An iPhone may be an expensive phone but it is also one of the most popular mobile phones available today. However, the high price tag does not make it immune to damage. If you drop the phone, the screen may crack.. If you drop it in water, there will be internal damage. Not only is an iPhone expensive to buy, the iPhone service has considerable costs as well. Here are a few tips to help reduce those costs.
Fix issues as they emerge
When it comes to mobile phone issues, problems usually start out as a small issue that you don’t take too much notice of. For example, if you have trouble with the battery, the issue may start out as your battery taking longer than normal to charge or the battery discharging sooner than normal. These are issues that you might ignore or attribute them to the apps on your phone. However, the trouble could lie with the battery itself or with the charging port. If you can identify such issues at the onset and have them seen to by an experienced technician, you can minimize the risk of having it snowball into something bigger.
Do not DIY
Sometimes, fixing things yourself can help you save a lot of money- you can hammer nails yourself instead of calling a carpenter to do so, you can paint walls yourself instead of hiring a painter, etc. However, in spite of the numerous videos available online that will make you believe you can take apart your iPhone and fix it back together, you should never take a DIY approach to repair your iPhone. Limit the activities you do to fix your phone to things you can do without having to open the phone up.
Visit authorized service centers
People hesitate about going to an Apple Care center because of the high costs involved with repairs and replacements. In the search for alternatives, there are two options available- local technician and authorized service centers. While going to a local technician may be cheaper at the moment, in the long run, it can turn out to be very expensive. In the same way, as you may misplace an internal component while taking a DIY approach so may an inexperienced technician. If a component needs to be replaced, there is also the risk that these technicians will not use genuine parts. Thus when it comes to iPhone service, always visit an authorized service center. It may cost a little more but you have the peace of mind of knowing that your phone is being handled by an expert and that when replacements are needed, only genuine parts are used.
Consider Apple Care+
When you buy an iPhone, you get a limited warranty for 1 year. If anything were to happen within this time, the costs of getting it repaired would be considerably lower. Some repairs may ever be done without any extra cost. However, most issues occur after the first year. You should also note that if you attempt to open the phone up on your own or have it opened up by an unauthorized technician, the warranty will be voided even if there are several months left on the warranty period.
If you’re clumsy and frequently drop your phone you may want to consider buying the extended warranty package offered by Apple. The Apple Care+ warranty covers your phone for an additional year. It offers “up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage”. This warranty is available when you purchase your device. You can also purchase it within 90 days of making the purchase. For an extra fee, it also covers theft and loss of your device.
To wrap it up
An iPhone is known for its sleek design, secure software and easy user interaction. The phone is great not just for making and receiving calls, it also takes great photographs, can be used to write and edit documents, surf the internet, indulge in retail therapy and do lots more. Not having it accessible can be very frustrating. The earlier you send your device for iPhone service, the faster you will get the issues fixed. And, the best way to do this is to send your phone to an authorized third-party service center or to an Apple service center.