Where do you guys repair your out-of-warranty iPhones?

SHNXX

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I have an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6S+ with broken screens and was wondering what I can do to fix them.
In particular, I am worried that force touch or Touch ID functions will not work if I get a third party repair shop to do the work, but I don't want to pay the fees Apple pays.

Is there a difference between what Apple offers and what third party repairers offer?
 

Newtons Apple

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Apple will likely cost more. But you know it will work afterwards.

You repair at your local mall kiosk would be with non-Orem parts and might work or not. It will cost less.

The choice is yours!

There have been nightmare stories where the kiosk repair people damaged your phone and you have little recourse against them
 
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silverblack

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Always Apple.

I used to buy parts from eBay, but you really get what you paid for. The battery that I got did not have a working internal charge cycle counter. A screen that I got have uneven backlighting, and no oleophobic coating.
 
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maxjohnson2

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I repaired an iPhone 5S from a local shop before, while they do a good job, the 3rd party screen was dim with poor color accuracy, so for screen only it's probably better to go to Apple directly.
 

ASUgrad1999

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Another consideration is the anti-fingerprint (oleophobic) coating. I purchased a replacement screen from Amazon for an old iPhone 5 I had laying around and I noticed the quality of the screen isn't as good, and it seems to not have any oleophobic coating so it's a fingerprint magnet right out of the box. I'm with everyone else here - it may cost slightly more but Apple is the way to go.
 

nburwell

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For me, I wouldn't take a chance with a mall repair kiosk. Even though I'd pay more, at least I know that if something goes wrong with the repair at Apple, they'll make it right.
 

ACG12

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I have an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6S+ with broken screens and was wondering what I can do to fix them.
In particular, I am worried that force touch or Touch ID functions will not work if I get a third party repair shop to do the work, but I don't want to pay the fees Apple pays.

Is there a difference between what Apple offers and what third party repairers offer?
You'll wished you had paid the Apple fees when you get your phone back from a third party reseller that botched the job and Apple won't touch it with a 10 foot pole. My sister in law made the very same mistake.
 
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ucfgrad93

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I always go to Apple for my iPhone repairs. It may cost more, but I have more confidence that it is done correctly.
 
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