(WGGB) — If you’re like most people, your cell phone is within reach, but with all that usage, your phone is more likely to suffer some damage.
Cell phones today have become a life line for most of us. We carry them with us wherever we go which means they are likely to get dropped in the water or broken.
Many times people think they automatically need replaced, but they can be repaired…and those repairs typically cost a fraction of what you would pay to replace your smartphone.
A common repair such as a cracked screen can often be fixed for less than $100.
“We’re seeing more and more companies that will do cell phone repair, but the key here is finding someone who specializes in the make and model of your type of phone, so that they have the right expertise,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.
The easiest thing you can do to avoid repair or replacement costs is to simply take care of your phone.
“Investing $100 or $50 in a high quality case is going to be the best thing for you. A lot of people don’t want the bulk of it, or they don’t like the color of it, and that’s not the purpose of the case. The case is to protect your investment so you don’t have to come see me,” adds Chris Barclay with CellPhone Repair.
If you have phone insurance, be sure to read and understand exactly what it covers.
If you have a phone case, check the company’s warranty. Some offer a lifetime warranty on their cases, so if your device breaks while in their product, they will replace it for you.