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How much are you willing to pay for a screen repair? Apple reveals iPhone X pricing

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 30 Oct 2017 11:48 User comments (3)

How much are you willing to pay for a screen repair? Apple reveals iPhone X pricing Many modern smartphones aren't easily repairable, and even if you are handy with electronics you might be in for a pickle replacing a broken screen. Getting them repaired professionally, though, might equal highway robbery.
This is especially true if you've just pre-ordered the new iPhone X, as we've found out due to Apple releasing their pricing for iPhone X repairs. As MacRumors first noted the non-warranty service pricing for the iPhone X are definitely up there.

If the problem is not covered by the one-year limited warranty, i.e. a manufacturing defect, a screen repair (read: screen replacement) will cost you a flat fee of $279. Everything else? You'll pay $549, more than 50% of the original price of the phone. So expect to see a lot of broken and probably never to be repaired iPhone X backs.

You can, of course, anticipate these problems and buy the one off $199 AppleCare+ which will cover up to two incidents with a $29 deductible for screen damage and $99 for other damage.

It does sound like AppleCare+ might be worth the investment if you have slippery fingers but adding another $200 to an already crazy starting price of $999 is a tall ask. Have you pre-ordered the iPhone X, and what do you think?

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3 user comments

130.10.2017 15:44

LoL. Seriously? For the cost of a screen repair you could buy two decent smart phones with money left over. For the cost of any other repair you could by 4-5 of them. For the cost of an iPhoneX, applecare+, and two screen repairs ($1260 total) you could buy AT LEAST 11 Android phones.

...or to look at it another way, while the iPhoneX will lose it's "new model" value after 6 months and will be made slow by updates within two years, you could use the same money to buy a new phone every 18 months for the next 16 years...and that's assuming you just put all the money in an account with no interest. If you invested and got just 7% return on your money, that $1260 could buy you a new phone every 18 months FOREVER, even ignoring the fact that prices keep dropping.

I realize that Samsung also charges way too much for phones (less than this but still too much), so this isn't an Apple problem. I can't blame apple for selling a $250 phone for $1000...if I I could do that, I would. It is a customer problem. If people didn't buy devices like this then companies wouldn't keep making them...or at least they wouldn't keep putting 400% markups on them.

The good news is that there were no lines for the last iPhone launch. At the very least people don't seem to think that getting a new iPhone is worth both the insane price AND a night (or more) on the sidewalk...that's a step in the right direction. If that continues maybe people will start demanding that a $1000 phone will have more practical real-world functionality than a $250 phone.

231.10.2017 1:14

Is it going to prevent the fanbois from buying the latest, hottest (oops, coolest!) iPhone? The answer is simple...

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331.10.2017 2:11

Lol geez that's just ridiculous. I'm glad I'm content with my android phone.

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