At AC iFix, a team of certified technicians restore and repair gadgets and smartphones with a variety of tools and techniques. Specialists fix busted buttons and faulty connectors for any type of iPhone, while high-tech Dry Box Rescue systems remove moisture from waterlogged phones at a molecular level.
At HD Tech Inc., a team of low-voltage experts travel to homes and businesses in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey to install electronic systems. These professionals have experience installing home theaters, intercoms, closed-circuit TV surveillance, and solar panels.
Today's smartphones may be technological marvels, but they're still susceptible to gravity. Fortunately, when they drop and break, the technicians at Phone Fix It can repair them. The staff conducts screen repair, as well as a service not even AAA will assist with: phone unlocking. Even better, the team fixes up gadgets from a wide array of brands, including Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry.
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.
Each member of the EdgeNet team arrives at work sites already installed with 20-plus years of experience in the IT industry. The company dispatches its technicians to homes and small businesses, where they keep computer systems running efficiently. At residential sites, EdgeNet techs rescue systems from viruses and adware, set up networks, and oversee system upgrades. Their work with businesses, meanwhile, can help cut down technology costs.
As smartphones and tablets come to hold more and more of our lives, it's all the more urgent when a device is damaged. Cell Mechanic's team of techs repair smartphones, tablets, PCs and Apple computers with?only original, factory-fresh parts. While you're waiting for your beloved gadget to come out good as new, you can also peruse a selection of phone and tablet accessories. Consultations are always free, and to better understand your mechanical pal on your own, there are computer training courses.