Just like anything else from Apple, the company has a set view on just how much storage you should have in your iPhone, accompanied by a set price tag. But there’s usually a workaround.
In particular, there’s a local company called BeSound in the Shenzhen market district that makes it possible to upgrade the internal storage of an iPhone, at a minimal cost. Apple typically charges a $100 premium to bump up the storage option from the standard 16GB, with the 128GB iPhone 6 costing $200 more than the 16GB iPhone 6. For more adventurous folks, who don’t mind voiding their warranty, BeSound will happily upgrade your internal storage, all the way up to 128GB, for up to $60.
If you don’t want to go up to 128GB, you can upgrade to 32GB for only $20, and up to 64GB for $35.
The entire process is pretty quick at around 30 minutes, and involves the worker dismantling the iPhone 6 to install an internal flash storage option manufactured by Toshiba. What’s better, is that all the information that was stored in the old storage option will be transferred over to the new one, so even after the upgrade you won’t lose anything in the process.
The options are limited for devices, though. Right now, the storage upgrade is available for the iPhone 6, the original iPad Air, and some older devices. According to the video below, there are 30 storage upgrades done every single day at the Shenzhen location.
This is likely a practice that won’t take off in the United States in any real capacity, but for those that can make it to the Shenzhen market, and don’t mind voiding their warranty, it’s a quick and cheap option to upgrade the storage available in your device pretty quickly.
Check out the video below.
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