Contractor Tips Blog

Feb
26

4 Ways to Make Your Smartphone Last Longer

When you spend several hundred dollars on an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or other smartphone, you want to ensure it lasts until you are ready to replace it. Many smartphones have surpassed the cost of a new computer, making them an expensive luxury. On top of being costly, they are more likely to be damaged due to the amount of mobility and use they endure. Here are four ways to help increase the life of your smartphone to get the most from your investment.

  1. Buy a case and screen protector. Make sure your device is protected from accidents with a durable case and a screen protector. Do not even wait a day to head to your nearest retailer to outfit your new phone in protective gear.
  2. Avoid water. While some new smartphones claim to be waterproof, enough water can still cause damage. Do not use your phone when boating, laying by the pool or while soaking in the tub.
  3. Don’t walk and text. Driving and texting is outlawed in many states for safety but walking and texting can also be dangerous. Not only could you get hurt, but you are more likely to damage your phone if you trip or fall.
  4. Find a local repair shop. If an accident does occur, shattering the screen or causing other damage, consider repair versus replacement. Many times, the damage can be repaired the same day at a local cell phone repair shop.

A few precautions and preventive measures can ensure you get the most value from your new smartphone. Plus, it will help keep it in good condition so that you can get the most value when you sell it when it is time to upgrade, reducing the overall cost for owning the latest in mobile device technology.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Oct
4

How to Save Money with a Cell Phone Repair Service

Smartphones can cost several hundred dollars to replace at retail price. These incredible devices have so many features and possible applications, but they are expensive to buy and service. If you have a newer iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, you want to ensure it lasts. But, as expensive as these phones are, they are still vulnerable to damage. Should you sign up for phone insurance for protection? Before you do that, consider how a cell phone repair service can save you money and have other benefits.

Pay Only When You Need It

Unlike cell phone insurance, a repair service only costs you money when you use it. You could spend hundreds of dollars on phone insurance and never use it – even if you do, many plans require you to pay a deductible. Save money and choose a quality, affordable cell phone repair service instead.

Sign Up for Unlimited Screen Replacements

Are you active and constantly crack your cell phone screen? Some cell phone repair services offer plans to give you unlimited screen repairs for the life of your phone. This can save you plenty of money and extend the life of your phone.

Same-Day Repairs

Unlike insurance options, cell phone repair stores can fix your cell phone the same day. No need to switch your service or apps to another phone; many repair places can fix your cell phone while you wait.

Stop paying for expensive insurance and find a local cell phone repair service that can fix your phone if or when you need it. It can save you money and is much more convenient than mail-order phone repairs through insurance companies.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Sep
6

Wet Smartphone Basics

Everyone knows smart phones and moisture don’t mix. Yet, when your phone goes everywhere you do, it is bound to get wet eventually. A small spill on your phone or a little rain is usually not a problem; just wipe it off quickly and in most cases, no damage is done. However, if your smartphone takes a dunk in the toilet or lands in the pool, you may not be so lucky. Acting fast can save your phone from permanent damage. Here are some wet smartphone basics to help minimize damage if your phone gets soaked.

  • Dry off the exterior. First and foremost, turn off the phone and wipe away all moisture from the outside of the phone. If the phone is well-sealed, this can prevent damage in some cases. Make sure to dry all ports as much as possible and leave out plugs to allow drying.
  • Take apart your phone. Open the case and take out removable parts such as the battery, memory card and SIM card. Wipe all components dry with a soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel.
  • Suction, not forced air, is best. If you want to try and remove water, do not use a hair dryer or forced air; it can force water further inside. A vacuum can be used, but do not put the hose too close to the phone.
  • Let the phone dry. Leaving the phone and components to air dry on an absorbent cloth for several hours or overnight can remove water. Another option is to put the phone in dry white rice that can pull water out and absorb it.
  • Try to turn on phone. Wait at least 24 hours; if all the components feel and look dry, assemble and try to turn on your phone; if it doesn’t turn on, try charging the battery.

If your phone doesn’t turn on or has functional issues after completing all these steps, all is not necessarily lost. Bring it to a local cell phone repair shop. Often, they can fix water damage, especially if you have removed as much water as possible first.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Oct
4

5 Reasons to Visit Your Local Cell Phone Repair Store

Do you own an iPhone, iPad or Samsung Galaxy or a combination of these devices? If you do, you need to check out your local cell phone repair store. Most major malls and large retail outlets have a cell phone repair place that can offer many services you may not realize. Even if your device is working great, stop in and see what they offer. You may be surprised to find out they do much more than just repair cell phones. Here are five reasons to learn more about what your local store offers.

  1. Many cell phone repair places have great accessories in stock for your device. While it may not be their focus, you can often find a great screen protector or case for your iPhone.
  2. Cash for old devices. Many cell phone repair shops also buy old iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices. Get some money for those old phones hiding in drawers around your home.
  3. Mobile service. Next time you see a cell phone repair shop, stop in and ask if they offer mobile service. Some repair companies will come to you when you phone or tablet needs repair.
  4. Computer repair. Did you know some cell phone repair shops also do fast repairs on computers? Find out if they work on your brand.
  5. Warrantied repairs. Ask about their warranty on cell phone, tablet and computer repairs. Many have excellent warranties so you can rest assured your device will be repaired with quality parts and expertise.

You never know when you will need the services of a quality cell phone repair shop. Stop in and find out more about what they offer next time you see one during your travels.

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

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

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

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