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I like how you said that if you don’t want to deal with a large name corporation you could take it to a local cracked screen repair service. My daughter dropped her phone flat on its face a few days ago because she and her brother were horsing around when they shouldn’t have been. He has agreed to pay for the repairs so now we’ll just have to find somewhere to take it so it can get fixed.
https://www.thephonesurgeoncary.com/iphone-repair-services-in-cary-nc