Choosing a Repair Store
Repairs. They’re Essential.
The average Australian spends well over 5 hours on their smartphone. Cracked displays, worn batteries
& broken home buttons make basic use difficult, not to mention annoying. Despite this, it’s still difficult
convincing yourself to spend money repairing your device. Well, there are a few things to think about
when you’re in this ‘on the fence’ situation.
If you plan on selling your damaged device at the end of your contract you’re losing out
on hundreds of dollars! The moment buyers read ‘cracked’ their pockets become very
shallow. They no longer intend to pay current market value for your device, even if the
damage is minor. This makes a simple display repair capable of adding value to your
device, even into the hundreds of dollars.
Another incentive to have your device repaired are carrier upgrade programs. If you’ve
finished a 24-month contract, or are looking to Trade Up with a carrier early, you’ll be
locked out of these offers. Devices that have damage which isn’t listed as ‘normal’ wear
and tear result in hefty $499 fee’s on both Optus and Telstra’s Lease plans. Qualified
and capable repair stores can remove this fee by repairing your device as good as new.
But only if they’ve used quality replacement materials that don’t void warranty.
Don’t be Cheap. It’ll cost you.
It’s easy to look for the cheapest repair offers available. Though, there’s almost always a catch with
cheap repairs – low-grade repair parts. Using defective parts can void your warranty, and increase the
likeliness of further damage. Inferior components are fragile and can even stop your device surviving a
There are countless indicators that become clear when having repairs done by cheaper and less
capable repair shops.
Indicators often include;
– Off-white/creamy iPhone displays
– Displays with dead pixels
– Oddly textured casings
– Low display brightness
– Unresponsive displays with age
Sadly, it’s impossible to see which parts a repair store uses, the indicators above should be cause for
concern when choosing cheaper stores. A repair should rejuvenate a damaged device, not cripple it
Searching for a repair shop should always include more than a simple Google search. There are many
factors to think about such as; reviews, professionalism as well as a fixed price. Remember, most
stores have a certification to show they are certified to repair your brand of device.
What Should you Expect to Pay?
It’s always tempting to choose the cheapest option. But don’t forget, a substandard repair can reduce
your smartphone’s value from thousands of dollars to a just few hundred – or nothing. Subpar battery
replacements may not only reduce the lifespan of your device but could even catch fire and ruin the
This highlights the importance of selecting a repair store that is a great middle ground between quality
and affordability. You can expect to pay, on average, $449 for a screen replacement on the new
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus or $229 for an iPhone 7 Plus. Repair stores offering repairs for prices lower
than this are, unfortunately, using subpar materials and creating unnecessary risk. There is a baseline
price for smartphone parts, always remember that.
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