Why a glass repair will save you money in your home phone repair
A glass repair could save you thousands of dollars over time, according to research.
The cost of a replacement glass can be as little as £25 to £30, but it’s worth every penny, according a new study by researchers from Oxford University.
The findings have been published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.
In a phone repair the glass should be replaced every year or two and then replaced with a new glass in the same factory.
“It’s really important to replace the glass because if it doesn’t have any wear then it will just break,” Dr Rebecca Williams, from the Oxford University Energy and Environmental Research Centre (EPERC) said.
“This can cause the glass to become brittle and break down in the future.”
In addition, the glass can also degrade over time.
A glass replacement is typically expensive and often has to be done by someone who has a good understanding of how the glass works.
Dr Williams said the study looked at the cost of replacing a new and used glass in a home phone, which is typically about £25-30.
A replacement glass would typically be replaced with one that was new or at least in good condition, and in this case was of similar quality.
“The glass replacement cost could be a bit more than that,” she said.
However, if the replacement glass was of less quality, it could be cheaper.
“We’re looking at a cost of £10 to £15 per glass replacement.
If the glass has been sitting there for a long time then this could be much cheaper than the replacement cost,” Dr Williams added.
A new glass can usually be replaced in one of two ways.
If it has been used for at least two years, it can be replaced by a new piece of glass, usually with a thinner material.
If there is any wear on the glass then it is replaced with the same glass.
If new glass is required, the new glass should have been used in the past and be of similar strength.
Dr David Bannister, from EPERC, said that this is particularly important because a glass that had been used to repair a damaged phone could become brittle in the longer term.
“Replacing a new, brand new glass that hasn’t been used would be cheaper, but if it’s been used recently it might be a little more expensive,” he said.
For some people, a new or new-looking glass can often be replaced for around £20.
“A new glass might be very expensive, but once it’s replaced it can’t be repaired in a short period of time,” Dr Bannisters said.
Dr Bansons research also looked at a new type of glass that was not being used in a phone.
These are usually made by using glass that has been glassed.
“They’re used for repairs in hospitals and some other places,” Dr Sainath said.
A different type of replacement could also be cheaper than a new one.
“You might be able to get a cheaper replacement if it has had a very long time to wear,” Dr Nadeem, from University College London, said.
The researchers used the results to develop a cost comparison tool for the replacement of new and existing glass, which could be used to help consumers understand how much they are spending on glass replacements.
They found that the price of replacing an existing glass could be as low as £20 per glass, compared with £100 for a new replacement.
Dr Nadesha Nadeed, from PPE Research, said the results of the study showed that glass replacements could be cost effective.
“If you can afford to spend a few hundred pounds on glass replacement, you can save a lot on your phone’s price tag in the long term,” she explained.
“In fact, we found that if you buy a new phone, you’re saving on your smartphone bill by £50 per year.”
The research was funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Science and Technology, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Public and Commercial Services and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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