To insure or not to insure…

I’ve always been the goto geek in my family and to my non-tech friends. The questions of what to buy, when to upgrade, how to fix this or that. Those are all easy questions to answer and I can always suggest a pretty solid reason as to why or why not. However, when it comes to insurance, it’s a challenging dilemma, as I personally have never needed it (knock on wood) for any of my devices, such as my iPhone or iPad.

So it’s not that I can give you a definitive answer here, but I’ll offer my point of view as a repair shop owner and with as little bias as possible. If you are someone who is prone to break your device more than once a year… then yes, insurance is probably worth investing in. If you are more like me, and have yet to break one, even though a few drops… then it would seem insurance is a waste of money.

So until this is a reality…

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The real judgment here is understanding the true cost of the device you’re insuring and the true cost of the insurance. While you may think your iPhone 6 is worth $199 because that is what you paid, you’re in for a nasty wake up call when you try to buy a new one outright. The base 16 gig model will run you nearly $600. The repair for an iPhone 6 is currently $159 here at Mission Repair. You might pay $7-$10 per month for insurance and have a $50 deductible which is roughly $84 to $120 in premiums over the course of a year. Plus, $50 each time you break your phone. The worst part is the fact that you may never use the insurance, and over the years, forget you’ve been paying that monthly premium, especially if it’s autimatically paid on a credit card. Let’s just say that adds up to a lot of money over time… and you would still be required to pay a $50 deductible upon repair.

 

The bottom line is, insurance companies don’t build new office buildings because everyone is using the insurance. They make their money on the premiums that people are paying in over time and consumers not using the policy.  Sort of like casinos, they don’t build billion dollar resorts because the customer is winning more than the house! I would suggest buying a piggy bank, put in $10 per month and if the screen on your phone shatters… well time to crack open the piggy bank and come see us at Mission Repair!

Lastly, take a look at the fine print on your policy to see what is really covered and what is not. Water damage? Dropping your phone? Most likely neither of those are covered with a traditional cellular provider (AT&T, Verizon, Tmobile) insurance plan. That’s “extra” or you need to find a specialty insurance carrier that covers those specific types of damage.

I know that last part is a bit bias… buy hey, I need to earn my $10 to put in my piggy bank!

Have a great day!

Jeff

 

 

New Service: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Glass & LCD Assembly

Hello everyone –

As you might of seen in a few of our recent blogs, we are rolling out some lower prices on aging devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and even the S5. Now I’m excited to bring you a new repair, that is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Over the next week or so, I will continue to update pricing and color availability.

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Having used the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 myself, I can say these are great phones that you really can rely on for everything your busy life can throw at it! I know you can’t be without it for long so, call either Mission Repair locations to check if we have the parts in stock in the color you need.

When life happens… come see us at Missoin Repair!

Have a great day.

Jeff

Go Chiefs! Otterbox Defender Cases coming this week!

Hello everyone –

Your requests have been heard and your wish is granted! The full protection cases you desire are coming to Mission Repair this week! I’ve secured a U.S. vendor that has all the great accessories you prefer to protect your device and bling out your smartphone or tablet. The Chief’s fans will love the new iPhone 6 case from Otter with the official licensed Chief’s logo on the back. Now it’s easier than ever to show your team spirit for the upcoming 2016/17 season!

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GO CHIEFS!!!

This is just one of many colors and style choices arriving this week in our Lenexa showroom. We will be adding Spigen, Griffin, Speck, Belkin and many other name brands at competitive prices. Picking up your phone from a recent repair? Ask about our in-store specials and receive a discount on your accessory purchase. Cases, chargers and tempered glass all in store and ready to go!

Look forward to seeing you in our Lenexa store!

Jeff

Macbook Pro Battery + Heat = Bad!

Hello everyone –

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Having worked around Lithium batteries for several years now it’s always interesting to see one swell up with no apparent physical damage to it. With news stories of iPhone batteries spontaneously combusting on airlines and in people’s beds, it makes you wonder what caused these events. I’m no scientist, but what I do know is that heat can play a big role in the health and life-span of batteries. Laptops, cellphones and tablets are great portable devices that people literally take with them everywhere. However, the worst abuse I see and hear about is people who use their laptop in bed and lay them on a blanket or pillow as they watch a movie. Guilty as charged… I forget sometimes myself! This becomes somewhat of the perfect storm of “heat” for lithium batteries.

Watching videos and especially movies can push a computer to near 100% sustained useage of the CPU and graphics card for hours on end. Given the fact the CPU and GPU (Central Processing Unit) or as some call it the “chip” and the Graphics Processing Unit which handles and decodes all graphics and video. Pushing these two components generate a lot of heat, as in pushing upwards of 180 to 200+ degrees farenheit. Typically at 212F the computer will shut itself down to protect itself.

In addtion to the fans running full speed, the design of say a macbook aluminum body will try to dissipate heat, and now in contact with a blanket or pillow, is effectivly acting like a layer of heat trapping insulation! Not exactly what the engineers had planned on. This all adds up to a lot of heat that the computer cannot dissipate fast enough to keep things nice and cool. Over time this takes its toll on many parts of the computer from the battery, graphics card, fans and other heat sensitive components. Bottom line heat is the enemy of pretty much any gadget with a battery and CPU so some small steps to keep the gadgets cool can prevent all sorts of nasty things!

So when things go wrong and your battery fails come see us at Mission Repair to your gadgets back in working order. We service many models of Macbook Pro’s and can get you a new battery and make sure your battery never looks like the one above.

Have a great day!

Jeff

 

 

Where in the world is Mission Repair?

If you live in the Kansas City area, you know all about our ongoing highway repairs!

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Sometimes navigating Kansas City highways is a real nightmare! While it may look like our Lenexa store is impossible to get to, we’re here to tell you that even though the 95th Street Exit off of I35 is temporarily closed, Mission Repair in Lenexa is busier than ever.  In fact we had customers waiting for us to open this morning as we arrived.  It’s that time of year!

 On a daily basis we hear “I didn’t realize that you were still open” or “I’m glad that you aren’t taking a long vacation!” because if you live in Kansas City you know that there is some major construction happening at the I-435 and I-35 Interchange.  It’s worked it’s way up to the 95th Street Exit (where you’d normally turn to go to Costco and our store) and at the end of the summer the improvements are going to be nothing short of spectacular.  

We are really excited to see the new traffic flow, and the new interchange will lead customers right to our doorstep.  Until then, everyone that visits us in Lenexa just simply needs to exit off of I-35 onto 87th Street and go WEST.  Then immediately get onto Marshall Drive and head SOUTH until you find Mission Repair.  If you make it to Costco, you’ve gone just a little too far!

 In fact we’ve already ordered road signs that will line the streets and guide you into our service lab and you’ll see those soon; but for now if you have any questions on how to get here just give us a call at 844-459-0105 or send us an email and we’ll be glad to help.  

Never fear, Mission Repair is here.  In fact, we had some similar construction at our Mission location a couple of years ago, and it seemed that we got busier during the construction.  It appears that history is repeating itself.

Have a great day,

Your Friends at Mission:Repair

Lowest price on iPad Air 2 Screen Repair

Good morning everyone – I’ve done it again here at Mission Repair.

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I’ve lowered the price on the infamous iPad Air 2 screen repair and trust me, that this is a big deal in the industry.  You might wonder why our price is so much lower than the competition, and all I can say is that it’s good to be at the top of the supply chain.  These screens come from the factory as complete assemblies.  In fact, you might find some vendors claiming that they can do this repair as a “glass only” service but know that this is never the case because these devices need to have their LCD, digitizer and glass replaced all at the same time.

If you’ve got a cracked screen on your expensive iPad Air 2, there’s never been a better time to save big $$ at Mission Repair.  Give us a call at 844-459-0105 or simply place your order online to get this repair started.  There’s no coupon necessary and we’re ready to take care of business.

Have a great weekend,
Jeff

Apple Announces iPhones SE and iPad Pro

If you follow Apple’s releases you know it’s hit and miss on the excitement factor. Many of the Apple faithful get excited about every single release and stand in line no matter the weather or time to be “first” to get their hands on a new device. I’m on the fence with each release of device that doesn’t somehow change my perception of how that device can be used in my daily life. I get the iPhone SE’s appeal to all of those who love a 4″ iPhone. It’s a solid upgrade to the internal hardware and gives those iPhone 5S owners a solid upgrade path without having to buy a larger iPhone 6. My take on it is that the screen and repair parts for the 5, 5C and 5S will now be around even longer. The hope is that with millions more iPhone SEs sold that parts will be manufactured once again in mass quantities driving replacement parts back down to pre June 2015 price levels.

iPad Pro vs new Pro

The new 9.7″ iPad Pro brings all of the power and features of the larger iPad Pro down to the iPad Air size all at a weight under 1lb. I haven’t heard the speakers on the new smaller iPad Pro, but I can say that my larger iPad Pro has bar none the best tablet speakers I’ve ever heard. It may in fact rival any laptop speaker system for the money. Truly amazing sound for such small and compact speakers. If the new iPad Pro proves to sound anywhere as good as it’s larger iPad Pro kin, it should be a great choice for those looking to upgrade any 9.7″ iPad. If you really think about what you use your iPad for, and the answer is consuming media, video, movies etc… the four speaker systems are an excellent upgrade!

The missing rumor was the iPhone 7… not a hint of it, so we may be waiting until fall of 2016 to see what the next line of iPhones is all about. Always good to recycle your old devices or get them repaired and sell them on sites such as eBay, Craigslist or on any number of new phone apps such as “Letitgo” and “Wallapop” found on the Apple App store.

Best of luck with your upgrade decision!

Jeff