Hacking The Phone Repair Revolution: Current Phone Replacement Cycle | Hacker Noon


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@brianwallaceBrian Wallace

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Broken phones are an everyday occurrence. In the United States alone, phone screens are cracked every two seconds, and almost three-fourths of the population have broken their smartphone.

How is this currently being handled

Annually, almost 100 million smartphones are damaged by accidental drops, amounting to almost $30 billion in electronic devices. That being said, over 50% of consumers would rather replace their device than repair it, wasting time, effort, and money, and 21% of people would rather use their damaged phone until it’s not functional before repairing it. 

Breaks are so common because most people don’t take the precautions to protect their device. Almost half of the population who broke their devices weren’t using cases when the damage occurred.

Common areas where damage occurs are in cars or parking lots, the workplace, bodies of water, and during physical activity. After damage occurred, over 50% of consumers took more precautions like adding a phone case and being more aware of the way they handle their device.

Why choose repairment over replacement?

There are many benefits to repairing your device rather than purchasing a new one. Every time someone repairs their phone, it means fewer manufactured devices, which lowers greenhouse gas emissions and prevents harmful chemicals that phones contain from polluting the environment.

In addition, repairs require less energy and support resource conservation by reducing the need to mine new raw materials.  Not only is it more beneficial for the environment, but it also saves you time and money.

Repairing your device also lends to a better consumer experience. Repairs have been proven to be more convenient; instead of transferring files and adjusting to a new device, you can keep all your information. Repairs are also much more convenient for your wallet.  Instead of paying over $1,000 for a new smartphone, consumers will spend just a fraction of that on a repair. 

Before concerning yourself with potential damages or repairs, there are steps you can take to extend the life of your device.

  • Getting a sturdy, protective case made of materials like silicone or rubber that is shock absorbent will best protect your smartphone against drops.
  • Screen protectors can protect against aesthetic damages like scratches.

In the unfortunate event that you damage your phone, look into repairing rather than replacing it.

More stats and valuable insights have been included in the infographic:



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