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Smartphone Repair Cost


How Much Does Smartphone Repair Cost?

 
low costLow: Free (Under Warranty)average costMedium: $25-$200 (At a Repair Shop)high costHigh: $100-$300 (Outside of Warranty, by Manufacturer)

Most smartphones come with a warranty, whether it's 90 days or a year. Some smartphones, additionally, have extended warranties available or insurance options through a wireless provider that offers additional coverage in case of accidents.

Typical costs:

  • It's best to determine whether the smartphone is under warranty. The best fix for a phone is done by the manufacturer, and if the phone is covered it can be done for little or no cost. If the phone is out of warranty, the manufacturer can still repair the phone, but is likely to charge for the service. Repairs by the manufacturer can cost $100-$300.
  • Third-party repair shops often are significantly less expensive than manufacturers. Repairing glass screens or LCD panels are the most commonly needed repairs and typically cost $25-$200, depending on the model of smartphone. Generally, older-model repairs cost less than newer-model repairs. For example, Mission Repair, in Kansas, offers a variety of services for fixing Android phones[1] that cost $60-$150, depending on the model.
What should be included:
  • Depending on the service provided and the vendor, a customer should typically expect a smartphone to be returned in full functioning order with the customer's apps and documents accessible.
Additional costs:
  • Those with the know-how and the tools can make repairs to their own smartphones. Parts and tools are available through sites such as Amazon or eBay. Repair kits cost $50-$100.
Discounts:
  • Websites such as iFixit offer a variety of instructional guides[2] that provide detailed how-to guides for repairing various parts on smartphones.
  • LifeHacker offers a few tricks and tips that anyone can do[3] to correct minor problems on a phone.
Shopping for smartphone repair:
  • CNET offers tips consumers should know before fixing their smart devices[4] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.missionrepair.com/SmartPhone_Cell_Phone_Repair_Service_Center_s/5.htm
  2.  www.ifixit.com/Device/Phone
  3.  lifehacker.com/5959359/top-10-diy-repairs-and-upgrades-to-make-your-smartphone-las...
  4.  cnettv.cnet.com/smartphone-tablet-repair-five-things-you-should-know/9742-1_53-501...
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