As much as we love the convenience of our new smart devices, there’s no denying that we spend a little more money that we’d like on maintaining their quality and buying accessories to go with them. However much money you pay for the device, you can safely add on an extra 25% on top of the initial cost to pay for repairs, replacing parts, accessories and software.
If you’re thinking of getting an iPhone, then don’t let these hidden expenses catch you off guard and put you in financial trouble—take these five things into account when you purchase an iPhone.
Repairs are usually covered by Apple’s warranty—that is, if you’re willing to wait several weeks or months for them to return your phone. Sadly, Apple’s warranty isn’t the best and you might be out of commission for a long time while waiting for a replacement, so why not turn to third-party iphone screen repair services or other similar places? The price is often worth the speedy repair, and many tech shops specialise in Apple products because they’re difficult to work with and they’re very specific about the parts they use.
If your phone is heavily damaged, then you might also need to look for a data recovery service to grab your pictures off your phone before it kicks the bucket. Data recovery can be expensive depending on what type of damage your phone suffered, but you can avoid this problem in the first place by using Apple’s cloud services to store your data.
Speaking of cloud services, did you know that Apple’s cloud services aren’t free? Well, very few storage solutions are free, but Apple’s free option only gives you 5GB of storage—that’s roughly 1667 photos. While it might seem a lot, that’s going to quickly add up as you snap pictures. If you decide to store music, videos or documents, then 5GB will disappear pretty quickly. You can bump this up to 50GB for $0.99 a month, which will give you ten times the amount of storage. But again, if you’re recording videos and take a lot of pictures, it’s going to quickly fill up your storage until you need to keep upgrade your storage tier again.
Cables and Adapters
If you’re thinking of getting Apple’s new iPhone 7, then you might want to think twice if you use a regular pair of headphones or earbuds. Apple decided to remove the regular headphone jack and the only headphones that are compatible are Bluetooth headsets or special headphones that use the Lightning port. If you want to use a regular pair, you’ll have to shell out another $9 for Apple’s Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter.
But that’s not the only thing you might need. Apple’s power adapters cost $19 a piece, and the cables used to charge your phone are another $19! Make sure you never lose the ones that come with your phone unless you want to pay a hefty price tag for their official replacements. While you can get much cheaper third-party alternatives, they’re usually lower quality.
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