The Apple iPhone 5c was announced on September 10, 2013. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, and requires screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 8, 16, 32 GB / White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Green.

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Sim reader replacement, will not read a sim!

Hello ifixit,

I come with a question about sim reader replacements on iPhones. I just started trying to replace these, so far I've done 3 phones and none of them will recognize a sim card. They were physically damaged readers that I replaced, no water damage of any sort. When I take a multimeter to the finished product, everything ohms out the same as a perfectly working sim reader that's never been replaced. I'm getting all 4 anchors attached, as well as the 6 pins in the middle and the 2 at the back for the little spring arm. I've been using 400 degrees fahrenheit to remove the readers as well as covering unwanted areas in kapton tape. When I put the new reader on, I notice it doesn't sit down perfectly flush, but everything is connected and seems to have correct resistances. For the life of me I can't get them to read a sim though, or pick up anything! Please help!

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I had this problem also. I took the phone apart to look at the reader, and the tiny solder points scared me. I had pulled the phone apart and so I just put it back together and set it aside. Then, a few days ago I tried the phone for the heck of it, and it worked. All that I can think is that one or more of the connections was loose or corroded and not making contact, and that the disassemble and reassemble corrected the contact issue... just a guess.


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