iRepair Hut?s tech gurus gladly repair ailing phones, computers, and devices. They can replace the screens of Apple devices, tablets, and other smartphones and assess and remove computer viruses and hardware. They also offer phone accessories and color conversions.
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.
As helpful as mobile devices are, they can be very touchy?and the technicians of iFixandRepair can set straight almost any kind of flare-up. Not only do they perform mail-in and drop-off repairs of shattered screens, water damage, and speaker and button issues, but they also replace batteries and do color conversions. If it's a phone case you're in the market for, they carry more than 1,500 designs compatible with Apple, Samsung, LG, and other popular brands. In fact, they sell nearly every type of accessory, as well as parts for DIY repairs.
At a growing number of stores throughout the U.S., the iFixandRepair specialists aim to unburden clients of the troubles common among fragile electronics. The team proudly takes on ailing smartphones, tablets, and computers, restoring each model with diagnostic services or shiny new parts. They also work to alleviate screen blemishes on BlackBerrys, iPhones, HTC smartphones, and Mac tablets and do their best to minimize water damage, including drying off important text messages. In addition, iFixandRepair also sells and purchases preowned mobile phones and accessories.
It happens in a second—the iPhone drops, tumbles to the floor, and cracks its glass on your pet stegosaurus's tail. The Apple-certified technicians at iPhoneFix.com know this sort of situation all too well, so they greet every technical malady with a friendly smile before admitting gadgets into their OR. Despite the shop's name, the techs can fix the gamut of Apple products, including iPhones, iPods, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs. Beyond replacing cracked screens, they swap out hard drives, diagnose water damage, and fix broken batteries. For folks looking to upgrade, iPhoneFix.com purchases broken iPhones and sells OtterBox cases, which guard new cell phones against their future run-ins with gravity.
The Apple-certified technicians at iFixYouri bring broken smart phones and tablets back to life with swift turnaround. Techs can piece together shattered screens on devices including the iPhone 3G ($49), and rescue waterlogged phone books from smart phones by HTC, Droid, and Nexus ($29.99–$39.99). An iPod classic repair ($49.99–$59.99) fixes fledgling batteries, dimming LED screens, and broken click-wheel axels. In addition, the staff aids in the restoration of computers, videogame consoles, and tablets, though prices vary depending on the severity of digital diagnosis.