If you’ve ever broken a phone, you might have wondered “Is my Cell Phone worth repairing?” We will answer that dreaded, yet common question about what to do after a phone is damaged and discuss the options you might have available to you.
Is a cell phone worth repairing? This is the most common question asked by people who break their phone. When a phone is broken it often leaves you in a pinch. Without your phone, you can’t communicate with your friends, accept work calls, read emails, or check your Facebook. Breaking a phone might cause you to panic when trying to decide what to do. You keep your cool, but all that’s running through your head is: Do you buy a new phone? Do you get it repaired and is it worth it?
Any time someone comes into our office with a broken phone and asks us this golden question, we start evaluating their situation for them. How long have you used the phone? What brand and model is the phone? Do you have accidental warranty coverage? HOW MUCH will the accidental warranty replacement or repair cost? These are all questions you should consider so you can make an informed decision. You also need to consider whether you have data, like pictures, that you need backed up from the phone. If so, your decision could change in a hurry.
What Brand and Model Phone do you have?
The most widely used phones are Apple’s iPhone. This is one of the most common phones we see in our office and we see at least a couple come in every day so this will be the main phone we reference in this article. Mind you, we also repair a ton of other phones, but on average, we see iPhones a lot more. Since the iPhone is so popular it causes the screen prices to be considerably cheaper than Samsung, HTC, and other phone brands. One thing you also need to consider is if you just recently bought the phone. If your phone is the newest version and it just came out a month or two ago, you can expect to spend more on a repair than if you have a version that was released 6 months to a year ago.
Is the phone under warranty?
If you break your phone and did absolutely nothing to cause the malfunction, you should consider inquiring with the manufacturer and possibly filing a warranty claim. Apple, for instance, produces hundreds of thousands of phones each day; so there are bound to be defects with the phone every now and then. Most of the time, if the damage was not your fault at all, you can get them to repair the phone or replace it. KEEP IN MIND: If you have pictures or data on your phone, the manufacturer does NOT care about this and will not back it up or save it for you on any occasion. If you need your data backed up before hand, consult with an independent repair facility, you know, the guys who genuinely care about your happiness. If you ask anyone who works in our office, we will tell you that your data is our number 1 priority. Even if you have to send it out for a warranty claim, it might be worth a try to get your data back before it gets serviced/replaced.
For the most part, most damages are considered accidental and not covered under the normal warranty that comes with phones when you buy them. The most common repair is a broken screen. This is hardly ever covered under warranty. Some manufacturers will try to sell you some sort of “extended warranty” or “accidental damage coverage” or something of the sort. Unfortunately, these plans are hardly ever actually worth your money. You will usually have to pay for the coverage every year, and a lot of times you might not have to use it. Lets take Apple for instance. If you purchase their AppleCare+ Coverage, you will pay a premium up front when you purchase the phone, then you have to pay at least $100 for them to consider fixing your phone.
Oh, you think they are going to FIX your phone? Nope, they will not. You cannot stand there and wait for them to swap a screen out for you and hand it back to you in 10-20 minutes. They simply don’t do that. They will just end up swapping out your phone with one of their “refurbished” phones (which is worth considerably less than your current phone. This is the only option they will give you. It’s written somewhere in the small font on the contract you signed. So if you opt for this option, say goodbye to your pictures and settings forever. At our shop, we can usually have your phone done and back to you in about 30 minutes, on average.
Choosing a Quality Independent Repair Shop
On the other side of the spectrum, you can opt to get your phone repaired at a quality independent repair shop. These are the places that are often seen near you who have people knowledgeable enough to actually repair your problem. We, at Falkner Technologies, will actually replace the broken screen, the broken charge port, the battery, buttons, and other things and get your same device back up and running perfect for you. All your data will still be in tact, as well as your settings, contacts, and other valuable data. One thing you need to be wary of is that you choose a repair shop who has been in business for a while instead of the regular “Joe Shmoe” off the streets. The place you choose should be insured, should give you a warranty on the repair, and use quality, OEM parts. Us, here at Falkner Technologies always use quality parts in all of our repairs. We do not order the cheap, plastic, rip-off parts the come from China. We strive to do our best to ensure you are happy and always leave a happy customer with a smile on your face so you decide to come back with all your technology issues. 🙂
So is my Cell Phone Worth Repairing?
Let us leave you with this little bit of information. On average, typically a broken phone is not under warranty from the manufacturer. In fact, manufacturers try to scare you away from using independent repair shops. The truth, however, is that independent repair will save you money and actually MAKE your cell phone worth repairing. iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6s, and almost every other version of the iPhone costs between $80-$100 to fix independently (including parts, labor, warranty, and any consultation you need to answer your questions.) Newer versions like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you can plan on spending around $80-$119 for a quality repair including the same services seen for the iPhone 6 repairs. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus repairs are coming down in price pretty regularly now that the newer versions are coming out and good parts are made more and more available through our trusted distributors. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X are still the most expensive phones to repair, but they are still less than half the cost of a new one, so in that case I think your cell phone is worth repairing by far! For these models, repairs typically run $119 and up for a broken screen repair. These prices are always changing however, so we made an estimate request readily available for your needs. Click below to go directly to our estimate request page on our main website. Rest assured, if you’re not within driving distance, you may mail your phone to us for repair, all you need to do is pay for shipping. You’re phone will be shipped back to you, typically within 24-48 hours.
As always if you are in doubt, you can always talk to a local professional like us, or contact us even if we aren’t local. We can discuss mail-in repairs and more.
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Until next time,
Have a great day!