Monthly Archives: January 2014

Save more than $500.00 with your iPhone purchase

Who doesn’t want an extra $500.00 cash in their pocket?

If you’re more of a long term thinker, you can save more than $500 by changing the way you purchase your next iPhone.

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As many of you already know, the large cell phone companies set you up on a new line of service with a 2-year contract and they give you a big discount on the new iPhone you want. But if you buy your iPhone outright instead, you save.

– An iPhone 5S, 16GB with AT&T or Verizon is $199.99 with a 2-year service contract.

However,

– An iPhone 5S, 16GB unlocked and contract free is $649.99.

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Wait a minute…I know what you’re thinking….”I thought you said I would save $500? That just cost me another $450 to buy my iPhone.” Read on my friend….

Now, while they don’t keep it a secret, what the large cell providers don’t really want you to know is that they offer a month-to-month contract free plans. Compared to their locked-in contract plans they are nearly 40% less per month!

– Verizon’s Share Everything plan with 2GB data is $100.00/month
– AT&T’s Mobile Share Value with 2GB of data: $95.00/month

In contrast:

– Verizon’s Pay-as-you-go SmartPhone month-to-month plan with 2GB of data is $60.00/month
– AT&T’s GoPhone month-to month plan with 2GB of data: $60.00/month

Now let’s do a little math:

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You save $510.00 over 2 years with Verizon and $390.00 over two years with AT&T!

Go therefore, and save your hard earned money!

Any comments? I’d love to hear them.

Oops of the Week: Jan 25

This iPhone 4S tumbled from a construction worker’s hip holster, down a hole, only to be buried buried alive under a half ton of the gravel being dumped by a backhoe.  He spent 30 minutes digging it back out and found it completely busted up and not turning on.  Amazingly enough, in LESS time it took him to dig it out, we had it fixed and working again!

4S Oops of the Week

Battery Saving Tips for iOS7

There are a few basic things you might be doing to make precious hours of running time slip away. Here are a few quick fixes to keep iOS 7 devices powered for much longer.

1. Background App Refresh

Background App

 

The battery-draining culprit that perhaps bears the most responsibility is a new feature called Background App Refresh, whose default is set to “on” in iOS 7. It lets apps run in the background while you multitask and continually refreshes content when running on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. To disable this feature, visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here, you can turn off the entire function or just disable that apps you don’t need to refresh on an automatic basis.

2. Location-Tracking Apps

Many apps — from Google Maps to Twitter and even the iOS camera — are tracking your location at all times. You can turn off Location Services completely (Settings > Privacy > Location Services) or disable certain apps one by one. We recommend the latter option, so you can still leave on key location-based functions such as Find My Phone if it’s ever lost.

There’s more, too. Selecting the System Services option under Location Services will reveal a collection of other app features that are stealing away battery life, including “Popular Near Me” and “Frequent Locations.”

3. Parallax

Reduce Motion

 

Apple has added a bunch of new animations and a parallax feature — which makes it seem like the wallpaper can move behind the apps — but they eat away at your power slightly faster. Some people have complained the movements are dizzying anyway, so there’s no harm in turning it off. To do so, visit Settings > General > Accessibility and click Reduce Motion to “on.”

4. Automatic Updating

iOS 7 lets you automatically download new app updates whenever they’re ready without visiting the App Store to do it yourself. It’s a smart function, but the last thing you want to do is run app updates when your battery is down to fumes. To disable this, visit Settings > iTunes and Apple Store and uncheck the Updates option.

5. Turn Off AirDrop

AirDrop lets you share files with other users on the same network, but when you’re not using it (or Bluetooth, for that matter), do your battery a favor and shut it off. Slide open the Control Center and switch it off there.

6. Turn Down the Brightness

This has long been a helpful way to save battery life on any device and iOS 7 is no exception. Use the Control Center or visit Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness and disable Auto-Brightness and decrease the setting manually.

7. Spotlight

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Apple’s internal search functionality (called Spotlight) can now be accessed from any screen, but because it’s continually indexing new data, it’s killing your battery. Check out Settings > General > Spotlight Search and disable what you don’t need, such as events and podcasts.

Know of any other power-saving tips for iOS 7? Share yours in the comments.
Written by – Samantha Murphy Kelly at Mashable

Oops of the Week: Jan 18

This iPad Air only had it’s original screen for two days!  At 128GB with AT&T 4G capability, it was a generous Christmas gift (over $1000) from husband to wife, but sadly slipped from the husband’s hands to the ground below on December 27th when he was looking at it.

After she was done crying, our customer resigned to the fact she might just have to replace it for $700 through Apple…until she did a quick search to see if repairs existed.  She Googled “iPad Air repair in Chattanooga” and found OopsRepair.com at the top of the list! She was overjoyed that for LESS THAN A QUARTER OF THE COST of replacing her iPad Air, she could have it repaired by OopsRepair.  We had the part in stock AND she only had to wait 62 minutes…

iPad Air in 62 minutes

We are the ONLY place in town that has iPad Air screens in stock, at a great price, and can get you fixed TODAY!

Reduce your search time dramatically on your iPhone, iPad and iPod

If you have hundreds of contacts in your iPhone, thousands of songs, podcasts and videos, tons of apps, reminders, notes, and millions of text messages it takes a while to find what your looking for at times!

Example 1: I know I texted one of my friends about going with me to the upcoming Jonas Brothers concert, but since ALL of my friends are probably already going, I can’t remember who I texted about going with…It will take me FOREVER to look thru all my messages!

Example 2: If I need to find an email address for my friend Bubba Peashooter, I have to swipe to find the contacts App (that is buried in a folder), click it, wait for it to open, scroll thru my massive list, click on his name…sometimes this takes 10-15 seconds….especially if I’m in another app to start!

Spotlight Search in iOS7 dramatically reduces the amount of time searching and finding.  As a matter of fact when you type ANY word, it searches across your contacts, apps, notes, reminders, and even your text messages! I just looked for Bubba with my Spotlight Search and I found him in 3 seconds….big time saver. And I just typed in “Jonas” and found out it was Timmy Twerpdorf that I texted…in 4 seconds (the extra second was because I had to scroll past the 124 Jonas Brothers songs I had in my iPhone!)

In iOS 7, you can access it from any page of your Home screen…here’s how: From any Home screen page of your iPhone or iPad, drag your finger down anywhere on the Home screen.

iOS7 Spotlight Search

Oops of the Week: Jan 11

Here is a busted up iPad 2 that was removed from two arguing siblings and placed on the “Timeout” stool in the corner of the kitchen.  Well…I imagine you can figure out what happened next.  A short drop with a sudden stop off the kitchen stool to the hardwood kitchen floor when mommy wasn’t looking….Oh, this is a really naughty iPad!

Note: Time-out stools just don’t work on iPads like they do with our children! 🙂

iPad 2 Repair

Make the Picture Fit Your Background

In iOS 7, have you taken a beautiful snapshot of your family that won’t fit in your background now? It seems as if your iPhone automatically zooms your picture in so every face can’t fit in the frame and even when trying the ‘move and scale’ option the picture just pops right back out again to the same size?  What’s the point of the move and scale???!!!

Here’s a quick way to make your perfect picture fit your background:

  1. Go to your camera roll and find the picture you want
  2. Tap your screen once so it removes the title bar and edit bar at the top and bottom of the screen.
  3. Zoom and move the photo to how you want it to look for your background
  4. Take a screenshot of the picture (it will be saved as your most recent photo in your camera roll)
  5. Now go to your background/wallpaper settings and select the new “screenshot” photo you just took.

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There you go, the picture fits!  Thanks to my 12-year old daughter who figured this one out all on her own!

Oops of the Week: Jan 4

This iPad 2 suffered the wrath of a jealous text book in the backpack of Chattanooga Christian School high school student.  The backpack got tossed just a little too hard after school…cracking the glass AND the causing the LCD to have fuzzy lines through it!  Darn that 500 page history text book and it’s inferior-learning-tool complex!

iPad Digitizer & LCD

On a positive note, our customer walked out with a new Defender OtterBox, that protects the screen with a hard plastic shield that clips on when it’s not in use.  Perfect for kids who throw their iPads in their backpacks!  No other protective case offers this option!

Otterbox defender for iPad