It's happened to a lot of people -- their iPhone drops from their hands, falls off their lap, plunks into a toilet, or gets knocked off a table.
Showing off a cracked iPhone screen is sometimes almost a point of pride. I have one friend who lovingly calls his damaged phone "The Hurt Locker," referring to the 2008 movie about a bomb disposal team working during the Iraq War.
But, many of these damaged iPhones cease to work after going through various mishaps. That's when repairs come into play -- and, they're not cheap.
Currently, Apple charges up to $229 to replace a broken screen on an
It seems that repair prices are on the rise. Two years agoto fix a busted screen. Since the device was first introduced in 2007, damaged iPhones have cost Americans $5.9 billion -- with one third of owners breaking their devices every year, last September by gadget warranty firm SquareTrade.
Despite Apple now charging more to repair the iPhone 5, several teardown and repair sites have said that this iteration of the device is the easiest to repair.
The iPhone 5 is opened front-to-back so "replacing a cracked screen is going to be easier than ever," when the device debuted last September. "Compare this to the iPhone 4S, where it took 38 steps to isolate the display assembly."
So, what gives for the high cost of repairs?
Apparently, the replacement parts for the iPhone 5 are far more expensive than earlier models. In fact, they're so costly that some independent fix-it shops refuse to do iPhone 5 repairs, according to MarketWatch.
"Apple controls everything from the manufacturing to the gear for the iPhone 5," editor at deal site TechBargains.com Jeff Haynes told MarketWatch. "Apple is trying to get people to sign up for Apple Care for $99 and to rely on their services at the Apple store. If you don't, that cracked screen could cost you at least $230."
CNET contacted Apple for comment. We'll update the story when we get more information.