You’re walking down the sidewalk, fumbling with an app on your smartphone, and the device tumbles out of your hands. Just like that—the screen is completely shattered. PCS Wireless & Co. gives free estimates for repairs of such issues. In addition, PCS corrects water damage, broken ports, and audio problems and reveals apps wrapped in invisibility cloaks. The store is also an authorized dealer of phones compatible with top networks, such as Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and can activate prepaid devices.
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.
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.
The committed technicians at uBreakiFix restore fragile pocket appliances and entertainment consoles with an arsenal of original manufacturers' OEM parts and 15-minute service times. The repair team reunites customers with fresh new screens for HTC Evo 4G, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3G smartphones along with 90-day warranties. While waiting for trusty telephones, customers can enjoy lounging in a comfortable waiting area with TV screens and friendly staff members who serve caviar and wear tuxedo T-shirts. In addition to screen replacement, the circuit surgeons can provide water-damage diagnostics for iPads, game consoles, and Apple computers that have been waterlogged after haphazardly trying to surf the web.