(NEWS CENTER) - The law of averages says: the more you use your cell phone, the more likely you are to break it.
In other words... Most of us are at a high risk.
Then the question becomes... Should you replace it, or have it repaired.
Cracked screens are among the most common types of damage seen at cell phone repair shops... Right up there with dead or dying batteries... Both of which can generally be fixed for a fraction of the cost of a new phone. Then there's water damage...
Cell phone Repairman Chris Barclay says "Worse things are leaving them on the table when you've got condensation. You know, you're having dinner and you put your phone down on the table where your glass was just sitting there and there's a ring. That could absorb moisture right there."
If you catch it in time... And the water damage is minor... You may be able to dry out your phone. But if you fry the motherboard... You're probably going to need a whole new phone..
Before you make your final decision... Be sure to check the warranty, insurance or service agreement on your phone to find out which repairs, if any, are covered.
If you have to pay for repairs yourself... And you're looking for a company to do the work... Shop around.
Angie Hicks says "We're seeing more and more companies that will do cell phone repair, but the key here is finding someone who specializes in the make and model of your type of phone so that they have the right expertise."
Of course the best thing you can do to avoid the expense of repair or replacement... Is to protect your phone in the first place with a high quality case..
In addition to having a good case and keeping your phone away from water... You should also avoid heat. Keep your phone out of the sun and away from sources of high heat like your stove, toaster and fireplace.