Is your cellphone damaged or broken? If that’s the case, you’re probably thinking about visiting a cell phone repair store or service, to get your device back into working order. Yet, before spending good money to do so, here are 6 important things to consider before getting your phone repaired.
#1: Have You Found a Reputable Repair Service?
Since everyone from seniors to young children seems to have a cell phone today, repair services have been popping up like wildfire. While this can be a good thing because it gives you many options, it also makes finding a quality company to work with more of a challenge.
If there is a chain of stores that has a good reputation, this is a better choice than a repair service you’ve never heard of. It may be a fly-by-night operation, where the technician or proprietor isn’t as experienced with cell phone repair as they should be. This could leave you with a poor quality repair after paying a good deal of money, or even a cell phone in worst shape than when you started!
#2: Is Repairing Your Phone a Good Investment?
Sometimes putting more money into your phone isn’t the right call, and you’d be better off putting those funds towards a new device instead. Of course this will depend upon how badly your phone is damaged, the length left on your service provider contract and the cost to buy an entirely new phone. However, it is worth looking at a new purchase versus a repair, especially if the damage is extensive. That said, the majority of the time opting to repair your device will be much cheaper than buying a new one – so it’s usually the economical choice.
#3: What About Your Warranty?
People often wonder if a damaged phone is covered by their manufacturer’s warranty, and it can be in certain instances. However, cosmetic damage like a cracked screen almost always isn’t covered – leaving you on the hook for the repair bill. Whether a repair is covered by your warranty isn’t the only factor to consider though, as your phone manufacturer may require you to use an authorized repair service if you don’t want them to void your warranty. There is some debate as to whether the manufacturer is allowed to do so; it’s best to speak with your manufacturer before having any repair done. Keep in mind that your manufacturer’s warranty is usually quite short, often only 1 year in duration, so having it voided may not be much of an issue. In addition, the best cell phone repair services warranty their own work, so if you experience a problem with their repair down the line they’ll fix it for free.
#4: Should You Try To Fix It Yourself?
You may be the type of person who likes to fix things themselves, whether it be patching a leak in your roof or changing the alternator in your car. Yet, cell phones are small, complicated, sensitive and expensive electronic devices. All of this means that they aren’t a good item to try to tackle yourself, when it comes to DIY repairs. One wrong move and you may have irreparably broken your phone, which is much more expensive than simply paying an experienced and certified technician to do the job right. So, resist the urge to tinker with your cell phone and leave it up to the professionals instead.
#5: Should You Just Put Up With the Damage?
A broken screen is probably the most common cell phone damage that people deal with, and you might be thinking about just putting up with the situation. After all, your phone still works, it is only difficult to see the screen or even use the touch features (like texting or dialing a number). While you could save some money by deciding not to get a new screen, the annoyance factor for this is high and the cost for a repair may be less than you think. Also, a broken screen isn’t always purely cosmetic, as over time it can cause other issues to develop such as dead or dark spots, backlight or touch screen problems.
So, you owe it to yourself to look into getting your phone repaired, as it could be a cheap fix that you’ll enjoy having on a daily basis. This is especially true if you have a long time left until you’re due for a free upgrade to a new phone.
#6: Doesn’t Cell Phone Repair Take a Long Time?
A phone that needs extensive repairs will obviously take longer to fix than one with a minor issue, but most of the time your phone will be back up and running in a short time. In fact, if you find a good company to do your repair, they’ll often have it done the same day! In other words, it’s quite possible you’ll drop it off in the morning before work and then pick it back up on your way home.
Having covered these important things to consider before getting your phone repaired, you’re now better prepared to make an informed choice. No one wants to deal with a broken or damaged phone, but if your device needs repairs, it may not be as difficult or expensive as you imagine. Just be sure to find a reputable repair company, look into your warranty, resist the urge to fix it yourself, be aware that damaged screens can lead to bigger issues and know that your repair can often be finished the same day.