Mind Over Shatter

My iPhone finally had enough last week.

After two years of rough handling and my stubborn refusal to get a phone case, the screen shattered all over the sidewalk downtown. Since then, I’ve been walking around with the insides of my phone exposed, and all the electrics on display like the victim of some horrific medical procedure.

It seems like every other person has a cracked screen, and most have some interesting story behind the accident. Night on the town? Bar fight? Dropped it in the toilet? If, like me, your phone could do with a repair, we’ve scoured Yelp reviews and picked out the top places in Austin to restore your little friend.


TOP PICKS FOR IPHONE SCREEN REPAIR

ONSITE CELLULAR REPAIR

1000 E 41st St, Ste L-300

Front glass replacement: $90
Back glass replacement: subject to order
Turnaround time: 30-45 minutes

CELLPHONE REPAIR

9900 S IH-35, Ste P-475

Front glass replacement: $109
Back glass replacement: $29
Turnaround time: 1 hr

ALL WIRELESS REPAIR

9029 Research Blvd, Ste 300

Front glass replacement: $99
Back glass replacement: subject to order
Turnaround time: 1 hr

BEE CAVE’S WIRELESS

2900 Bee Caves Rd

Front glass replacement: $99
Back glass replacement: subject to order
Turnaround time: 15-20 minutes


HOW TO PROFIT FROM YOUR NEXT iPHONE UPGRADE

One of the best things about owning an iPhone is resale value.

Global mindshare keeps demand high for Apple products and your iPhone is no different. When the time comes for an upgrade, don’t leave your old phone to collect dust in the cellphone graveyard of your dresser’s top drawer. Resell and potentially even profit from the upgrade.

Where to sell:
One word. Craigslist. Everyone’s favorite classifieds site is one of the quickest ways to sell your device for the most value. Here’s a listing of what good condition iPhones are selling for in Austin from our recent search. Good thing you just replaced that broken screen.
• iPhone 4 16GB – $100
• iPhone 5 16GB – $200
• iPhone 5S 16GB – $300


GET IT UNLOCKED

Unlock your phone before you sell it.

An unlocked device removes the buyer’s obligation to sign up for a 2-year cellular contract. Unlocked phones sell for $50 to $100 more, and all mobile phone carriers are now legally obligated to do this for you. Follow the links below for details on how to unlock your device for your carrier.

ATT

Verizon 

Sprint

T-mobile


A NEW HOPE FOR LOOSE GRIPS

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A recent Apple patent could prevent screens from getting cracked altogether.

Apple’s patent for a “Protective Mechanism For An Electronic Device” was recently approved by the US patent office. The filing presents claims for a new mechanism that would shift the center of gravity of the device when it is in freefall, to prevent your phone or tablet from ever falling face first.

The broad claims offer a variety of options of how this technology could work (via a thrust mechanism, an airfoil, or even by shifting internal components) so don’t expect the next iPhone 6S to carry this feature. Yet, it is still exciting to see what the future holds for mobile technology.

READ THE FULL PATENT


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