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FTC: third-party repair services will not void your warranty

Having your smartphone serviced by an unauthorized third party will most certainly void its warranty. Right? Well, not necessarily.

In a statement made on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission pointed out that a product’s warranty cannot be tied to the use of a particular brand’s replacement parts and repair services. In other words, having your phone serviced by a third party cannot render its warranty void in case, say, a manufacturing defect manifests itself down the road.

The FTC further stated that it has sent warning letters to six companies, at least one of which is …

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