Mobile Phone Repairs: Who ya gonna call…Geek Squad

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broken iphone - mobile phone repairsMobile phones have revolutionised the way that we all live. Since you can receive calls wherever you are, you no longer have to stay in your office all day waiting for an important call, or at home waiting for the Gas Board to call you back. You can surf on the go, internet shop on the go, play games on the go, read on the go…send emails…the list goes on.

Mobile phones have made communication more convenient and simpler than ever before. Nowadays, parents even consider getting a mobile phone with GPS tracker for their kids who go to school; making it easier for them to keep a track on their whereabouts and call their kids if they can’t fetch them from school.

We all love our mobile devices, whether it’s an Apple iPhone, Blackberry, HTC, or Samsung, amongst others. They are super useful and I sometimes wonder what I would do without mine. But an increasing concern many people have are mobile phone problems and the cost of repairs. We all live busy lives and our phones can take a real hammering. Even if you are one of the more careful ones, a simple drop on the floor can see a smashed screen in seconds. Argh!

Mobile phone problems may require overwhelming phone repair procedures depending on the damage it incurs. But of course, some phone issues can be solved easily by doing simple procedures. It is often the case that people fear actually asking for help, tamper about themselves, and in some cases, actually cause more damage. 

No Display: It is understandable to assume your phone may be broken if you don’t see the screen light up, but the truth is the primary issue is more than likely the display. The best way to diagnose this issue is to use a phone charger. Phones are designed to show an indicator once connected with a plugged charger. If you see an indicator displayed on screen once connected, it is likely the display is fine and the problem could be a hardware or software issue, just give us a call.

No Signal: Signal is the heart and soul of mobile phone communication. People often come in and see us where they experience being unable to call or receive messages even if their indicators state that they have network signals. On the rare occasion, some networks can have coverage problems, however, if you know that your network doesn’t have any problems, you can try to reset your phone by turning it off and removing the battery, then re-assembling. The problem is usually solved after turning the phone on, but if it persists, give us a call.

No Power: We get lots of consumers brining in mobile phones that simply won’t turn on. For this issue, we need to identify whether the phone is not turning on due to the power supply, a problem with a part or the motherboard, or if the screen display is broken. 

Since mobile phones operate on batteries, you can test this problem by using an extra, known working battery. If the phone then works, the issue is the power supply; requiring a new battery. 

But if nothing happens after using another battery, it’s possible to say that the problem is caused by the main power supply or motherboard. A part may have been damaged and would need repair procedures done by expert. Obviously with some phones you are unable to remove the battery, but pop in to your nearest Geek Squad store and they will know what to do.

About the Author: A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.

Photo credit:  cameronparkins via, CC BY 2.0

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Know When It’s Time to Upgrade Your Phone

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With so many new mobile phones released onto the market every month, it’s easy to find the newest gadget with the latest technology whenever you’re ready to purchase a new device. But some people simply don’t have the money to purchase mobile phones on a regular basis, so they continue to use the same old phone for many years until they’re absolutely forced to upgrade.

Keep in mind that advancements in technology are important for not only improving the way mobile phones operate in terms of connectivity, speed, clarity, and features, but also for ensuring that you get the most value for your money. Plus, there are certain situations in which you should definitely upgrade your mobile phone. Below are some of those situations.

Your Phone Battery No Longer Holds a Long Enough Charge

As the years go by and you use your mobile phone more and more, you’ll most likely notice that the battery life begins to suffer and the battery simply doesn’t hold a charge like it used to. This greatly minimises the amount of time that your mobile device is able to stay on, whether you are actually using it or it is at rest. And it greatly reduces the number of minutes that you can be using your phone for everything from texting to calling and, in the case of smartphones, playing games or surfing the internet for entertainment.

One option would be to replace the battery. Perhaps you can do this once, maybe even twice, to extend the life of your phone. But once you have done it a couple of times, you’re really spending more money on your old mobile phone than it’s currently worth. Rather than investing into more replacement batteries, use that money to invest into a new device altogether.

Your Smartphone Doesn’t Have Enough Memory Anymore

If your smartphone is crammed with apps, emails, videos, music, photos, and more, and it simply can’t hold any more information without becoming sluggish and constantly notifying you that it can’t update apps or function properly without more memory, it’s time for an upgrade. A newer phone with a higher storage capacity will be able to hold all of your current data and even more. Have your service provider transfer all of the data off of your old smartphone onto your new device so that you don’t lose anything. Then enjoy the speed and functionality of the newer technology.

Your Mobile Phone is Physically Falling Apart

If your mobile phone is so old that you’re struggling to hold it together physically, it’s certainly time for a new one. Stop taping up your phone and attempting to glue pieces back together. And if your screen is scratched, rather than repair it, go for a new phone instead.

If your phone is damaged accidentally, however, you can opt to keep it and repair it instead, especially if you have a good insurance plan like the Protect Your Bubble UK iPhone insurance, which will cover the cover of repairs.

About the Author: Laura Ginn is a tech blogger who enjoys upgrading her mobile phone regularly. She makes sure to transfer all of her old data onto her new phone, though, so that she does not need to worry about starting from scratch every time, and so she can preserve all of her contacts easily.

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