07-20-2011 09:56 PM
This link doesn't answer your question specifically, but some of the info might be useful anyway. One poster in that thread says it takes a Torx T6 driver to get the plastic phone halves apart, if your phone does not already have the threaded antenna port built in:
Sometimes my browser won't open the HowardForums pages, but you can always Google "howardforums 1557335" and use the Google cache of that forum thread.
It is rather frustrating that it is so difficult to even FIND a rubber antenna for Nextel/Moto i325/i365/etc.
You might try searching for info on the i365is (is = "intrinsically safe"), because it comes only with the rubberized antenna.
I noticed that SoutherLinc's website sells the i365is for $279:
SouthernLinc GTA offers it for $249: http://gta.southernlinc.com/phones/motorola_i365is
And here is the user guide for the i65/i365is at SouthernLinc:
Good luck, and be sure to post back here with your results, or any additional info you uncover during your quest.
08-01-2011 02:31 PM
Once you have the "rubber ducky" antenna, it is easy to change it, and you do NOT have to take the phone apart. At the bottom I pasted two links where you can buy the i325 replacement antenna, which fits fine (and might even be the same part number as the one for the i365 anyway).
Someplace where the lighting is good (or use a flashlight), pull up the factory (extendable) antenna all the way and look down into the socket. You should see a black ring on the sides of the socket and a shiny metal bottom of the socket. Look carefully at the black ring, note there are two shallow vertical grooves in the sidewalls of the black ring. (see photo below)
Get a flat-blade screwdriver that fits nicely into those slots, so the blade just a tiny bit narrower than the slots so you can fit it in all the way to the bottom of the socket. Align the flat blade with both slots and tilt the screwdriver just slightly, so you obtain a good, solid wedging action between the screwdriver & the slots. (see photo below) Don't jam the driver in too hard, or you might wreck the phone, or you might make it harder to unscrew the extendable antenna if you're pushing sideways too hard.
While applying moderate pressure downward and towards one of the slots in the sidewall (i.e. pushing down at the angle of tilt of the driver), turn the driver slowly and watch to make sure the black ring is turning with the screwdriver. If it is not turning, you'll have to find a better-fitting screwdriver, or push a bit harder so the blade digs a bit more into the plastic black ring, so you can apply enough torque to the ring to unscrew it.
Once you have the ring completely unscrewed, you'll see a brass threaded insert at the bottom of the antenna socket if the i365 (see photo below). Just thread your new antenna into that threaded hole, grip the very base of the rubber antenna with your fingertips and tighten it down all the way.
BTW, I was able to purchase the genuine Motorola OEM part from CPR Technology at this website:
I couldn't find it under the i365 accessories, but the one that fits the i325 seems to be the same part, and mine installed easily and works fine.
I didn't buy anything from the following website, but here is another website that has what they claim is OEM quality replacement antennas. I have no reason to doubt them, but neither can I personally vouch for them:
Below are a few photos that might help clarify the instructions above.
11-03-2011 08:51 PM
Glad to hear the instructions worked well for you.
I'm envious that you're in SouthernLINC territory, so you can continue using iDEN even after Sprint kills Nextel in 2013.
11-04-2011 08:00 AM
By using the i365 phones with the rubber duck antennas in the SouthernLINC network, I can now make and receive voice calls and actually carry on a conversation without having the call dropped. This is in places that I couldn't even get a text message to go through with Verizon Wireless. Verizon was great when I travelled nation-wide, but now working in rural areas in SE Mississippi 90% of the time, SouthernLINC rules!
So Sprint is completely doing away with Nextel? That's a shame. I wonder if SouthernLINC will take advantage and possibly expand their territory.