The $700 mistake!

Don't let this happen to you!It happens way too often. Today’s smartphones are wonders of technology, but there’s one little snag. That screen is made out of glass. Granted, it’s very strong glass, but it’s still glass. Drop it just once, and you may have bought yourself a big problem.
There is good news, though. First of all, most screens can be repaired. Please don’t just throw that phone away if you break the screen! A screen repair might cost you $100 (Varies with phone), but that beats $500-700 for a new one unless you’re in a contract and you’re up for an upgrade.

Gel Phone case

Gel Phone case

More importantly, prevent such things from happening in the first place:

  • Get a good Impact resistant case. Ideally, this should have a hard outer shell and a soft but firm inner liner-like a motorcycle or bicycle helmet. The “Gel” types seem to work well, and they’re inexpensive if you buy them from Amazon or eBay. If money is no object, you could get the various deluxe cases, such as Otterbox or Lifeproof.
    These are also usually water and dust resistant. Get a good screen protector while you’re at it.
  • Don’t try to cradle your phone on your shoulder the way you do with your home phone. It doesn’t work! This may be responsible for a lot of dropped phones. Use some kind of headset, speakerphone,
    Poor man's handsfree adapter

    Poor man’s handsfree adapter

    or just hold it the old-fashioned way. Headsets are not that expensive; Much cheaper than a phone repair.

  • If you carry your phone in a pocket or holster, get into the habit of always putting it in with the screen facing your body. That way, the screen is protected from the things you might bump into.
  • When you set your phone down unattended, such as on your nightstand, place it face down. I know it doesn’t look as cool this way, but you’re protecting it from things dropping onto it.

Remember, if you break your phone anyway, don’t just throw it away. That’s bad stewardship of your stuff. Get it fixed, or if you don’t want to do that, there are plenty of people who will accept it as-is for parts, and they may actually give you some money for it!