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Can "Dummy Phone" keypads be installed on a real phone?

by lee354    Jun 30, 2008, 1:41 PM

I often see "dummy phones" - the non-working samples displayed in stores with fake screen images - for sale at online auctions for $5 or thereabouts. Which gets me wondering whether I can take apart a real Samsung SCH-U740 phone, remove the keycaps, and install the key buttons from a fake SCH-U740 Alias, the newer version of the same phone.

The reason I'd want to do this is because I much prefer recently redesigned keys, which better distinguish the 12 keys used for voice dialing without making the letters hard to read when turned sideways for QWERTY texting. Note the difference in these pictures:

New key design (letters & numbers easy to read in both directions): ... »

Old key design (letters & numbers hard to read in either direction): ... »

Does this look like a possible easy swap, or at least a possible difficult swap, or are the keyboards on dummy phones completely unusable on a real phone? Anyone here seen either taken apart?

And while on the subject, are all SCH-U740's with the old keypad either black or gold/champagne and all that have the new keypad silver/gray, or did the color change and redesigned keyboard occur at different times?

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