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No it won't work, the front glass is the digitizer (touch screen) which allows you to carry out touch or swipe actions to operate the phone. This is fixed or bonded to the lcd which gives you the display. Depending on which model and how competent you are then they are an easy and cheap diy fix, if not then you will have to look for a local repairer.
I suggest you search for somebody who repairs iPhone's and ask him or her to check the internal electronics of your device. An iPhone is a powerful device. Every inch inside an iPhone is used for electronic components, chips and cables. If you drop an iPhone the chance is big that the internal components have damage. If you're lucky it's only a loose cable inside the phone. A technician can just reconnect it but they need special tools and knowledge to open up and repair your iPhone. You could also go to a store and let them send in your iPhone to the Apple repair centre, but this will be very expensive. The cheapest way is that you search for a local technician who repairs iPhones. They will actually repair your iPhone. The "repair" service from Apple is actually more like a replace service. They will throw your defective iPhone away and will send you a new iPhone (same model as you sent in) and the repair will cost you the same a a new iPhone.
The iPhone screen is not too hard to replace. A good source for the part would be ebay. Thereis a step by step guide too that explains how to replace the part : iPhone repair guide. There are also third party companies that do it for you : iPhone Repair NYC
on a 3g iphone the glass/digitizer replacement is pretty easy, definitely much less than replacements of ATT or Apple if you can do it yourself, there are iphone repair guides websites that guide you through the repair step by step, but you should have done something like this before.
It looks like you need a new LCD/digitizer which you canreplace yourself. Here's a guide on how to disassemble an iPhone. Maybe a tech savy friend can do it for you. If you want to have somebody else do it for you there are third partyiPhone Repair Services.
Here is an iPhone Repair Guide that shows how to open an iphone. a and replace the glass. Once it is open it's as easy as prying the old glass off the front assembly and installing a new one, the parts are available on ebay.
I recently had the same problem. You can buy the glass by itself (which you already know), but then you would have to chisel away all of the glass from the digitizer which is really risky, difficult, and may ruin the digitizer in the end. If your dropped your iPhone 3G and the glass cracked, you will need to purchase a new glass display AND digitizer. They will come together as the digitizer will already be glued to the glass display. This will cost you about $70 before shipping. If you are doing the repair yourself, you may want to consider getting a pry tool to help you take it apart (about $4). There are some youtube videos by PDA parts that show you how to take apart the phone. I ended up getting my glass display and digitizer from Mission Repair, as it comes with the adhesive strips you will need to afix the display to the frame. I got my pry tool from PDA Parts. Due to the lack of information out there about what to do when the glass on your iPhone 3g cracks, I ended up making a website to help people out. Soon I will have a video tutorial and as well as written instructions with pictures on how to replace the glass and digitizer yourself. The site is http://3gcrackedglass.com Good luck with the repair!