Water Damaged iPhone – What do you do These days

Its raining cats and dogs outside and you make a mad dash for your car. You have your iPhone in a single hand and you’re fumbling around for your car keys with the other. As you frantically attempt to get free from the rain, the inevitable happens… you drop your iPhone. You choose up your phone and be in the vehicle and quickly check to see if it still works. It is apparently working for probably the most part… until the screen starts blinking on and off on it’s own. Now what?

Until recently, Apple didn’t offer any replacements for water damaged iPhones. You were left with either buying a completely new iPhone, having your iPhone repaired by Apple for the out-of-warranty price or finding a third-party iPhone repair service company for a lower cost. Apple recently changed its policy on water damaged iPhones though. The policy does include all iPhone models from the newest 3GS model to the original iPhone. The policy states that Apple will indeed replace your water damaged iPhone for a fee of $199. However, your iPhone is likely to be replaced with a same-generation iPhone and not totally all replacements is likely to be new iPhones. Some customers will receive refurbished phones.

Maybe you are wondering the manner in which you (or Apple) can tell when you have a water-damaged iPhone. You just dropped it in a 1/4″ puddle of water for 5 seconds tops how do you know if your ceiling is going to collapse to ensure that can’t qualify as a water-damaged iPhone…right? In accordance with Apple’s website, all you have to to complete is look “directly down into the headphone jack,” where you will dsicover a small colored dot. That small dot is likely to be silver or white in iPhones without water damage. In an iPhone that has water damage, the dot is likely to be red or pinkish.

Since you’ve determined that the iPhone is water-damaged, what are your options? You may make the most of Apple’s iPhone replacement policy, but $199 for an outdated and possibly refurbished model may seem like a steep price tag. Another option is to have Apple repair your iPod. Their repair pricing varies from $49 (for the iPod Shuffle) to $249 for the iPod. And lastly, you’ll have a 3rd party iPhone repair company fix your iPhone for you, most likely for a lower cost. Some iPhone repair companies also provide a free diagnostic considering that the damaged iPhone part(s) are not necessarily visually evident in water damaged iPhones. After the iPhone is diagnosed, you are notified of how much the repair will definitely cost and will make a decision at that point if the repair is worth it.

Accidents happen and it’s definitely great that Apple has stepped up and is offering an iPhone replacement on water damaged iPhones. However, keep in mind that there are other less costly alternatives out there.


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