When a mobile phone is under warranty and it runs into trouble, then the solution is obvious: send it to the manufacturer for repair. When something goes wrong with this all-important piece of personal electronic gear and the warranty is no longer in force, then the solution is not so clear cut. Is it better to send it back to the manufacturer and pay up, to send it to an independent repair service or to buy DIY replacement parts and tools and repair the mobile phone at home? It is definitely something to give thought to. To assist in making this decision, here are some pros and cons of buying DIY mobile phone replacement parts and tools and attempting a home repair.
Pro: If Successful, Repairing the Phone at Home Can Save Quite a Bit of Money
It cannot be denied. The main reason that most people choose to buy replacement parts and tools and DIY a mobile phone repair is to save money. Having a phone fixed can cost as much as buying a new one. Is it really worth it to spend that much just to put off having to configure a new phone? Maybe it is if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. If replacement is a real possibility, then why not try buying replacement parts and tools and attempting a DIY repair first? There is really nothing to lose.
Con: If Unsuccessful, It Can Ruin the Phone
Especially for those who are not experienced at repairing electronics, attempting a mobile phone repair can be risky. There are many things that can go wrong. The electronics can be damaged. Taking the device apart and putting it back together again can go wrong. For those who have no reason to be confident in their abilities, it is best to buy replacement parts and tools and try a DIY repair only if ruining the phone would not be too traumatic.
Pro: It Might Get the Job Done Faster
Nobody likes losing the use of their phone for any period of time, especially if it is acting as an organiser, gaming machine and mini-computer as well as a communications device. Buying DIY mobile phone replacement parts and tools and using them in a home repair can be faster than sending the phone away for a professional repair. Rather than having to send the phone out and then wait for it to be repaired and sent back, it is simply a matter of waiting for tools and parts to arrive. It gets fixed on the owner’s schedule.
Con: It Might Cause a Delay
On the other hand, if the tools or parts have faults or were not the right choices, that can cause additional delays. Inexperienced people are more likely to get stuck multiple times during the repair, needing to delay completion of the project while they purchase additional items and wait for them to arrive.
Pro: It Will Be a Learning Experience
Buying replacement parts and tools and repairing a phone at home requires research. Most successful amateur mobile phone repairers watch videos, read instructions on the specific repair and on how to use the tools, read phone specifications and then perform the repair in as systematic a way as possible. This can be very educational, and it usually involves learning new, useful skills. Next time, the tools will not need to be re-purchased, and doing the repair will be easier.
Con: Everyone Will Want Free Phone Repairs
Of course, once someone has bought DIY mobile phone replacement parts and tools and repaired their own phone, they may feel the need to brag about their accomplishment to friends, relatives and coworkers. This can be a mistake, as it can attract requests for free repairs. Repairing other people’s phones can be problematic for an amateur, because there is still risk involved. In addition, it can be rewarding to help others out altruistically, especially at first. However, it can quickly start to seem like an imposition.
Pro: The Data Will Stay Secure
For those who need to keep their personal and business data secure, sending the phone out for a repair can seem a little chancy, and indeed, it is a security risk. Everyone wants to believe in the professionalism of the technicians, especially if they work for the phone’s manufacturer. However, it is impossible to know whether or not the individual repairing the phone is really trustworthy. Buying mobile phone replacement tools and parts means keeping the phone and its contents in familiar hands.
Con: The Data May Get Erased
However, buying mobile phone replacement tools and parts and working on a phone as an amateur may put the phone at greater risk. The data may end up being erased. If it is at all possible, it’s always best to back up everything in the phone before beginning any work on it.
Pro: It Could Trigger a Boost in Confidence
Buying mobile phone replacement tools and parts and performing a successful DIY mobile phone repair can be a real confidence booster. It is rewarding to be able to perform a repair at home, and it can end up being much simpler and easier than expected for someone who does the research, applies some thought and performs the work with attention and with care.
Con: It Could Result in a Feeling of Incompetence
On the other hand, failing in an attempt to repair a mobile phone could really be a blow to someone’s confidence, especially if their friends have succeeded with the same repair. It is probably best to keep the DIY mobile phone repair plan under wraps until it is successfully completed.
Buying DIY Mobile Phone Replacement Parts and Tools on eBay
If the pros outweigh the cons and the right decision turns out to be buying mobile phone replacement tools and parts and trying a home repair, then eBay is a good place to find the replacement parts and tools needed to do the job. The vendors on eBay have a huge selection of mobile phone replacement parts and a large number of specialised tools on offer. To locate the eBay’s selection of mobile phone replacement parts and tools, begin by clicking on Electronics and Technology on the menu on the left side of eBay’s homepage. Next, click on Mobile & Home Phones. Then, advance to Mobile Phone Accessories. Finally, select Other Mobile Phone Accessories. From there, put a check in the Replacement Parts box in the left column under Type. The selection will include both parts and tools, and it can be further refined by entering the type of replacement part or tool needed into the search field in the top part of the window. However, a greater selection of tools can be accessed by selecting Mobile Phones & Communication from the pull-down menu to the right of the search field and searching for “tools”. If the part that’s needed is not available new, then back up to Mobile & Home Phones and check For parts or not working under Condition in the left column. It may be necessary to scroll down to find the condition options. A broken phone will be inexpensive and may provide the part or parts needed. Of course, the final step is always to select the phone’s brand and model in order to pinpoint the right parts.
Deciding whether to pay to have a mobile phone repaired professionally or whether to repair it at home by purchasing DIY mobile phone replacement parts and tools can be difficult. Doing it at home will almost certainly be less costly, it keeps the data on the phone secure and if it goes smoothly, the phone will likely be fixed more quickly, as well. However, leaving the repair to an expert, and especially leaving it to the manufacturer, presents a lower risk for further damage to the phone. Consider the pros and cons, consider the difficulty of the repair and the amount of risk that is acceptable and make a decision. Then, make the next move and either send the phone away or buy the tools and replacement parts that are needed to do the repair at home.