Old Phone – Should You Replace or Repair Your Phone?

Old Phone – Should You Replace or Repair Your Phone?

Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives. They have become much more sophisticated with better processors, more storage, faster performance and an enhanced all-round experience. The speed at which technology is evolving, the level of sophistication also means that mobile phones today are much more fragile than before. This is due to the fact that the hardware and software are a lot more delicate and need to be handled with care. However, accidents do happen and we are left with a difficult dilemma to deal with, whether to repair or replace our phone. Not only that, the evolution of technology and block on updates also means that our phone might become slow and not perform as well as newer models. We can either get the specific parts of the phone replaced or get it repaired, or we can trade phone for cash. While making that decision though, there are certain things we need to keep in mind.

The Problem

The first thing that needs to be figured is the exact problem with the device. If it is a button that is not working or a screen that is cracked, then it is always wiser to get those repaired. However, it is something a bit more internal, like a damaged motherboard or an inflating battery, then repairing might not solve the issue, and even if it does, it would cost a lot of money. Apart from that, software issues and storage space issues cannot be solved by repairing, and in such cases, the phone has to be replaced.

The Cost

Another essential factor that is to be kept in mind when deciding on whether to repair or replace the phone is the cost involved. Some repairs are cheap, however, repairs of internal hardware like the motherboard, or software issues or water seepage, can burn, quite a hole in your pocket. It might be cheaper just to replace your phone. Even if it is not cheaper, if by paying slightly more, you get a brand new device with the latest technology, then that is as good a deal as you can possibly get. That is why it is imperative that you compare the costs for both the activities before coming to a conclusive decision.

Warranty Period

Most companies provide a warranty period for their models. If any part malfunctions within this period, they are ideally supposed to replace that part free of cost. However, that is not always reality. Warranty contracts usually cover a very small group of hardware, under some very specific circumstances. Companies usually provide contradictory terms and conditions in their warranty agreements, to wiggle out of any liability that might arise on them. Besides, getting the warranty applied takes a lot of effort on the part of the customer, and more often than none, the company refuses to replace the part for free. However, if the device is malfunctioning and the warranty period is not over, it might be a better decision to get the phone fixed by the company itself. However, if the warranty period has lapsed or there are discrepancies about whether the company is bound to replace the part or not, it is better to replace the entire mobile phone to avoid unnecessary hassle.

The ‘repair or replace’ dilemma is one that does not have a single answer. There are multiple factors and conditions and variables which influence such a decision. The problem, the cost and the warranty period are the most important factors that need to be taken into account before making a decision.

Nicholas Jansen

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