Repair Or Replace Your Smartphone and Tablet? Which Is The Most Economical

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A broken smartphone or tablet can be annoying, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy a new device or live with a cracked screen. The screen consists of 3 layers; glass, digitizer, and LCD panel. In most cases, it’s just the glass on top that cracks. Deciding whether to repair or replace the device is a huge decision that has to be well thought. However, depending on whether you’re locked in on a carrier contract or not, repair may end up being more cost effective over replacing it.

Benefits of Repairing Your Phone over Replacing It

1.A smartphone can be bought with a wireless carrier subsidy that brings the total cost of the device down from $500-$799 to about          $199. Major carriers like T-Mobile, and Sprint are comfortable paying that subsidy because a contract binds you to 2 years of            service. This is a good deal for you and the wireless company, but only if your smartphone remains in good condition. If it doesn’t, this deal can feel really unfair.

For example, did you know that you can’t buy another smartphone at $199 if your current phone breaks? The phone subsidy applies to your first device only. If the screen cracks or shutters and you can’t use your device, you’re still bound to continue paying for 2 years of wireless service. If you decide to replace your smartphone with a new one, you will have to pay the full retail price of $500-$799 to get the same phone you previously bought for $300-$500 less. Buying a refurbished one can be more expensive than buying a new subsidized phone. However, if you decide to repair the screen, it will only cost you $129 or even less.


  1. One of the most common problems with iPhones is a broken glass screen. Depending on the stored data in your broken phone, Apple will sell you a refurbished iPhone for $200 or more. This offer is only applicable if the device is broken. If you decide to buy a new iPhone, then you will need to have a budget of more than $1000. On the other hand, a professional repair company can fix this problem for $130 or less! The story is the same with other iPhone repairs including water damage, cracked housings, and charging problems.


  1. If your iPad experiences has a cracked screen, it can be repaired for $129-$199. Apple offers replacement iPads, but they are used and mostly cost close to 250 dollars. Sending the unit back to Apple after the warranty has expired is incredibly expensive, it will cost you $100 more than what the repair costs. Instead of having to shell out more than $250 for a refurbished device, you can just have the screen repaired for much less.


The cost benefits of repairing your damaged smartphone or tablet over purchasing a replacement model are huge. Repairing your device can save you a great deal of time, money and aggravation. Basically, this is the most economical method you can choose because the entire unit doesn’t need to be replaced. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about your pictures, music, data and other important documents in the phone as repair allows you to keep them all.


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