Although smartphone manufacturers recommend official channels to repair broken devices, sometimes that’s not possible because of the logistical reasons. Moreover, repairing a device through third-party channels can be expensive which is one of the contributing factors for consumers’ decision.
In order to resolve this issue, Apple launched its Independent Repair Program earlier. In case you aren’t aware, the Independent Repair Program gives third-party repair stores access to genuine Apple components required to carry out the repair. While Apple initially launched the program in selected countries, it’s now expanding the program to other countries.
If you’re want to be part of the program, you’ll be glad to know that there’s no cost associated with the repair program. Apple said, “To qualify, repair providers need to commit to have an Apple-certified technician to perform the repairs. The process for certification is simple and free of charge. Qualifying repair providers can purchase genuine Apple parts and tools at the same price as AASPs and receive free access to training, repair manuals, and diagnostics.”
According to Apple, the company will expand the program in these countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.
Apple confirmed that the company is planning on expanding the program in more countries later this year but it’s likely that the number of vendors taking part in this program will vary from country to country.