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Buying a new iPhone? | The Woodlands TX

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Almost everyone wants a new iPhone!

When you think about buying a new iPhone, many of us may be reminded of the iPhone 6 series. When they first came out with their sleek design and bigger screens, they were the coolest thing Apple had ever done with mobile devices! However, many of also remember the touch fault with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus. In case you have forgotten, I will refresh your memory. The touch IC chips on the circuit board were not protected by what technicians call “underfill”. This made the chips much more susceptible to damage after drops or bending (and we all know how easily iPhone 6 plus bends). The chips are soldered on with micro tiny solder points that contact different traces in the board linking to power and the processor etc. The circuit board is screwed into the back frame in multiple places. This means there is no relief for a drop. Read More

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Beware these 3 soggy iPhone myths

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I am sure you’ve heard this advice before. You’ve probably even read it on the Internet. It goes like this: “If you drop your iPhone in water, drop it in rice right away.” Keep on reading!

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Vendor Attempts to Destroy Our Reputation via Fake Reviews on Facebook

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We all know the importance of online reviews to solidify the reputation of local brick and mortar businesses. For some business reviews are everything. To the onliners that no longer drive around and search for what they need, this can make or break a business. But what happens when unscrupulous individuals or companies use these platforms for malicious vendettas or as a weapon to destroy or sabotage legitimate businesses? Recently my business Houston iPhone Screen Repair, was attacked and it has made me search for answers to these questions. Keep on reading!

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Houston iPhone Screen Repair Accepts Bitcoin

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Houston iPhone Screen Repair and its owner Jamee Weber are pleased to announce that they now accept Bitcoin as a Payment Option for all local and mail in customers.

This news comes on the heels of a growing number of large retail companies such as WordPress, Overstock.com, Subway, Microsoft, NameCheap, Expedia, Whole Foods, Intuit, and many more beginning to accept Bitcoins.

Jamee Weber of Houston iPhone Screen Repair states, “Our customers want more payments options and we listened. At this time we are the only smart phone and gadget repair company of our kind currently accepting Bitcoins. We believe it’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of tech trends. We feel this move puts us ahead of the curve with our competition and gives our customers more payment options.”

Read full press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14350594.htm

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iPhone 7 with No Headphone Jack – Genius or Disaster?

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In November of last year, rumors started spreading that the iPhone 7 would ship without a standard headphone jack. When those rumors first started swirling, most people dismissed them as completely absurd. But over time, more evidence continued to leak that Apple was going to debut an iPhone without a 3.5mm headphone port. And when Tim Cook got on stage earlier this month, that’s exactly what he showed the world.

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How Does an iPhone With No Headphone Jack Function?

Given that the headphone jack has been a standard component of all kinds of devices since 1964, many people are wondering how exactly they can listen to music or podcasts on an iPhone that doesn’t have one. There are five answers to that question. The first is to use Apple’s new EarPods with Lightning Connector. Although there’s no longer a headphone jack on the bottom of the iPhone, the 7 does have a Lightning port that can be used to charge the phone or listen with Lightning Connector headphones. A quick Amazon search reveals that numerous headphone manufacturers have started making versions of their products with this connector.

The second option is to use your existing headphones. You can do this by using the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle. Of all the options, this is the least appealing. The reason is it requires you to carry around the dongle with you at all times. And if you lose the one that’s included with the iPhone, it will cost you $9 to replace. More importantly, it seems like the clunkiest solution and is not aesthetically pleasing at all. Speaking of aesthetically pleasing, the third option is to use wireless headphones, including Apple’s new AirPods.

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While the idea behind AirPods is solid, there have been a lot of jokes about how they look, along with the fact that these AirPods will cost $159 when they come out in late October. A big part of why so many people have pushed back against that price is Apple didn’t make any major upgrades to these from their standard earbuds other than the fact that they’re wireless.

Fourth, you can listen without any headphones. As Apple explained during their unveiling, the 7 has a new stereo speaker system that’s two times louder than the iPhone 6s. While that’s a nice feature to have when you’re at home, you’re probably still going to want a headphone solution when you’re listening to anything in public.

Finally, you can follow what’s covered in this video to gain access to an internal headphone jack in the latest iPhone:

JUST KIDDING! The video is a joke and you definitely should NOT try to drill into the iPhone 7 (there is no hidden headphone jack inside) or any other cellphone! If something goes wrong with your phone, let us use our professional expertise to repair it for you.

3 Good Things About This Design Decision

As I’ll explain in detail below, I don’t think this was a great decision. That being said, there are a few benefits for people who upgrade to the newest iPhone. The first benefit is the 7 is the thinnest iPhone yet. That makes it easier than ever to slip into a pocket. Another benefit I touched on above is the improved speakers Apple added. Finally, for those who decide to go the route of wireless speakers, you won’t ever have to worry about tangled cords again. And if you go with Apple’s AirPods, they do have a unique technology that makes pairing to the iPhone as easy as pressing a single button on the case.

The Key Reasons an iPhone with a Headphone Jack is Not Great

I have to admit I don’t think this was a good idea. Based on lots of consumer polls, I’m definitely not alone. The majority of consumers seem to agree that the downsides to removing the headphone jack outweighs any benefits. First, you can’t charge your iPhone and listen with non-wireless headphones at the same time. Making this even more frustrating is the fact that Apple failed to include any type of fast charging technology for the latest iPhone.

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Second, Apple also made the decision not to include a USB-C port. That ties directly into the third downside, which is that many accessories people have already spent good money on either aren’t going to work with their new iPhone or will require using the less than ideal dongle. In addition to recent reports about the latest iPhone hissing when it’s doing different tasks, there’s also the issue of different headphones having glitches. Since it’s no longer a simple task to switch to a wired pair, these types of glitches are especially frustrating.

The Bottom Line

Despite my opinion and the same general consensus among many others, Apple has made it clear that this is the direction they’re going with all future devices. So if you’re on the fence about whether or not you should upgrade, the main decision to weigh is if you’re ready to make the jump to a device with no headphone jack or would prefer to put this transition off for a little longer. Regardless of which option you ultimately choose, you can count on us to take care of the iPhone you’re using if it ever gets damaged.

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Pokemon Go Causing Chaos at Rio Olympics, Locally in Houston and Everywhere in Between

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At the beginning of August, The Verge reported that a champion gymnast from Japan had racked up a $5,000 cellphone bill in Rio. This massive bill was due to roaming charges. Specifically, those roaming charges were linked to the gymnast using data to play Pokemon Go. Although the Japanese gymnast was able to get his bill reduced from $5,000 to $30 by calling his carrier (good luck doing that with a cellphone carrier in the United States), this is just one example of the chaos that this smartphone game is causing around the globe, including right here in Houston.

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Taiwanese Police, Thailand Bans and Endangered Wildlife

Even if you haven’t downloaded the game yourself, chances are you’ve read at least a few articles about Pokemon Go already. The reason is after catching on so quickly, people across the globe have done all kinds of things that don’t usually happen with most other popular games. A big part of why Go stands out from other viral hits like Candy Crush is instead of just looking at their screen, players engage in what’s known as augmented reality.

With AR, people hold their screens in front of them and by using the camera, they “see” Pokemon pop up in their actual environment. While players definitely seem to enjoy the AR experience based on how quickly the game has spread, that doesn’t mean it’s without downsides.

Reuters recently reported that in less than a week, traffic violations in Taiwan related to smartphones have had a huge spike. The cause? Pokemon Go was just launched in the country, which has resulted in Taiwanese Police issuing more than 1,200 tickets specifically for using a phone while driving. Given that we all already know the often fatal dangers associated with texting and driving, it’s important to note that this game has the same dangers. In fact, since players generally look at their screen longer than they would while reading or typing a text, it can be even more of a distraction.

Like Taiwan, Go just recently rolled out in Thailand. However, the app created so much chaos in that short amount of time that the government already had to ban it from being played in specific areas. Those locations include government property, religious places, private buildings and dangerous areas like roads and canals. On top of those bans, both the government and mobile carriers within Thailand have made strong recommendations to avoid playing at night because there’s a higher risk of accidents.

Back in the United States, the game has had plenty of time to continue creating chaos all over the country. One recent example is in Illinois, where several Pokestops are located in close proximity to the Loyola Dunes Restoration site. This site is home to multiple endangered species. And even though officials have said the ecosystem is fairly robust, there is definite concern about the sudden influx of hundreds of players on a daily basis. Those familiar with the site believe that if this pattern continues, it could cause long-term or even permanent damage. In the short-term, players have already left behind trash.

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Pokemon Go and Local Businesses

Another reason that this game has received tons of media attention is it’s the first one to get so many people up and out into the world. This has led to stories about topics like people losing weight as a result of playing the game. Having more people spending time exploring their local surroundings is also impacting businesses.

As with most topics related to this game, that impact has its pros and cons. In Wyoming, downtown businesses had to enlist help from local police because so many players were trespassing on their roofs. Fortunately, that type of behavior seems to be an outlier for local businesses. Plenty of others have found ways to use the game to get in front of more potential customers.

If you’re a business owner who’s wondering how this AR game can help you with marketing, there are four main strategies that seem to be working quite well. Those strategies are setting up a Pokestop or Gym Promotion, creating a Pokemon Quest, buying a “Lure” or creating a pop-up store at a Pokestop or Gym Location. To read about any of those strategies in more detail, I recommend checking out this post from Business2Community.

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Keeping Kids Safe While They Play Pokemon Go

Since Pokemon has a history that dates back more than two decades, people of all ages are enjoying the game. In addition to numerous teen and adult players, lot of kids are enjoying Pokemon Go. I’ve already had multiple parents come into the store due to their kids not paying attention while playing and breaking their phones. So if your kid is playing, take the time to emphasize the importance of being responsible and alert.

USA Today also put together a helpful list of tips for parents of Pokemon Go players. Their list includes being aware that the game can lead kids to private property, knowing that stranger danger is real, understanding in-app purchases, pairing up to defuse distracted walking danger and paying attention to playing habits since it can get addictive.

Although it’s definitely possible to enjoy playing Pokemon Go while still being a responsible phone owner and citizen, accidents do happen. So whether it’s caused by this game or anything else, know that we’re always here to help!

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The Truth Behind Why AppleCare is a Waste (and How to Actually Protect Your Phone)

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If you walk into the Apple Store at the Galleria or anywhere else in Houston and listen to what people are asking about, chances are it will only take a few minutes for AppleCare to come up. When people think of AppleCare, they often think of iPhone insurance. Unfortunately, that’s simply not correct!

Even though many people believe that buying AppleCare is the same thing as buying insurance for their new phone, anyone who has tried to file a claim through AppleCare has probably encountered a less than ideal experience.

As someone who is in the business of helping people repair their phones, I hear and am involved in these conversations all the time. All of this experience has resulted in me strongly DISLIKING AppleCare. To help you avoid wasting your money, I want to share those reasons, as well as explain what carrier insurance is and why I always recommend it over AppleCare:

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3 Reasons AppleCare is Like Throwing Money Away

1. It’s Only Good for One Year

Basic AppleCare is only good for one year. What’s worse is that single year doesn’t include expert telephone technical support. Instead, that benefit only lasts for the first 90 days. While there’s always a chance of something going wrong in this short timeframe, most people have accidents or problems with their phone farther down the line.

It is true that you can purchase AppleCare+ and get two years of service coverage and phone support. However, even if you pay for AppleCare+ and then something goes wrong in the 25th month after buying the phone, you’re out of luck!

2. AppleCare+ Doesn’t Cover Common Forms of Loss and Damage

Between its name and the fact that you pay extra for it, assuming that AppleCare+ would cover common forms of damage is completely reasonable. But that’s not how this program actually works. There are three big things that AppleCare+ does not cover. The first is losing your phone. So if you ever leave your phone behind and the Find My iPhone feature doesn’t work, your only hope is a good samaritan will bring it back. Otherwise, AppleCare+ won’t provide you with a replacement.

The second thing this program doesn’t cover is theft. Despite the fact that AppleCare+ is marketed as a way to have peace of mind about your iPhone, it won’t provide you with any help if someone comes along and steals your phone. While those first two shortcomings are very frustrating, the third is the worst. AppleCare+ DOES NOT cover catastrophic damage.

The term catastrophic damage applies to a phone that’s in multiple pieces or is unsafe to handle. While those scenarios aren’t super common, catastrophic damage also applies to bent enclosures. And the reason that’s a big deal is I can’t tell you how many iPhone 6’s I’ve dealt with that have a bent frame. So even though it’s a very common source of damage, it’s not something that’s covered by AppleCare+.

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3. You Can Get What AppleCare+ Provides for Free

Do you have a credit card? If so, you probably use it to purchase things like electronics. And while you’re probably aware of the points you earn for those types of purchases, what many people forget is numerous credit cards offer purchase protection. While the exact details vary by card, a common example of what American Express offers is ninety days of protection against damage or theft. Even though AppleCare+ lasts for an additional 21 months, given its lack of coverage for loss, theft or catastrophic damage, you’re throwing away money when a single call to your credit card company may provide a good starting point of actual coverage.

What You Can Do to Actually Protect Your Phone

While taking advantage of any available protection through your credit card is a smart idea, those benefits aren’t the same as a dedicated insurance plan. If you want true iPhone insurance, then I recommend going with carrier insurance. This term simply refers to an insurance plan offered by your wireless provider.

A common example is Asurion Wireless Phone Protection for Verizon. Currently, the cost of this plan is $7.15 a month. Unlike AppleCare or AppleCare+, there isn’t a set window of coverage. Instead, your phone will be covered for as long as you pay your monthly premium. That means you won’t have to worry about having too little coverage or overpaying for coverage you don’t need.

The next big difference between carrier insurance and AppleCare+ is your phone will actually be insured. That means if it’s lost or stolen, you can file a claim and get it replaced. The same goes for accidental damage. That type of damage includes any liquid or physical damage. With Verizon’s Asurion plan, you will simply pay a deductible between $49 and $199 for loss, theft or damage.

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Carrier Insurance Offers the Protection You Actually Need

A big part of why people mistakenly buy AppleCare+ is they think they’re getting insurance that will cover even the most unlikely of events. With carrier insurance, that’s what you actually get. By opting for an Asurion plan, even if bad things happen to your phone twice in a twelve month period, you’ll be able to get the damage covered for as much as $1500 per claim.

Since a plan like Asurion Wireless Phone Protection for Verizon is actual insurance for your phone, issues like a bent enclosure will be actually be covered. This type of insurance also takes the 1-year manufacturer warranty Apple provides and extends it indefinitely. Because insurance from a carrier really does cover almost every scenario you can think of, it is the way to go if you want true peace of mind about your new iPhone.

If you have any additional questions about protecting your iPhone or already have a broken phone that needs repaired, you can always reach Houston iPhone Screen Repair at 832-981-2709.

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