It seems as if people forgot the fact that the stuff they currently have doesn’t have to be replaced by new things if broken; they can be fixed. While there is nothing wrong with purchasing new items all the time (that is the essence of the consumer-based economy), most people cannot afford new things.
This is just one in the sea of reasons why you should consider fixing your phone instead of buying a new one. Let us take a look the list of some of the most important reasons why you should repair your phone instead of buying a new one.
1. Repairing Saves Money
New phones tend to be quite expensive. While an older smartphone will not have the latest processor or the best camera and will take few extra seconds to open an app, it still has its uses. Some people do not even bother having a broken screen as long as they can see the content. Why? Because repairing your screen can be expensive too.
Though, it is a lot cheaper than buying a new phone regardless of the manufacturer. So, if you have a broken screen or your battery died, it is probably best to just repair the screen or replace the old battery than to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone.
2. Environmental Reasons
According to the CNN, we use more than we need to. The article claims that Americans throw 350 000 cellphones per day, which is quite shocking. Moreover, phone manufactures (like Apple or Samsung) will never tell you how much CO2 they produce just so you could have your new phone, but that is understandable since their growth and profit depends on your buying their new products.
However, many people would reconsider the decision if they thought about how the manufacturing and the transportation of phones impact the very air their breathe.
3. Shortage of Coltan
Coltan is the vital material used during phone manufacturing process, and unlike aluminum or copper, coltan is very scarce. It contains tantalum and niobium, two mineral ores which are very hard to find.
Furthermore, coltan has been the source of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Why? Well, there lies the world’s largest known coltan reserve. Mixing that with the fact that the DRC is the worlds most unstable country in the world, and you will have a mixture of worker exploitation, human right abuse, corporate interest and armed conflict.
Anyone owning a phone, tablet, laptop or other similar electronics is somewhat responsible for this. So, holding to your old phone and repairing it is not only cost-effective, environmental, but also ethical.
4. Utilize the Warranty
Most companies sell their phones together with the warranty. If you have a phone and the warranty is still valid, you can repair it free of charge. However, warranties do not cover damage caused by what companies call “abuse or neglect.” Also, as said before, repairing your old phone is usually a lot cheaper than buying a new one.
5. Repairing Saves Time
Also, repairing a phone takes less time than buying a new phone. Just think about the process you go through when you are purchasing a new phone. Perhaps you can fix it yourself. It is not rocket science, meaning you can probably repair it on your own, especially if is some minor abruption.
6. Supporting Repair Shops
Whenever you are restoring something, you are helping the repair shops. While this is not something most people have in mind, it is a real thing, especially if it is a local repair shop.
7. Getting the Maximum Value
It took much work to manufacture, design, and transport that phone, and although most people are not used to perceiving things that way, they should at least care about their own money.
When you buy a car, you assume it will serve you for a long time.
Besides, if it breaks, you should repair it because you want to get the maximum value out of it. Additionally, while this comparison is not fair, the principle stays the same. If you spend $1000 on a new phone, you should get the maximum value out of it, and if it breaks, you should repair it.
Think about all the hours you spent working just to have that thing; perhaps that will convince you to stick to it even if a slightly better version is out there.