The cracked smartphone screen is such a widespread phenomenon that it's inspired a video in the satirical newspaper The Onion: New iPhone Geared Toward College-Aged Girls Comes with Pre-Shattered Screen.
While the video targets one demographic, it seems like everyone breaks their smartphone at some point. A recent survey showed that six percent of iPhone owners have tried to patch up their broken devices — with tape.
Justin Wetherill has got a better way He's the CEO of uBreakiFix, a smartphone repair chain. He got the idea after his own phone broke. Now, uBreakiFix services 20,000 devices every month at 61 walk-in locations around the country. And even with shiny, new phones available for upgrade, Wetherill says some smartphone owners are willing to pay just to more to repair their old busted handsets.