By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM Photography:

Although undoubtedly an inconvenience not to be compared to world hunger or other issues, shattering an iPhone screen really is a drag – and one that requires research, an appointment and a lump of cash.

If this technological misfortune happens to you, here’s a guide to iPhone screen repair. Hopefully, it makes the annoying process just a tad easier. 

These prices reflect a broken screen only. If the phone has more than screen damage these prices do not apply. Call ahead to make sure prices have not changed and for a precise wait time.

Apple Store 
Bayshore and Mayfair Mall
It seems like having an Apple product repaired at an Apple Store is a no-brainer, but not necessarily. Apple does not repair the 5S screen, rather provides a new phone for $269. Apple does repair the screens for other models – including the 5C and the 5 – but the phone needs to be brought in for an employee to evaluate the damage and then provide a quote on the price.

If an iPhone screen is not repaired by Apple, the phone warranty is terminated. This is something to consider when choosing another business to repair a screen, even though the non-Apple shops are cheaper.

Fix Phoneland 
3555 N. Oakland Ave.
(414) 332-3220
Fix Phoneland offers the lowest prices for 5S screen repairs with a price of $140. The 5C is $120 and the 5 is $90. The 4s is $70 and the 4 is $60.

Batteries Plus 
Multiple locations
At Batteries Plus, the cost to repair a 5S or a 5C is $159.99. The 5 is $129.99 and the 4 is $99.99. Go to the web site for a $15 coupon or ask for them in the store. Most of the time the screen can be repaired in an hour or less. 

iTC Repairs 
622 W. Capitol Dr., Ste. 203
(414) 393-0579
The cost to repair the screen of an iPhone is $150 for the 5S; $130 for the 5C; $90 for the 5. The iPhone 4 or 4S is $70. Repairs take 30 to 60 minutes; overnight if the business is extremely busy.

Radio Shack (Note: Radio Shack does not repair iPhone screens but some locations will ship them out for service.)

Smartphone Repair Center 
1317 W. Lincoln Ave.
(414) 384-2355
Smartphone Repair Center will repair most phone screens within 30 minutes. Some can be done in 15-20 minutes. The cost is $159 for a 5S; $149 for a 5C; $109 for a 5. An iPhone 4 or 4S is $79.

1857 E. Kenilworth Pl. 
(414) 276-8243

7440 W. Holmes Ave., Greenfield. 
(414) 617-1482
To repair an iPhone 5S or 5C, the cost is $149.99. To repair a 5, it’s $119.99. An iPhone 4 or 4S is $79.99. The process takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the number of broken phones already received. Sometimes UBreakIFix runs a Groupon.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.