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#1 Hum

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 14:59

Technology is great, but it can also be expensive to repair. If you don’t have insurance on your iPhone, it could cost upwards of $200 to replace a cracked or broken screen.

If your iPhone screen has seen better days, skip the Apple store and jump online to a third party repair service where you may be able to get your screen fixed for a fraction of the price.

 

For example, at icracked.com you can repair iPhones, iPods and iPads by mail. The company can also connect you with a local service technician or send you the parts to replace the screen yourself.  Your phone can be good as new for as little as $65.

 

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 15:03

You should be cautious as third party parts and services may invalidate any warranty left on the phone



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 15:17

Should go to ifixit.com it's a much more widely known site.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 14:30

^ Never heard of it. :shifty:



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:07

You should be cautious as third party parts and services may invalidate any warranty left on the phone

lol the moment that screen cracked pretty much threw that warrenty out the window



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:15

or buy the screen yourself

 

costs around £25 here



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 15:56

lol the moment that screen cracked pretty much threw that warrenty out the window

 

Um Nope. Apple will still provide you with a warranty on everything but the cracked screen. Ive seen people get components replaced like speakers and cameras while having a cracked screen and not pay anything for it.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:25

Um Nope. Apple will still provide you with a warranty on everything but the cracked screen.

 

That makes absolutely no sense to me.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 18:27

Cracked screen doesn't fall into the regular Apple warranty. If you get AppleCare then you're set.

Every manufacturer is like that

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:48

That makes absolutely no sense to me.

I also have 2 friends that work at the apple store. Without getting them in trouble, Apple is strict about not COVERING whats broken, also it depends on the crack. If you have a shatter, cant take the screen off without cracking it more. If its a hairline crack/cracks or a small dent crack in the corner, you can pull the screen off and fix everything else. Especially with the 4/4s you can slide the back cover off and service most stuff without having to touch the screen.
 



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 00:30

Breakdown of iPhone protection and warranty in my experience:

 

Without AppleCare+:

* If an iPhone is broken, and Apple determines that the damage is not covered by warranty (or the device is outside of the ~1 year warranty), they will either charge you the amount it costs to fix the device (i.e., replace the screen) or provide you with a refurbished iPhone of the exact same color and model for ~$249 (in my experience).  I think $249 as a replacement for an iPhone is completely reasonable for a device that retails for $649.  If you drop it in your toilet and the screen is cracked with water damage you can get it replaced for an extremely reasonable price unless you have a better deal lined up with your provider (which may give you a discount).

 

With AppleCare+:

* Same if out-of-warranty as previous

* Warrant is extended to 2 years total (1 additional year)

* While under warranty a broken device that is due to some fault of the user (i.e., dropping in the toilet) costs $49 to replace (limit 2 per customer)

I think AppleCare+ is pretty decent "insurance" for $99.  The only thing is it doesn't scale with device cost.  The folks buying the more expensive 64GB iPhone with Apple+ will be getting a better value than the ones with the 16GB model.

 

If I were outside of my iPhone's warranty, then I would send it to one of these shops to be fixed most likely.  While in-warranty I'd have Apple fix it even if I had to pay for it (depending on how close I was to the end of my warranty status...obviously if I only have a month left...yeah).