Broken Screen! Fix or Buy Another Cell Phone?

As smartphones have become such a natural extension of our lives and we take these devices wherever we go, even to bed, we sometimes run the risk of causing accidental damage such as cracked screens. The chances of damage increase if you’re not wearing a protective cap on your phone, but design purists argue that these covers ruin the device’s natural feel of how they were conceived. Add more risks if you have children, especially the younger ones, who like to throw 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.

Broken Screen! Fix or Buy Another Cell Phone

Broken display got fix? Extended warranties from the manufacturer or store that sold the smartphone

Certain smartphone manufacturers and stores offer extended warranty options for your device. But this is something you have to buy along with your smartphone, not after it is already broken. The full extended warranties cover accidental damage, costing less than 5% of the total value of the smartphone, and certainly less than the value of a screen change.

You should check all warranty coverage directly in the agreement when purchasing your smartphone or within 3 months after purchase (for some types of extended warranties, only). For those who are more uptight and do not want to put a hood on the phone, the extended warranty is a protection that will be worth.

My cell phone broke the screen: how much does it cost to tidy up? If you’ve taken out damage insurance, it costs nothing!

There are several insurers that offer accidental damage insurance plans for smartphones, with costs of less than 5% of the value of the smartphone. For handsets that cost more than $ 2,000 without any effort, this is not a surprise. The most interesting of these insurance is that you can also include theft and loss insurance, ensuring with even more security that you will not be left without your smartphone.

Now, without insurance, the price is expensive, especially if it is within the warranty. That’s because cell broken inside the warranty can only be repaired by authorized service, who does not exchange broken glass, just the screen kit and whole glass. And this kit, with the value of the exchange service, is almost or more than 50% of the value of the smartphone.

You can buy kits and do the repair on your own, but if you do not have experience with electronics, it is a high risk of damaging other parts of the phone.

Broken screen! Repair or buy another?

The cost of a screen change at authorized service is almost prohibitive. Not to mention that after 1, 2 years, you will no longer find the screen to exchange in the authorized network. To get an idea of ​​the price, the screen of a Motorola midway between R $ 1,000 and R $ 1,500 costs about R $ 600 for the exchange. It is worth mentioning that they exchange the whole kit: glass and canvas, always.

Already in an independent technical assistance, the prices fall a lot, but it depends directly on the ability of the technicians in the assistance. This is because it is only possible to change the cracked glass if the screen is not damaged. If the screen is damaged, the price is about 20% to 30% cheaper than authorized, with the advantage of being able to repair even smartphones that no longer have parts sold by authorized service.

The rule that we use for the repair of the screen or exchange of the cell phone associates 4 factors: price of repair, price of a new device, how long you already have the smartphone, and if the smartphone already has some other defect (scratches on the housing, that do not work, microphone failing, etc). You can simply associate these factors, for example, the price of repair is very expensive and you have a promotion of a new appliance, so I will buy a new appliance. Or you can make a small scoring system to see if you need to fix the screen or swap (a highly recommended system for those who bought a smartphone worth over $ 2000).

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 for repair over 50% of the value of the appliance.

Price of a new appliance – 0 point if the price of the appliance you want to buy is 50% or more than 50% more expensive than the current appliance; 1 point if the price is 50% more expensive; 2 points if it is 50% to 25% more expensive; 3 points if it is less than 25% more expensive.

How long 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 (add all defects that appear here) – 0 point for scratches in the housing; 1 point for battery discharging too fast (addicted); 2 points for buttons that do not work; 3 points for electronic parts of the cell not working (sensors, camera, headset, microphone, etc.).

Add the points and, according to the score of your device, follow the guidelines:

12 points or more – Time to change the device. Even if the repair is cheap, the repair will only give a few months of life to your device.

9 points or more – Buy a cheap temporary device, expect a good promotion and buy a new phone.

6 points or more – Plan the exchange of the cell phone. If you can change the screen on your own, or have a good value and reliable service, you can stay for a while longer with the device.

3 points or more – Usually, no exchange is necessary at this point. Only the repair already gives the account, and your device will still have a good time of survival.

Less than 3 points – Make the repair. There is no point in changing a brand new device because of a broken screen.

We hope we have helped. If you still have questions about what to do with your broken screen phone, leave your questions in the comments, and we will do our best to help.