Fixing My Own iPhone Was a Bad Idea

brokeniphoneWhile standing to allow late arrivals to the USC football game to pass by, my iPhone 6 fell out of my jacket pocket and landed awkwardly on the concrete.  The thud & sound of shattering glass made my heart, and wallet, sink.

I’d removed the case to allow the phone to charge, so I was sure I’d broken the glass, but hoped my screen had survived the fall under the screen protector.  No such luck.  The only thing the screen protector did was to contain the glass that had shattered into many, many, many pieces beneath.

how-hard-can-it-be_designI knew it would easily cost me over $100 to have just the glass replaced and who knows how much if there was more damage to the phone itself, so I looked to Amazon to see if I could get the parts for less and install them myself.  I’m a reasonably intelligent girl and pretty handy, how hard could it be?  Hmmm

A few YouTube videos, a glass of wine, and an $8 glass repair kit later, I stood beside my kitchen counter with a dozen teeny tiny screws, a mess of broken glass and a damaged digitizer.  Even worse, I was now holding a completely dead iPhone and would need more parts to try and make the repair myself.

The last thing I wanted to hear was my husband’s, “You should have taken it to the repair shop.” Back to Amazon I went and made a Prime purchase of another $77 in additional parts to be delivered the next day.

The parts arrived and I followed the installation instructions, but the phone still wouldn’t fire up, so, tail between my legs, I asked my husband to go to the repair shop with me to see if my phone could be salvaged, which would mean paying at least another $100 in repairs…

Good News – Bad News; Good News – Bad News

Good News:  I installed the parts correctly.

Bad News:  1)  The Screen kit I bought was bad, which is partly why the phone wouldn’t fire up.  2)  The damage to the phone included the internal screen light, so more than the screen repairs would be necessary to salvage the phone.

Good News:  1)  I could return the non-working part to Amazon and get my $77 back  2) I’d anticipated the likelihood of needing to replace the phone so I had negotiated with AT&T to have the early upgrade fee of $250 waived and a new iPhone 6s was on the way.

Bad News:  1)  It did cost me $575.00 2) I’d be 2 more days without a phone 3) I’d planned to sell the working 6 to Amazon for $435 to offset the cost of the new phone.  No working phone = No $435, but I did get $75 for the salvageable parts and no bill from the repair shop.  For this I did get an, “I told you so.”

Very expensive lesson learned.  I will never attempt to repair any electronic item ever again.  I’ll be leaving that to the experts!

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