IPhone Repair Costs Are High

Posted: May 24 2013, 2:59am CDT | by , Updated: May 24 2013, 3:01am CDT , in Apple


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iPhone Repair Costs Are High

Renovating an iPhone with a broken screen can cost you a fortune today. In fact, sometimes iPhone repair costs can skyrocket to the point where they amount to more than the original price of the device itself.

If you broke your iPhone screen or damaged it in any way, the mishap may cost you a fortune. As a matter of fact it can cause a dent in your wallet when you come to think of it. While not all cracked iPhones stop working, many do and that is where it is off to the repair shop for some technical expertise processing. And when you get the bill you literally get a heart attack since it is astronomical. It seems an overhaul doesn’t come cheap. Rather it is damned expensive and getting more pricey with each passing day.

A prime example would be Apple Incorporated. The company charges almost $230 for repairing a broken screen on an iPhone 5 according to MarketWatch. A new phone on a contractual basis actually costs less than that ($200 to be exact). This begs the question: why buy a new phone in the first place? Why not buy a second hand one and then just discard it for another old one when it gets broken instead of going the usual route of paying scads of dollars. For now at least, repair costs are going up through the roof. And it is a business that evidently pays. With over a third of buyers accidentally breaking their iPhones, the repair shops are brimming with spare parts and broken iPhones that fetch quite a lot of dollars in cash.

The real paradox that has the consumers perplexed is the fact that repairing an iPhone 5 is so easy. Then why the steep rates for repairing the gadget you may ask? Well, it appears that the replacement parts cost more than imagined. They don’t come cheap. Otherwise when compared to other models like the iPhone 4S, which takes about four dozen steps to dismantle and re-assemble back again into its original form, the iPhone 5 is virtually repairable quickly and deftly in a single step.

The actual crux of the problem lies in the conundrum that Apple has complete and total control over the iPhone 5 whether it is in matters of manufacturing or variety of components. It rules over the patent rights with an iron first and so the consumers have no other choice than to go to Apple-owned repair shops. There is simply no alternative to shelling out a bunch of greenbacks for repairs. With the original product costing so much people will obviously prefer second-hand samples and the black market in carbon copies (read Made in China) will flourish. But that is another topic for another write-up.

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