As smartphones have become a natural extension of our lives and we take these devices everywhere we go, even to bed, sometimes we run the risk of causing accidental damage such as cracked screens. The chances of injury increase if you are not using a protective dust cap on your phone, but design purists argue that these skins ruin the natural feel of the device, as they were designed. Add more risk if you have kids, especially the younger ones, who like to play things, and your chances of a broken device increase dramatically. So, if you end up with a cracked screen, here are five different repair options that may work for you.
Display Broken Beyond Repair? Extended Warranties from the Manufacturer or the Store That Sold the Smartphone
Certain manufacturers and Smartphone stores offer extended warranty options for your device. But that’s something you have to purchase along with your smartphone, and not after he’s already broken. The most comprehensive extended warranties cover accidental damage, costing less than 5% of the total value of the smartphone, and sure enough, much less than the value of a trade.
You should check all the guarantee directly in the contract, when you buy your smartphone or up to 3 months after purchase (for some types of extended warranties, only). For those who are more stubborn and doesn’t want to put a Cape on his cell phone, the extended warranty is a protection that it’s worth it.
The broken screen is a dilemma. In most cases, the repair is worth its cost. But in some cases, change the device is the smartest option.
My Phone Broke the Screen: How Much Does It Cost to Fix? If You Did A Damage Insurance, It Costs Nothing!
There are several insurance companies that offer insurance against accidental damage plans for smartphones, with costs of less than 5% of the value of the smartphone. For devices that come to cost more than 2,000 R$ without any effort, this is not a surprise. The most interesting of these is insurance that you can also include insurance against theft and loss, ensuring even more assurance that you won’t be without your smartphone.
Now, without insurance, the price is expensive, especially if it is under warranty. That’s because broken phone under warranty can only be repaired at an authorized service facility, which does not return broken glass, just the whole screen and glass kit. And this kit, with the value of the Exchange service, is nearly or more than 50% of the value of the smartphone.
You can buy kits and do the repair on your own, but if you have no experience with electronics, is a high risk of damaging other parts of the cell.
Broken Screen! Fix or Buy Another?
The cost of a screen at an authorized service center is almost prohibitive. Not to mention that after 1, 2 years, you won’t find more screen for Exchange on the network. To get an idea of price, the screen of a intermediate device from Motorola, between 1,000 and 1,500 R$ R$ costs about $ 600 for the Exchange. It is worth mentioning that they change the whole kit: glass and screen, always.
Already in independent technical assistance, prices fall enough, but depends directly on the ability of the technicians in attendance. That’s because you can change just the cracked glass, if the screen is not damaged. If the screen is damaged, the price is about 20% to 30% cheaper than in authorized, with the advantage of being able to repair even smartphones that don’t have more parts being sold by authorized assistance.
The rule we use to screen repair or Exchange the phone Associates: price of repair factors 4, price of a new handset, how long you have the smartphone, and if the smartphone already has some other defects (scratches on the casing, buttons that do not work microphone failing, etc). You can simply associate those factors, as for example, the price of the repair is very expensive and has a promotion of a new device, so I’m going to buy a new handset. Or you can do a little scoring system to analyze whether to fix or replace the screen (a highly recommended for those who bought a smartphone to more than 2,000 R$).
Repair price – 0 point if the repair is less than 25% of the value of the appliance; 1 point, if the repair is between 25% and 50% of the value of the appliance; 2 points if the repair is exactly 50% of the value of the appliance; 3 points to fix up 50% of the value of the unit.
Cost of a new handset – 0 point if the price of the device that you want to buy is 50% or more than 50% more expensive than the current device; 1 point if the price is 50% more expensive; 2 points if it is 50% to 25% more expensive; 3 points if less than 25% more expensive.
How long do you already have the smartphone-0 point for less than 6 months; 1 point for one year; 2 points for two years; 3 points for 3 years or more.
Smartphone already has another defect (some defects that appear here) – 0 point for scratches on the casing; 1 point to battery discharging very fast (addicted); 2 points to buttons that don’t work; 3 points for electronic parts of the phone not working (sensors, camera, earphone, microphone, etc.
Some points and, according to the score of your appliance, follow the guidelines:
12 points or more-time to replace the unit. Even if the repair is cheap, the repair will only take a few months to life for your appliance.
9 points or more-Buy a cheap temporary device, wait a good promotion and buy a new phone.
6 points or more – plan to exchange the phone. If you can make the switch of the screen on your own, or have a technical assistance with good value, and reliable, can be a little more time with the device.
3 points or more – generally, there is no need to Exchange at this point. Only repair I can handle it, and your device will still have a good survival time.
Less than 3 points – Make the repair. There’s no point in changing a brand new device because of a broken screen.
We hope to have helped. If you still have questions about what to do with your cell phone broken screen, leave in the comments your questions, and we will do what we can to help.