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Is It Better To Repair or Replace a Phone?

Tech - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 7/23/2021

Looking at a phone with a cracked screen

Cell phones are delicate pieces of equipment. One clumsy moment is often all it takes to damage them. When that happens you have two choices. You can either replace the phone entirely with a brand new model, or you can repair your existing phone to get a few additional years of use out of it. So, which is the best choice? Well, that depends on a number of different factors, including cost, as well as the age of your phone and how attached you are to it.

Repairing a Cell Phone is More Cost-Effective

If you're looking for the most economical choice, you should definitely repair your phone rather than replace it. Purchasing a new phone can cost upwards of $1,000 for high-end brands. Repairing your current phone, on the other hand, can cost anywhere from less than $100 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the repair and phone model. The two most common issues plaguing older phones are shattered screens and dying batteries.

How Much Does It Cost To Repair a Cell Phone Screen?

Obviously, this will vary depending on your brand and model. As a ballpark figure though, most iPhone screen replacements will cost somewhere between $69.99 and $349.99. If you have a Samsung device, you can expect to pay somewhere between $200 and $400.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace a Cell Phone Battery?

Replacing your battery is a great way to lengthen the life of an older model phone. Cell phone batteries only last about two years before they begin to degrade. After that, they're prone to charging issues. An old battery can also slow down the performance of your phone or even lead to sudden shutdowns. A typical battery replacement at Batteries Plus costs as low as $59.99 on some models and can extend the life of your phone for another two years. Many stores even offer a 50% discount on battery replacement if you have your screen repaired at the same time. For the latest pricing on your model phone, call or visit your nearest Batteries Plus location.

Additional Factors When Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace Your Phone

Beyond cost though, there's also something to be said for comfort. The size, weight and design of your phone will probably be very different when upgrading to the next generation, so if you're happy with what you have, why not hold onto it for a couple more years?

You'll also want to consider the age of your current phone. If your phone is particularly old, it may not support the most recent software updates. In that case, it might be worth it to upgrade to something new. Many carriers are currently offering higher trade-in offers on older model phones in order to promote their new 5G networks. If your phone is currently damaged though, you'll still want to have it repaired in order to maximize the money you get on your trade-in.

Why You Can Trust Batteries Plus for Your Cell Phone Repair Needs

Why should you have your phone repaired at Batteries Plus? First off, our technicians take part in the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association's WISE certification program. That means you can be confident that your phone is being worked on by technicians whose expertise has been verified by a third party source.

We've also recently partnered with Samsung as part of their new Independent Service Provider program. This partnership allows us to repair your Samsung phone using components, tools and even training that come directly from Samsung themselves.

With over 700 locations throughout the U.S., it's easy to find a Batteries Plus near you. Book your repair appointment online today to save an additional $10. Or, shop our phone essentials page to find phone cases, accessories, wireless charging options and more.

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