When you purchase an iPhone, you’re essentially marrying your wireless phone provider for the next two years. The phone is often purchased with a wireless carrier subsidy that brings the cost of the device down from $500 or $600 to around $199. Carriers are comfortable paying that subsidy because they have you sign a contract that binds you to two years of service. This can be a good deal for you and a good deal for the wireless company, as well, but only if your iPhone remains operable during those two years. If it doesn’t, the deal can start to feel unfair.
For instance, did you know that you can’t buy another iPhone at $199 if your current phone breaks? That phone subsidy applies to your first device only. If something happens to your phone’s screen — it cracks or shatters, for instance — and you can’t use the device, you’re still bound to continue paying for two years of wireless service. And if you want to replace your iPhone with a new one, you’ll wind up paying the full retail price of $500 or $600 to get the same phone you previously bought for $300 or $400 less. Even buying a used device can be more expensive than a brand new subsidized phone bought at a store.
This is why it’s incredibly important to know your options when it comes to iPhone screen repair. If you’ve damaged your phone’s screen, you may or may not be covered by its warranty, depending on the way the damage was sustained. If a warranty does not cover the damage, you’re left to either find a screen repair specialist, or purchase another phone at a used price or unsubsidized full retail price. For those who are looking to get their original iPhone working again without having to spend a large chunk of money to completely replace the device, taking or sending the phone to a screen repair company is probably the most cost-effective option.
If you’ve damaged your iPhone screen and want to continue using this same phone, look for a reputable screen repair company in your area, or one that accepts phone deliveries through the mail. You can do an online search, or ask friends or family about companies they might have used previously. Doing so can help you save a lot of money when you want to continue using an iPhone on your wireless carrier.