So my iPhone 6 is bent – it’s not a myth.

Hello everyone,

I noticed this weekend that my new iPhone 6 screen was “clicking” when I pressed down on it along the left hand side. It appears that the screen wasn’t sitting in the unit properly. Then I noticed that my home button was kind of “clicking” as well. The home button normally just depresses smoothly and silently. Not mine, it’s “clicking” and you can actually hear it!

So I took a closer look at my phone, and unbelievably, it’s bent. Right along the edge. The worst part being right at the sim card tray area…

If I hold my phone up and look along the edge, it’s apparent that it’s bent.

So now…what to do? I own a repair shop as you know…but the last thing I want to do is open up a new “under warranty” phone when I can take it in for a replacement. But wait, Apple ISN’T replacing bent phones under warranty. Do you know why? They are deemed “damaged” by the customer and that’s not a warranty related cause. Armed with this info, I tried something simple on my own.

I bent it back.

A little pressure and all is well.  Seems unbelievable that a phone could bend like this.

A little pressure and all is well. Seems unbelievable that a phone could bend like this.

Without opening the device, I simply held it as shown above, and pressed with some aggressive but even “force” with my thumb against the sim card tray area. Guess what…the phone is straight again, the screen is sitting flush in the frame, and the home button is once again silent.

Now, I already know that some of you won’t believe this is true. It is. And some will speculate that it can’t be done. I did it. These iPhone 6 units are thin and BENDABLE.

Clearly, you could go too far so I don’t recommend that anyone do this at home or on their own phone. I am not suggesting that you put to much force on your device because you can break things, namely the screen could crack or you could have issues with your logic board. However without tools or dis-assembly, I was able to “straighten” out my phone without issues.

How did I bend it in the first place? I have NO IDEA. I NEVER put it in my back pocket or sit on it…so your guess is as good as mine. I think it’s just a bad design…because I have tortured other phones in my life and they never bent. Go figure.

Today’s tidbit, from the owner.

Take care, Ryan

A good deed on the way to Colorado.

Hello friends,

It’s Sunday night and we’re sitting in our hotel room here in Lakewood, Colorado…yes, we are getting ready for the big reveal of our new Lakewood Mission Repair that’s opening one week from tomorrow!

On the way in to town this morning, we were driving along highway 70 from Kansas and about 45 minutes from Denver, I spotted a duffel bag on the side of the road. It was just sitting there, so I decided to stop, grab it, and see if I could figure out how to get it back to it’s owner. I pulled over, backed up a bit when the traffic was clear and Lennie who was riding “shotgun” jumped out and grabbed the bag.

Once inside, we found the person’s iPhone, which was passcode locked. Kudos for him for keeping his device safe from someone that might want to do some harm, but it didn’t help our mission today. It was time to dig a little deeper.

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There was a clue in the bag along with all of his belongings. There was a flight log book, and a certificate of completion on a training flight that was from the “Front Range Airport” in Denver…signed and dated just yesterday.

So we took a detour and gambled that there would be someone at the airport that could help.

As it turned out, this bag came from part of a group of teenagers that were there yesterday, and they had the contact information of the group leader. All was well…and we handed the bag and all of it’s contents over the airport official who promised to return the bag to it’s owner.

It felt like we did the right thing even though it took us off of our initial path. I just thought “What if this was mine?” I’d want it back too, and I can only imagine how this thing ended up on the highway.

All said and done, this good deed lead us to a great day here in Lakewood and we’re ready ahead of schedule for our Grand Opening next week. We can head back home tomorrow knowing that we’re ready to go.

How about one more good deed from us today? Sounds good to me. I’ll issue a 15% off coupon that is good today through tomorrow January 26th, 2015 at midnight. Just use coupon “gooddeed” to receive your 15% off on any repair that we offer on MissionRepair.com Remember that it expires tomorrow night so act fast, but remember that it cannot be used in conjunction with any other coupon of discount, and it’s also not valid on an “Got Repair” discount benefit repairs.

I’ll be back from the new location tomorrow with a few blogs, a great press release, and a few more pictures to satisfy your curiosity. Talk to you soon!

Ryan

On a personal note…

Good morning,

I try not to post my family vacation videos or talk to too personally here on the Mission Repair blog, but I’m just going to break a few rules today ๐Ÿ˜‰ After all, it’s what I feel like writing about this morning!

My son Casey turned 18 years old yesterday. Here he is as he arrived home from his Police Explorer program last night, and we surprised him with a few gifts. Of course, he’s holding up his Lego “Police Car” that he received at the PD station in his group.

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The fun part about this birthday was a little about me, because I’ve been saving several items from BEFORE he was born, through his birth, and a few years into his life, and put them all into his “Time Capsule” that I’ve been hiding for 18 years.

So we cracked it open last night and found all of the goodies that brought back a ton of memories and gave him some insight as to what I was thinking and doing around the time he was born in 1997.

I had a couple of newspapers saved in there headlining Princess Diana’s accident (yup, that was 1997, 18 years ago, wow), some old coins from the early 1900’s that I’ve been saving, some memorabilia from my grandfather from WWII, and several other personal items and pictures for us to talk about.

The night was fun filled and eventful. I feel great that I was able to raise this kid and he is my youngest…but now he’s a “man”. I put that in quotes because that point is debatable ๐Ÿ˜‰

For all the parents out there: I highly recommend the “time capsule” if you have the option. It worked out great!

OK, back to work for me. If you saw my blog post from last night, you know that I’m heading out to Denver today after dinner. Here’s to a new chapter in Casey’s life, and at Mission Repair. A lot is happening right now!

I’ll talk to you again soon, Ryan

HINT: Mission Repair Labor Day weekend specials are coming! Check out the new price on iPhone 5C repairs.

Good morning – this is a quick “spoiler” blog for the upcoming Labor Day weekend specials that we’ll be running. The prices are already starting to drop.

Today, the iPhone 5C Screen Repair has been lowered to $109. That’s for the parts and labor to be installed on your phone. If you have a cracked screen on your iPhone 5C, this is the lowest price that you’ve ever seen for the service that you’ll receive from Mission Repair!

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There are many other great specials that will begin shortly. Want to know how to be the first on the list to know? Just sign up for our newsletter here and join the tens of thousands of other subscribers that gets Mission Repair info fast. If you sign up, you can always unsubscribe with no worries about a ton of SPAM coming your way. I hate junk email, I wouldn’t do that to you.

We’ll be back with money saving deals available only at Mission Repair very soon!

Take care, Ryan

Grenada. You’ve heard of it, right?

Hello friends,

As I progress through life I find that I can appreciate things like never before. Last week, I took a trip to Grenada and while doing a little exploring, I stopped to have my buddy Nolan take this picture of me in front of a memorial wall that was left standing near St. Georges:

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I say “Memorial Wall” but certainly this is just an informal statement from the locals…there is an official memorial near the airport, but I found this much more “real” and less-well-known. In fact, I’ve never seen a picture of this wall before.

It’s not much to look at until you understand the importance of what’s here, Operation Urgent Fury was a 1983 United Statesโ€“led invasion of Grenada:

1. The 82nd Airborne logo. These paratroopers along with U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Delta Force, and U.S. Navy SEALs and other combined forces constituted the 7,600 troops from the United States, Jamaica, and members of the Regional Security System that defeated the Grenadian resistance.

2. Behind me, it says “K.G.B. Behave!”

3. “Thank you USA for liberating us” is a direct reflection of how the locals feel. I spoke to a few Grenadians that were in the country in 1983 as they were ordered to stay indoors and out of harms way. I bluntly asked “how to you feel about Americans?” All unanimously agreed that we are friends!

As we explored the island and learned more about the Grenadian culture, I was intrigued and excited to know more. So much in fact I can see myself spending more time there hiking, camping and fitting in with the locals as much as possible. Until recently, I never thought that I’d “care” so much about the place…but after being there and the awesome feeling that I have about the country now that I’m back home is hard to deny.

I’d go back soon if it wasn’t for the 4 flights and red-eye travel ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe I will go again someday.

OK, I think that’s if for the night for me. Have any awesome travel plans that you want to share? Let me know and I’ll post them here! Until then, I’m going to head to dinner and I’ll see ya in the morning.

Best, Ryan