You don't have the right to repair your phone

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Paov,

If you have the new iPhone X, you'd better not drop it.

If you break your new phone, Apple will charge you up to... $800 to fix it.1 And you can't go anywhere else for cheaper, because Apple controls the parts and could void your warranty if you try to fix the phone yourself.2

Enough is enough. No one should be forced to pay exorbitant prices to fix devices we already own. It's time to give consumers the right to repair their own phones.

OpenMedia is urging Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains to introduce Right to Repair legislation that will allow consumers to repair their own iPhones and other electronics. Will you chip in?

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Canada already has a Right to Repair agreement with automobile manufacturers, and it just makes sense. If your car breaks down, you want to be able to take it to the most reliable and cost-effective repair shop to fix it.3

But the corporations that make our cell phones, laptops, and tablets are making it more and more difficult to fix these devices without returning to their own stores. They put software locks in to stop outside repair, they control the trade of parts, and they mark up the parts they do sell to outside shops.

These corporations say it's to protect the “integrity” of the device, but in reality, it's to make repairing our electronics so expensive that we just give up and buy new ones.4

The result of these steep repair charges is an increase in the digital divide. In addition, forcing consumers to throw out devices that could be easily repaired contributes to huge amounts of often toxic electronic waste.

Right to Repair isn't just about our cell phones. It's the student in high school who is left out of a class project because her laptop is broken. It's the small store owner who needs to repair his computer in order to run payroll. It's the independent repair shop that has to close down now that manufacturers are taking over control of the repair industry.

At this moment, Ontario and Quebec are considering a Right to Repair law, but we need a national law for the rest of us.5

Will you chip in to help pass Right to Repair in Canada?

Thank you for all that you do.
Rodrigo, and the whole team at OpenMedia

Footnotes:
[1] iPhone Repair: Apple
[2] Canadians Should Have A Right To Repair Their Tech Gadgets: HuffPost
[3] Is the “Right to Repair” agreement in Canada working?: AutoServiceWorld
[4] Why Apple and other tech companies are fighting to keep devices hard to repair: The Verge
[5] Right to Repair Legislation Is Officially Being Considered In Canada: Motherboard

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