At iRepair Global in Solana Beach, professionally trained techs repair all manner of Apple gadgets afflicted with a range of issues. Whether devices need a new home button, a new power button, or the screen is cracked because a beloved pet buried it in the garbage disposal, iRepair’s technicians swoop in to fix problems with speedy service while customers wait. They also specialize in complex procedures such as factory unlocks, data recovery, and replacing the front and back glass with customized color schemes. iRepair currently services the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5, and the iPad 1–4 and mini.
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.
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.
At Mr. iPhone Repair, skilled technicians render damaged iPhones, iPads, and iPods good as new and enhance devices with shiny new cases and accessories. While customers shop for a new stylish case or a cannon with which to test a new case, electronics experts swiftly replace iPhone back covers, repair cracked screens, and install screen protectors. All repairs are done while customers wait, ensuring they have their phone in hand and are back to their day as quickly as possible.
Mobile devices have become an important part of everyday life, and JTI Wireless ensures its clients keep connected. In addition to selling the latest smartphones, the staff also helps customers safeguard their purchases by providing them with protective cases or adorable miniature suits of armor. JTI Wireless offers repair services for cracked or malfunctioning devices as well.