw the white iPhone 4 announced - white back, black front.
 

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I don't think they would, because it's your device you can do what you want with it. Kinda like jailbreaking.
Here's a link on 'customs pirated music'. http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007358.html

I think technically if the property contains criminal voilations, it can be seized. Jailbreaking, of course has been ruled legal.

The question then is, whether the jacket is considered 'contained'.

For that matter, at times I do think the officer is just using the excuse. What happens with your phone in your absence, who knows.

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