Repair or replace? The mobile users conundrum
When your phone starts to play up or you break the screen the one question that is on every mobile phone owner’s mind is "Do I fix it, or is it time to replace it?"
A lot of people replace their phones every two years or so anyway. This may be down to peer pressure if you're young, or marketing and advertising, especially if special offers are involved. But a dilemma occurs when your recently purchased model is damaged. What happens then?
It's a fact that the majority of mobile phone users wait until their device is damaged or they realise their phone is horribly outdated before they take action.
As we all know manufacturers like to use some pretty aggressive marketing techniques to try to persuade users to update their phones as soon and as often as possible. They are constantly heaping on a variety of improvements, both large and small, in their attempts to incentivize us to buy their new phones.
But it's worth remembering that repair companies, like Brand-Lab, offer cost-effective servicing options for users who would prefer to opt for breathing new life into their favourite phone instead.
It's estimated that a staggering 75% of the UK population–48.52 million people–owns a smart phone, and that around a third of these will damage, break or lose their phones way before it’s time to trade it in for a new one.
The majority of this damage takes the form of a cracked screen from dropping the phone. Next up is battery spillage, which can affect the phone's look as well as its inner workings. However, whatever the problem, it doesn’t mean that you have to automatically assume the phone is finished.
Repairs are much cheaper than most people think. Just because a smart phone is expensive itself, it doesn't necessarily mean it will cost as much as the phone itself to fix the problem. You will find more often than not that the reverse is true. Smart phone repairs can cost half of what you originally paid for the device . In some cases the cost of repair is even less than that, especially in the case of some of the iPhone range.
It's worth considering that taking the repair rather than the replace route is also much better for the environment. Unfortunately though, along with laptops, and other electronic goods, mobile phones are now among the world’s most rapidly growing waste problem.
A new United Nations report has found that the proportion of electronic junk has grown at the alarming rate of eight per cent in the last two years. While, people are recycling just 20 per cent of their knackered phones.
Indeed, on average, the statistics indicate that each person in the UK is throwing away between 20 and 25kg (44lbs and 55lbs ) of e-waste every year.
Sadly this means a lot of valuable materials like copper, gold, silver, and palladium are not being reused. You could play a helpful part by getting an estimate of how much repairing your old phone may cost. Contact us at Brand-Lab to find out. Plus we might be able to save your phone.