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In collaboration with iFixit, there will be a self-repair service from Samsung this year. You can order genuine Samsung parts for phones/tablets and then carry out the repair yourself. There is no name for the service yet, nor is there a planned launch date.
If your smartphone stops working properly, your repair options are usually limited. You can take it to a third-party service center, but that usually takes a long time, costs a lot of money, or both. You can get a genuine repair through the OEM, but that usually involves sending your phone somewhere, leaving you without one for the time being.
For a long time, enthusiasts of the right to repair have been calling for an alternative solution – repairing it yourself. Thanks to a new self-repair service from Samsung, Samsung fans can now do just that.
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The South Korean electronics giant has partnered with iFixit to make this service a reality. Through the service (which does not yet have a brand name), you can order genuine Samsung parts to repair your phone or tablet. Those parts come with an empty box so that you can return the broken parts to Samsung. The company will then recycle them appropriately.
At launch, Samsung’s self-repair service will provide parts for the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus devices. So far, Samsung only commits to a vague summer 2022 launch deadline.
How does Samsung self-repair service work?
Samsung is currently rather vague about the details of this program. For starters, it’s not clear whether you’re going to go to Samsung, iFixit, or either of them for your repair needs. It is also unknown how much this system will cost.
Samsung gave us some examples of what you could buy for your repairs. They contain:
Display mounts Glass on the back Charging ports
It is striking that batteries are not on the list. However, since this is probably the second most common repair needed for smartphones (just behind the display glass), we can only assume that it will eventually be available through Samsung’s self-repair service.
Of course, there’s no denying that this Samsung self-healing program is very similar to Apple’s self-healing program launched last year. Apple has yet to roll out that program, so we can’t compare it to what Samsung describes, but they sound like they’re about the same.
Either way, this is all great news for repair right supporters as it allows them to keep their phones working for longer periods of time.