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General Samsung Galaxy S3 - black screen result of dropping on floor

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    Hello All,

    I searched on the forum before creating this thread - need some clarification.

    I dropped S3 onto the floor even though it had SEIDIO cover installed. The screen went from being 10% screen covered in a black to the entire screen going black in matter of few hours.

    My options:
    1. Get a "new" phone.
    2. Get a replacement "Digitizer" which I think means getting a new screen, LCD etc.
    3. Get a phone with bad ESN and try to replace the motherboard only

    Need clarification on #3.

    I have a AT&T unlocked phone (Model SGH-I747) that am using with a T-mobile MVNO(Lycamobile).

    Do I need the same phone model to swap mother board or can I buy any GSM supported S3 and swamp motherboards?

    Also, am still able to get phone calls(have to blindly swipe to accept them) - Is there a way to view text message etc even though the screen is blank?
    I suppose I can't install any apps like air driod to view messages.
     

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    All 3 are good options.
    1- A new phone or good used will allow you to run a more updated Android version. 4.4.2 is as high as the S3 will get unless you root and install a custom ROM. There are a few good and stable 5.1 Roms available for the i747.

    2- If you like the S3 you can usually get a replacement digitizer and replace it yourself for around $80 or less with shipping.

    3- Swapping you motherboard into another GSM S3 is also pretty easy. I have put i747's in T999L's and vice versa. CDMA S3 frames are different and have to be modified with Drimel tool and still a pain to get it to fit properly.

    Check what is available at Swapa. Best place for good used phones and also their Bone Yard for parts phones.

    https://swappa.com
     
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    Thanks Jfalls.

    I saw few online videos and it looks like swapping a motherboard is simpler than having to change the digitizer.

    Any thoughts on if it's possible to push an app to view my current text messages?

    I used Samsung Kies to back up the data.
     
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    If you have USB debugging enabled you might be able to side load a APK but not something I have tried or know how to do. Still trying to get comfortable with ADB and would have to search for which to use and process.
     
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    Another place I have picked up used phones to play with is a local pawn shop. May be a quick option for a used S3 to put your motherboard in.
     
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    I think there is a special cable that you can get and be able to connect your phone together with a monitor and mouse and be able to view and control phone that way. Might look at Amazon.
     
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    Update:

    There is an option called "screen mirroring" if you have a samsung smart TV or any media player(like WDTV live) that am briefly able to connect but connection is very poor.
    I was hoping to install an app to allow me access to my phone log and text/whats app messaging etc.

    I ended up ordering a used phone online but will continue to look for replacement digitizer over the next few weeks.
     
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