Question of the Day (UPDATE): What is the cost to repair an iPhone screen?

Aug 17, 2020
Insurance, Question of the Day

Answer: $29-$329, depending on the model and whether you have carry the AppleCare+ insurance

You carry them around with you all the time and apparently break them quite a bit. According to this survey, 2/3 of smartphone users damaged their phones in the past year.

Cost to repair specific models found in Question of the Day slides.


  • Have you damaged your phone in the last year? If so, have you gotten it repaired? 
  • Do you carry cell phone insurance? Why or why not? 
  • Does knowing that 2/3 of cell phone users damage their phones in a given year impact your decision on whether or not to get insurance?
  • The cost to repair a phone is only $29 if you have AppleCare + insurance which costs between $130-$200 for 24 months. If you broke your iPhone X twice in the year after your warranty ran out, would having the insurance be a "good deal?"

Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (Square Trade):

The study found that 66% of smartphone owners damaged their phones in the past year, with cracked screens leading the way as the most common type of damage (29%). Scratched screens (27%) and nonworking batteries (22%) took second and third place respectively, with touchscreen issues and chipped corners/sides tying at 16% each.

While we all think of ourselves as responsible smartphone owners, damage is often the result of simple clumsiness. By far, the most common cause of smartphone damage is dropping a phone on the ground (74%). Others are the phone falling out of a pocket (49%), being dropped in water (39%), being knocked off a table or counter (38%), being dropped in the toilet (26%) or falling out of a bag (22%).


Our latest FinCap Friday, It's Not All It's Cracked Up to "G", informs your students about the speedy, next generation wireless networks. 


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Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.