As I previously mentioned, I accidentally dropped my iPhone 4 last Saturday afternoon, but all was not lost. I found out that replacing the front and back plates is not impossible, Nd relatively inexpensive. I ordered a replacement backplate and cover, and a mini Phillips #00 screwdrivd, and all three arrived this week.
Unfortunately, it’s the wrong screwdriver. Apple irritatingly doesn’t want people to muck around inside the products that we customers purchase and own. They use obscure screws to discourage people from opening them up. Why? I don’t have the foggiest. I ordered a mini Phillips #00 screwdriver (it’s teeny tiny), but they sent me a “Pentalobe” version instead used for many other Apple products.
After a fruitless search at Lowes, Radio Shack, a Rite Aid pharmacy, and a supermarket, I gave up and ordered another screwdriver from a different Amazon affiliate vendor for $2.50. Should be here in a few days. In the meantime, at least I have 2/3s of the solution in my hands.