Monthly Archives: March 2015

Ditch the Insurance and SAVE MONEY!

“I LOVE talking to my insurance company! When it comes to a claim, they are so efficient, helpful and quick!” said no one…ever!

The common issue of getting stuck on the line with an insurance company and never finding resolution is frustrating for even the most patient person. When it comes to insurance for your smartphone, most providers offer plans that will “protect your phone” and give you peace of mind.  However, see if the testimonial below hits home with you or someone else you know:

” I decided that given our rather clumsy tendencies, it would be best to purchase the seemingly inexpensive insurance for $10 per phone, per month, for both my new iPhone 5S and my wife’s new iPhone 5C. I was told that it would cover everything the warranty doesn’t, including accidental and water damage. About a year later ($240 of insurance payments on our phones) I dropped my iPhone 5S but assumed that it would be a quick process to have it replaced. I called my carrier, and they told me who my insurance was through and gave me the number to contact. I called and essentially found out that while I was covered, I had a $150 deductible because my iPhone 5S was one of the “more expensive” to replace. At that point I realized that we had dropped $240 between our two phones on insurance, and now would need to pay an additional $150 to replace my phone. Not to mention the 3-5 days I would be with out my iPhone.  I canceled the service.

It was an expensive lesson. However, I have definitely learned that there are better alternatives to traditional cell phone insurance from your carrier. ”

– Robert T.

The reality of Robert’s story is all too common!  Most smartphone repairs can be dealt with for under $200. In fact, at Oops Repair, we can fix most iPhones for less than $100.  We offer a 1-hour turn-around time and a 6-month warranty on the repair.

Take the $10 a month and put it aside for your next phone instead:

Setting aside the $10 you would be paying for insurance can be a smart way to subsidize paying for the repairs yourself, instead of leaning on the frustrations of a cell phone insurance company. If you end up keeping your phone in good working order at the end of your contract, you can easily roll the money you’ve set aside into the purchase of a new phone! This option may seem risky but we can very confidently say that paying out $10 a month for 24 months ($240, per phone) and then possibly having to deal with a deductible (upwards of $100-$150), is riskier.

In the end, there are endless ways to spend money on your phone, and cell phone insurance can be a pricy and non-rewarding option. I keep my iPhone in a case, away from my child, and hope for the best. If something does happen, I have $10 a month saved to pay for the repair!

Oops of the Week: March 21, 2015

This week’s Oops of the Week is this white iPhone 5.

Oops of the Week March 21

 

We didn’t have time to get the back story on how it was broken since it was repaired and ready to go in only NINE MINUTES!!

That’s right, before the owner fixed a cup of coffee and went to sit down, it was done. No time for chit chat!

So what are you waiting on? It’s obviously not us!

The Apple Watch Launch

This week Apple formally announced the Apple Watch, which is set to launch on April 24, 2015.

The Basics: The Watch will be compatible with iOS 8.2 iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, and will be available in two face sizes (38mm and 42mm height) and in three different models, the Watch Sport (starting at $349), Watch (starting at $549), and Watch Edition (starting at $10,000). All will be water resistant and have a variety of color, material, and style options for their bands. Each Watch will have 8GB of storage with a 2GB allotment for music (about 200 songs) and 75MB for photos (about 100 images).  Battery life will average 18 hours and charge via MagSafe, inductive charging.  Just hold the charger near the back of the watch case and it will magnetically snap into place.

Watch

So what makes the three models different?  Essentially just their material composition.  The Watch Sport features an anodized aluminum case, strengthened Ion-X glass face, and durable, colored bands. The Watch features a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal face, and a range of bands. The Watch Edition features an 18 karat gold case, sapphire crystal face, and a range of bands.

Band Styles

As for timekeeping, the Apple Watch boasts incredible accuracy.  The watch continuously checks the global time standard, and auto adjusts for daylight savings and time zone changes. The time is so accurate, every second hand on every Apple Watch around the globe will move in perfect sync.

You can fully custom the watch face. Chose from different face styles (Chronograph, Color, Modular, Utility, Mickey Mouse, Simple, Motion, Solar, Astronomy), change display details (color, minutes/seconds/milliseconds), or add Complications (moon phase, sunrise/sunset, stocks, weather, calendar events, activity tracker, world clock, date, timer, alarm and stopwatch).  Want to view apps and information important to you, simply swipe for Glances at upcoming meetings, maps, stocks, weather, and more.

Watch Faces

The hardware features include NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, an accelerometer and gyroscope, a heart-rate sensor, Digital Crown, Force Touch, and Taptic Engine.  Your watch will sense movement and activity through the GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart-rate monitor.  This all allows you to track daily activity and exercise statistics, raise your wrist to accept notifications or lower it to decline, and raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri” to activate Siri.  The Digital Crown allows you to twist to zoom, scroll, input data, or press to return to the home screen, all without blocking the display. Force Touch differentiates between a tap and a press offering a new range of controls. The Taptic Engine produces a new style of haptic feedback, sending a tap sensation to your wrist.

Side Buttons

The Watch gives you new and unique ways to send messages to a friend’s Watch.  Start by pressing the button on the side to pull up your favorite contacts.  Send a preset message, dictate a message, send an audio message, send a map of your location, send an animated emoji, or draw and send an animated sketch.  You can also tap to send custom vibrations to a friend or press two fingers on the screen to send your heartbeat.

Unique MessagesWatch Apps

The Watch will come with built-in applications:

  • Messages: receive a “tap” notification and simply raise your wrist to read the incoming message.
  • Phone: see who is calling, use the built-in speaker and mic, transfer calls to your iPhone, or mute incoming calls.
  • Mail: read, flag, mark read/unread, or move emails to trash
  • Calendar: see your agenda, see meeting reminders on the watch’s face, and accept/decline calendar invitations
  • Activity: monitor daily activity on three levels- move, exercise, stand
  • Workout: real-time cardio stats of time, distance, calories, pace, and spead – customized for running, walking, cycling, and more
  • Maps: get directions, turn-by-turn notification tap for left/right turns
  • Passbook: keep boarding passes, tickets, loyalty cards, or use Apple Pay
  • Siri: just raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri”
  • Music: control your phone’s music or listen on your watch over bluetooth
  • Camera Remote: see a preview of what your phone camera sees and snap a pic or set a timer
  • Remote: control your Apple TV or your iTunes library or iTunes Radio on Mac or PC
  • Weather: check current conditions or check forecasts locally or worldwide
  • Stocks: track the stock market by current prices, points and percentage changes, and market cap
  • Photos: see photos, zoom in and out with the Digital Crown
  • Alarm: set, manage, edit, and label alarms
  • Stopwatch: digital, analog, or hybrid display along with a graph view to chart averages
  • Timer: a precise and convenient timer, set and watch it count down
  • World Clock: check time around the world
  • Settings: control Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Mute, or even ping a misplaced iPhone

Or download an app from the App Store.  Here are some of the current apps available: Target, SPG, American Airlines, Nike+ Running, Instagram, MLB.com At Bat, Twitter, OpenTable, Evernote, TripAdviser, CNN, Sky Guide, eBay, Redfin, Shazam, NYTimes, PlayKids, Citi Mobile, Expedia, Babbel, ESPN…

 

Tax Return Investment: Your Current Smartphone

According to CNN Money, the average 2014 tax refund so far has been $3120. A generous tax refund is a great reason to invest in the gadgets you’ve wanted all year…

But what if you have other plans for your money?

Dollar Symbol

Consumer Reports suggests that in order to save hundreds of dollars per year on electronics, consumers should shop for previous-generation devices and sell any unused gadgets to offset the price of a new phone or tablet. Refurbished items also offer a substantial discount on a great device and net a good profit for the seller.

That’s where Oops Repair comes in. Stretch your refund dollars further by having your devices repaired instead of replaced. A cracked screen or faulty battery may render an iPhone worthless in the eyes of most consumers, but at Oops Repair, we’ll fix what’s broken quickly and competently. Oops Repair offers iPhone Repair, iPad Repair, iPod Repair and Samsung Galaxy Repair. We care about our customers, and we offer clear and honest pricing, right on our website. You can then continue to use that device for a fraction of the cost of a new one…or sell it for much more than you could with a cracked screen.

So, with that said, we want to hear from you! What are your plans for your 2014 tax refund? Are you saving for a new gadget or are you planning to repair the one you have now?

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Oops of the Week: Feb 28, 2015

The owner of this Oops of the Week is an adventurous thrill-seeker like no other; a storyteller who always has a breath-catching tale of an epic feat to tell!  Videos abound of his courageous ventures and close calls in hiking/climbing rough terrains, intense mud runs, iron man races, and every dangerous sport you can imagine. He is, in short, a beast!

When he brought in his iPhone 6 Plus, totally busted up, we gathered around for what was sure to be a thrilling, audacious narrative of being pushed to the limits and beyond!

Oops of the Week 2-28-15

Perhaps he had smashed his phone on the side of the rocks when he lost his footing climbing a dangerous cliff…or had he crashed into a tree when attempting a new flip snowboarding in all the recent snow???

When we ask the question “How did you do this?” he lowered his head a little and spoke sheepishly, as of a man suspected to disappoint with a lame story. He said, “It fell out of my pocket when I was getting in the car and I closed the door on it before I noticed.”

For a man who always has a bold story to tell of epic feats, it was apparent that he himself was disappointed in this story. But…he was not disappointed in the speed and skill with which our Oops Repair technician had his phone fixed up, good as new, in less than 30 minutes.   He was then off to capture his next daring deed!

Stong Man