Friday, June 1, 2012

Fixing your Broken Smartphone

My husband dropped his EXTREMELY expensive, 1-month-old, Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone a couple of weeks ago.  And yes, it broke.  It was now a $600 brick, and we sure didn't have the money to replace it.  After waiting a few days to make sure it really was broken and not just "sick" or something (because androids can repair themselves, right? RIGHT? No? DANGIT!!), we started looking around for repair options.

Replacing it with a new phone of similar abilities was out of the question, and the 48 hours he'd been using one of our old phones that only makes phone calls and sends text messages had convinced him that he could likely die from technological starvation if he had to use it for another 2 years.  So we started poking around on the internet looking for anyone who might be able to repair smartphones.

Lo and behold, we stumbled across MobileTechVideos.  They gave us a quote that was $100 less than anywhere else, and they have some spiffy YouTube videos showing how they can "unbrick" your phone.  With no small amount of trepidation, we sent them my husband's broken phone, $200, and prayed.

About 2 weeks later, it came back to us in brand spankin' new condition, and my husband claims it works even better now than it did before he broke it.  The staff there was very helpful and communicative, and they assured us that it only took as long as it did because they didn't keep the necessary parts for that phone in stock and had to wait for it to arrive from Samsung.

We couldn't find any reviews of before we used them, so we were understandably nervous about sending our phone to them, but we did it, and they did a fantastic job.  So if you need your phone fixed, I highly recommend them.  They were quick to reply to our questions, cheaper than anyone else I'd found, and they did a really great job.  They repair many types of phones, and you can always email them to ask about yours.


  1. There's a store in our local mall that repairs phones. I asked them about fixing the cracked screen on my Envy 2....

    Would be cheaper just to get a new phone.

    I've refused to upgrade my phone to anything spiffy because I've not yet had a phone where I haven't cracked the screen by the 18 month mark. And I just can't fathom spending money on insurance when I feel like I'm already being robbed with the regular price of the phone.

  2. I'm sort of glad that I don't own a phone...sort of. I guess I'll just have to use my iPad for texting. I should get some clown shoes and one of those giant pencils so people think I have a giant fetish when I'm writing at the local book store.

  3. Well, technology does make things easier and more efficient, just like how repair and shop were taken into the World Wide Web, right? Anyway, good for you! Somehow, the phone wasn’t wasted entirely. By the way, one of the ways in improving your smartphone’s battery life is by adjusting the screen’s brightness. Another is setting up applications that would help save the phone’s battery life through automatically locking down certain applications when left unused.

    Darryl Housand


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