(WDEF) Cell phones today are a life line for most of us. But since we carry them with us everywhere we go, they are likely to get dropped, fall in the water or broken.
Elias Quintana is a consumer. Quintana said, "Within the same week it happened. 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."
Repair typically costs a fraction of what you would pay to replace your smartphone - a new one can run about $500 when not subsidized by a phone carrier.
A common repair such as a cracked screen can often be fixed for less than $100.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "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."
The best thing you can do to avoid repair or replacement costs is take care of your phone.
Chris Barclay works in Cellphone Repair. Barclay said, "Investing $100 or $50 in a high quality case is going to be the best thing for you. A lot of people don't want the bulk of it, or they don't like the color of it, and that's not the purpose of the case. The case is to protect your investment so you don't have to come see me."
If you have phone insurance, be sure to read and understand exactly what it covers. And if you have a phone case, check the company's warranty. Some offer a lifetime warranty on their cases.
That means if your device breaks while in their product, they'll replace it for you.