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What to Do If You Broke Your Phone

Did you know that 2 phone screens get cracked in the USA every second? We all have a talent for dropping things, especially smartphones. These gadgets can be called record-breakers when it comes to breaking. Seriously, they don’t last long: 10 weeks is the average time of their life before they get broken.

It’s hard to describe the depths of your despair when you watch your smartphone fall… To the concrete floor, pavement, pool, toilet, out of the window, etc. In a moment, you will either breathe a sigh of relief or start grieving over your loss. What will you do in the worst-case scenario? Let’s assume that:

You have several viable options in a situation like this.

Get a Loan

If your panic attack is approaching and the only way to stop it would be to get a new smartphone ASAP, consider applying for an emergency loan.

Submit your application on one of the lending platforms like MoneyASAP, and you will get connected to lenders willing to help you out. Even if your credit rating is less than stellar, you will still have a few choices, though the interest rates can be somewhat higher.

Take out the loan only if you have a steady source of income, and it won’t be a problem to repay the borrowed amount when the time comes.

Get a Replacement Phone from a Friend

It’s pretty standard for people to keep their old smartphones after upgrading to a new handset. Post on Facebook or other social media, letting your friends know that you urgently need a phone. The chances are high that you’ll get a response from someone who will be happy to get rid of their old mobile device. It won’t be, most likely, a brand-new flagship from Apple or Samsung, but you won’t be smartphoneless until your budget allows you to buy the device you want.

Before accepting someone else’s phone as a gift, make sure that:

Try to Fix It Yourself

If you’re dealing with a cracked screen, you might be able to replace it on your own. You can find plenty of detailed guides on replacing phone screens, so it won’t be a problem even if you’re far from being a handyman type. However, the cost of a new screen might be pretty high, especially if biometric sensors appear to be dead, so check the prices and do the math. Perhaps, you were considering buying a new smartphone before the incident anyway? Then it probably won’t be worth it.

In case the phone turns out to be damaged beyond repair, continue reading.

Sell Your Broken Device

To scrape together the amount necessary for a new smartphone purchase, start with selling your broken handset. If it can’t be fixed, why on Earth do you need this piece of plastic or metal? Squeeze some value out of it. Don’t postpone dealing with this as the longer you wait, the cheaper its parts get. You can sell your phone to recycling services where your device will be taken apart and re-used in a new gadget. Recycling is an easier option than trying to sell your broken phone on Amazon or elsewhere.

Get by Using a Basic Cell Phone

Just think of all the great things you could do with hours of saved time when you finally stop:

Why not switch back to a non-smartphone and give your brains a break? Deep down, you know that you need it. A few weeks without the informational noise: what can be more beneficial for your mental health? As challenging as it may seem, it will be well worth it.

Other advantages of using a basic phone instead of a smartphone:

This is not an exhaustive list, but it illustrates that the decision to switch from a smartphone to a basic cell phone might change your lifestyle for the better. Just think about it.

Breaking your smartphone isn’t the end of the world, even though your addiction to these sophisticated devices might tell you otherwise. Take a deep breath and decide what to do about this situation. Whatever option you choose, you will get some apparent advantages.


John Bierman is a senior writer at WIRED, where he covers climate, food, and biodiversity. Before that, he was a technology journalist at New Scientist magazine. His first book, The Future of Food: How to Feed the Planet Without Destroying It, was published in 2020. Reynolds is an Oxford University alumnus who now calls London home.
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