Glass Screen Repair for iPhone or iPad at uBreakiFix (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

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  • $29 for glass-replacement for an iPhone 3G or 3GS (up to a $49.99 value)
  • $49 for glass-replacement for an iPhone 4 or 4S (up to a $89.99 value)
  • $85 for glass-replacement for an iPad 2 (up to a $159.99 value)
  • $89 for glass-replacement for an iPad 3 or 4 (up to a $179 value)

Technicians repair smartphones and tablets by replacing shattered or cracked glass screens.

Touchscreens: Power at Your Fingertips

To learn what's behind the face your smartphone shows to the world, read on.

Most electronic touchscreens—such as the kind on your smartphone, perhaps—rely on electricity. Not just the obvious electricity provided by their power supply, but your electricity, as in the tiny amount that runs through your body or the large amount that runs through your body if you're a Frankenstein. Capacitive touchscreens are set up to detect any change in the electromagnetic field they produce, such as that created by a bare fingertip. Beneath the glass screen, a network of electrodes stands ready to relay information about the location of the touch to the device’s microcontrollers and translate it into a command.

Another Path: Resistance

There is another, slightly older form of touchscreen technology, which requires the hand to apply not electricity but pressure. This type is known as a resistive screen and is frequently still found at checkout counters and on PDAs. Beneath its surface are two layers of conductive material. Pressure forces the two layers to connect, completing a circuit; different points on the screen will produce a current with different voltage, which allows the system to pinpoint the precise location of the touch. Although these screens are lower-resolution and can't respond to multiple simultaneous touches, they do have one advantage over capacitive screens: they'll work even if you're wearing gloves or oven mitts.

Bonus Points

  • There are plenty of other, less common ways to create a touchscreen. Some devices send ultrasonic waves continually across the screen, which are interrupted upon contact; others, including Microsoft's Surface tabletop screen, sense changes not in pressure or electric charge but in light.
  • Capacitive screens have also been developed that can register how hard you're pressing. When you press down harder on anything you'll notice your fingertip spread out to contact more of the surface. Newer screens take advantage of this fact and track whether you're contacting an increasing number of capacitors.
  • uBreakiFix

    uBreakiFix CEO Justin Wetherill spoke with Groupon about the importance of protecting your smartphone and the challenges of fixing a phone that has been dropped into a deep fryer.

    On the worst thing you can do after cracking your smartphone’s glass screen

    “Don’t just put it into your pocket and continue to use it,” Wetherill says. The broken glass can actually cause serious damage to the phone’s inner components and turn a relatively simple fix into a costly repair job.

    On the repair process

    "Look, this is something we do every day," Wetherill says. "You are not the first person to break a phone.” Collectively, uBreakiFix's highly trained technicians repair more than 20,000 devices a month, drawing from a library of high-quality parts that are tested twice before they ever get used in a repair service. Free diagnostics are a staple at all uBreakiFix locations, so customers understand the problem before any work is done.

    On growing his business

    uBreakiFix began as a business based out of Wetherill’s living room, and it now boasts more than 60 locations nationwide. “We are proof that the American dream is alive,” he says.

    On unusual repair jobs

    Wetherill remembers one fast-food employee who dropped her phone into a restaurant’s deep fryer. “It smelled pretty bad,” he said; however, the repairs were successful. Another customer lost his phone in a cement mixer. After some serious effort, the technicians were able to safely recover all of the important data, but the phone died a few hours later. As Wetherill pointed out, “it did go through a cement mixer.” Some miracles just aren’t meant to be.

    On the importance of a one-day turnaround time

    Repairs at uBreakiFix’s store locations can often take as little as an hour, according to Wetherill. This is a critical part of the shops' focus—something Wetherill personally understands. If forced to choose between spending the weekend without his smartphone or his left arm, he jokes that he would pick the arm. “Of course, this is assuming that there wouldn’t be any pain,” he laughs.

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      4714 Broadway Street

      San Antonio, Texas 78209

      210-826-1388

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      6993 Blanco Rd.

      San Antonio, Texas 78216

      210-340-0046

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      Selma

      8251 Agora Pkwy.

      #103

      Selma, Texas 78154

      210-566-3090

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    In a Nutshell

    Highly trained technicians replace the damaged glass screens for certain iPhones and iPads often in as little as an hour

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    Expires Jun 4th, 2014. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only for location purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid with any other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

    High-tech products, such as smart phones and GPS receivers