[fusion_text]It happens to everybody at least once in their lifetime. You forget your phone in your pocket and drop it accidentally in the toilet. Or you suddenly develop butterfingers and crack your phone screen. There are many ways to mishandle even a sweet new iPhone 6 Plus suited with an Otterbox casing. So in the unfortunate event that you did, what’s the next step?
Fix the problem.
Simple issues like a busted camera or a shattered screen can still be repaired by yourself or by a technician. (If you can’t do it, then that’s what we’re here for.) There are many DIY guides and video tutorials to help you out, and many replacement parts for all kinds of cell phones are for sale online too.
Just keep in mind: Don’t buy low-quality parts or you may end up making the problem so much worse that you may not even be able to sell it. And also, your warranty and insurance may become void if you try to fix your own phone.
Get an early upgrade.
Depending on your carrier, you can be eligible for an early upgrade for anywhere from 30 days to 24 months after signing up. Just return your current device and they will waive your remaining repayments for the phone. Then sign up for an upgrade plan and receive a brand new device.
Just keep in mind: You may need to pay extra fees on top of your plan. These extra fees are like monthly payments for the new phone but are included in your phone bill.
Get a trade-in or sell your broken phone.
If your phone is not repairable, don’t despair because you can still sell it to us here at iCare Repair. No matter the condition, you can still exchange it for a few bucks especially if it’s still a popular model. Or, trade it in and get a new replacement phone.
Just keep in mind: Prices are never consistent and depends on demand. As a general rule, the best time to sell an old phone is before the release of a new model. Check out our automatic quote online and see how much your phone is worth.
Insure your next phone.
An insurance is absolutely worth it if it is a high-end smartphone that costs more than $600, or if you have an active lifestyle, which increases the chances of breaking your phone. Most carriers and third-party insurance companies offer phone insurance and will foot your bill if your phone stops working, gets damaged, or is lost or stolen.
Just keep in mind: Like any other insurance, there are high deductibles and a cap on the number of claims you can make. The cost of a screen replacement on an iPhone 6 may turn out to be cheaper than a year’s worth of insurance.[/fusion_text]
Smartphone users have always griped about the pricey monthly costs of their carriers. But this will now be a thing of the past because of the new data plan from Republic Wireless.
Introducing the Republic Refund Plan! The idea is simple: Pay what you use; get paid back for what you don’t. So how does it work? Start with the $10 base plan for unlimited talk and text. Next, add cell data depending on how much you expect to use. You can choose between $7.50 for 500MB of data, $15 for 1GB, $30 for 2 GB, and $45 for 3GB.
If you don’t spend the allotted data, you get refunded $1.50 per 100MB of unused data. Let’s say you picked the 1GB tier and only used 800MB. Instead of $25, you would pay only $22. According to Republic’s test run last April, the participants typically saved $5 per month.
Will the Refund Plan work for me?
The plan works best for people who use less than 3GB per month of data. So if you are regularly connected to WiFi or just do basic emails, then you can definitely save money with the Refund Plan. To keep track of your data usage, check it via the Republic Wireless app. You can also use this app to purchase more data.
Fast-growing mobile device repair brand, iCare Repair, opens newest corporate-owned store in Green Oak Township, MI.
GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. – July 1, 2015 — iCare Repair delivers same-day repair of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The Michigan-based tech repair company specializes in repairing cracked screens, water damage, camera issues, and other software and hardware problems. Its newest corporate store, iCare Repair Green Oak Township, opened July 1 at 9416 Village Place Boulevard, making it the eighth iCare store since the company’s inception in 2012.
Daniel Peabody, iCare’s founder, stated, “Everyone at iCare is proud of the fast continued growth of our stores in Michigan. In three years, we have helped thousands of mobile users save hundreds of dollars because of our cost-effective repair prices and top-quality replacement parts. You can expect the same level of professional service and repairs from our highly trained technicians at the Green Oak Township store.”
Peabody also revealed plans to offer franchise opportunities to the public and is excited to open 10 more locations in Michigan within a 15-month period.
“We want to be more convenient to more people in the community; that’s why we are opening up more store locations in key areas in Michigan. Instead of buying more expensive carrier plans or brand new phones, people will now have an option to select a more affordable repair to their favorite device,” Regional Manager Brandon Mistry said.
iCare Repair’s newest corporate store is located in Green Oak Township, a charter township of Livingston County. Green Oak Township is home to Costco and Kohl’s off the Lee Road exit of U.S. Highway 23 in the northwest part of the township, and to Green Oak Village Place shopping complex. Besides the wide range of retail and consumer services in the area, Green Oak Township is also just 20 minutes away from the campus town of Ann Arbor.
“Our store location in Green Oak Township is very strategic as it is right next to the highway and there are many shopping and dining places in the area. We can provide quick and efficient repair services to their broken iPhone, smartphones, iPads, tablets, and other mobile devices, and customers can get them back in the shortest amount of time,” added Mistry.
iCare Repair of Green Oak Township is located at 9416 Village Place Boulevard, Brighton, MI 48916. For more information on our repair services and price quotes, call (810) 844-3285 or send a message on its Facebook page.
Going back to school means a new set of wardrobe, books, and most especially, a spanking new smartphone. So we have compiled a list of the best smartphones that have been released so far in 2015, so you can take a pick of the best gadget that suits you best. Besides the ability to capture the most photogenic selfies, these smartphones are easy on the wallet and will also help you take notes in class.
Featuring a vibrant big display without being “too big” like a phablet, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is definitely a far cry from its predecessors. Its metal and glass body gives it a natural classy look, and its internal powerhouse – the Samsung Exynos processor – paired with a 3GB RAM is definitely something impatient teens will love. The redesigned fingerprint scanner works great and will be the envy of your class.
Millennials love iPhones and who can blame them? The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is the best Apple device out there today (until the release of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 in September). Sleek and simple, the iOS 8 makes smartphone use a breeze and gets rid of overcomplicated menus. The iPhone 6 camera may not have the highest megapixels compared to other brands, but it takes photos in a snap, and the color and brightness can make any landscape look brilliant.
If you want to set yourself apart from the iPhone and Samsung bandwagon, the LG G4 (aka “the most ambitious smartphone yet” according to LG) is your alternative. Choose between alluring leather or ceramic back cover that sets it apart from the regular metal and glass offerings. Its large screen is one of the best, and the auto-focus camera takes absolutely amazing pictures.
When it comes to build quality and elegant design, the HTC One M9 is the hands-down leader of the pack. If you’ve always been an HTC fan, you’ll be glad to know that your old favorites are still there: BoomSound enhancement and the Sense overlay. The HTC One M9 obviously aims to be the best there is, with a whopping 20.7MP rear camera.
Having all the sweet features of an S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge adds an innovative flair to itself with its curved edges on each side. They don’t add any functionality but definitely brings something new to the table. The S6 Edge is also $100 more expensive than the regular S6, but if you want to stand out from the crowd, you can’t say no to this.
Do you spend too much time on your smartphone? Here are four signs that you’re addicted to your device and a few ways to help you overcome it — without intervention, for now. The first step to overcoming a problem is to knowing you have one. Read on and find out how you can fix the matter of letting go …
Your Android phone may be vulnerable to text hacking just by the attacker having your cell phone number. Zimperium, a security research firm, reported that the attackers can remotely execute code through a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS.
Android devices with operating systems from 2.2 to 5.1, which includes Lollipop and KitKat, are affected by the security bug. That’s more than 950 million Android phones and tablets today, or 95% of Android devices.
Why the bug is more complicated than you think
Deleting and not opening the message seem to be an easy solution; however, the vulnerability is more challenging than it seems. Even before the user gets to read the message, it could have already been deleted with nothing save from a notification alert on the smartphone.
Without the user even being aware that his phone has been compromised, any signs of the virus have already been removed.
A dangerous text message
A media playback tool in Android called Stagefright is where the vulnerability resides. Stagefright is a core component in Android devices and is used to process, record, and play multimedia files such as PDFs.
Just by having your cell phone number, the hacker can send a malicious message via MMS and it can quietly infiltrate the device even without no action from the user.
Once the hackers get control of the Android device, they can exploit it via “remote code execution” bugs, which allow them to collect private data and execute several functions. They can turn on the microphone and camera and record audio and video, take and download photos, read emails and Facebook messages, and reroute calls.
“Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual – with a trojaned phone.” – Zimperium’s blog post “Experts Found a Unicorn in the Heart of Android”
Zimperium tested how a Nexus 5 running the latest version, Android Lollipop 5.1.1, reacted to the attack.
Android devices running Jelly Bean and older versions (11 percent of devices) are the most vulnerable because there are no recent security updates made on these.
What’s being done about it
Zimperium reported the bug to Google and also submitted patches. Google applied the patches immediately and sent them to device manufacturers, but it may take a long time for companies such as Samsung or Motorola to update customers’ phones. It is unknown how long it will take for the update process to be completed.
Silent Circle has patched the issue in its Blackphone, as well as Mozilla, which uses Stagefright code in Firefox OS.
Besides glass screen replacements, another popular repair that we do here at iCare Repair is battery replacements. The smartphones we use today consist of rechargeable Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries, which last a lot longer than nickel cadmium batteries that our cell phones used to have. But lithium ion batteries don’t always perform at their best, especially when they are not being properly charged.
So the question is: How do we prolong the life of smartphone batteries so that our cell phone usage can last the whole day or even night?
Don’t always go for 100 percent.
You probably charge your phone before you go to bed so by the time you get up, the battery is at its full 100 percent. But this practice can hurt your battery in the long run. It’s fine to do it once a month but if you want to extend the battery life, charge the phone from 40 to 80 percent only so it doesn’t overheat.
Draining the battery until it reaches zero percent can cause internal damages to the phone. Going from zero to 100 and then 100 to zero regularly can take a toll on the battery. Plugging your phone in for tiny charges throughout the day to keep it from 40 to 80 percent is your best bet.
Do you leave your phone in the car in the summer heat? Or worse, leave it plugged in? That’s very bad for the lithium ion battery whose biggest enemy is hot temperatures. The battery will degrade much, much faster because of the heat whether you use it or not. But neither is the cold good because it can create moisture within and damage your phone eventually. Keep your phone near to room temperature (72F) as much as possible.
There are chargers that boast of their “fast charging” feature so you can go from zero to 50 percent in just a few minutes. It’s fine to do it once in a while when you’re in a hurry, but beware because it’s not good for your battery. Lithium ion batteries work best when charged and discharged at low, consistent speeds.
Wireless chargers seem to be the fad today but they only tend to waste energy by generating heat. And remember that heat is bad for your lithium ion battery. The old-fashioned way is still better. Plug your phone using a wall charger for a faster, safer battery charge and unplug before it hits 100 percent.
Always maintain room temperatures when keeping your phone because phones can lose a portion of their maximum capacity when it’s too cold or too hot.
Loss of 6% per year – 32F
Loss of 20% per year – 77F
Loss of 35% per year – 104F
Is a battery replacement worth it?
A smartphone is only as good as its battery. If your phone can’t keep a charge, is it time to replace the phone or just get a cheaper alternative of getting a new battery? The answer depends on the phone you have. If it’s an old model and it can’t keep up with the newer software updates anymore, it is recommended to get a newer phone. However, if the phone is still in great working condition, you can just simply opt for a battery replacement.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
The iPod has consistently evolved from a musical/gaming device to a total entertainment package that fits right in your pocket. It’s an iPhone without the phone, but we still get all the wonderful goodies and apps available that convince us that the iPod is here to stay for a long, long time. After being on hiatus, Apple has finally released its latest iPod Touch upgrade, and it is said to be the best one ever yet. Yes, we recommend the new iPod Touch and we have judged it to be well worth your money. Here are five reasons to help you consider if it’s time to replace your old iPod.
It’s as fast as an iPhone 6.
Powered by the same A8 processor used in an iPhone 6, the new iPod Touch is six times faster than the A5 chip inside its predecessor, which scored 215 on a single-core test and 410 on a multi-core test. In contrast, the new iPod scored 1379 on the single-core test and 2440 on the multi-core test.
In a test run by TechCrunch, the iPod appears to be slightly slower (1.10 Ghz per core) than the iPhone 6 (1.39 GHz per core) but this may be designed as such in order to preserve battery life better. Moreover, the difference does not really matter because the iPod Touch has a smaller screen and lower pixel count than the iPhone 6. This means the iPod won’t really need that much power from its A8 processor.
The iPod’s 1GB of RAM is also the same as that of the iPhone 6.
Depend on the iPod as your new point-and-shoot, thanks to the upgrades made on both the back and front cameras. The back shooter now has 8 megapixels of resolution (previously 5MP), while the front camera now supports burst mode, which makes taking selfies easier and faster.
The iPod Touch also works great for taking 1080p videos at 30 frames per second — just the same as the previous generation but now packed with better features, such as slow-mo videos at 120 frames per second, burst mode at ten frames per second, cinematic video stabilization, improved face detection, and time-lapse video.
It doubles as your personal fitness tracker.
You’ve probably heard of the M8 motion coprocessor being used inside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3. And now, the new iPod Touch also has it so you can track your motion and fitness data and record it in the Health database. Don’t worry about the battery because it can track movement on its own without having to use the battery-draining A8 processor.
The new iPod Touch supports the latest Gigabit Wi-Fi.
The fastest wireless standard today, the Gigabit Wi-Fi is supported by the new iPod so you can expect your wireless usage to be three times faster. Connect your iPod to a compatible 802.11ac hotspot provided by a compatible router or modem to gain the speed benefits.
It has adopted Bluetooth 4.1.
Not even the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or the Apple Watch has Bluetooth 4.1 (they’re at 4.0), but the new iPod Touch has it. What is it for, you ask? You can get a more efficient power management, and at the same time, quicker data transfer without the hassle of interferences with LTE bands. And you don’t have to keep on reconnecting your devices after leaving the room, for example. The Bluetooth 4.1 fitness sensors can automatically transfer data from your run or any physical activity when you get back home.
The great thing about smartphones is it keeps us in touch with our significant others. But what if you’re currently single or in-between relationships? Well, good thing there’s Siri who is always there to be the object of our affection. So if you want to get cheesy with Siri, go ahead and she’ll be ready with a witty response. In fact, we have tested her out and she didn’t disappoint! (But be forewarned, we don’t want you to be like Joaquin Phoenix’s role in the movie Her.)The thing about Siri is she’s not just hilarious, she’s also pretty dang smart! She always comes up with her own form of entertainment even though she does not necessarily sing. But hey, she has a talent for haiku poetry!You can be playful with Siri — well you can at least try. But Siri knows how to respond to your flirtations in her own hilarious way. And be careful because she knows how to put you in your place.
Samsung’s latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 5, boasts of its own identity that sets it apart from the Note 4 and even the S6. If you are considering upgrading your current phone, consider the following reasons to help you decide.
1. The Galaxy Note 5 is a smaller phablet than the Note 4.
Yes, you read that right. But that doesn’t mean that it’s similar to the S6. The Note 5’s screen size still retains the same 5.7 inches as the Note 4, but it is still physically smaller because of its smaller dimensions. Handling the Note 5 is certainly much easier than its predecessor, but you still have to use both hands to operate it comfortably.
2. The Note 5 camera features are similar to the S6 — plus the extras.
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of great things about the S6 camera, and you’ll be happy to know that the Note 5 has all those and more. There’s the 16MP sensor, low light sensitivity, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), and user-friendly features. Just a couple of taps on the home button at any time and the camera is ready. You won’t miss snapping photos of any moment. The Note 5’s unique camera software features include the RAW capture in the “Pro” mode, an improved video stabilization, plus the ability to manually adjust the shutter speeds.
3. The S Pen brings more to the table.
The S Pen can now be fully stored in the Note 5, and retracts with just a click of a button. It is also easy to take quick notes with the S Pen; just use it to write on the black screen and save it to the S Note. You can also use it to annotate PDFs. The Note 5 also has the Screen Write app, which lets you take screenshots of multiple screens and automatically link them together for future annotating.
4. The upgraded fingerprint sensor is better than ever.
The S6 and S6 Edge fingerprint sensors were a disappointment, but Samsung has taken notes and has made noticeable improvements on the Note 5. Besides unlocking the phone, the fingerprint scanner can also be used to make in-app purchases, password verification, as well as the impending Samsung Pay.
5. The 4GB RAM will knock your socks off.
Now you have more room to multitask and run a variety of apps all at the same time with the Note 5’s 4GB RAM; that’s 1GB more than that of the Note 4. This also gives you a peace of mind that even with upcoming software updates, your phone will be able to handle them in the future.
6. The higher screen density allows you to see more.
Despite the same 5.7-inch screen size and 2560×1440 resolution as that of the Note 4, the Note 5’s higher screen density fits more content. This means you can see more text, icons, apps, and all other content since they show up smaller on the Note 5.
7. The Note 5 offers fast wired and wireless charging.
With Samsung’s fast charging technology, you can charge the Note 5 quickly using the charger that comes in the box. Wireless charging may not be as fast but it’s convenient to use; just place it on top of the charger and get your boost of battery juice.
8. It is easy to use even with one hand.
Phablets have a reputation to be “too big to handle”, but it’s not the same case with the Note 5, which has incorporated one-handed usability options. For example, just three presses of the home button will let you reduce the screen size to half of its usual size. Tap a button to restore it.
9. It is ready for Samsung Pay.
Launching at the end of September in the U.S., Samsung Pay will let you use your Note 5 to make payments on many stores that accept credit cards via NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission). This capability is also only available on the Edge 6+.
You may have to shell out more money to purchase the Note 5, which costs between $700 and $840 for 32GB and an extra $100 for the 64GB. Of course, the cost also depends on the carrier of your choice.
If you’ve already decided on upgrading to a Note 5, sell your old phone to iCare Repair and utilize the cash on your new gadget. After all, if you’re into the latest high-end technology, it’s all worth it.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]