Samsung may soon offer recycled parts for phone repair

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Factory Certified Pre-Owned parts may become available for your Galaxy phone


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Whether you’ve splurged on a flagship phone or opted to stick with a budget device, the day may come when it breaks and you’ll be forced to decide whether to fix it or replace it. If you choose the former, and it’s made by Samsung, you could soon be entitled to a smaller repair bill – not to mention a lower environmental impact – if the company follows through on its plans to to offer recycled components for hardware repairs.

The details are a little sketchy at this point, but Business Korea reports that Samsung is considering implementing a program offering manufacturer-certified used parts for use in repairs, instead of just new components (spotted by SamMobile ). It’s unclear whether the recycled parts would be available for direct purchase by consumers, or only for repairs performed by Samsung, but it might be a good idea to offer them to customers who take advantage of the self-service repair program. of the company, once it is online.

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Supposedly, we could see used components become available before the second half. However, this report only talks about smartphone repairs, so other Samsung devices, such as tablets and laptops, may not be eligible for the program – we’ve yet to get more details.

While that plan may not come to fruition, recycling perfectly good parts would complement Samsung’s past environmental efforts to reduce waste. For example, the company has pledged to change its packaging to be more environmentally friendly and no longer includes charging bricks with each new device. More recently, it announced that some of the Galaxy S22 components are made from recycled fishing nets.

The decision to repair or replace can be difficult, especially since new parts, combined with the cost of labor, can approach the price of a new phone. If Samsung goes ahead with this program, however, the availability of manufacturer-certified pre-owned parts, combined with self-service repairs, could be a much more financially acceptable option than what we have today. – and the planet could be a little healthier tomorrow. .


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