Step 1: Matierials
I have compiled a short list of links for common old flip phones and how they can be disassembled:
The old flip phone I chose to create this shell phone was a Motorola V551 and the tools that were needed are shown in picture and listed below:
- Torx T6 screwdriver
- Small flat head screwdriver
- Metal file
- Exacto knife or Box cutter
- Super glue
Difficulty level: Beginner
Step 2: Disassembling Phone
Next unscrew the four screws on the back of the phone case as circled in the second picture. Save the four screws.
Use a small flathead screwdriver to unlatch the two clips holding the two parts of the phone, as shown in the third picture. Than remove the back section from the phone.
Than remove the metal backing from the back section of the phone. Using your thumb unhinge the metal section and remove the metal section from the plastic back section, as shown in the fourth picture. You want to save the plastic back section but the metal section can be discarded.
The next step is to remove the circuit board and the plastic keypad. To remove the circuit board simply remove the board from the phone. The keypad will be just as easy and will easily lift off the phone. Don’t discard the circuit board or keypad. The fifth picture shows all the parts that need to be removed from the phone.
Step 3: Preparing Phone Pieces
Take the plastic keypad and your box cutter or exacto knife and cut off the side buttons as labeled in the first picture. You can discard the plastic keypad now but must keep the side buttons removed from the plastic keypad.
The next step you need to take your box cutter or exacto knife and remove a circular chip on the back of the circuit board. Than you need to clamp the circuit board to the edge of a table with the power connector hanging over the table. Using the hacksaw cut off the power connector from the circuit board. These steps are shown in the second picture. Make sure to save the power connector piece and you can now safely discard of the circuit board.
The next step is to remove the thin plastic keypad holder strips. This is done by using your box cutter or exacto knife and cutting each spot where connected to the main plastic edge of the phone. This step can be shown in the third picture. The thin plastic keypad holder strips can be discarded.
Step 4: Assembly Preperation
The next step is to take the three-keypad buttons that were removed from the keypad and glue them back on the phone. Take the super glue and put a small amount of glue around the edge of the button. Than place the plastic button in its designated hole on the side of the phone case. Step shown in the second picture. Repeat this for each of the three removed buttons. This step will help the outer phone keep its details and the contents of the phone from falling out of the case.
Very similar to the previous step, use the power connector which was previously removed from the circuit board. Take the power connector and apply a small amount of super glue on one side. Than place the power connector on the bottom section of the outer plastic phone case as shown in the third picture. This step will also help the outer phone keep its details and the contents of the phone from falling out of the case.
Step 5: Assembling the Shell Phone
Than take the antenna and screw it back into the antenna hole on the top of the phone. Last is the blue plastic outer battery cover is slid back onto the back of the phone. These steps are shown in the second picture.
Now your finished! You have created your very own shell phone. The shell phone can be used to indiscreetly store your change, cash, jewelry and any other small items. Please leave me any comments or suggestions.