BILLINGS - If you're like most people, your cell phone is within reach at all times - morning, noon and night. But with all that usage, your phone is more likely to suffer some damage. The Angie's List report outlines when it pays to consider repairing your cell phone instead of replacing it.
"I probably could live without it, but I feel like it's just so engrained in my day-to-day activities like I just use it all the time," said Elias Quintana, a consumer.
Like many of us, Elias Quintana relies on his cell phone to help with his day-to-day activity, but it's been a bit tougher with a broken screen,.
"Within the same week it happened. One day, I dropped it getting out of the car, and the next day, I dropped it in my apartment, and then the day after that, I dropped it outside somewhere."
"Many times people think they automatically need replaced, but they can be repaired," said Angie Hicks, the co-founder of Angie's List. "It's something you should check out to see whether it's cost-efficient."
A new smart phone can run about $500 when not subsidized by a phone carrier. A common repair such as a cracked screen can often be fixed for less than $100.
Chris Barclay, who is a cell phone repair specialist said, "Batteries can go bad in less than two years depending how often they are charged and how they are used. It's just like brake pads on a vehicle. They give you a warranty for a certain time period but if you are a hard driver, hard phone user it can go out on a faster rate than normal."
"But the key here is finding someone who specializes in the make and model of your type of phone so that they have the right expertise."
Though sometimes fixing it just isn't cost effective, like replacing the motherboard. The best thing you can do to avoid a repair or having to get a new phone, take care of it.
"Investing $100 or $50 in a high quality case is going to be the best thing for you," added Hicks.
If you have phone insurance, make sure you read and understand exactly what it covers. If you have a phone case, check the company's warranty.