Phone companies usually want to stop you from repairing your own devices or even going to a third-party repair shop. But Motorola is taking a different approach: it’s partnering withiFixit, the repair guide site famous for its device teardowns, to offer battery and screen replacement kits for a number of its phones.
The kits range from $40 to $200 and include key replacement parts — either a battery or a display and digitizer — along with many of the specialty tools you’ll need to complete the repair, like angled tweezers and screw bits. Each is paired with an online guide that takes you through the steps involved to complete the repair yourself.
iFixitsays that Motorola is the “first major smartphone manufacturer ever” to supply official parts for its repair kits. You’ve long been able to buy parts fromiFixitto help you repair your own device, but those parts haven’t been sourced directly from the company. That isn’t a problem as long as the parts work, but there’s certainly an added guarantee when they come straight from the source.