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Almost everyone owns an iPhone 3G now, or so it seems sometimes. So if you want to stand out from the Apple crowd, but aren’t willing to give up the phone, why not have your handset custom hued? iphone_3g_colorware ColorWare can colour the phone's back, frame, button and SIM tray individually Gadget painting specialist …


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  1. dervheid

    "hopefully it’ll be extend to Blighty soon."

    You HAVE to be fucking joking, right?

    I'm going to be sending El Reg the clean-up bill for my work area, which, after seeing *that* picture, is now covered in vomit.

  2. iSuff44
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    One Word


  3. Stu

    £75 eh?

    How come companies aren't doing the same trick the PSP has had for years?

    For that console, you can just get plastic back or front casing replacements molded in all sorts of colours, patterns, some silvery and some transparent even.

    I'm sure it would be more economical to create a reuseable plastic iPhone mold instead of going to the trouble of recolouring and re-finishing the existing plastic bits.

    With the added advantage then of not spoiling the casing fit by adding paint and a finish (microscopically yes, but possibly enough to throw out the tolerances and prevent you from putting it back together easily).

    Your typical PSP case replacement can go for as little as £30 or less, not fitted. The PSP case is more complicated than your typical plastic 3G iPhone backside, but the fit can sometimes be a little out.


    I agree with the previous comments though, who in their right mind would go for a cyan coloured backing with a red home-button?

    'Yuck' doesn't quite do it justice. Just what the hell is wrong with that beautiful black casing it comes with? Some people...

  4. Karim Bourouba


    you do realise that coloware can put any paint job on the thing?

  5. Nic Brough


    Ok, nice to know they can be customised finally (not that I think there's anything wrong with the default), but why did you have to pick one of the most revolting colour schemes going as for the example picture?

    Mine's the one with Henry Ford's apocryphal colour-chart in the pocket

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    And you do realise you'd have to be insane to send away your iPhone for 2 weeks to let some company rip it apart, almost certainly invalidating the warranty in the process, and pay for the privilege?

  7. Tim Seely

    I'm with Nick on this...

    You could do a fairly good version of the old Gulf racing coulours. or go for the 'stealth' all carbon look, but it's hard to see from the site whether this is actually matte...

  8. Chris O'Shea

    About time too ...

    ... I remember years ago that POS (Pinnock Organiser Services) in Streatham used to offer a similar service ... I still have a Psion 5 in a sparkly blue colour (helped to make mine much easier to select out of the pile on the table in the pub!)

    Of course the next thing will be a company that allows you to upload your own JPEG/GIF and will run you off a new casing (the way they have for Nokia phones for many years now).

    And yes, I can easily understand why someone would want to colour their iPhone, it's because they've broken their gold (coloured!) Dolce & Gabbana Motorola Razr :-)

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Another word



  10. Anonymous Coward

    I agree with Stu

    If you just get a replacement cover it'll hide all those cracks appearing in the substandard manufacture of the bog (as in chuck it down one) standard 3Jesus phone.

    Mines the one with a Halford blue spray can in it (alot less than $150).

  11. dervheid


    No shit?


    I'd absolutely no fucking idea they could do it in different colours!

    BTW. This is what's known as *sarcasm*.

    Since you seemed to miss it first time around.

  12. Gulfie

    It Gets Better...

    ... if you buy an OpenMoko phone, the guys have open sourced the CAD design for the case, so anybody can make a case - or indeed make a completely different case and move the eletronics over.

    Now that the 3G iphone has screws to open it up it can only be a matter of time before somebody offers a swap-by-mail service.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    Re: One Word

    Why not?

    If everyone thought like you, world would have been a very dull & boring place.

  14. Reg Sim
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    ...hmmm El'Reg..

    Now imaging it in reg colours wiht a wee bird logo over the button on the front :)


  15. Anonymous Coward

    can they do non solid colours ?

    i want mine in chunky diarrhea colour ...

  16. Lloyd

    Ahhh, my eyes, my eyes

    They haven't hurt this much since I saw that photo of Paris Hilton naked (although the clothed one's aren't much better).

  17. Steven Raith
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    @Tim Seely

    "You could do a fairly good version of the old Gulf racing colours. or go for the 'stealth' all carbon look, but it's hard to see from the site whether this is actually matte..."

    Pff. What a load of tosh.

    JPS Black 'n' Gold for teh w1n.

    Steven R

  18. jai

    stop complaining...

    ...about the colourscheme - a couple of seconds clicking on the Brainstorm button on the Colorware site brings up a vast pelethora of even more hiddeous options

    that said, for 75quid, it's almost tempting, as much for the scratch protection coating as anything else

  19. Anonymous Coward
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    @ AC Re: One Word

    Yes, because a world filled with the kind of loser that "needs" a customised iphone as a conversation piece is not a dull & boring place

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ non solid colours

    Nokia and Microsoft have already tied up, so a Zune phone that fits your requirements is not far away

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Technicolour Nightmare.

    Reminds me of the time I stuck my head in a can of house paint, then swallowed. You could decorate kindergarten classroom walls with these things. Blech.

  22. Graham Lockley

    @Steven Raith

    >JPS Black 'n' Gold for teh w1n.

    Oh yes and and can we have an FW09-Green and White as well ?

    As a long time Broncos fan I like the 'Orange Crush' idea as well.

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