The average cell phone lasts up to seven years, but Australians apparently change phones much sooner than that. Data from the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association reveals that for most consumers, smartphones have a lifespan of about 18 months. Somehow, this makes sense. For all their technological edge, smartphones inevitably succumb to battery issues, everyday wear and tear, and obsolescence.
Such a trend may not be a problem for manufacturers, but it does pose an environmental concern as landfills fill up with discarded mobile devices. Fortunately, metals can be recycled from old consumer gadgets, so it’s not all bad news.
Meanwhile, some argue that gadget replacement is often more economical than repair. This may be the case for some, but not always. Rod Easdown of The Sydney Morning Herald learned this lesson after having his Lumix digital camera fixed for roughly a tenth of the cost of a new one. He writes:
I was turned away at some leading camera shops and one specialist repairer, all of them telling me it would be cheaper to buy a new one. The equivalent at that point was $700.
After five or six phone calls I found a retired guy with a workshop in his backyard who said he could replace the rear screen for $120. But when I took it to him, he pointed out that although the glass was cracked, the LCD screen behind it was still fine. ”All you need is a new glass panel,” he said. ”I can do that for $40.”
The repair route took longer, but he wouldn’t have traded his Lumix for anything else. This raises the question: When can a gadget, e.g. a smartphone, still be saved?
Outdated, but Not Out of Order
As manufacturers announce and release new phones each year, smartphones today can get old pretty quick. That doesn’t necessarily mean manufacturers sever support for older phone models on a whim. After all, most phone makers are also in the parts business, producing spare parts for third-party Melbourne iPhone screen repairs.
A Melbourne iPhone screen repair expert like TelcoWorld Corp Pty Ltd can address a cracked or unresponsive touchscreen with ease. You may need to get a new phone eventually, but do give your old smartphone a bit more time to serve you well.
(Source: “When gadgets break: repair or replace?” The Sydney Morning Herald, May 7, 2014)