You like your iPhone. It’s full of great features and simple to use, and looks great. But one day, it falls out of your pocket, hits the pavement, and your once perfect iPhone flies through the glass face with unsightly cracks. What is it you are doing now?
You just couldn’t do anything. In most cases the LCD (the picture) under the glass is fine and the functionality of the touchscreen is still working, so you could use it that way until the next iteration of the iPhone comes out and you feel the need to upgrade. Iphone Screen Repair In Kansas City offers excellent info on this.
If you’re like most iPhone owners, not much of an option is this “do nothing” approach. You’ve got an iPhone because you’ve got style, and no longer look trendy. So how do you repair it? There are many possibilities.
You could buy a new iPhone in the first place. Only walk into an AT&T or Apple store and take a new iPhone to go out. This is certainly the easiest and fastest possible choice. It is the most expensive one, too. You may have purchased your iPhone for as little as $99 but to get that deal, you had to sign a 2-year contract. They will charge you about $500 for a replacement phone, now that you’re under contract.
One idea is for you to have Apple patch it. This choice is cheaper than buying a new phone, but one of the more costly ways to fix your phone is still. It also needs that you’re close to an Apple store. The cost to your cracked screen to choose this alternative is $199 plus sales tax.
By far the cheapest option is to go on eBay and buy a replacement glass screen for about $20-$ 30 and mount it on your own computer. A simple search on eBay for the words “iPhone touch screen” would show a number of different companies that sell the touchscreen glass (the 3 G and 3GS glass are different, so make sure you get the one for your iPhone version). A quick trip to YouTube and a search for “how to fix an iPhone screen” will then send you a video showing how to repair it.
Be warned: This is no trivial repair. It takes a heat gun to remove new, broken glass from your phones and, if you’re not careful, you can ruin your phone completely. If you choose this option, make sure that you are comfortable with repairing small electronics, and be very careful.
For the do – it-yourself repair person a much easier and safer choice is to buy a full screen assembly-not just the touchscreen panel. This route has two options: Get the assembly with the LCD inside (about $100) or without the LCD (about $60). Having either of these options means you don’t have to smash your glass with a heat gun, and you should be able to repair yourself in 10-15 minutes or so. A video is worth 10,000 words, so go over to YouTube again and search for “iPhone screen repair assembly” and you’ll find some videos using this tool.
The ultimate solution is one of the best and still very cost-effective: do the iPhone repair for you with a third party. If you’re living in a decent sized area, do a search for Craigslist and you’ll find someone within driving distance who’ll do it for less than $100. They should be able to do this in about 15 minutes while waiting for you.