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How Easy is it to Replace a Battery?

Manufacturers have been accused of incorporating ‘planned obsolescence’ within electronic devices in order to sell more units. This is a business tactic where manufacturers design products with shorter lifespans than necessary so that consumers will continuously need to purchase new models.

Planned obsolescence has been a particularly hot topic in the past few years, with many smartphone manufacturers coming under fire for purposefully designing phones that have shorter battery lives than necessary. While Apple has been accused of this practise most recently, other famous manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony have also been accused of the same thing.

What do phone makers do to make these batteries hard to replace?

Apple has been accused of replacing the batteries in older phones with newer models with smaller capacities, which results in a phone that can run for less time between charges. In order to perform this ‘upgrade’, Apple have been accused of making it harder for consumers to replace these batteries themselves instead of paying for an official Apple replacement.

For example, Apple has been accused of using proprietary screws on their devices, which are not easily replaced with standard tools. This makes it difficult for users to open up their phones and replace the battery themselves. Apple have also made new models incompatible with existing charging cables, meaning you have to purchase a replacement if your charger is faulty.

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How much does it cost to replace the battery?

While Apple has been accused of making their batteries difficult to replace, they do still allow consumers to perform this replacement themselves. The downside is that it will only cost you around $80 for a new battery, not including labour costs.

Is this an issue with other manufacturers?

Manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and Motorola have also come under fire for making it difficult to access the batteries inside their phones. These manufacturers generally use standard sized batteries, which are easily accessible with the right tools. However, they make these batteries protrude from the device by around 1mm more than necessary. This means that if your device is dropped, the battery will impact the ground first. This results in the battery bulging and deforming, rendering it unusable.

Additionally, these batteries are glued into their housing, making them difficult to remove safely without causing damage to the phone itself.

Will manufacturers face repercussions?

Apple has been accused of using a legal loophole to make devices more difficult to repair. Apple argues that it is illegal to sell replacement parts, but not to replace the battery yourself. This loophole allows them to continue making their devices difficult to fix without breaking any laws. However, given Apple’s recent announcement of their $29 iPhone battery replacements it seems that they may be backing down from this approach somewhat.

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We at GoMobile Repair are not just offering Metro Vancouver phone repair but we are also offering better bargains than usual. Overstocked lightly used phones are available at clearance prices. For pricing and delivery zones, see our map. Contact us for phone battery replacements!

Your Mobile Phone May Be Dirtier than Your Toilet!

Our mobile phones are dirtier than most people think. Consider all the places your hands have been, they handle your phone. The average American checks their phone about 47 times per day, microorganisms have plenty of opportunities to get transferred from your fingers at that rate.

People keep their phones with them, even when they would normally wash their hands first. Research does vary, but a recent study shows that over 17,000 types of bacteria reside on the phones of high school students. Scientists at the University of Arizona have determined that mobile phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.

Our skin is naturally covered in microbes that are in frequent contact with our phones. Fortunately, most organisms on mobile phones are not pathogens that can make you sick. For instance, staphylococcus might be present, but it is probably not the kind that gives you a staph infection. But do keep in mind what your hands have been encountering when you bring your phone to your face.

Measures to Consider

Here are some measures you can take to keep your phone clean.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol is a great way to clean your phone, but you should do it often, by wiping it down. We suggest that you use 90% water and 10% alcohol. You also want to make sure that the device is turned off when you do.
  2. Wash your hands: It used to be considered sort of obsessive to wash your hands frequently, but now it is a good idea. So, if you do, make sure that you wash them soon before you handle your phone.
  3. Consider storing your phone. So, when you are in public, say at a bar or restaurant, consider putting your phone away. This way, you can be fully present with the person you are actually in front of, and your phone isn’t subjected to all of the contaminants in that area.
  4. Consider getting a Whoosh Cleaning kit. We offer mobile phone cleaning kits at all our Vancouver, metro area locations.

Keeping Your Phone Clean

Keep your phone out of the bathroom, other than that, there are several steps you can take. One approach is to wipe your phone down with a microfiber cloth. This removes many of the germs. If you really want to deep clean, use a combination of 60% water and 40% rubbing alcohol. Wipe it gently across your phone. Do this twice a month and you should be fine.

Keeping Yourself Clean

The best thing you can do is to keep yourself clean because that is what keeps your phone clean. Wash your hands frequently. If you do that, you should be fine.

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Certainly, we all feel the need to keep our surfaces clean, especially those surfaces that we place close to, or on, our face. There is a new awareness we now have about our habits, and a level of cleanliness, that we never recognized before.

We at GoMobile Repair are not just offering the Metro Vancouver phone repair, but also better bargains than usual from our phone store in Vancouver. We offer clearance prices on overstocked lightly used phones ­– priced to sell. If you are close by, see if you are in our free delivery zone, or refer to our map for pricing.

Will the Microchip Shortage Effect the Cell Phone Industry?

There is a global shortage of semiconductor chips. We suggest that, if you need a new mobile device, you should purchase it sooner rather than later. Prices moving forward are difficult to predict. We want to help you and your smartphone be safe and fully operational.

So far, automobiles and video game consoles have felt the impact of the global microchip shortage. Next on the list are smartphones. Smartphones have not been affected up to this point, because large smartphone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have utilized their stockpile of critical components.

The Ultimate Impact on Apple, Samsung, and Others

Recently CEOs like Tim Cook of Apple have warned that these supply constraints could affect sales of iPhones and iPads. But their attention to their supply chain has allowed them to keep pace.

Smartphone manufacturers run at a different pace than the automotive industry, and smartphones sell at a much higher rate. Smartphone manufacturers have long anticipated and made moves to address the shortage. Additionally, the automotive industry began to drop their demand for semiconductors, anticipating the drop in demand for cars during the pandemic.

Smartphone manufacturers actually benefited from the available semiconductors left by the automotive industry, who then really felt the pain, as demand for cars rose faster than expected. The demand for smartphones did wane in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. Sales declined 12.5%. Since then, Global Smartphone sales have risen to 26%.

Between the closure of several factories and an ever-increasing demand for consumer electronics, semiconductors are now in short supply. So now, Smartphone manufacturers are starting to feel the impact of the shortage.

Who Gets Hurt?

Apple: Sales of iPhones and iPads will be affected, reports Apple CEO Tim Cook. Although Apple is one of the top priorities for chipmakers, it is vulnerable like everyone else. Instead of the high-end chip production, like CPUs, being affected, supporting chips that perform more everyday functions are affected. Without them, even the iPhone is all but useless.

Samsung: Samsung also benefits from its size and position in the market, however, remains in perilous territory. After a month-long shutdown of its semiconductor fabrication plant in Austin, and its Vietnam factories suspending operation because of COVID. Samsung suffered a serious imbalance in supply and demand. They also mentioned that their forecasted recovery to pre-pandemic levels might still be at risk.

Smaller manufacturers: China’s Lenovo and TCL, and also Finland’s HMD Global are likely to struggle with supply even more. There is overall tightness in the supply chain, and there might be an imbalance across the market.

The Consumer: The road ahead looks as though shortages will likely continue, at least short term, and result in limited availability of new phones and possibly higher prices.

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Certainly, the pandemic is one of the leading causes of the shortage, but it can also be attributed to China shutting off power to some manufacturing areas for emissions issues.

We at GoMobile Repair are not just offering Metro Vancouver phone repair, but also better bargains than usual from our phone store in Vancouver. We offer clearance prices on overstocked lightly used phones­– priced to sell. If you are close by, get our free delivery zone, or refer to our map for pricing.

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!?

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”.

Oh...Canada?

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.

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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.

Micro-Soldering

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.

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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:

NO CONTRACT

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

30 DAYS USAGE

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

BONUS DATA

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

DISCOUNTS!

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

NO SURPRISES

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).

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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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iPhones

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

Android

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.

OR

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!