Cell phone screen cracked downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables

Cell phone screen cracked downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables
Cell phone screen cracked downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables

Many cell phones are a bit more durable than other cell phones in Downtown, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to damage. Cell Phone screens are made of glass, after all, and glass breaks when you drop it.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

So, you dropped your cell phone for the 60th time in Downtown and you now have a beautiful spider web pattern blooming across your home screen in your cell phone. If you don’t have month-to-month cell phone insurance, here are your options for getting it fixed, or dealing with it.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

No matter how careful we try to be, everyone drops their cell phone from time to time in Downtown. Usually, the consequences of a drop aren’t serious, but in some cases, screens get cracked or shatter. Some of these cracks are relatively minor, cosmetic problems that don’t really affect whether you can use your cell phone. Others, however, are so extensive that it becomes very hard to see the screen and use the cell phone.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

If you’re facing a cracked screen that’s so damaged that it’s hard to use your cell phone in Downtown, you have a number of options for repairing it. A lot of businesses in Downtown offer low-cost screen replacement, but before you use those, read this text. If you’re not careful, you could end up violating your warranty from cell phone’s manufacturer and losing all the support and benefits it offers.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

Hit up the cell phone’s manufacturer

If your cell phone is relatively new (read: cell phone still under manufacturer’s warranty), the first place you’ll want to go for your phone screen cracked fix is the cell phone’s manufacturer. The price for a cracked screen will vary depending on your cell phone, but for a last generation cell phone, you’re probably looking at around $270 plus a day or two without your cell phone. Going to the cell phone’s manufacturer is almost always going to be more expensive than a third-party repair shop, but your warranty will stay intact and your cell phone will be fully restored (possibly even replaced with a fully refurbished model) to its pre-cracked-screen excellence (and waterproof cell phones, like for example the Galaxy S7 Edge, will retain their waterproof status).

Cell phone owners in Downtown might want to consider purchasing their manufacturer protection program, it’s like for example Apple Care, but for your cell phone brand. Samsung Protection Plus is an extended warranty available for all of Samsung’s high-end smartphones that covers everything from mechanical breakdowns to accidental damage (e.g., cracked screens). It costs between $99 and $129 for two years of protection, during those two years, you’ll get two accidental damage claims per year and you’ll pay a $79 deductible per incident. So one cracked screen replacement on the Galaxy S7 Edge will cost you $208.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

If you have another type of cell phone’s protection program, Google has paired up with third-party repair Chain Company to offer walk-in screen repairs for the relatively affordable price of $129 for the Pixel and $149 for the Pixel XL. This famous company has locations in the US, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, and they also offer mail-in repairs with free ground shipping. Like Samsung and Apple, Google offers a cell phone Protection Plan for the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The cell phone Protection Plan costs $99 for two years’ worth of coverage and covers up to two incidents of accidental damage (but you’ll pay a deductible for each incident, $79 for the Pixel and $99 for the Pixel XL). In other words, one cracked Pixel screen will cost you $178, while one broken Pixel XL screen will cost you $198.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

If you have an HTC 10 cell phone, and you bought it from HTC.com between April 29, 2016, and April 29, 2017, your phone is eligible for HTC’s Uh Oh Protection plan. Uh, Oh Protection will repair or replace your HTC 10 one time (within the first 12 months of ownership) if the screen cracks, or if there’s damage due to water/moisture, extreme thermal or environmental conditions, corrosion or oxidation. HTC will even send you a replacement cell phone before you send in your damaged phone (within one business day), but you’ll have to agree to a $599 credit card hold until HTC receives your cell phone.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

Get it fixed by a third-party repair shop

Cell phone screen cracked downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables
Cell phone screen cracked downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables

If your cell phone is older (out of warranty) or a less popular model, you’ll probably be able to save money by going to a cell phone third-party repair shop. I called a few local repair shops in the Downtown area and got quotes for between $100 and $250 for a Samsung Galaxy S5 screen replacement.

There are a couple of benefits, aside from price, to using a third-party cell phone repair service in Downtown. If you go to a local cell phone repair shop in Downtown, they’ll be able to fix your cell phone quickly (some in less than an hour; one local Downtown shop even offered to come right to my apartment and fix the cell phone’s cracked screen on the spot), which means you won’t be stuck without a cell phone. Most third-party repair shops also offer a warranty on the parts they replace, which means you can call them if your replacement screen stops working for any reason (aside from, you know, dropping it and breaking it again).  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

Some places in Downtown will also offer a slightly lower price for repairing cracked glass (as opposed to cracked glass and a cracked LCD) , one company, for example, charges $180 to repair the glass on an LG G5, and charges $200 to repair the glass and the LCD on the same cell phone.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

All third-party cell phone repair shops are not created equal, so here’s what you’ll want to ask before you hand over your cell phone:

  • How much will it cost in Downtown?
  • How long will it take in Downtown?
  • What type of warranty do you offer in Downtown? (Parts and service, or parts only/service only? Limited or lifetime?)

Using a third-party repair service to fix your cell phone’s cracked screen will almost certainly void your manufacturer’s warranty, so if your cell phone is new it’s best to first check out the manufacturer’s quote. Some new cell phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, are very difficult to repair, so you may find that the manufacturer has a better price than any reputable third-party service.

Deal with it

Assuming your cell phone’s cracked screen isn’t drastically interfering with your ability to use your cell phone or making your fingers bleed, you may want to just ride out the cracks until you get a new cell phone (or until it does make your fingers bleed). To make your cell phone last as long as possible, cracks and all, I suggest putting it in a sturdy, shockproof case, because any bumps or drops could cause more damage. If the cracks on the screen cross usable area, you may also want to look into a glass screen protector, to protect your fingers from cuts and to protect your screen from more damage.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

How to Prevent Screen Damage in the Future?

There’s not any foolproof solution for preventing damage to screens. If your cell phone takes enough falls and abuse, eventually even the best-protected cell phone will crack. But for most of us, a few simple steps can reduce the likelihood of cracked screens. Try using:

A case: Some cases offer screen protection, some don’t. Either way, protecting your cell phone with a case will reduce the possibility of damaging its screen.

Screen protectors: These thin, plastic overlays generally protect the screen from scratches or dings, but they can offer a little extra defense against cracks. A case is a more comprehensive solution, but screen protectors are good add-ons.

A screen protector is one of the first accessories a cell phone carrier will try to bundle with a new cell phone. You can buy three protectors for the low, low price of $15! Some people will do it without batting an eye but skeptical buyers are bound to recoil in horror. Fifteen bucks for some thin pieces of plastic? That’s a joke, right?

While the price may be wrong, the concept is right. Cell phones are meant to resist most scratches and do hold up well in most conditions. They’re only scratch-resistant, however. That’s different from scratch-proof. Many objects, including small particles of sand or gravel, can harm the screen.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

A protector adds a layer of protection that can absorb what might otherwise hurt your display. Most are easy to scratch, but that’s okay because they’re cheap and easy to replace. Swapping in a new display, on the other hand, is a costly repair.

If you’d like to save a few bucks, you can make your own cell phone’s screen protector. The steps are simple. Just go to your local fabric store, buy the thinnest piece of vinyl you can find and then cut it with a razor blade to fit your screen.

The vinyl usually will cling to the device without the need for additional adhesives, which should be avoided if possible. If you have a case for your cell phone you can also try securing the vinyl by tucking it into the case. This, however, requires that you be very precise with your measurements.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

Many cell phones now have beautiful exteriors that are also susceptible to scratching. The iPhone is the most common example but Android cell phones can have the same problem.

Let’s start with the obvious, a case. If you want to protect against scratches and don’t care about anything else, you should buy a decent case. It will always be the best protection. But maybe you don’t want a case. That makes sense. Cell phones are expensive and attractive, so why hide them?

There are some options. Many companies that make screen protectors for cell phones also sell vinyl protection for the exterior of a cell phone.  Cell phone screen cracked Downtown Miami Beach Coral Gables 

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