In today’s world people tend to throw away items that have become broken than to fix them. We seem to think that replacing this item will somehow be cheaper, and easier than fixing it. The truth is replacing your device is a lot more expensive than having it repaired. In this article I may refer to the iPhone in my top five reasons only because it is one of the most popular cell phones on the market today. So why should you get your cell phone repaired instead of tossing it in the trash?
Cost: When you look at the cost of buying a new cell phone out of contract, this may cost you more than $500 dollars. When you look at iPhone screen replacement you may be looking to spend $30 to $130 depending on the solution you choose. If you choose to replace your screen yourself, you can purchase them off of the internet for around $30. If you choose to have a cell phone repair professional replace your iPhone screen, then you could spend $130 dollars or less depending upon the company. Taking this route could save you $400 dollars!
The Environment: Cell phones in general are not bio-degradable. This isn’t good for the environment or the animals that live in the landfills. Lithium ion batteries can explode causing fires, and cause even more damage to our environment. It is always a good idea to take your unwanted cell phone to someone who recycles them, or will re purpose your cell phone. I took an old Motorola Droid X and installed forensics software on it so I could have a mobile cyber forensics device.
Helping the Economy: Most cell phone repair shops are small businesses, and employ local people. If you choose to have your iPhone serviced by a professional then you could be helping put money back in your local economy. You local Sprint store may be local, but they are a corporation and a smaller percentage of the money you spend with them is kept in your local area. Your also helping a local business keep it’s doors open which is another reason to choose this option.
Speed: If your in a hurry to have that hand-held device of yours repaired most local shops can have your phone back to you within an hour. This is great for those of us who are always in a rush to get things done. Even if there is no repair shop in your area, most of these hand held device specialist can have your phone phone repaired within 24 hours. Being without your phone is no fun, but it will still save you money in the long run.
Security: Since you will be keeping your device by having it repaired, you won’t have to worry about losing data or having to erase data off of your device. A lot of people don’t realize that when you erase your data by resetting your phone the information is still there. You would need to purchase a special program that will erase all of that data off of your phone in order for it to permanently be erased from the phones memory.
All of these reasons tie together and really open your eyes on the importance of repairing you hand held devices. I’m not saying that you should keep them forever, but technology isn’t moving that fast in the cell phone market. Your camera, speed, and software on your device is not going to change much over the next year or two. Upgrading your cell phone whenever the newest and greatest model comes out will leave your pockets empty. Repairing your device is great for so many reasons besides saving you money. Think about this the next time you break your cell phone!