People put a lot of money and other resources into their iPhones. When you use your phone dozens of times every day for a variety of things ranging from catching up with friends to browsing the web, listening to music, and watching your favourite TV shows, an iPhone becomes more than just a high-priced device.
An iPhone is one of life's necessities to many individuals, with the extra bonus of being generally seen as a status or fashion symbol.
That makes it all the sadder that iPhones, like any other smartphone, are prone to bumps, accidents, and malfunctions. Of course, the more you use it, the more probable accidents occur.
The dilemma then becomes whether it is cheaper, easier, or better to have your iPhone fixed rather than admit that the gadget has served its purpose and invest in a new (or used) one.
Consider the Warranty
When an iPhone is broken or not performing correctly, people consider whether or not it is still under warranty. This simply boils down to the phone's age — Apple provides a one-year manufacturer's guarantee from when it is purchased.
Even if your new iPhone is still under warranty, several exclusions include battery failure, unintentional aesthetic damage or water damage, difficulties stemming from phone customisations (e.g. network cracking), and non-Apple authorised repairs. If any of these apply, you must pay for repair through an Apple-authorised agent or return the device to Apple.
By purchasing an AppleCare+ plan, you may extend your coverage by another year. The two-year coverage covers accidental damage coverage for two incidences. It also comes with software support.
The only alternative option for free iPhone repair (or replacement) is to consult statutory consumer protection legislation. For this to apply, you must be able to demonstrate a flaw in the software or hardware, ruling out any type of unintentional harm. This protection is valid for up to six years from the date of purchase.
What Will It Cost to Fix My iPhone?
iPhones themselves are expensive, so it should come as no surprise that repairs also come with a hefty price tag. Screen repairs start at $249 and can go as high as $439, while 'other' repairs with Apple get as pricey as $859.
There are ways to keep the costs down. One of them is to opt in for Apple Care, while another is to go with a third party repairer. - but more on that later.
How to Repair Your iPhone yourself
There are a few things you might be able to accomplish without having to shell out for a professional repair. This is an excellent option to try if your iPhone is out of warranty or Apple Care is not available.
You might be able to fix your damaged iPhone yourself if you're able to source a spare part, like a battery or screen. The best way to do this is to buy an authentic replacement part from an official Apple reseller. Many resellers offer DIY kit solutions that provide you with a step-by-step guide to replacing the malfunctioning part.
It's hard to beat Apple regarding their warranties and their dedication to Apple products. Unfortunately, we have to put up with the prices and the waiting times when our devices go wrong for the rest of us.
To avoid paying out of your wallet for repairs, it's best to swap your original battery for an aftermarket one. This will not only save you some money in the long run, but it will also help prevent the iPhone from being damaged in the future.
It's also an option to repair your iPhone yourself. This requires the right skills and materials but will benefit you in the long run by saving you money.
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