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The iPhone 12 Series Ceramic Shield

Apple has always been a company that pushes the envelope when it comes to technology. With the release of the iPhone 12 series, they have introduced a new ceramic shield for the screen.

iPhones are costly and delicate gadgets, but Apple has incorporated a feature in recent versions called Ceramic Shield to assist you to safeguard your investment. This is screen protection, and it’s an alternative to the Gorilla Glass on many Android phones. Apple claims that Ceramic Shield is effective against scratches, bumps, cracks, shocks, and other types of damage.

Is the Shield in the iPhone 12 and 13 an Improvement?

The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max and the more recent iPhone 13 equivalents have all been subjected to drop testing, with the majority of the studies coming to the conclusion that the ceramic shield is stronger than previously released models but not unbreakable. We’ve seen far fewer people come in for screen repairs for the 12 series than we did for previous models, although even this new and improved screen shield can be broken.

What is Ceramic Shield, and how does it work?

Ceramic Shield is a technology that Apple has been using in some of its products for a while now. It was originally used in the iPhone X and continued with the iPhone 11 and 12 series. The ceramic shield is made up of two layers: an inner layer of glass and an outer layer of ceramic. The glass layer is what you see on the screen and it is what you touch. The ceramic layer is bonded to the glass and covers the entire surface of the phone.

The two layers work together to create a shield that is extremely strong. The ceramic layer helps to protect the glass from scratches, cracks, and other damage. It also absorbs shock if your phone is dropped

Corning, the same company that produces Gorilla Glass, creates Ceramic Shield by embedding ceramic nanocrystals into the glass through a high-temperature crystallization procedure.

Furthermore, Ceramic Shield employs dual ion-exchange, which simply means increasing the size of the ions so they are more solid. The combination of these two factors makes for stronger glass that is resistant to bumps and scratches while also being more likely to stay intact if damaged.

It is said to be almost unbreakable, making it a great choice for a screen protector. However, there are some downsides to using this type of shield.

What are the Downsides of using this type of Shield?

The downside to using a ceramic shield is that it can be quite brittle. If you drop your phone, the ceramic layer may shatter and you will need to replace the entire screen. Another downside is that the ceramic shield is not as effective against scratches as Gorilla Glass. So if you are someone who likes to keep their phone free of scratches, you may want to stick with a standard glass screen protector.

Can I get my iPhone Ceramic Shield Repaired in Vancouver?

At the moment, we do not offer ceramic shield repairs. We can only replace the entire screen if it is damaged. However, we are expecting this to change in the near future as more and more people start using ceramic shields.

If you have an iPhone 12 or 13 with a ceramic shield, be careful when you’re using it. Although it is stronger than Gorilla Glass, it can still be broken. If you do happen to damage your screen, come see us and we’ll help you get it fixed.

We hope that this article was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. We love hearing from our readers!

Protect your Device with a Glass Screen Protector!

You drop your beloved cell phone and watch in horror as it spins towards the concrete sidewalk below in slow-motion. It makes an audible clap as it spanks the ground face-first –  it doesn’t sound good. Cringing as you pick up, you brace yourself for the worst-case scenario. But wait! There is a glimmer of hope – you bought a sturdy, bullet-proof case to protect your smartphone for this very instance. Surely, it must’ve broken the fall! Finally building up the courage to turn the device around, a thousand fragments of glass refracting light in every direction stare back at you in a spiderweb pattern. Your phone is broken. How did this happen!?

broken phone screen

Phone Protection 101

Broken iPhone and Android screen repairs are our bread and butter…but that doesn’t mean we wish any harm on your device. We always recommend getting a protective case to shield your phone from, well, gravity! A good case will save your device from 90% of falls, but what about the other 10%? Not often, but sometimes, your tiny pocket computer phone thingy will go flying and land screen-side down on an uneven surface like a gravel road or the corner of a desk. When this happens, your case offers little-to-no protection. Here’s an analogy anybody in Vancouver can relate to: imagine going out in a rainstorm with a heavy-duty pair of boots and a water-resistant jacket. Your body and feet will stay dry, but your head will get soaked without an umbrella or a hat! In a similar fashion, the glass digitizer of your mobile phone needs something to protect it from the elements.

Enter the tempered glass screen protector.

Get Set to Protect

What exactly is a screen guard anyway? Good question! A tempered glass screen protector is an incredibly thin piece of semi-flexible glass with an even thinner transparent layer of adhesive on one side. With a little precision and a lot of practise, our experts at GoMobile Repair can expertly install one on the face of your device with no trace of dust or hairs trapped underneath. With an additional layer of glass on top of the glass that already exists on your phone, you’re effectively adding an invisible suit of armour to your phone. Bring it on, world!

But hold the phone (pun intended)! Your smartphone glass is already pretty strong and can withstand scratches and impacts all on its own. However, with just the right hit and it will shatter into a million pieces. The tempered glass screen guard is no different. So why add another layer of breakable glass on top of your screen? The answer may surprise you: it’s a fraction of the price. Consider the costs associated with breaking your phone screen. Typically, you’re looking at a minimum of $100 to repair your cell and much, much more if you have a fancy new phone with an OLED display like the iPhone X or a Samsung Galaxy S10. Then look at the alternative – a $20-$30 screen protector that you may need to replace once or twice in the lifetime of your phone could literally save you hundreds of dollars down the road. If your phone ever suffers a fall bad enough that breaks the screen guard, you can just peel it off to reveal a unscathed glass screen below. A few bucks and a new screen guard later, you’ll be ready to face the world again.

Choose Your Flavour of Safety!

Our screen guards come in two flavours: full screen protection and regular. Modern smartphones are designed to have a beveled glass edge which, although looks and feels great, does pose a problem when applying a flat screen guard. Regular glass screen protectors solve this problem by leaving a small gap between the edge of the screen guard and the edge of the glass on your phone. Generally speaking, it is about a millimeter in size and isn’t terribly noticeable unless your screen is off. A full screen protector goes the distance, edge-to-edge and mimics the curve of your smartphone’s glass face. Although this solves the problem of the beveled edge, it also creates a new one: a raised lip at the edge of your phone that is susceptible to chipping and breakage. The solution is to pair the full screen guard with a case that has a raised lip – which perfectly describes every single kind of case that we sell at GoMobile. No matter which screen guard you choose, we always recommend pairing your cellphone with a protective case.

Come by our shop today at 245 W Broadway for your $20 tempered glass screen guard or get a full screen guard for just an extra $10. If you don’t trust yourself to keep your protector completely damage-free, you might be interested in paying a little more for a lifetime warranty protection plan. All you have to do is pay double the price for your screen guard and we’ll replace it any number of times if you ever chip, crack or scratch your screen guard. It’s a small price to pay for a lifetime of peace of mind!

OEM iPhone Screen Repairs at GoMobile?

Apple’s fight against your right to repair is no secret. For years, Apple has fought tooth and nail to keep you away from third-party repair shops like ours;  instead, urging you to fork out your hard-earned cash hand-over-fist to fix your iPhone at an official Apple Store. They’ve released software updates that have disabled aftermarket screen replacements (and later reversed due to public outcry), they’ve made it impossible to replace your Touch ID home button without losing the fingerprint reading technology and they’ve even began to start encoding every individual iPhone screen with unique data so that if its replaced without the right equipment (don’t worry, we have it!), you’ll lose your True Tone capabilities. For nearly a decade, the outlook for repair-friendly Apple devices has been in steady decline. Offering original Apple screens at GoMobile has always seemed like a pipe dream.

That is, until now.

Apple’s Surprise Announcement

Imagine our surprise when we found out Apple has officially decided to start joining forces with independent cell phone repair shops! Just last month, Apple announce they were going to start allowing US companies to have access to their OEM parts so long as one of their technicians is certified through Apple’s in-house training program.

“To better meet our customers’ needs, we’re making it easier for independent providers across the US to tap into the same resources as our Apple Authorized Service Provider network,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “When a repair is needed, a customer should have confidence the repair is done right. We believe the safest and most reliable repair is one handled by a trained technician using genuine parts that have been properly engineered and rigorously tested”.


So what does this mean for everybody in Vancouver looking to get their iPhone screen repair at an independent repair shop? Well, as it stands, it doesn’t mean much. Currently, Apple has only authorized a handful of third-party cell phone repair centers in America with no timetable for an official launch in Canada. If and when they do finally start offering these services to companies like your trusted pals at GoMobile, no doubt they’ll be looking to sell us expensive equipment and force us to charge the same price as the Apple Store. Will Apple allow us to continue to use non-authorized parts? Is this just a PR maneuver or a money grab? At any rate, if this is anything more than Apple trying to gain control over their competition, we haven’t seen the evidence.

Getting Bang For Your Buck

Although the majority of our current supply of Apple iPhone replacement screens are, in fact, high-quality aftermarket products, we also do carry genuine Apple screens (albeit unofficial) or OEM-quality replacements that are indistinguishable from the ones coming out of the Apple Store. So, if you’re looking to get the absolute best quality iPhone screen replacement for the lowest possible price, ask us about our OEM offerings when you book your phone repair. Generally, pricing falls somewhere between Apple’s prices and our aftermarket screens.

Having said all this, don’t be fooled by Apple into thinking you absolutely must replace your screen with the official parts or something comparable. There have been great leaps and bounds in the aftermarket smartphone parts world and the reason we rely on them is because of the great quality-to-cost ratio. Unless a discerning customer inquires about our OEM parts, most people would never even know the difference. If you check out our reviews, you’ll notice nobody is complaining about quality! And unless your home button or facial recognition components are damaged, we can safely replace your screen without losing any functionality. No matter which parts we install, all repairs at GoMobile are backed by a one-year warranty without any nasty fine-print like our competitors.

Should you really insist on going with official Apple parts, be prepared to pay for them. Currently, Apple is charging $365 for iPhone X broken glass repairs whereas we’re over $100 cheaper at $259 at the time of writing this article. No doubt, if and when we have access to Apple’s official (and overpriced parts), we’ll be offering them too if it makes good business sense.

Get Your Fix, Your Way

So there you have it, folks! Whether you want cheaper aftermarket iPhone screens or the original-quality replacement, GoMobile Repair has you covered. And if you really want those official parts, keep your eyes peeled on our website in 2020. In the meantime, feel free to call us at 604-700-6049, contact us on the web, or simply waltz into our shop at 245 W Broadway, Vancouver for a quick turnaround on your iPhone screen repair. Get your fix today!

Booking a Mobile Cellphone Repair Appointment. Where to Repair?

Smartphones are a modern luxury of convenience – it’s pretty sweet to have the power of the internet in a tiny little computer in your pocket! So when we set out to start our business way back in 2010, we had a simple vision: offer a convenient and reliable mobile phone repair service for your convenient and reliable mobile phone! To this day, GoMobile Repair is still known for our mobile at-your-location wizardry despite the fact that we have a walk-in storefront location. So how does one take advantage of this luxurious service? To understand our mobile delivery phone repair offerings, you first must understand how phones are built and how we can fix them.

phone technician

What’s inside your phone?

All cell phones are generally made up of a number of basic components. Put them all together and you have the 21st century’s greatest technological revolution in the palm of your hand. We’re all familiar with the touchscreen glass digitizer that allows you to swipe and select things with your fingertips (and which also unfortunately breaks when you drop your precious phone!); you have a vivid display below the glass typically made from some form of LCD or LED technology; there are speakers and microphones that allow us to speak through or to our device and hear an answer back; physical buttons and fingerprint sensors allow us to have a tactile interaction with our wee devices. The list goes on.

In the past, it wasn’t uncommon that if you opened your electronics you would be looking at a bunch of confusing series of wires and circuit boards all soldered together in an irreparable mess. Thankfully, most phones nowadays are designed somewhat modularly so that you can remove just the ear speaker, replace only the charging port, extract just the front screen, and so on. There are also a few parts in your cell phone that have a few bits of tech built into one part. For example, it is standard practice to have your charging port built into an assembly of parts that also houses the microphone, speaker connections, headphone jack (remember those?), home button controls and sometimes even antennae for WIFI, 3G and LTE. So if you break your microphone and your ability to charge your phone at the same time, you might get lucky with a two-for-one repair!

Modular designs in your smart technology is exactly what has allowed us to service your electronics on the road. Break your screen? No problem! With some careful disassembly and organizational skills paired with the right experience and parts, our technicians can provide many of the services we do at our shop right at the comfort of your own home, office or favourite café. So which devices are best suited for our mobile service?

Road-Friendly Repairs

iPhone Repairs.

iPhones have always been beautifully designed…but did you know the inside of your iPhone has just as much thought put into it as well? Generally speaking, iPhones are easier to open up and work on than your average Android. Although we are seeing some shift in this regard, we can still offer most iPhone repairs on the road.

Small, Modular Parts.

As discussed earlier, the easy-to-replace (at least, for us) small parts like batteries, speakers, and charging ports are generally fairly easy to replace on a lot of phones. Not every device is built the same way but, as a general rule-of-thumb, we can replace anything but the screen on most devices at your location.

Android Screen+Frame Repairs.

Most modern Android phones have a touchscreen/display combo that is glued onto a metal or plastic frame which houses the rest of the small parts of your phone. Removing and regluing a new screen to the frame is a lot of work but if we can get your screen replacement with the frame pre-attached, it saves us a lot of time. Ask us about this option for your Android phone if you want the service in your home.


Unfortunately, not every situation lends itself to the convenience of our mobile service. Here are the main reasons why we CANNOT do our work on the road:

Store-Friendly Repairs

Water Damage

When liquid gets inside your device, there are a lot of unknown factors. If you’re lucky, maybe there is just a battery replacement required. If you’re unlucky, it could be three or four repairs deep before your cell is up and running again. In any case, these repairs take time and you don’t want to be stuck with our hourly shop rate trying to solve this riddle at your home.

Adhesive & Androids

Due to the aforementioned water damage, newer smartphones have a water-resistance rating. The first line of defense against liquid getting inside your device is a sticky adhesive that is often used to keep your device watertight. Unfortunately, this also means its extra tricky to get your device open and also takes extra time to glue it all back together. For whatever reason, this adhesive is always much stronger on Androids than on iPhones.


When the replacement of the modular parts like batteries, screens and charging ports don’t fix your phone, all hope isn’t lost. In this predicament, we have to look at the brain of the cell phone – the logic board. The logic board is a wafer-thin piece of technology that has hundreds of little components built into it. Although not easily repaired, we can sometimes perform the intricate motherboard repair with very expensive, delicate and often heavy tools at our storefront location. In the worst-case scenario, we may even have to send your device away to a specialist if we can’t do it in-house.

Lesser-Known Devices

We offer a lot of repairs for a lot of different devices…but just because we offer a wide range of repairs doesn’t mean we’ve done hundreds of repairs for each phone. Do you have an iPhone? Easy! We’ve fixed countless. Have a $2000 ASUS ROG Phone 2? Weeeell, you might want to bring that one into our shop.
There you have it! Now you can book your cell phone repair with GoMobile with confidence. Call us at 604-700-6049 to book your mobile appointment today or just waltz right into our shop at 245 W Broadway, Vancouver for a quick turnaround. We can’t wait to help you!

Switching from iPhone to Android? Read this First!

Although Apple made the smartphone ten years ago, it has seen a lot of competition since then. Androids have come a long way – especially in the past three years. If you’ve been enticed to make the jump from iPhone to Android like we have, here’s what you need to know before you make the plunge.

apple technology

Dust Off Your Boots – Steep Learning Curve Ahead!

iPhones have always been known for being intuitive and user-friendly. Androids, on the other hand, are the kings of customization. But with all of the flexibility the Android architecture provides, with it comes a steeper learning curve than you might be used to. For example, you can change all of the sound effects and ringtones your phone makes…for FREE…but at the cost of trying to figure out how to do it! Often you have to open up a hidden list of advanced settings within a setting within a setting. But once you figure out how to set up your sexy new fully customizable phone, you’re golden. I’m currently enjoying having my Pixel 3 XL blast out sound effects from 1980’s NES games. Level up!

Goodbye iMessage – Turn it Off!

Sending a text message from one internet-connected Apple device to another will utilize iMessage if the feature is turned on. However if you switch over to Android without turning this feature off, your iMessages will get lost in the tubes of the internet forever! Turn off iMessage and turn off Facetime on your iPhone. After this is completed, you may remove your SIM card from your iPhone and begin life anew on your Android smartphone. Goodbye, iMessage! SMS is your new text messaging overlord.

The Kitchen Sync

A lot of modern Androids and those running the latest version, Android Pie 9.0, have fairly seamless methods or apps that allow you to switch data over from one phone to the other using a cable and an internet connection. During my switch, I had my old iPhone tethered to my new Google Pixel using a cable and adapter – all the while making dinner in the kitchen whilst my phones sat there and did their thing. I was pretty impressed with how similar my new Android looked to my old iPhone after Google did its thing. And I have to admit, it did feel a little wrong seeing my Android suck the life out of my iPhone like a leech.

There were a couple of apps that didn’t want to make the jump and Whatsapp can be a bit of a nightmare to move over all of the data at times but hey, you get what you pay for. In other words, if you downloaded a free app, don’t be terribly surprised if not every little bit of data makes the jump. Having said that, we do offer a service at GoMobile where we can attempt to assist with cloning your old phone onto your new device. And because you get what you pay for, our data transfer services are usually pretty spot on!

Which Android to Buy?

Unlike Apple’s offerings, there are literally hundreds of Android devices in the marketplace. We’re big fans of Google and OnePlus at our shop but you can’t go wrong with the big hitters like Samsung and LG either. Do your research and find out what you’re looking for in a phone before you buy. And if you’re looking to save a few bucks, don’t forget that we sell used phones…and we can buy your old iPhone too!

Embrace Your New Overlords

No matter which path you choose, enjoy the experience and don’t get frustrated if things don’t make perfect sense at first. The Android operating system is powerful, fully customizable and a joy to use once you have it set up just the way you like. Just be sure you don’t forget to buy a new case and screen protector! Play safe out there, fellow Droids. And if you do break your shiny new toy, well…I know a guy.

Introducing Cheap Phone Plans with Public Mobile

We’ve always been known as one of the most affordable cell phone repair options in Vancouver, but what about cheap cell phone plans? GoMobile Repair is proud to announce their partnership with Public Mobile – a no-frills Telus-backed carrier with crazy good deals!

Public Mobile has a variety of different plans and options, but first let’s take a look at some of their fantastic features that are consistent across all of their pre-paid plans:


Never worry about selling your soul to one of the “Big Three” ever again! No contract means no worries.


Use your plan for 30 days and choose to renew or top up your account whenever you’re ready to “go Public” again.


When you sign up for auto-renewal, you get an extra 500 MB absolutely free!


Get rewarded for referrals, loyalty and auto-renewals with a discount on your monthly plan if you renew for a second month or more!


Since your phone plan is pre-paid, you never have to worry about overage charges or those bloated phone bills in your mailbox.

$10 OFF

Your second bill, should you renew, will have $10 off thanks to us at GoMobile!

So what kind of deals can you expect from Public Mobile? Featured below are our two most popular current packages: the $40 Plan and the $25 Plan.

The $40 Plan is the plan that we direct most our customers towards. It has great bang-for-buck with unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited international text and picture messaging, voicemail, call display, 4.5 GB of Canada-wide 3G data, and a bonus 500 MB/$2 monthly discount for Autopay renewal. Nice!

The $25 Plan is great for visitors to Vancouver and Canada or for those who aren’t using a lot of data. With this budget-minded plan, you get unlimited talk within Canada, unlimited international text/picture messaging, voicemail with call display and 500 MB of data (great for getting around the city with Google Maps for tourists!). For an extra $10 you can upgrade to 1 GB of data if you don’t think half a gig will cut it.

So how do you sign up for your new cheap phone plan? It’s easy! Just come on down to GoMobile Repair at 245 W Broadway in Vancouver. You can make payment in cash, debit or credit and we’ll even throw in a free SIM card with the purchase of a phone plan (a $10 value). And don’t forget: if you renew your plan for a second month, our referral gives you $10 off on your second bill. How sweet is that?

Public Mobile is a no frills service so one of the only real drawbacks is that you have to provide your own phone. However, if you don’t have one, we have plenty of used and refurbished smartphones to choose from! Just check out our list online to get an idea of what we have to offer this week.

Check out the image below for a broader spectrum of Public Mobile’s current plans as of June 17, 2019 (subject to change over time).

public phone plans

Find Your Smartphone Model Number

In 2019, there are more smartphones in the market than ever before…and GoMobile Phone Repair is fixing more cell phones than ever before too! With all of the subtle variances in phones today, it’s not surprising that a lot of people don’t even know which exact model of phone that they have. That’s why we’ve decided to lend a hand in helping you identify your phone model. Equipped with this valuable information, you can call our cell phone repair shop with confidence if you ever find yourself with a broken glass screen. Please note, some lines of phones have different model numbers depending on where in the world they were originally purchased. As a result, it is very important that you can communicate your exact phone model to us so that we can repair your phone with the proper parts, specific for your phone model.

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No matter which Apple iPhone you own, each one has a model number that can help identify which exact version it is. There are two model numbers: A long confusing string of characters which gives you a little bit of extra information (though cumbersome to use), and a much shorter model number starting with the letter “A” followed by four numbers. The latter is a much easier number to communicate and it is the one we prefer when asking our clients to identify their iPhone model. Here ‘s how you can find it:

Go to Settings > General > Regulatory

At the top of the screen, you’ll see the code.

iPhone Model Number Example:  A1865


There are so many different Androids in the marketplace, however, they all use the same basic operating system. So even if they all appear slightly different from device to device, the user interface should be fairly similar. This means that we can give you the same instructions across all platforms!

Go to Settings > Swipe your finger down from top to bottom to reveal the “Search” bar

In Search field, type “Model”, hit Enter or the equivalent.


Got to Settings > Tap the icon of the magnifying glass at the top of the Settings screen.

In the Search field, type "Model" and hit Enter or the equivalent.

Android Model Number Examples

Samsung Galaxy: SM-G973W

Google Pixel: G013A

LG Phones: V30 H933

OnePlus Phones: A6000

Huawei Phones: CLT-L09

ASUS Zenfone: X018D or ZB570TL (these always have two valid model numbers)

Sony Xperia: E6653

My Screen Is Dead. Now What?

If you find yourself in a situation wherein your phone is dead and/or showing nothing on screen, finding the model number in the Settings is not an option! If you find yourself in this sticky scenario, there are a couple of other areas you can look to find the model number on some phones. In these cases, we can also accept the IMEI number. Here’s where to look:

Printed on the back or bottom of the device
Printed on a sticker on the back of the device
On a sticker behind or on the battery, if easily accessible
On the SIM tray in very tiny print
On the box your device was purchased in
Phone your cell phone carrier if all else fails

There you have it! Now if you ever need to find the model number for a screen replacement, a new battery, or any other reason, you’re now armed with all of the information to find that secret code. Level up!

Cheap iPhone Screen Repairs Are Back!

Vancouver has never been a cheap city to live in but thankfully, we can help keep your wallet full with our drastically reduced iPhone screen replacement prices. Not too long ago, iPhone screen repairs averaged between $120-$200. Now, thanks to some incredible advancements in aftermarket technology, GoMobile is proud to announce most of our iPhone glass, touchscreen and display repairs all start at $99 or less!

coinsWe’ve been fixing iPhones since they came out and we’ve seen nothing but an increase in pricing for, not only the cell phones themselves, but the parts that make them up. A big reason for the price hike was that, starting with the iPhone 4 (remember when those were new?!), Apple decided to start combining the glass touch screen digitizer with the LCD display screen. The good news is that this meant that dust no longer got trapped in between the two layers (something that often happened, especially after repairs). The bad news is that overnight the cost of the parts were more than the cost of our usual repair prices. Yikes!

Since this time, all of the major players have followed suit. Samsung, LG, OnePlus and the rest all started producing these all-in-one screens with an expensive price tag. So why now is there a lower price for these screens? The answer is simple. Aftermarket technology has finally caught up with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) quality. Although we used to abhor even considering using anything less than original parts, we have recently discovered a producer of iPhone screens that has finally cracked the code.

So once again, the prices have changed overnight. But this time, its for the better! That’s what we call a HUGE win-win. The good old days of inexpensive iPhone screen repairs is back in Vancouver and this time, it’s here to stay! No longer do you have to choose between low quality aftermarket parts and high quality screen repairs! Of course, if you really want those OEM quality repairs, they are still available upon request. Call us at 604-700-6049 to book your iPhone repair and get that broken glass the love it so desperately deserves once and for all. Walk-ins at our cellphone repair shop are welcome too! You can find our boutique repair center at 245 W Broadway, Vancouver. Get your fix today!

Sell Your Old Cell – Get Cash Money

No doubt, if you’re enjoying your fancy new smartphone with all the bells and whistles, thoughts of your old junker are a distant memory. But did you know that you can sell your old cell phone for money? Every week, we buy and sell all sorts of used and refurbished devices at our Vancouver location – from the Blackberry Bold Z10 to the iPhone 5S – to the Samsung Galaxy S6 – to the iPhone 7 Plus! What is your old phone worth?

sell your phone

If you have an old cell phone that you would like to sell to GoMobile, simply pop by our shop at 245 W Broadway and we’ll give it an assessment. After our diagnostic, we’ll contact you with a quote on its value and we’ll email you the money! It’s far more useful to have cash in your pocket than a dusty old phone in your bottom drawer.

What Can I  Expect When I Sell My Cell Phone?

Although this post is not meant to be a definitive guide on exactly how much money you can make by selling your phone to us, we can tell you a few things that will help you understand what puts your cell phone in the good books (cha-ching!) and what’s not so good (womp-womp). Regardless of the condition of your aging device, here’s some things to note about how much you can get when you sell your phone:


if there is anything wrong with your device, like a shattered glass screen or a dead battery, this will reduce the value of your phone. But being one of Vancouver’s premier cell phone repair shops, we can easily refurbish most devices and make them new again. In other words, your damaged goods still has value!


If you have an old iPhone, for example, they come in different colours, different models and they all have different amounts of storage capacity. If your phone has 16GB worth of storage, it’s not worth as much as a phone with 64GB of storage. Fortunately, we sell phones for people of all walks of life and some people aren’t looking for a huge amount of space on their cell. Any capacity will be considered but more is worth more dough.


It goes without saying: if your phone is 2 years old, it’s most likely worth more than a phone that is 5 years old. We sell iPhones as old as the iPhone 4S and devices as old as the BlackBerry 9900. We typically only sell devices that are at least one-two years old as well. If it’s too new like the iPhone X, it’s probably still worth a fortune and we won’t consider it just yet. But soon!

Water Damage and Bent Phones

If your device is suffering from either of these conditions, there is a high likelihood that we will not accept this device for purchase. We guarantee our used and refurbished phones for a whopping six months so if your phone is water-logged or curved, it has sadly been compromised and may break down at any moment. We may consider these phones for parts, however, so there’s no harm in asking us!

OK, I Want to Sell My Cell Phone. Show Me the Money!

So if you want to sell your cell phone and get paid quickly, GoMobile Repair is a great option. We won’t low ball you like some other companies (cough, cough, APPLE STORE, cough cough*) and, what’s more, we won’t turn you away just because your phone is damaged. Come into our shop at 245 W Broadway and sell us your old iPhone or Android!

How to Avoid Cell Phone Battery Replacements

Next to screen replacements for cracked glass digitizers, cell phone battery replacements are something we perform nearly every day. Until there is a battery revolution that sees us moving away from lithium-ion technology, batteries dying over time is just a simple fact of life. So how can we make our batteries last longer?

Turn on Battery Saving Mode

This might be obvious, but both the latest iOS and Android OS have a battery saver mode. Turning this feature on will modify a few software settings to make your smartphone battery last longer. It is not recommended that you always use this feature as it will slow down your phone and make loading times longer but it’s a great idea if you’re just using your phone as a phone (what a concept!) or texting. Turn it off for watching videos, internet browsing and gaming.

Understand How to Charge your Phone

There is a lot of debate on how you should charge your phone to make it last longer. Although we used to recommend that you charge your phone from as low to 0% as you are comfortable with all the way up to 100% once per day (at night works best), recent studies have shown otherwise. The battery experts now recommend charging your device once it hits around 40% and unplug it once it reaches 80%.

Avoid Extreme Hot and Cold Temperatures

Don’t leave your phone in your glovebox in on a hot muggy day and think twice about bringing your phone on that icy-cold ski slope. Cell phone batteries are designed to run best at temperatures between 16° to 22° C. Charging your phone in extreme conditions can harm your smartphone battery further as well. If your phone gets too hot or cold, keep it at room temperature and your phone should operate as normal once again.

Don’t Use Fast Charging

Fast charging cell phones are all the latest rage but did you know that fast-charging actually degrades your battery. So unless you really need that blast of juice in a short period of time, it is highly recommended that you charge your phone the regular slow, old-fashioned way. Similarly, charging your device with a 2.4A power adapter (think the big iPad cube) is worse for your battery than a 1.2A one (like the smaller iPhone cube).

Store Your Device Around 50% Battery Life

Are you storing your device for a long period of time? If you want to prolong visiting us for a cell phone battery replacement, it is recommended that you store your device between 40%-60% battery capacity. This is exactly how we store our phones for sale at our shop! Smart, hey?

Turn Down Screen Brightness

A brighter screen can mean a dimmer battery life. We see a lot of people frown when we show them their screen at a lower brightness but believe us: your eyes will adjust to your less intense screen in no time.

Disable Push Notifications

Push notifications refer to those “helpful” little pop-ups that can show up on your screen from time to time. Basically, your phone is constantly searching the internet for updates and when your app or operations system sees there is something new to report – BING! You get an alert. It may be handy but it is a hog on your battery’s resources.

Use a 3G Cellular Network, Turn Off 4G/LTE

These days, when you get a new phone, it will automatically be using a 4G/LTE cellular network option. They make downloading much faster but did you know that they also take a lot more battery power than the 3G network? In our experience travelling around Vancouver, the 3G network not only uses less battery consumption but it is more reliable too!

Turn Off Location Services

Does your camera app really need to know your location? You’d be surprised at how many of your apps are trying to figure out exactly where on Earth you are. It goes without saying: allowing all of your apps to pinpoint your GPS location is destroying your battery performance. Choose wisely which apps can use this feature.

Turn Off Vibrate/Haptic Feedback

Buzz buzz buzz! That’s the sound of your battery depleting. The tiny little motor that spins around inside your phone to make it vibrate uses…you guessed it…ENERGY! If you think you can live without the physical sensation of your phone altering you to getting a new like on Instagram, then you can save a lot of battery power by turning this feature off.

Put Your Phone in Airplane Mode

You don’t have to be flying to use Airplane Mode! Turning this feature on will effectively turn your phone into a tiny computer that isn’t connected to a cellular network, wifi, Bluetooth and GPS location services. Great for if you’re sleeping, working or if you don’t want to be a slave to your phone!

There you have it, folks. 11 tips on how to save yourself from a premature cell phone battery replacement. Of course, if your smartphone or tablet’s battery has run its course, feel free to stop by our lovely boutique repair shop at 245 W Broadway or contact us at 604-700-6049 to inquire about having us replace your battery at your location. Our cell phone battery replacements are some of our most reasonably-priced repairs we offer (as low as $50) and they all come with a one-year warranty. Woohoo!