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Dish gets into... the iPhone repair business?

Engadget Engadget 3/05/2016 Edgar Alvarez

Now this is interesting. Today, satellite TV provider Dish introduced a new service for iPhone repairs in the US. It's an intriguing business decision, considering the company hasn't done anything similar in the past -- unless you take into account fixing its own antennas and set-top boxes. Still, Dish's Executive VP of Operations, John Swieringa, says his team of technicians is "uniquely positioned with the technical know-how" to fix people's broken screens and batteries.

Smart Phone Repair, which isn't limited to Dish customers, will require a one-time $35 fee to get a technician to your home or office. After that, you'll have to pay anywhere between $40 and $190 depending on what kind of iPhone you have and what's wrong with it. That's a lot less compared to what Apple charges for accidental damages, particularly if you aren't covered by Apple Care or Apple Care+.

At launch, the service is only going to be for Apple's iPhone, 5, 5c, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, but Dish said in a press release that it plans to support other devices "in the coming months."

Detailed pricing for Dish's Smart Phone Repair service.

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