Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Cell phones have become a critical device for most consumers. They represent the ability to connect with family and friends, conduct business and navigate to just about any place that you need to go. But all of this convenience comes at a price. In 2017 the average cost of a smart phone in the United States was just under $600. And being forced to make that kind of investment unexpectedly can be difficult. So many consumers are turning to cell phone repair services as an affordable option to replacing a damaged phone.
In the days of the old flip phones, the only issues most users ever faced was a battery that would no longer hold a charge. The fix was simple even though it might not be very affordable. A new battery was in the end, cheaper than a new phone. But the larger touch screen on most smart phones is more delicate than the micro sized screen of older models. And once cracked, a touch screen becomes almost impossible to use. Fortunately, most cell phone repair shops can replace the broken screen for just a fraction of the cost of a new phone. This is by far the most popular service needed for smart phones and one of the easiest for a technician to complete in a very timely manner.
With smart phones functioning much like a small computer, it is no surprise that the most commonly used buttons can wear out. But again, this is an issue that can be repaired much more affordably than the purchase of a new phone. And in a day you will have your repaired phone in hand and life will be back to normal.
There are some phones which can be charged from a charging pad or charging station but most users still plug their smart phone into an old style corded charger. And after a few hundred times of plugging and unplugging, it makes sense to expect some wear and tear. So instead of rigging up a way to hold the plug in place or hope that the phone remains pulled in long enough to get a full charge, you can simply get the jack replaced. These are small unitized pieces that most stores can get replaced very quickly and for far less than the $600 price tag of a new phone.
In most cases any damage to the external portion of a smart phone can be repaired for far less than the cost of a new phone. Check out the iResQ site to learn more about your options.
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Most cell phone user’s worst nightmare is the thought of seeing their phone plop into water. It could be falling into the pool, getting dropped in a lake or the ocean when trying to capture that perfect sunset picture or the worst of all, into the toilet, but all strike fear into the owner’s heart. Water and electronic circuits just are not compatible. But it is important to know that not all accidents involving a cell phone and water are fatal.
It seems silly to say but you need to snatch your phone out of the water as quickly as possible and not just stare at it in disbelief. Immediately remove the battery if you can or turn the phone off to protect the electronics. Also remove the sim card if you can and carefully dry the card, battery and the phone with a towel. The process of placing a wet cell phone in a bag of uncooked rice is for the most part an urban legend. The rice will provide little benefit over leaving the phone in a room temperature or slightly warm place to dry.
Once you reassemble your phone, gently try to turn it back on. If it doesn’t turn on after you have waited a full 24 hours, then you should get the phone to a repair shop. At the shop they will be able to open the phone case, dry out any remaining water and access the damage. If the damage is minimal they can clean the mineral deposits left by the water and the phone should function again. But it is impossible to determine the damage without inspecting the inside of the phone. And it is also important to remember that even if the phone turns on after you have dried it out, it could slowly begin to fail.
Your best bet for any phone that has been exposed to water is to have it checked out by a cell phone repair technician. It is far better to pay a small fee and know that your phone is in good working order.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
‘Right to Repair’ is gaining popularity, and we wanted to share with you what has been going on right now. Many states are attempting to have legislation vote in favor of ‘Right to Repair.’ This would give repair shops access to parts and service manuals for Apple products, so they are able to repair them just as Apple does right now.
The people for this legislation want it to happen because they believe that repair shops should be able to repair their devices with OEM parts instead of generic ones.
Apple doesn’t want this to happen because they monopolize on the cost of repairs for MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, and iPods because they know owners can’t get the OEM parts from anywhere else. If ‘Right to Repair’ passes, repair shops can offer it and they can do it for a better price.
Right now, these states are the states are currently looking to pass ‘Right to Repair’ legislation.
As you can see, Kansas is on this list, so we of course want this legislation to pass. This would enable us to provide even more than we already do for our customers.
We do want to say that while this would be great for us, what we offer now isn’t low quality. We always use the VERY best in parts when we do repairs. We never buy the lowest quality parts just so we can make more money off our repairs. We know this could end up limiting the longevity of our repairs, and we’re not willing to do that to our customers.
Do we think OEM parts are better than non-OEM? Not really. Some people prefer OEM parts just because they feel better that the parts are the same as the ones that came in their devices originally. As we all know, OEM parts’ longevity isn’t fail proof, or well, they wouldn’t need repairs, especially when it’s case where it’s not damage but simple malfunctioning.
So, even though this may pass and it may be something we do when it does, that doesn’t downgrade what we do now. We still stand fully behind the parts we use in all of our repairs and will always stand behind it.
Have questions about our repair services? Contact us today.
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
“There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset and no company can outsource that responsibility.”
Apple is currently investigating the letter that has been brought to their attention. Since Apple is the leader in mobile devices, it makes sense this would be brought to them. They have the money to support these claims, and they can have an effect on the addiction that is occurring among children.
Of course, Apple probably thinks this isn’t a problem on their part, but on society and technology as a whole. At some point, parental involvement has to be considered, as children do not have the funds or capability to purchase these devices on their own.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out for Apple and everyone involved.
We often receive devices that parents say belong to their children. We had one parent say that we can take our time because it means that their children wouldn’t be able to have access to it, and that is greatly needed since they spend a majority of their time in front of the screen.
We suspect that children will likely find another screen to stare at, depending on if that is accessible. Sure, some children may head outdoors, but those are the ones who likely would have headed outdoors anyway, so it’s not really the mobile device that is effecting there activity level.
We agree with the iPhone addiction or technology addiction wholeheartedly. It is something that needs to be looked at and solved. Whether that is on Apple’s shoulders or someone else’s is another question.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Have you ever stepped foot into an Apple store? If you have, you will likely know what this person in a Business Insider article is talking about.
This person reported, “I got my iPhone screen repaired by Apple, and my phone bricked the next day.”
She also says, “I visited the Apple Store four times in a week, and each time was chaotic and disorganized.”
The author of this article says that she was rushing to the subway one day, tripped, fell and her iPhone cracked. The screen was destroyed, but it still worked well so she decided to wait on paying the $150 screen repair fee.
It wasn’t too long after that she dropped her phone and a piece of glass come out of it. With the gaping hole, she knew that it would only be a moment of time before the functionality of the phone would be affected.
On a Sunday afternoon, she went to the Apple Store. It turned into a nightmare.
The store was stunning to her and there were a lot of employees working that day.
Despite all of the people working there, no one came up to her to help her. There was also no central place to ask someone for help.
She finally saw someone walking coming, so she asked for help. That person handed her off to someone else who then handed her off to someone else.
The fourth person was a technician and said he would have the screen repaired in two hours. She went to do some errands for four hours, and then she received an email that her phone was ready for pickup.
She went to the store again, and once again, handed over to three different employees. She was told to stand by the Apple Watches while they got her phone. While she stood there, employees raced by her one after another and they all seemed so stressed.
After 20 minutes, they handed me my phone and I had to pay the $150 plus tax.
It seemed as though everything was great with the phone, until she landed in Las Vegas the day after. As she was sending a text, the phone when black.
The phone bricked.
This means that it was dead. Not operational… just useless.
When she got back home from her trip, she decided to visit a different store because she figured it may be better. She was wrong. It was still disorganized, chaotic, and unhelpful. After telling her story repeatedly, she was given a new phone.
While she has a new iPhone now, she did get a chance to use a backup phone – the Google Pixel 2 when her iPhone bricked. She now prefers that one over the iPhone.
The moral of this story is to just send your iPhone to iResQ for repair. Why mess with the stress when you can easily avoid it by using us.
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