When we buy a new gadget, the initial few days are spent by handling it carefully. You cradle your device like a newborn, clean up any fingerprint smudges, and treat it with kid gloves. But then as time passes, you start handling those precious gadgets like iPhones or iPads without any care. Well, what a tech crime it is. Amidst all this, sometimes it is possible that we break our iPhone, and the worst part is that it might be out of warranty.

Broken iPhone

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) only sells an extended warranty to users within 30 days of purchase of the iPhone, and during that time, the iPhone must be in perfectly running condition. The AppleCare+ program too doesn’t cover accidental damage, which means you’re mostly out of luck if you’re holding a broken iPhone.

Out of warranty broken iPhone replacement service

If you have a broken iPhone, out of warranty device or without any insurance plan then you can still get a replacement for under $300, depending on the iPhone model you have. This is half of what you would need to pay to buy an off-contract iPhone from a carrier like AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) or Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which usually costs $650.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) calls this service their Out of Warranty program whereby you can get a replacement of any broken iPhone for $269 or less. That’s still a huge savings when compared to buying a new off contract iPhone.

So what type of damages does this service cover? If you’ve lost your iPhone, then this will not be of much help to you. However, if you have dropped your iPhone in water, or your screen got broken, then you can still take advantage of the out of warranty iPhone replacement program.

To take advantage of this, you need to take your damaged iPhone to the Apple Store. This will be the fastest way to get a replacement and they’ll most likely provide a replacement in the same visit. Here’s what you’ll need to pay for out of warranty iPhone service at an Apple Store.

  • iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C – $269
  • iPhone 4S – $199
  • iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, Original iPhone – $149

You can also ship the phone back to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), or use the Express Replacement service but additional fees might apply for this. The fastest way to get your iPhone replaced is by carrying it to the Apple Store.

So that’s it. These are currently the best options for getting your iPhone replaced at a low cost if you’re not covered by insurance or warranty program.