If you have owned a cell phone for any length of time, you probably have at least one “war story” to share regarding your beloved mobile device–you know, a time when it was either dropped, cracked, submerged in water, or otherwise rendered inoperative in some unexpected (and often very inconvenient) way. In those types of situations, it’s always a good idea to enlist the help of a cell phone repair business in order to get your phone back up and running again. If you’re unfamiliar with what this type of business offers, below are some key points that will tell you all that you need to know about cell phone repair.
1. Most of the time, repairing a mobile device is cheaper than replacing it.
There is a common misconception that it costs a fortune to get a mobile device fixed, but 9 times out of 10, this just isn’t the case. Recent industry data reveals that the average cost to repair a smartphone is $179, which is significantly cheaper than trying to go out and procure a new smartphone altogether.
2. Using a third-party repair service will not void your warranty.
This is another very common misconception that keeps people from choosing to get their phones repaired instead of coming out-of-pocket for a brand new device. Truth be told, standard smartphone warranties do not cover the most common issues that would facilitate a need for repair–e.g., cracked screens, water damage, etc. For the most part, the only thing that the manufacturer promises to repair is any type of problems with the basic functionality of the phone, such as software failures, or the tendency to explode (ahem, Galaxy Note 7), and so forth. So if you’re dealing with a situation where the phone was damaged through some fault of your own, the warranty wouldn’t apply anyway.
3. Cell phone repair services utilize an array of tools to get the job done.
As with any other type of repair service, the tools make all the difference. Most cell phone repair services utilize specific tools to open, clean, test, check, solder, and desolder various handsets, including:
- Screwdrivers (Phillips head, pentalobe, torx, etc.)
- Tweezers* Isopropyl alcohol (cleaner)* Ultrasonic cleaner (for printed circuit boards)
- Multimeter (for checking batteries, speakers, etc.)
- LCD repair tools* Soldering iron
- Soldering flux
- Rework station
- Jumper wire
- Solder wire
- Magnifying glass
The above list details some of the most common tools used in cell phone repair today, but savvy repair personnel also know how to creatively utilize additional tools when needed to get the job done!
4. DIY can often turn into OMG.
One of the most common (and unfortunate) situations that cell phone repair services encounter is a customer who tried to repair his/her smartphone themselves, only to get halfway through the job and realize that the problem is much more complicated than it initially appeared. The result is typically a half-assembled handset and a stressed-out customer. While repairing a cell phone is not brain surgery, it does require specialized knowledge, and it can be very time-consuming (and quite frustrating) if you’re not 100% sure of what you’re looking at when you open up the casing. Cell phone repair is highly technical in nature, and for most repair issues, it’s a job that would be better left up to the professionals.
For many of us, it’s hard to imagine being without our cell phone for any length of time–it’s our lifeline to the world around us. If your cell phone needs to be repaired due to a cracked screen, water damage, or any other issue (we’ve seen them all), be sure to contact us right way. We will run thorough diagnostic tests and offer our recommendations, and with your green light, we will get your mobile device on the road to recovery as soon as possible.