Getting an iPhone Repaired vs Buying a New One

There was that weekend in Myrtle Beach when I decided to run over my iPhone 5s with a golf cart. You may be thinking, how is that even possible? Well, it is. I have no idea how the phone slid out of the cart and made its way under the tire. After completely running over the iPhone I was out of commission for the rest of the weekend. You have no idea how hard it is to be on vacation without access to any of your contacts, the Internet or Yelp. After dealing with several days of having no phone I had to decide on buying a brand new iPhone 5s or getting mine repaired.

After getting home and doing some quick Internet searches for local iPhone repair options I decided that I should go to the AT&T store to see if they could do anything. The salesman at the AT&T store told me that my best bet was to go to the Apple Store and see if they would let me trade in the current phone for a new one at a discounted price. While I didn’t want to drop $500 for a new phone I knew this was a possibility.

When I arrived at the AT&T store I had to wait for 30 minutes to speak with a “genius”. The “genius” basically told me that I had the option to go to a cell phone repair store and pay to have the face fixed and hope that it worked or I could get a brand new iPhone 5s for $269 plus tax. I decided that instead of putting my old phone in the hands of a local repair shop I would just pay the premium to get a new gold iPhone 5s.

The only downside to getting the brand new phone was the fact that I am due for an upgrade in December of this year. That meant I was paying $269 plus tax for a phone that would only be used for a few months. After getting the brand new phone I was left wondering if the option to get the glass face recovered was the better option? I am a believer in quality but all I needed was a phone that could function for six months. No matter what, I was going to get the iPhone 6s in December during the major sales holidays.

I will keep you updated the best decision to make when you break the screen or run over your iPhone with a golf cart.


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