The iPhone took a giant leap when it made the leap from working on the old EDGE network to the 3G network. Streaming videos from your cell phone, fast picture messaging, and quick internet access exploded on the smartphone scene transitioning everyone to a mobile, fully portable tech world.
Being well into the whole iPhone 3G repair scene with generations of past 3G collecting dust, you may be questioning what exactly to do with that ‘ancient’ 1-year-old iPhone sitting in your desk drawer. Is it worth anything? If it’s broken, should you just chuck it? Or perhaps you may think about keeping it so you have a backup phone, should your near and dear iPhone 4 decide to break.
I’m here to run through these different options, and give you the pro’s and con’s of each, hopefully helping you make the right choice.
First off, is it worth anything? Yes, absolutely. Unlike computers, iPhones tend to hold their value for a good amount of time. The fact that older ones, which are unlockable, and not available on other carriers such as t-mobile, Voice Stream, and other GSM carriers makes these phones very appealing to consumers that are stuck on these other carriers or those who do not want to sign a 2-year contract, just to get an iPhone. The whole industry flourishes, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
How broken is it? Is it worth repairing? Why put $50, $75, or even $100 into fixing it? Simple answer. You can still use it, should something happen to your current phone, it’s much cheaper to get it fixed than to go out and spend $200+ on a replacement iPhone. Did you know that to buy an iPhone 4 out of contract you’re looking at spending $599? That sure does make the $50-$100 repairs to have a backup sound a little more appealing. Whatever the break may be, worst case scenario you’re looking at spending about $125.00, give or take a few bucks, max, on a 3G Repair.
For things like cracked glass and a dead LCD, a DIY kit may be the perfect solution for getting your iPhone repair on the cheap if you’re up for a challenge. An iPhone 3G Glass kit runs you about $39.99. Throw in an LCD into the mix if your screen is totally shot, and you’re still only at $74.99.
Lastly, if you’re dead set that you have no intention on fixing your broken iPhone, we have one word for you, RECYCLE! iFixYouri has a full-scale program that will help you in the process of recycling your iPhone, all while putting a couple of bucks in your pocket. We’ll fix the iPhone and bring it back to near factory-spec condition, where we will then put it in hands of less-privileged who can’t afford a new one.
iFixYouri has many close ties with many low-income schools and shelters where we help the less fortunate by donating electronics like iPhones and computers. Not only is this helping others, but helping our environment as well by cutting back on electronic waste (e-waste).