Motorola becomes first smartphone maker to offer a DIY repair kit

Supporting the right to repair

What just happened? Repairing electronics is rarely easy. Motorola has
partnered up with iFixit to ensure that anyone who needs a new battery
or display assembly can get one including all of the needed tools to
perform a repair.

Fixing your own electronics has become more difficult as parts get
smaller and manufacturers resort to measures that make opening devices
harder. Motorola has now become the first smartphone maker that is
offering a do-it-yourself repair kit.

Through a partnership with iFixit, Motorola is offering screen and
digitizer assemblies, as well as replacement batteries that include the
necessary tools to make the replacement. A handful of plastic picks, a
pair of tweezers, suction tool, and precision bits arrive with all kits
to make opening up a Motorola phone a lot less difficult.

In an era where electronic waste is a problem that has yet to be fully
solved, extending the life of devices is important. Other manufacturers,
notoriously Apple, have turned their noses up at repair shops and do
not offer any opportunity to allow customers to fix their own devices.
Instead, consumers are forced to pay for expensive in-house repair
services that should be called replacement services. Apple does not
actually repair any components. Issues are solved by replacing entire
circuit boards or assemblies creating more electronic waste.

A replacement battery for a Moto phone will run you $39.99 and includes
all of the needed tools. Screen replacements for less expensive Moto
models such as the Moto G4, G5, and Z, are $99.99. The Moto Z Force
Droid and Droid Turbo 2 replacement screen kits sell for $199.99, also
including tool kits.

In the future, maybe other manufacturers such as Samsung will follow
suit and make it easier for consumers to continue using their devices.
Even if you are not the type to repair your own gadgets, ease of
availability along with official repair guides allow third-party shops
to easily support repairs on more devices.

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