Contractor Tips Blog

Jul
21

Caring for Your Mobile Devices

Smartphones and tablets enhance our lives, keeping us connected wherever we are. We use them for work, school and play, which is why if one gets damaged it can send our life into a tailspin. While accidents happen, there are ways to protect your precious iPhones, iPads and other devices. Get the most life out of your newest device by following these tips for care. 

  • Cover and protect. Smartphones and tablets are too expensive to leave unprotected. Since they go wherever you do, they need armor to protect the delicate screen and case. Invest in a quality cover or case with a screen protector as soon as possible. It only takes one drop on tile, cement or asphalt to shatter your device. If you are active, opt for a case that is rugged for the best protection.
  • Don’t overcharge. One of the most common mistakes people make with their phones and tablets is leaving them on their charger. Not only can this detract from the battery lifespan, there have been instances of fires caused from devices left plugged in.
  • Water protection. If you will be near the pool or out on a body of water, put your device inside a waterproof plastic bag. A large clear plastic bag that seals will allow you to still see and use your device while protecting it from water damage.

Caring for your smartphones and tablets can help ensure they last – at least until you decide it is time to upgrade to the newest model. However, if your device does get damaged, there are local repair shops that can fix your device the same day so you never need to be without your beloved device for long.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Jul
21

Protecting Your Personal Information on Your Mobile Device

It isn’t just large corporations that need to worry about hackers. Everyday smartphone and tablet users could be at risk of having their personal information stolen. If you consider how much you do through your mobile device such as banking, online purchases and account setup, you should be aware of how to protect that personal information. Here are a few tips to keep your information safe on your mobile devices.

  • Use secure passwords and PINs. Don’t use the same passwords and PINs for all your different accounts. This makes it too easy for a cybercriminal to gain access to several accounts. Create unique, strong access codes for each of your devices and accounts.
  • Be careful of public Wi-Fi. It is cost effective and convenient to use public Wi-Fi in restaurants, motels, airports and other places. It is also a hot bed for cybercriminals looking to steal personal information. Do not send account numbers, personal information or anything you want protected over a public Wi-Fi system.
  • Recycling your device. When it comes time to upgrade to a new device, make sure you wipe your device clean of any personal information. Remove the SIM card if it has one and adhere to the manufacturers recommendations for permanently removing all personal information. This includes your phonebook, pictures, emails, texts and any other information you have stored on your device. When recycling or selling, go to a reputable store that buys old devices instead of a private buyer. They will also ensure that all information is removed for your safety.

Keep your personal information safe on your mobile devices to prevent identity theft and criminal misuse of your private data. A little prevention can save you a big headache later if your information is hacked through your phone or tablet.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Apr
19

Importance of Recycling Your Cell Phone

Electronic waste has become a major problem in landfills, especially items that are replaced often like cell phones. It is estimated that the average cell phone owner replaces their device about every year and a half, even when their current device is still working. The problem is where the old phones go once they have been replaced by a new model. Recycling is vital to keep these devices out of landfills to protect the environment.

Cell phones are made from materials that can be toxic to the environment. The metals and other elements they contain can pollute the water system and soil, never breaking down but building up to toxic levels. However, almost all the components in cell phones can be recycled or reused. By recycling a million cell phones, the following metals can be obtained:

  • 750 pounds of silver
  • 70 pounds of gold
  • 30 pounds of palladium
  • 35,000 pounds of copper

These metals can be used to make new cell phones and other electronic devices, instead of mining for more metals. This also saves on the resources needed to mine and process these metals, offering a double benefit to the environment.

Electronic recycling is recommended by the EPA and is the law in many states. Most major retailers of electronics offer e-cycling drop-off points where you can bring your cell phones, TVs, computers and other devices. But you don’t need to recycle your cell phones for free. Most cell phones are worth money, even when they don’t work any longer.

Check with your local cell phone repair store. Some of the major chains of cell phone repair also buy old cell phones for cash, recycling them for their usable parts and materials. It is a great way to finally recycle those old cell phones and get paid a little money for doing the right thing.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Apr
5

Save Money On Your New Cell Phone with This Tip

Is it time to upgrade your cell phone to the newest model of iPhone or Samsung Galaxy? Phones are no longer a small expense – often they can cost hundreds of dollars, even with a contract through your wireless provider. So how can you save money on your new phone? While the newest models will still cost a small fortune, you can save money on a monthly basis by foregoing the extra insurance for your phone.

Phone insurance seems like a good idea, especially with how expensive new phones are to replace or repair if they are damaged. However, if you add up the cost of the insurance, it may not be such a great deal. Many insurance plans cost close to $10 per month, or $120 per year. Plus, you usually have to pay a deductible when you have it repaired or replaced. So if once per year you crack the screen on your phone, it is not free. Your $120 in premiums plus another $50 or more in deductible is certainly not cheap.

Another issue with phone insurance is sending away your phone for repair. In the meanwhile, you must use another phone and often you may get a replacement phone back instead of your same phone. That means starting from scratch adding your apps and adjusting your settings.

Instead, skip the phone insurance and use a local phone repair service instead. You only pay for the service when you need it, making it a wise choice. They can repair your phone the same day, with no hassles of sending it away or needing to re-set up your phone. Most repairs cost less than what you would pay in premiums and you only pay it if you need it. You could save over $240 in two years if you never need repairs, helping pay for the cost of your new phone.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Dec
30

Broken iPhone: Repair or Replace?

It happens to even the most scrupulous iPhone user. Even with screen protectors and expensive cases, your iPhone is never completely resilient to damage. Drop that phone just right on cement or accidentally sit on it when it is in your pocket and you can end up with a cracked screen that just doesn’t function right anymore. Even a tiny crack will eventually grow, turning your trusty iPhone into an expensive paperweight. So when the unthinkable happens, do you shell out hundreds of dollars for a new phone or get it repaired?

The problem with many repair options is that you need to send your phone to be fixed or replaced, especially if you use phone insurance through your carrier. While this may seem like a good option, in the mean time you are without a phone. There is a good chance you will not get your same phone back, meaning you will need to reload all your apps and other settings on your replacement phone. The same is true if you buy a new phone. But there is one more option: same day, local repair.

Luckily, there are now mobile device repair shops in most shopping centers that can repair your iPhone on the spot. Some even offer mobile repairs where the technician comes to you. Most common damage issues can be fixed in as little as a few minutes, allowing you to keep your same phone, apps and settings, while repairing your cracked screen or other issues.

If you find yourself with a broken iPhone, iPad or other mobile device, check around before going through the hassle of sending it off for repair or buying a new device. You may be able to get it fixed the same day for a reasonable price right in your home town.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Dec
30

Reduce Electronic Waste by Repairing and Recycling Your Electronics

How many electronic devices do you have in your home? Too many to count off the top of your head? Most people own a cell phone, a computer and many other electronics for entertainment, all which will someday stop working. So what do you do when your computer keeps freezing up or your cell phone is on the fritz? Consider repairing these devices to reduce waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges people to recycle their electronic devices, but before they do that, consider repairing your device. Many times a computer that is having problems just needs a quick repair to get it back online again. Bring it in for a diagnosis to a local repair shop to find out the problem. It may just need a virus removed or an upgrade in software, saving you money off buying a new device.

The same is true for your cell phone. Why spend hundreds of dollars to get a new phone when for a fraction of that price, you can get it repaired. A cracked screen or dead battery is a simple fix that can extend the life of your phone for another year or more. This reduces waste while saving you money.

When it does come time to get a new computer or cell phone, make sure to be responsible and recycle. Did you know that the EPA estimates that recycling a million laptops can save the same amount of energy as it takes to power 3,500 American homes for a year? Bring in your old electronics to a e-cycling center. You may even be able to get money for old cell phones by bringing them into a local repair shop that buys old phones. Look at your options and make the right choice for your wallet and the environment.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Jun
23

Repair or Replace? 4 Common iPhone Issues that Can Be Repaired

You rely on your iPhone as your lifeline to the world for work and play. However, these small phones are not indestructible; in fact, they are fairly vulnerable to damage considering how much they are used. So when your iPhone suddenly is not holding a charge or the home button gets stuck, you start to panic. Before you check your bank account to see if you can afford a new iPhone, consider this list of four common issues that can be quickly, and inexpensively, repaired.

  1. Dead battery. If you are constantly needing to charge your iPhone, your battery may be on its last leg. Replacing the battery is quick and easy; plus, it costs only a fraction of replacing your entire phone.
  2. Docking port problems. Maybe it is not your battery but your docking port that is causing your charging issue. Before you spend money on a new battery, have your iPhone inspected. It is common to need the dock connector replaced on iPhones.
  3. Dysfunctional home button. How many times a day do you hit the home button? It shouldn’t be a big surprise that this button can eventually wear out, often getting stuck. Luckily, this is also a quick fix at a local iPhone repair shop.
  4. Cracked screen or display. The most common issue with all cell phones including iPhones is the cracked screen or display. This is also one of the quickest fixes, often only taking a few minutes at a local cell phone repair store.

Don’t run to replace your iPhone when a quick repair will extend the life of your phone. Put off needing to transfer all your data and media to a new phone; bring your iPhone to your local cell phone repair service for a fast, inexpensive repair.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Apr
10

4 Reasons to Repair Your iPhone or iPad Screen

Do you have an iPhone or iPad with a cracked or shattered screen? It is one of the most common types of damage to mobile devices. However, you may think you don’t need to repair or replace the screen. After all, it still works, even with the cracks covering the screen. While it may function even when cracked, the longer you wait to get it fixed, the more it could cost you. Here are four good reasons to bring your i-device in to a local repair shop for a quick fix on your screen.

  1. Water damage. When your screen is cracked, there is a good chance water will get into your iPad or iPhone. Even if liquid is not spilled directly on it, moisture can enter your phone since the screen is no longer sealed. Moisture of any kind inside your device can lead to other equipment issues.
  2. Repair vs. replacement. In some cases, your screen can be repaired instead of replaced, saving you money. However, the longer you wait, the more likely you will need a full screen replacement.
  3. Partial function. Yes, you can still make calls, text and update your social media. But how well? As the cracks grow, it gets harder and harder to see the details on your screen and use all your functions.
  4. You pay too much for your i-device. You spend too much on your iPhone or iPad to not repair it. Don’t end up needing to buy a new phone or tablet because you didn’t repair your screen.

iPad and iPhone repair shops can usually fix screen problems in a matter of minutes for a fraction of the cost of device replacement. Make the time today to get your mobile device screen repaired – it’s worth the time and money.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Mar
13

Be E-Green in 2016

One of the faster growing pollutants ending up in landfills is also one of the most popular electronic devices around: the cell phone. While most electronics like televisions, DVD players and computers are used for many years until they breakdown or become obsolete, cell phone users often replace their phones every year, even when the one they have works fine. This craving for new technology is creating a backload of used phones that are getting thrown away, often into the trash system.

Cell phones are toxic to the environment when allowed to be burned or added to landfills due to their components. Most contain myriad toxins such as arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc, as well as flame retardants in the plastic housings. Many of these elements are considered Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBTs) and can enter the air or groundwater as contaminants if not disposed of properly.

So what should you do with your old cell phones and other mobile devices to be E-green in 2016? Why recycle them, of course! There are many materials that can be reused and when recycled properly, those toxins can be kept out of landfills. There are many e-recycling centers that will take your old cell phones and tablets to recycle, but there is a way to make some money and recycle at the same time.

Some cell phone repair shops in local malls and shopping centers will buy those old cell phones and tablets you have no use for, recycling them for parts and materials. Even cell phones that no longer work or are obsolete may be worth a few bucks. It is a great way to do the environmentally responsible duty while getting a little money for those old devices.

Posted on behalf of:
Cellairis (inside Walmart)
1515 N Loop 1604 E
San Anotnio, TX 78232
(210) 988-2800

Mar
13

3 Reasons to Get Your Cracked iPhone Screen Repaired Today

It happens every day. An iPhone gets sat on, dropped or takes a tumble, leaving the screen cracked. If it happened to you, your first concern was whether your trusty iPhone still worked. You were probably relieved when you could still use the screen, even though it was difficult to see certain areas on the display. You vowed to get it fixed, soon. Days go by, then weeks and you are still living with the same cracked screen. While it may be working, somewhat, here are three excellent reasons to have that screen fixed today.

  1. Functionality. Your iPhone may work but when the screen is cracked, you lose function. There are parts of text that are difficult to see and areas on your screen that don’t respond to touch. Why live with partial function on your phone?
  2. Increased damage. The longer you live with a cracked screen, the more likely your iPhone will be further damaged. Moisture can seep into your phone through those cracks, causing more detrimental damage to the components in your phone. Plus, the screen will only continue to crack more and become more expensive to fix.
  3. You can get your screen fixed in minutes. Most towns and cities with a shopping center or mall have fast iPhone repair services that can fix your phone in just a few minutes. You don’t have to send it out of town or reload your apps onto another phone; just drop in and get it fixed in a jiffy while you wait.

You spend a lot of money on your iPhone – don’t live with screen damage another day. Stop by your local iPhone repair shop and have your phone looking and working like new again in minutes.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

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