Nokia Launches Smartphone DIY Repair Kit to Make Home Repairs Easier

Published on March 13, 2023

In collaboration with repair professionals iFixit, the Finnish cellphone company Nokia has released the G22, which comes with interchangeable components and toolkits so that users can service their devices themselves.

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As the need for home-based solutions has grown, iFixit pointed out that this partnership was established. This is due to an increased number of people embracing repair as part of their life.

According to iFixit’s Chief Executive Officer Kyle Wiens, they are pleased to assist manufacturers in meeting the desires of individuals who want to repair items independently.

Wiens expressed enthusiasm to Dezeen about collaborating with companies such as HMD Global, Nokia’s parent firm, who intend to make repairs more accessible.

The G22 smartphone from Nokia is designed with the capability of being taken apart and reworked at a user’s home.

The Nokia G22, offered in either grey or blue, is equipped with an interchangeable back panel crafted from 100% recycled plastic. Additionally, customers can buy extra batteries, screens, covers, and charging ports from iFixit.

The parts that come with the package are accompanied by various tools, like a pair of tweezers, a suction handle, and opening picks. The instructions that come with it guide users on addressing usual smartphone issues, like replacing the battery, the charging port, and the screen.

Delrin, an engineered thermoplastic, is used to construct tools, a stiff material often used to make bearings, fittings, and electrical insulator components. The screwdriver, on the other hand, is crafted from steel.

Wiens intends to offer an affordable option to those requiring repairs that are unavailable through conventional repair services, which can be lengthy in their wait times. To do this, they provide the necessary tools and instructions to people so they can carry out the repairs in the comfort of their own homes.

Due to its modularity, the hardware of a modular phone can be quickly altered and upgraded, resulting in a longer lifespan for the device.

Wiens pointed out that people have been rethinking their choices and desiring earth-friendly items and cost-saving.

The cost and environmental impacts of our current way of life mean we can no longer ignore the planet’s needs. During the past two decades, the Right to Repair movement has gained traction, with more and more individuals factoring repair into their lifestyles.

In 2021, the British government introduced the Right to Repair Regulations to lower energy consumption and reduce electronic waste. A component of this law requires that manufacturers make replacement parts and maintenance instructions available for their products.

For popular maintenance jobs, there are a variety of kits obtainable.

For two decades, iFixit has been a go-to source for repair services. The company compiled the most typical smartphone repair requests based on years of experience with customer phone repair; the company collected the most typical smartphone repair requests. Furthermore, the instructions for repairs were crafted to be simple to follow.

Wiens shared that, through experience, they have understood which repairs will be more straightforward and which could prove more problematic.

Before beginning any repair, one should read the complete guide to become familiar with the process. He concluded that anyone could repair anything with patience, the appropriate tools, and guidance; anyone can fix anything.

Following the example set by Dutch social enterprise Fairphone and their easily repairable smartphones, Nokia’s G22 works to match their level of ethical production of mobile devices. Fairphone has been at the forefront of this trend with its modular design.

iFixit has recently collaborated with numerous phone companies, such as Google and Samsung. These firms have put on the market handsets with DIY guides and spare components.

Designers have long suggested that electronics firms make their goods simpler to repair. In 2018, design duo Formafantasma asserted that their products should be made more accessible to open and disassemble anyone.

The two individuals have asked designers to investigate the possibility of recycling following two years of research into the problem of e-waste.

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