Repair or Replace an iPhone? That's the Question

Posted by Ray Wang on

When customers’ phone screens crack or certain phone features such as touchscreen or battery encounter malfunction, some consumers contemplate switching to a new phone right away as opposed to repairing the phone. While replacing a phone resolves the phone issues immediately since the broken phone is replaced, repairing a phone offers strong advantages over replacing a phone.

Here are the top five reasons why you should repair your phone instead of replacing it.

1. Better for the Environment

While many manufacturers and phone stores are taking strong initiatives to recycle electronic devices to reduce carbon footprint and other damages to our planet when consumers dispose of their phones, the severe outcome of electronic waste or e-waste is inevitable when consumers get rid of their phones.

A Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report found that the world dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019 — equivalent to the weight of 350 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary 2, or enough to form a line 125 kilometres long. That's an increase of 21% in five years, the report stated.

Merely 17.4% of electronic devices were recycled, meaning that an estimated $57 billion worth of gold, silver, copper, platinum and other high-value, recoverable materials used as components were mostly dumped or burned rather than collected for treatment and reuse. Impact? When e-waste is warmed up, toxic chemicals are released into the air damaging the atmosphere. The damage to the atmosphere is one of the biggest environmental impacts from e-waste. When electronic waste is thrown away in landfills their toxic materials such as mercury, lead, beryllium, brominated flame retardants, and cadmium seep into groundwater, affecting both land and sea animals.

To reduce or prevent this detrimental damage to our global environment, we’d recommend customers to repair their phones (if applicable), instead of replacing their phones with new phones.

2. More Economical

Repairing a phone is significantly more economical than purchasing a new phone. A new iPhone such as the iPhone 12 Pro Max can be priced as high as $2,000. Even if you’re purchasing a phone through your teleprovider’s plan, the monthly fee can still be incredibly steep. On the contrary, repairing your phone may cost less than $100, depending on the phone issue. Once your phone is repaired, your phone will be good as new!

When you repair your phone at a local phone repair shop such as CaseMogul, we always provide a quote before we go ahead with the repair. We are proud to provide complete transparency - so you know why and what you’re paying for, and ensures that the fee fits your budget. If you don’t know the extent of the damage or problems, CaseMogul can also diagnose your phone free of charge.

3. Repairing a Phone is Faster

You might be surprised to find that in the majority of the time, phone repair time is significantly shorter than phone set up time. Most phone repairs can be done under an hour; whereas, you will likely need to spend a decent amount of time to wait in line at a store to purchase and prep your new phone, or wait for a week or two for your online phone order to arrive via mail. Consider the amount of time you typically spend at your phone provider to get everything sorted. From discussing phone options, plans, and data transfers, you need at least an hour to get your phone ready to go. If the phone provider doesn’t have the phone you want in store and has to order it from the manufacturer, it can take a few weeks for the phone to arrive in your hands. If you are in a time crunch and can’t be without your phone for very long, you should choose to repair your phone instead of purchasing a new device.

4. Education or Entertainment Tool for Children

Your old iPad or iPhone can be used as an educational or entertainment tool for your children, nephew, parents, or grandparents. Instead of purchasing a completely new phone or tablet, you can repair your slightly flawed but overall well-functioning device and give it as a hand-me-down to a child, a family member, or a friend. Moreover, when you’re going on a road trip or going camping with your children, you can bring your old iPad or iPhone for your children to use as entertainment.

5. Support a Local Business

CaseMogul is your local phone repair shop in Greater Vancouver (Burnaby and Surrey), Calgary, and Fort McMurray. We provide employment and training for local phone technicians and we’re proud to continuously support our local communities. When you repair your phone at a phone repair shop like CaseMogul, you’re supporting a local business and contributing to local employment and economy!

Looking to repair your phone? Book a phone repair appointment for a store that’s most convenient to you!

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