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iPhone repair tips!

I see a lot of people looking for places where they can fix their broken iPhones/iPads/iThings in Switzerland for less, and unfortunately there are far too many people taking advantage of this locally.

The thing with iDevice parts is that they're usually very cheap and they can be of very good quality if you get it from place at the right price. Pretty much all of the repair shops in Switzerland (and maaany other places aswell) provide their services at a significant markup, sometimes 5 or 10 times the price of the part itself. Although it can be justified by the fact that their time is expensive and that they need to pay bills, it's still overpriced in my opinion.

On average, an iPhone 4 screen replacement job costs 100 CHF, with some going all the way up to 200 CHF and others being as low as 39 CHF. A cheap, low quality screen costs 18$, a high quality one costs 25-30$, and a completely original screen costs 55$, plus shipping. The level of how original the screen is is a very debatable subject. In my experience, the 25$ screens do the job just great, no one can tell the difference between the 'original' ones and the 25$ ones. However, the really cheap ones, a.k.a. the ones you will find on Ricardo/eBay for 'reasonable' prices, are quite fragile and of horrible quality. For example, I bought an iPhone 4S back cover from Ricardo for 21 CHF shipped, and the quality was just about the worst I've ever seen - the lens was plastic and scratched, and the glass wasn't stuck on properly. When I buy the same part from my supplier in China (for only 5$, mind you), the quality is like the original. It just stuns me to what extent some people are willing to go to make a little cash on some poor unexperienced people.

Some repair places aren't even honest at all. I've had someone tell me a horror story where they payed just shy of 100 CHF to replace the glass on their kids' iPod touch, and they got it fixed, but the volume buttons stopped working after the repair. After getting confronted, they said it was his own fault. Not wanting to spend extra cash, he thought he'd fix it himself, and he bought the parts online. When opening the iPod, he broke the glass....

Speaking of DIY repairs, here is my rule of thumb: if you don't tinker with electronics (either for fun or for work), don't do it. There are some exceptions, such as with super simple repairs (iPhone 4/4S battery cover replacement, battery replacement; iPhone 3G/3Gs screen replacement (if you have the entire screen, not just the glass, otherwise it's pretty challenging)), and if you're good with crafts or other DIY projects. However, DO NOT TRY TO REPLACE THE SCREEN ON YOUR iPAD... it will end in blood and a lot of wasted time + money, guaranteed (I have experience).

If you're courageous enough, the best place to find instructions is on iFixit. You're best of to buy parts on ebay within the EU, more specifically France or Germany (UK isn't that reliable for some reason). You also have to choose sellers based on their ratings (don't buy if they have a rep of under 99.6% or less than several hundred evaluations), not just the price. Don't forget the tools!

Why am I writing about all of this? Well, it's because there are a lot of unknowing people getting seriously ripped off getting their iDevices repaired. Your best bet is to simply not break it . I have my own repair side business, so I have plenty of experience with these things.

It's kind of complicated, I know , but feel free to contact me with any specific questions!
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