I just registered the kids for school!

Hello all, I got an automated email from my kid’s high school suggesting to register them this week, which I did. I went through the information, gave them my payments, added money into their lunch accounts and clicked “Register NOW”. I think that I might not tell them yet. . .that I registered them. . .because it just brings some “reality” to the summer. I mean they have been off of school for a couple of months now and the SHOCK of thinking that they have to go back soon has not become a reality yet.

I think that I’ll be a good dad and give them another week of no stress or worry about getting back to the classroom.

Summer as a child is an amazing time. I can still remember the feeling of being “free”, staying up late and sleeping in. Swim parties and the beach were always on my mind!

That being said, we’ve had a ton of summer “mishaps” coming through our repair center, liquid damage being a huge culprit. Water and electronics don’t play well and we’re continually dealing with liquid damaged iPhones and iPods. It’s a normal thing here at our repair center and we have a few tips and tricks that can help increase your odds when this might happen to you. Click here if you’ve gotten your iPhone wet!

Regardless let’s issue a new coupon code today. I was intending to give a new coupon out on Friday of last week – thanks for everyone’s patience. I was out of the office until today, so this one will be good through Sunday, 7/24/2011. Just use coupon code “school” to immediately get 10% off of your iPhone repair, or any other repair service or part that we offer, expires on July 24, 2011 at midnight!

Until school starts, enjoy that long hot summer and we’ll be back soon to talk a little more business!

Best, Ryan

Is it true? Apple violates your trust in privacy in iPhone iOS 4. . .

Good morning everyone, I came across this article in a Linkedin discussion which I thought was very interesting.
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“Apple has violated your personal trust. How?

By installing technology into your iPhone that tracks your EVERY move. Over at MoCoNews.net in their article iPhone Keeps Record Of Everywhere You Go it says that Apple’s tracking of your data will never leave your phone. Here’s the key:

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.

“Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google’s] Android phones and couldn’t find any,” said Warden. “We haven’t come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this.”

And if you get a new phone, the data is transferred to your new phone.

“The Fourth Amendment is a protection against actions of the State, NOT actions of private institutions, or individuals.”

Does anyone think that once the state or any criminal knows this data is available, it’ll go after that data anyway it can, legal or illegal? Even though we have the fourth amendment, the government or criminal can STILL take legal or illegal actions to obtain this data AND use this data against you. And you may never know of it!

Imagine losing your phone “for an hour” and then find it reappearing again. Someone has downloaded your info and returned it without you knowing they’ve done it. Because we as iPhone users were not aware of these location logs anyone could have got the data and done harm to anyone, without our knowledge of it happening.

What if you’re Steve Jobs and your iPhone is lifted from you and this data is downloaded, do you think competitors would love this info? What if you were a CEO or person of means or had other important knowledge? Not everyone is trustworthy in my view, you may believe that everyone or all corporations are good, I don’t.

If the cell phone companies need the data to help improve the quality of my cell phone service, I don’t mind that.

It’s the access that bothers me. The point is that things are possible in some scenarios above and Apple did not ask for my PERMISSION to log my info which others might have access to, and therefore my TRUST is violated, no matter how non threatening it may seem.

Solution? Give us a “911″ tracking of info in case of an emergency, but let me have the choice of turning the rest on or off to the level that I choose.”
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They guys over at mocoNews.net also elaborated on it in a similar article on their site.

Big brother is watching! Should we be worried?

Ryan

Price drops on iPhone glass repairs!

This is my quick attempt to illustrate a price drop. Get it? Price drop? Ha, I’m so easily entertained. Give me a break my noodle is fried, it’s Friday afternoon and I’m ready for the weekend coming up. I want to watch some football and relax!

Well, this afternoon we’ve dropped the prices on our 3G iPhone Screen Repair and 3GS iPhone Screen Repair services and Do-It-Yourself iPhone Glass Repair kits. Why?

Well we just received another price decease from our vendors. This means we are passing on our price decreases to you. Many businesses would just keep the pricing the same to make more money. While this is a worthy idea, I like the thought of extended the price decrease to you, our customers, as an equally worthy cause. And that’s it!

Well, we’re going to be closing up in the next hour and we’ll be back on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend and I’ll talk to you next week!

Best, Ryan

iPhone 4 screen issues. . .confirmation.

Good morning everyone-

Ok, well, I know that you’ve all read about “How to hold” your iPhone 4 do you don’t interfere with it’s signal. From Apple:

“Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas,” Apple said today in an e-mailed statement. “If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”

Ok, so they are working out a few kinks. This always seems to be the case when a brand new product rolls out.

Here’s the meat of my blog post today: The very NEXT day after the iPhone was released we took and order for an iPhone 4 screen repair. Then the next day we took another. And daily we have been taking them. It’s obvious that this is going to be an issue for the iPhone 4 customers just like the previous versions of the iPhone.

So we here at Mission Repair are happy to be providing this service immediately. We’ve got the parts in stock and the experience to install. It’s a bummer, we know, and we’re trying to make the repair as painless as possible.

So it’s CONFIRMED. The iPhone 4 is susceptible to screen cracks and breakage and we here at Mission Repair are here to help.

I’ll be back soon – have a great Monday afternoon!

Ryan

AT&T Maintains its Grip on the iPhone until 2012.

I normally don’t “re-press” news that I see on the internet – however I thought that this was interesting. I read in PCWorld a few minutes ago that Apple and AT&T have struck a deal THROUGH 2012. What happened to Verizon? Oh well. Hang in there Ver’ your chance will come.

I wish AT&T had better service. How about you? You know what I’d like? 4G mobile broadband service. Oops – I’ve said too much, we’ll be back VERY SOON with info on 4G mobile WIMAX broadband. Never heard of it? You will in a month.

OK, well there we have it. AT&T and Apple and the iPhone are on lock down for a couple more years. I guess I’ll let my contract renew and we’ll deal with the issues. Still better than NOT having an iPhone!

Ryan