WISCONSIN (ANGIE'S LIST/WKOW) -- For many people, a cell phone is within reach at all times. Morning, noon and night, it's there at your side and with all that usage comes the risk of damage.
Luckily, as cellular phones become more of a necessity, more repair shops are surfacing, hoping to give a second life to your dead device.
Just ask Elias Quintana, after the screen on his phone cracked, he hired a pro to help.
"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," Quintana said.
Angie's List, the nation's leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly rated cellphone repair companies about fixing your gadgets. They say a repair can save you hundreds of dollars. Common cell phone repairs include:
Sometimes the problem proves as simple as a loose wire or cracked screen, but occasionally the motherboard is fried, which is often not cost effective to repair.
Repair or replace? It's worth weighing the pros and cons of repairing versus replacing before you shop for a new device. Some devices are worth paying to have repaired, and some are not. If the item isn't covered by a warranty or service plan and you aren't sure which way to go, consult a reputable repair service and get an estimate for the cost of repairing. Then you have the information you need to make an informed decision.
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