Broken iPhone – Replace or Repair?

iPhones are among the most expensive phones in the world. What do you do if you have scrounged and saved only for yours to break? Should you go back on a tight budget and buy another one, or are there repair options available? As a matter of fact, many people who own iPhones will try to repair them before they buy a new handset. There is such a big market for iPhone repair that many shops and franchises have now been set up just for this.

Your first thought when your iPhone breaks may be – I have a warranty, so all I need to do is stop at the Apple Store and they will have it as good as new in no time. Unfortunately this is not the case. If you have ever tried to get anything repaired on warranty you know that it is a long process that is very frustrating. You have to prove that the problem is a result of manufacturer defect. If, for example, the screen on your iPhone is cracked you have to show that it came with a hairline crack, or that the reason it cracked is because the manufacturer used substandard glass. This is a process that can take months, during which time you will be without your iPhone.

Your best bet is to find an iPhone repair shop. True, getting them to fix a defect on your phone will void your Apple warranty, but you have to remember that this warranty doesn’t do you much good anyway. If you find the right third party iPhone repair shop they can repair all sort of damage including but not limited to: broken screens, LCD replacement, rear glass cover replacement, battery replacement, front facing camera replacement, rear facing camera replacement and earpiece speaker replacement.

The most important thing is to find an iPhone repair company in your neighborhood that you can rely on to carry out the necessary repairs. It should have experienced technicians and a high success rate. Look online for reviews and if you find more than a few complaints you should beware. You should also find out how long they will take to repair your iPhone – in the best shops fixing a simple problem such a broken screen can be done while you wait. The cost of repairs also matters – if the shop will charge you a lot of money then it may make more sense to buy a new one, or to find a different repair shop. The other very important thing is a repair warranty – never allow a shop to fix your phone if they are not willing to give you a warranty that backs up their work.

What if the repair shop tells me that my iPhone cannot be repaired? If you go to one shop and they tell you that your iPhone cannot be repaired odds are that it can’t, but you may want to get a second or even a third opinion before you give up.