You’ve cracked your screen, your USB ports have stopped working or your laptop has stopped charging. So do you go for a replacement or try and get it fixed? It’s not always an easy decision, but here are some things to consider when deciding it’s worth repairing mobile phones and laptops, or if you’re better off investing in a replacement.
Compare the Cost
The first thing to do is compare the cost of repair with the cost of getting something new. If the cost is similar, investing in a new device might be the best way forward. Unfortunately, mobile phones are being made increasingly hard to repair, hiking up costs for consumers who are actually happy holding on to their current device. How repairable your device is depends on the make and model, and the nature of the problem. Repair technicians will be able to assess the cost when you bring your device in. Keep in mind that you may be able to sell your old laptop or phone for parts, which could help fund your replacement if you choose that route.
Consider the Time For Repair
Your time has a value attached to it, so it’s worth asking how long a repair will take before making a decision. You don’t want to be without your phone or laptop for weeks on end, especially if you’re using them for work.
Is it time for an upgrade?
If you’ve got good mileage out of your device and were considering an upgrade soon anyway, it might be worth the investment rather than having your current phone fixed. The question to ask yourself is whether you are actually upgrading your technology. If you’re buying the same model or a laptop or phone with similar capabilities than your current device, it may not be worth it. If you upgrade, you’ll have the new device for a lot longer – a far better investment.
E waste is electronic waste. With millions of people upgrading their technology every few years, disposing of e-waste is an increasing problem throughout Australia. Most e-waste ends up in land fills, releasing toxic chemicals into the environment and nearby communities. If you do decide to replace your phone, drop your old one off with Mobile Muster, who will ensure its disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Collection boxes can be found at Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and Samsung stores.
It’s a tough decision, but once you’ve weighed up all the options, you’ll know whether repair or replace is the best decision for you. If you need to repair your laptop or phone give Nationwide appliance repairs a call today.