Repairing your cell phone typically costs a fraction of what you would pay to replace your smartphone. A new one can run about $500 when not subsidized by a phone carrier.
A common repair, such as a cracked screen, can often be fixed for less than $100.
However, fixing your phone is not always cost effective, like when it comes to replacing your phone's motherboard.
The best way to avoid paying repair or replacement costs is to take care of your phone and investing in a high quality case. Some phone case companies offer a lifetime warranty, so if your device breaks while in their product, they will replace the device for you.