Author Topic: How to open up a Contempra?  (Read 646 times)

Offline andy1702

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How to open up a Contempra?
« on: January 08, 2017, 06:00:23 PM »
I'm now the proud owner of two chocolate brown British Contempras (dial version). I have to say I'm really impressed with the build quality of these phones. They feel really solid.

My question is how do I get the case off? I found a video on Youtube that said remove the screws under the label covers and that's the way in to both the main body and the handset. The trouble is I'm not sure how to get the clear plastic covers off. I see a tiny pinhole at one side which I'm guessing might have something to do with it, but I thought I'd ask first. I don't want to break anything as they're quite rare over here and spares are pretty much non-existant.

Interestingly here in the UK we think of the Contempra as an 80's phone because it took about 20 years to make it over here. I was amazed when I found out it was a product of the 60's. Way ahead of it's time by our standards.

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Offline TelePlay

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Re: How to open up a Contempra?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 06:12:50 PM »
If it's the same as a WE Trimline, place a solid, round object (one that won't bend) into the hole and carefully put pressure on the plastic insert away from the hole. As the plastic moves it bends or bows up in the middle. You will begin to see the tab holding the plastic under the housing. Takes about 1/16" to expose it and to then lift up on the plastic with the tool in the hole. The plastic should come out at the point, after the tool is removed.

Do this slowly and carefully. These can be scratched if the tool slips and the plastic can break if pushed or bowed too much.

This is the hole (#1) and the direction to apply pressure (#2)
« Last Edit: January 08, 2017, 06:15:12 PM by TelePlay »

Offline Duffy

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Re: How to open up a Contempra?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2017, 06:17:24 PM »
Andy, I hope this helps.