Angie's List: Why you might want to consider cell phone repair

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - If you're like most people, your cell phone is within reach at all times. But with all that usage, your phone is more likely to suffer some damage.

Repairing a cell phone typically costs a fraction of what you would pay to replace it.

"Cell phones today have become a life line for most of us," Angie's List Angie Hicks said. "We carry them with us wherever we go which means they are likely to get dropped, dropped in the water, broken. Many times people think they automatically need replaced, but they can be repaired. It's something you should check out to see whether it's cost-efficient."

A common repair such as a cracked screen can often be fixed for less than $100. But sometimes fixing just isn't cost effective, like paying to replace your phone's motherboard.

"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," Hicks said.

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 the device for you.

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