Today, we rely on our technological devices more than ever, for everything from professional communication to banking and road navigation. We even store some of our most precious photos and contact information on our devices, in spite of how fragile and easily lost or damaged they can be. When your device suffers breakage, usability, cost considerations, and insurance coverage play a large role in deciding whether to repair or replace it.
Repair vs. Replace
Some repairs and upgrades are relatively inexpensive and quick, generally resulting in keeping your existing device a better deal than upgrading to a brand new one. Quick fixes include
replacing a broken screen, and adding more storage space, among others. Many of these repairs can be done by your local repair or tech store on the same day.
While easy to give into temptation and splurge for the next new model on the market, if you are not eligible for a phone upgrade through your carrier, or if your device otherwise works perfectly well, upgrading when a minor repair could restore your device’s condition usually does not make financial sense.
If, however, you are eligible for an upgrade through your carrier and you find that you have become unhappy with your technology overall, it may be a better decision to upgrade to a new device that serves your individual needs better.
If you purchased insurance coverage for your device, you may want to go through your policy to fix it, or ask for a replacement. If your device’s damage falls under the policy, it can be to your benefit to take advantage of the insurance you paid for, but many policies exclude certain forms of device loss and types of breakage. Occasionally, your deductible may be so high that it doesn’t pay to go through insurance, especially if your policy requires sending in your device for repair in a remote location. In these cases, you may be looking at life without your phone or tablet for weeks at a time. Finally, some insurance plans will provide a replacement device, but it may be used, refurbished, or a “similar device” of a different model.
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Drew’s Tech Solutions, located in N. Smithfield, Rhode Island, can fix your phone, video game console, tablet, and more with our same-day walk-in service. If you live out of town, we can also perform mail-in repairs! For more information and to see our reasonable repair prices and great warranties, visit our website
or call us at (401) 597-6444.