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    Hey guys,

    I'm new to the forum and have a question about my model. I have a straight talk S4 model SM-S975L and about a week about I got it I dropped in on the floor and shattered the screen. The digitizer still works and everything on the phone works the way it should but I need a new screen. I haven't been able to find a digitizer for my model S4. Does the digitizer have to be model specific? Any help would be awesome

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    Welcome to the forum

    The digitizer still works
    I haven't been able to find a digitizer
    Just a little confusing. Any glass or digitizer from another S4 should work. The form factor is the same. The major differences are at the chipset level. You wouldn't be able to use a different model's system board.
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    Ok, So if I get a digitizer and re-use the components from my "broken" one it should work even if the digitizer is technically for a diffrent model? sorry it was confusing, i have a new glass piece but nobody in my area can replace just the glass. So Ive been trying to find a digitizer so I can do it myelf

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    The key word is "should". There have been a lot of people who replaced the glass/digitizer and for whatever reason the phone still didn't work. But in theory the answer is yes.
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    Welcome to the forum! Just to throw my two cents into the mix: you'll save yourself a lot of headache if you purchase & replace the screen & digitizer as one piece. I can't tell you how many stories I've seen just like yours where folks have finished their replacement, and as @Leeshor explained, it just didn't work. Let alone the difficulty factor with the replacement itself, that's a whole other animal. If you have experience replacing smartphone screens it will be a little easier, but if this is your first time, I would highly suggest spending the extra money and doing it as one piece.
    Whatever route you decide to go best of luck with your replacement! Let us know how you make out.
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    I am going to do it as one piece, does anyone know the the next model that came out right after mine? i wonder if i find one as similar as possible to mine if it will make a diffrence

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