Should you repair or replace your mobile phone?

The mobile phone industry does a fantastic job of motivating people, young and old to buy new phones once or twice a year thanks to the new features, hype or amazing advertisements created around new phones.  In recent years it’s rare that people hold on to their old phones for exceptionally long.

Samsung and Apple are some of the biggest phone companies on the planet and they are getting bigger due to a massive, hungry, customer base. It’s not that they are only selling phones but that’s where we are going to focus our attention for the moment. These companies are fantastic at marketing and pushing you into believing your life will change if only you buy the latest and greatest smartphone, to rule over your life. We hear of so many people that are disappointed after talking to ‘the big guys’ phone support and finding out that the new phone they just got is going to cost almost as much as they paid for it for a screen replacement because they dropped it – if they’ll even replace it at all. Many new phone warranty claims are instantly rejected on the grounds of ‘physical damage’ because customers dropped their phones.

But having a cracked screen on your phone doesn’t need to be a death sentence for your mobile phone (or your wallet). If you’ve made it this far you probably already know that we have repaired tens of thousands of mobile devices over the years and given them a new lease on life. But other than saving money there are some other good reasons to never chuck your old phone in the bin.

We repair Samsung, Apple, Oppo, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Nokia and other devices. If your phone brand or model is not listed here, do not worry! Just walk in or call us and we will find a solution for you.

The environmental impact of e-waste

In 2016 44.7 tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide which is about 6.1 Kg per person. That number is expected to increase to over 52 tonnes globally by 2021. It’s estimated that 76% of e-waste is likely dumped, traded, or recycled in other ways but no matter the lack of data, it’s still a massive void to be filled. Only 20% of e-waste is documented as being properly recycled. Yet despite this, over 90% of materials used in mobile devices could be recycled.

The news gets worse; Australia is in the area that generated the most e-waste per person globally at 17.3kg, with only 6% documented as being recycled. There really is no excuse for such a poor result here in Australia. There are specific mobile phone recycling businesses like Mobile Muster and we ourselves offer a mobile phone buyback and recycling services as well – just give us a call and we’ll let you know how much your device is worth or we can arrange to have to correctly recycled for you.

We repair any kind of mobile devices, cell phones, tablet & laptops. To book a repair job now, please call us on 08 8342 0008

Why are some mobile phone easier to repair than others?

You’ve probably heard that to reduce the size of mobile devices that the designers needed to make choices that means some phones are extremely hard to repair. In some cases that might be true but there is certainly an undeniable effort to make some devices hard to repair so that if they break you need to purchase a new one. It wasn’t that long ago that mobile phones were designed specifically to have replaceable batteries so that when they started to reach the end of their life, you could just put a new one in.

Many parts of a phone are now so tightly integrated that we must break specific parts to get to the broken part in the first place. This could mean that if you break the glass outer layer on your phone, we likely must replace the entire screen as well.

Screen replacement, Back Glass, Water Damage, Battery and Charging Port replacement, Camera, Speaker, Microphone, Home and Volume Buttons, Software and Data Recovery, and Unlocking Services.
Don’t know what the issue is with your phone? Walk in or call us for a free diagnosis!

They also make getting spare parts difficult for their party companies. Electronic parts are not always expensive, and they would have trouble keeping their big margins on phone repairs if it were easy for companies like us to get the parts readily.

We have worked long and hard at sourcing the best parts for the lowest prices and combined that with experienced technicians so that we can give you the best repairs possible. We back this claim up with an optional lifetime warranty on many of the repairs we offer as well.

We hope that all the common queries and doubts regarding phone you have might have got cleared. If you have any more concerns or doubts, head to the nearest GR Phones store. We will be happy to help. We repair all types of iPhones, iPads, tablets, laptops etc.

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