If you’ve ever broken your iPhone, Android device, or iPad you know how expensive it is to repair. Much of the time warranties and insurance plans that you purchase with your device will only cover certain incidents, or may only last for a short period of time. That means a broken device can end up being a major hassle and a serious expense. Nobody wants to pay the Apple Store or his or her local cell phone store to repair their device after it’s been cracked or smashed. Of course, how many of us will opt to go without a phone in lieu of paying high repair costs? I’d bet that it’s not many of us. Most of the time, if you have the funds available (and sometimes even when you really don’t) you’ll shell out the money to have your device repaired, despite the high costs.
What if there was an alternative; a less expensive route that would still end with your device being fixed? There’s always the option of going to a privately owned repair shop, most cities have at least a few of them. These repair shops are usually less expensive, but in some cases you run the risk of low quality parts or inexperienced techs. And, of course, you always run the risk of taking it to a place that simply doesn’t produce good results. Mostly, the problem with this option is that you can’t be sure how everything will turn out. In addition to the unknown factor, many of these places still charge pretty hefty amounts to repair a device.
This Smart and Affordable Alternative
It might seem like there’s really no other options; either you spend the immense amount of money having the device repaired where you purchased it or you take the risk of having it repaired at a privately owned shop. What if you were able to fix your phone, tablet, or iPod yourself? All you’d have to do is purchase the parts and fix it on your own. You wouldn’t have to worry about the ridiculous amount of money you’d have to shell out at a certified store, or about the risk associated with a privately owned one. Believe it or not, there actually is a way you can repair your broken device yourself.
A company called Direct Fix is revolutionizing the way we handle our damaged devices. They offer a wide variety of replacement parts for iPhones, iPads, Android phones, iPods, and various tablets. Of course, you’re probably thinking: What about the tools you’d need to make a repair like that, and how will I know what to do? Obviously, not all of us have pre-cursory knowledge of the inner-workings of a mobile phone or tablet. Direct Fix has a simple solution. Along with the various replacement parts offered in their online store, they also offer tool kits and repair instructions.
So, next time your device breaks, all you have to do is go to the Direct Fix website and find the replacement part you’re looking for, the tool kit that goes with your device, and the repair instructions you’ll need to complete the repairs. The website is easy to navigate with convenient drop-down menus that feature lists of devices, replacement parts, tool kits, and repair instructions. Just click on what you’re looking for and you’ll be taken to the correct page.
How Much Money will this Save?
This, of course, is the big question. Some research was done to see just how much using Direct Fix would save you, and the results are pretty amazing. Say you have an Apple iPhone 5, you drop it, and now the screen is shattered. If you were to take it to an Apple store, here’s what it would cost:
• If you already spent the $100 on Apple Care the repair would cost you an additional $79.
Total Cost: $179
On top of that outrageous price, Apple Care is only good for two incidents. That means if you’re somewhat accident-prone and your phone happens to end up needing a third repair, you go on to our next option.
• If you don’t have Apple Care the cost of the repair would be $269.
Total Cost: $269
The price goes down a small amount for older devices, but the lowest price you’d pay is $149, and that’s if you still have the original iPhone.
What About Apple’s Warranty?
Apple devices are covered for one year after purchase under the Apple Warranty. However, this warranty does not cover accidental damages, only malfunction in software. So, basically, the only thing this warranty can really help you with is a defective phone, and that’s only during the first year. You can view this pricing and warranty information here.
How do Apple’s Prices Compare to Direct Fix?
Using the same hypothetical situation as before, here’s what you’d pay ordering parts and tools from Direct Fix in order to fix your iPhone 5 screen yourself.
• Replacement Screen: $79.99
• Tool kit: $9.99
• USA Shipping: Free
• Instructions: Free
Total Cost: $89.98
Since Direct Fix actually offers their repair instructions for free in the form of a step-by-step high-def video, all you’d have to purchase would be the replacement screen and tool kit. This is significantly cheaper than any of the options Apple offers for screen replacement or repair. Even if you look up repair prices for other devices like Android phones or an iPad you'll find that the price is around the same or higher than the repair costs for the replacement iPhone 5 screen.
Direct Fix has set up a pretty unique and affordable service. Fixing your own device will not only save you money, but will also teach you the basics of electronic device repairs. In the event that you just aren’t comfortable trying to repair your phone or tablet on your own, Direct Fix does have certified technicians available to repair your device for you. Amazingly, the price of a professional repair job from Direct Fix is nearly the same price you’d pay if you decided to buy the parts from them to do the repair yourself.
Direct Fix is an online store that’s revolutionizing electronic device repairs. We live in a world where technology surrounds us; we use it for fun, work, and so much more. But, technology is no good to us if we can’t keep it running after something happens to it. Direct Fix is working to help us care for our technology while, at the same time, helping us keep money in our pockets.