A gadget consists of different parts for various purposes. Each part can be considered a trademark of a phone since more often than not, there are parts which can be found exclusively on a certain gadget. Just as how the external design of a phone is used as an identifier, the internals of a phone also shows the same story. Therefore, fixing a gadget such as an iPhone will depend on the model you have and the life span of your phone.
iPhone the Original
Since this is the oldest iPhone, the best remedy when this is broken is to simply get a new one. You can choose a mobile network plan which already has a free phone. Do not bother repairing it since it would not be much of a use to you anyway.
iPhone 3G (and 3GS)
These are models which you may keep for nostalgic purposes but again, it will not be much a use to you anymore.
iPhone 4 (and 4s)
Again, these models are obsolete and so repairing them will be a waste of resources. In all honesty, the earlier models can be fixed and repaired for a cheap price, however, since these models are already not capable of carrying the latest iOS updates and applications. You may be able to repair the earlier models but you cannot use its other features. In fact, you may just end up using the phones for text messaging and phone calls.
iPhone 5 (and 5s)
These models are the first ones in the iPhone timeline that are actually worth repairing. Although these are not the most recent models, they are still capable of running on the latest iOS software version. The out-of-warranty cost for these models’ replacement screens will see you back $129. If you want to repair or replace the screen yourself, you may opt to buy fix kits like that of an iFixIt, which costs around $59.
For the following models, you may notice that the cost of replacing or repairing them increases as the model becomes more recent. As the costs then increase, you may want to think very thoroughly if you will repair your phone or have it replaced. Doing it yourself may also be an option.
iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus)
These models tend to be kind slippery so they are more prone to accidental drops and falls. In addition, they are bigger than the usual iPhones, which make them hard to hold on to. Buy a protective case for your phone and protector for your screen. Also, invest on a warranty plan such as AppleCare Plus warranty. For as low as $99, your phone will have warranty coverage for two years with two accidental incidents. Another reason for investing on precautionary measures is that replacement screen costs around $299. The replacement parts are also more expensive since these models are relatively new. With a warranty such as AppleCare, the cost of replacement is $0. If the inevitable happened before you can even buy the warranty, canvass for repair costs before heading to a service provider.
iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus)
These are two of the latest models, and therefore, they have the higher rates of replacement or repair costs. If your phone is fairly new, then head out and take the precautionary measures discussed above. If it’s too late, it will not hurt to go to Apple and ask for some assistance. Doing the replacement yourself is also not advisable yet since the cost when DIY replacement goes wrong is pretty high.
When all else fails you can always resort to buy a used cell phone. This will certainly be a cheaper option than buying a new iPhone.