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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.

1857 E Kenilworth Pl
Milwaukee,
WI
US

• For $50, you get $100 toward the purchase of vacuums, air purifiers, and cleaning products. • For $50, you get an in-home vacuum-service clinic (a $228 value). Homes must be within 30 miles of the 60076 zip code.

332 Skokie Valley Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US

PC Smart Bar's experienced computer technicians breathe new life into failing electronics without shipping them to out-of-town depots. When customers bring their nonworking, sluggish, or infected computers to PC Smart Bar, staff technicians diagnose and repair them in-house, reducing both service costs and the time needed to complete the job. They also carry a selection of electronics accessories that boost system performance, including memory cards that store hundreds of photos and computer cords that free laptops from their gas-generator dependence. Staff members can also aid businesses in updating their practices by presenting them with Google App packages that streamline services, minimize maintenance, and reduce costs.

20330 N Deer Park Blvd
Deer Park,
IL
US

The physical-to-digital technicians of Pixcel understand that old media can slowly deteriorate from age, improper handling, or the focused fury of Leonard Maltin’s trained moths. Through their transfer services, the staffers can skillfully turn photographs and slides, VHS and camcorder tapes, and film into everlasting digital files, able to be stored on hard drives or burned onto physical discs. They can also upgrade the quality of images, increasing clarity and producing brighter colors through frame-by-frame scanning, film restoration, and color correction.

3336 Commercial Ave
Northbrook,
IL
US

EyewearPlanet.com's frames hail from labels such as Ray Ban, Oakley, and Serengeti. The team outfits the stylish frames with an array of prescription lenses, too, such as single-vision lenses and bifocals. It complements its traditional glasses with other, more specialized eyewear, ranging from ski and tactical goggles to an array of sunglasses, including the Ray Ban Wayfarer RB2132, Oakley Fives Squared Prescription, Serengeti Aviator, and AO Original Pilot.

3150 Commercial Ave
Northbrook,
IL
US