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Help! My smartphone battery is about to die!

Want to extend the life you get out of a single charge on your cell phone battery? There are a few tricks to help you get that last bit of life as you end the day. You might not be able to do much with these settings turned off, but it will ensure you can make & receive phone calls and text messages and maybe even do a little web surfing over the 3G network.

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Warning: eBay Scam Targetting Used iPhone Sellers

Trying to sell your old iPhone on eBay? Be careful. There is a scam being run that you should be aware of. You’ll end up with no money and an unusable iPhone. This happened to one of our customers recently and I’d like to share the story to save someone else from this pain. Continue reading “Warning: eBay Scam Targetting Used iPhone Sellers”

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Why Water Damage Cell Phone Repairs Often Fail

We get this call all the time: “Do you guys fix water damaged phones? I just dropped mine in the toilet.” Yes, the toilet is one of the top 5 reasons for water damage repair. A few others include “I dropped it in my coffee,” “My friend tipped her beer over on it,” and “I was taking a bath.” I’m not kidding about that last one. You’d be shocked how many people use their phone while taking a bath.

But I digress…

The point of this post is to let you know that fixing a water damaged phone is, at best, a 50/50 proposition. We know because we have made several different attempts to make this repair work and the best that we can do, or anyone else we’ve ever heard of, is about a 50% long-term success ratio.

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Finally – Affordable iPhone 5 Screen Replacement Options

For almost a year now we’ve been waiting for the cost of an iPhone 5 screen replacement part to drop to a reasonable price. That has finally happened. At first glance, you might not think that price is reasonable (about $100 at the time of this writing and falling) but it’s cheap compared to what it was in early June – when it cost almost $200.

iPhone 5 Screen RepairParts, Labor & 6 Month WarrantyClick for Details

This recent price drop is great news for anyone that has the misfortune of dropping their iPhone 5 and cracking the front glass. It means that you now have a reasonably priced option to get your iPhone fixed.

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iPhone 4/4S Cracked Screen Replacement

For 4 years, JCD Repair has been fixing broken iPhone Screens. We’ve learned a tremendous amount about how to do this repair the right way. From the suppliers to buy parts from, to the exact tools and supplies to use, to small tips & tricks that make the repair go smoothly and turn out perfect. Recently, I filmed one of our top technicians doing an iPhone 4 screen replacement and we’ve decided to use this video for training our future employees. We thought maybe the rest of the world could benefit from this video, too, so we’re sharing it on this blog.

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iPhone 5 Screen Repairs

Update on 8/1/2013: We are now officially offering the iPhone 5 cracked screen repair service in all of our stores. We have plenty of parts in stock for fast service. About 30 minutes with an appointment or 24 hour turnaround through the mail.

Update on 2/4/13: We now have a small supply of iPhone 5 screens and are offering the repair. In-person repairs only for the moment. This is very aggressive pricing that basically covers our costs. We just got tired of not being able to help people out that were calling with a cracked iPhone 5 screen. Because of the high parts cost, we are not stocking a large number of these parts. So if you want to get yours fixed, give us a shout and we can get you scheduled for a repair. We will hopefully have another update soon announcing that the price is coming down and that mail-in repairs are available.

We’ve started getting lots of calls about iPhone 5 screen repairs. Unfortunately we don’t have a cost effective solution yet (nor does anyone else in the industry). A few of our suppliers have offered us replacement iPhone 5 screens for about $220 each – that’s our cost. Looking around at our competitors, I can see the same is true for them. If they’re offering the service, they’re charging $300-$350 for the repair. We think that’s way too high of a price and we’re going to wait to offer this service until the pricing comes down.

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Which iPhone do you have?

While it’s generally pretty easy to tell the difference between an iPhone 3G/3GS versions and the iPhone 4/4S, telling the difference between the 3G & 3GS and the 4 & 4S is not so simple. For example, the only visible difference between the 3G and the 3GS is the shininess of the text on the bottom of the back of the phone. Telling the difference between the iPhone 4 and 4S can be even more subtle. Hopefully this post can help you figure out which one you have. Let’s start with the pictures. Continue reading “Which iPhone do you have?”

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iPhone 3G Sucking with iOS4? Downgrade.

If you’re like a lot of people out there with an iPhone 3G, you upgraded to the latest and greatest iOS 4 when Apple released it. You finally have folders! Yay! Oh, but wait, it takes 10 seconds for it to recognize a tap on your keyboard. You’re missing calls because by the time it finally starts ringing, the caller has hung up. You swipe to go to a new screen and then grab a snack because that’s about how long it takes to actually slide. Right? Don’t worry, there’s a solution:

Downgrade to iOS 3.1.3.

What’s that you say? You didn’t know you can downgrade? Well, yes you can. It’s actually a pretty simple process. The only caveat is that you will lose the cool new folders (which isn’t really a big deal in my opinion) and you might lose some data. So, as always, do a backup before you begin doing anything.

So how do you do this? It’s not hard and I could tell you about it, but there’s no need to because Lifehacker has already written an awesome description of exactly how to downgrade your iPhone 3G back to iOS 3.1.3. Just click that link and you are on your way to the bliss of an iPhone that actually responds within 30 seconds to your touches.