Your phone will not charge. Or if it is charging, it seems to only last for a short period of time before you are forced to plug it, again! You have contacted your wireless carrier and they have offered you the wonderful opportunity to cash in your insurance policy for a brand new-used phone for the bargain deductible rate of $150.00. Did you notice the subtle hint of sarcasm in my voice? Well that wonderful advice that your cell phone provider just gave you is simply bait to force you into a bad financial decision. As consumers we need to take a few moments to research our phone issues ourselves. A little investigative work will empower us to make wise financial choices when it comes to out wireless devices.
If you are like me you have no idea where to start with this knowledge hunt. You are in luck, because I am going to share with you a few things to consider before you hand over that hefty deductible to your cell phone company. Here are a few common culprits that may have you singing the blues:
- Do you have an app for that? Well you may have too many running. Your smart phone is a computer. If you have ever experienced your PC taking forever to boot, you are experiencing the same issue with your smart phone. Remember your battery has to keep all of this data moving. Consider uninstalling the apps that you do not use. Especially those that you either do not remember installing, or have forgotten that you even have. Reducing the amount of juice your phone needs will extend the time you have between recharging sessions. The best thing about this option is that it is free!
- Has your charger bid you farewell. If you are a frequent juicer or you are just a little rough on your charger, it may have moved on to the charger paradise in the sky (it died). There is a very simple solution to this problem. For about $5 you can purchase a new charger without missing out on any of your favorite games or social media activity.
- Another simple solution is to have your charger port tested. Most phone repair services will test your charger port at no cost. If they find that you need a replacement, it will usually run you about $60 for the repair. That is a deal compared to the price of a new phone, especially if you have to enter into a new contract in order to have your phone replaced. It does not cost you a dime to have your charger port diagnosed. Why not make sure that you do not overspend on a new phone that you do not need.
- The final solution to check is your battery. They do not last forever. This is also a cheaper solution than your insurance. You can purchase a replacement battery for your smart phone for as little as $20 (the price will vary per model).
At the end of the day, a new phone should be your last resort. Your phone company will offer you anything that you may think you need. As consumers, we have to make sure that we are not paying for services that we do not have any use for.