Part pairing


Part pairing - also known as "serialisation" - is an increasingly common practice used by manufacturers of smartphones and other electronic products to control who can and can't perform certain types of repairs.

– newsletter July 2021

Here is how it works: some parts have a unique serial number, which is paired to an individual unit of a device using software. If any of these parts need replacing during a repair, they will not be accepted unless remotely paired to the device again via software by the manufacturer. This approach could create major barriers to independent and self repair.

– newsletter July 2021

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