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My samsung impression slider is falling apart, springs falling out and small black rectangular thing-y covering the upper left corner of my keyboard. i do not drop my phone, no water damage, it is in a hard case and i don't use it constantly ( less than 1K minutes a month) though my phone is under warranty, the AT&T warranty center won't replace b/c they say samsung phones don't have this problem, though an AT&T employee says he has seen it often in other phones, other makes and models.

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I've seen it in this phone before too. And if you don't fix it soon other parts will start breaking like the flex cable. If you managed to keep everything that fell off, the good news is you can fix it yourself if you are mechanically inclined. The springs just snap in once you get the phone apart. If that doesn't appeal to you, there are some sites you can send it in to for repair, and there are sites like ours where you can trade it in for another phone.

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