Motorola joins forces with iFixit to supply official repair kits for Moto phones

Motorola joins forces with iFixit to supply official repair kits for Moto phones
A true mobile industry pioneer during the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, and one of the world’s top three phone vendors until a decade or so ago, Motorola is hardly a major rival for the likes of Apple and Samsung nowadays.

But the Lenovo-owned company still has a few tricks up its sleeve, including the popular Moto G family of affordable mid-range smartphones and an interesting 5G strategy. You can now add (relatively) easy home repairs to that list, thanks to a one-of-a-kind official partnership between Motorola and iFixit.

The latter is known primarily for its comprehensive teardowns of the most in-demand gadgets around, as well as similarly exhaustive repair guides. iFixit also sells repair kits, tools and parts for DIY enthusiasts, including a number of packages endorsed by Motorola now for devices like the Moto Z, Z Play, Z Force, Moto X, X Pure Edition, G5 Plus, G4, G4 Plus, and Droid Turbo 2.

As the 2013-founded company points out, Motorola is the first “major smartphone manufacturer” to support what iFixit stands for. Apparently, “most manufacturers” are not big fans of the independent repair concept, even though offering users the chance to replace a cracked smartphone screen or faulty battery themselves could help greatly reduce the world’s growing e-waste problem.

Starting right now, Motorola customers who don’t want to send the OEM their broken handsets for often costly repairs can try to fix them at home with the “highest quality parts and tools”, as well as “step-by-step guides” included in iFixit’s brand-new Motorola Fix Kits.

These are not quite as affordable as you may have expected, circling $40 if all you want to do is swap out an old battery and going all the way up to $199.99 for complete Moto Z Force Droid and Droid Turbo 2 screen and digitizer assemblies. 

Hopefully, this “industry-leading” example set by Motorola will be followed by other smartphone brands in the near future, endorsing the Right to Repair movement.

source: iFixit

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5 Comments

1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

It should be way more cheaper if you opt to DIY

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And they'll brick your device on next update. /s

2. Taphius

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

All Android companies that do not have local stores need to do this and contract out to uBreak.

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Even at low prices, some Andepid OEMs dont rape you for device repairs. Unlike a certain company which no only make repairs harder, make software to brick your device if you have it repaired by a 3rd party. Good choice Moto. Even though you sold out to China.

5. Krjal

Posts: 423; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

This is at the very least a step in the right direction. Good for Motorola's image and good for consumers.

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