Have a busted Motorola mobile phone? You may be able to fix it yourself.
To make that task a little easier and less intimidating, Motorola has partnered with iFixit to sell do-it-yourself repair kits for some of its smartphones, including the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Moto X, Droid Turbo 2, Moto G5 and G5 Plus, and Moto Z. The kits range from $ 40 to $ 200 and include all the parts and tools you’ll need, plus a step-by-step guide, to replace a dead or damaged battery or a cracked or malfunctioning display.
The partnership makes Motorola the first smartphone manufacturer to provide iFixit with replacement parts.
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“For fixers like us, this partnership is representative of a broader movement in support of our Right to Repair,” iFixit’s Elise Barsch wrote in a blog post. “By giving consumers easier access to parts, people are better equipped to fix their broken devices—and more fixing means less e-waste.”
Barsch went on to say that “Motorola is setting an example for major manufacturers to embrace a more open attitude towards repair.”
In March, California joined the “right to repair” fight with a bill that would require electronics manufacturers like Apple to produce repair manuals and sell replacement equipment and parts for their devices. Seventeen other states have introduced similar legislation, including: Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Apple, IBM, and other manufacturers have successfully lobbied against similar legislation in the past.