You're standing on the sidewalk, silently admonishing yourself for your clumsiness, and hoping that when you pick your upside-down smartphone off the ground the screen won't be shattered. Of course, it is, the glass looking like it's been caught in some kind of cyber spiderweb.
If you've got 20 minutes or so to spare, the team at iRiparazione can help you forget that the blunder ever happened. Its professional repair technicians complete most jobs in 20 minutes or less, replacing cracked screens, reversing water damage, and debugging software, among other repairs. They work with iPhones, iPods, and iPads, as well as laptops from most manufacturers. In addition to repairs, they also perform color customization, transforming an iPhone's black or white shell into hues such as bright orange or baby blue.
Gravity is the mortal enemy of technology. A phone slips from the fingers. A laptop gets knocked off a table. A tablet is tossed carelessly during a game of impromptu frisbee. In those seconds, everything freezes, until the telltale sound of cracking glass fills the room. Terrifying?at least for anyone who isn't an employee of iCrackRepair.com. The certified repair technicians deal with broken electronics on a daily basis, and they work on all types of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.
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.
CellSpot Cellphone Repair’s techs mend modern gadgets, including iPhones, Androids, tablets, and more. Their electronics wizardry extends to services such as fixing screens or housings, as well as repairing buttons and clearing out water damage.
An apple a day won't keep Dr. Apple away. In fact, everyday, the doctor sees scores of Apple products including busted iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Macs. Customers can pass over their gizmos to experienced technicians who perform screen, speaker, and button repair; fix charging issues; and sort out soggy phones that have fallen prey to water damage. Turn around time is quick, and all repairs come with a 6-month warranty.
From replacing glass to fixing headphone jacks, the technicians at Star Wireless and Repair are well versed in the ins and outs of the latest technology. That encompasses not only the Apple trinity?iPhones, iPads, and iPods?but also Android gadgets by such lauded brands such as Samsung, Motorola, and HTC. Thanks to their appointment-only policy, the team can patch up an iPhone in 30 minutes, an Android device in 45?90 minutes, and, in many cases, a computer in two hours. On the retail end of the spectrum, patrons can listen to tunes on earbuds in customized colors and shield products in personalized cases, including some studded with rhinestones or glitter bombed by a passing tooth fairy.