Spring has almost sprung, are you ready? – March 15, 2014

Your electronics have almost survived the cold, damp and unfriendly winter. Now is the time to reward them for their extra efforts. The freezing temperatures have affected batteries, buttons lenses and other critical components – and that's without accidental handling.

How do you ensure the long term health of your cell phone or tablet? How about:

    • Replace the battery to gain additional working time, reducing charging periods and utilize the full power of your cell phone.
    • Assess and change the charging port to promote better battery life, ensure rapid data transfer and improve charging.
    • Check your lenses and screens for cracks, chips or other damage. A broken lens can cause structural issues with your cell phone or tablet while making LCDs and other components work harder.

How about protecting your cell phone by wrapping it in a new case? We have cases for almost every cell phone or tablet that will ensure their safety and project a personal touch for the owner. Add a screen protector (ours are guaranteed for life!) to eliminate scratches from keys or other cell phone unfriendly items plus it adds another layer of protection.

Now is the time to invest wisely in your cell phone to get the best return on your investment. Don't wait for Mother Nature - get ready for Spring and the Summer coming soon.



Unlocking the mysteries of "Unlocking" – March 5, 2014

Many people take their cell phone's data plan for granted. It is nice not to worry about roaming charges as you travel around the country, but leaving the country can be a different story.

If you are going to travel, it is important that you review your plan to ensure you don't get surprised with unexpected data usage bills. Having your device factory or permanently unlocked is the first step.

Most cell phones will attempt to connect to an available Wi-Fi hot spot when available. When a Wi-Fi hot spot is not available, the phone will automatically switch to cell signals for data connections.

Even if you're not actively using an app that communicates with the internet, there are several background apps that may still be communicating. Checking for new email, Twitter and Facebook notifications and other apps run in the background to get updates automatically and provide you with notifications.

While most cell phones will allow you to shut off cellular data connections when you are roaming, an unlocked device will enable you to take advantage of local plans and avoid roaming charges. Only a factory or permanent unlock will provide you with the assurance that your device will not lock back up to the original carrier if you update an app or the operating system. It may cost a little more but knowing that your unlocking is guaranteed is well worth it.

With an unlocked device, you can purchase a local pre-paid SIM card. This will allow you to stay connected at a much cheaper price than the roaming charges for calls, texts and data from your domestic carrier.

And even if you never leave this country, your device can be easily transferred to other domestic carriers quickly by switching the SIM card and making a few adjustments. This new unlocked status ensures that you are in complete control of your smart phone destiny.

But don't be fooled by low cost temporary unlocks. It pays to take your device to the experts to make sure that everything is working and is completed properly. Your smart phone will thank you.

Hope this helps you save some money on your next trip.



Recycling is the last resort – January 30, 2014

We have been taught to follow the principles of "reduce, reuse, and recycle " by activists, researchers and educators. However, it is not that simple.

There is a limit to our ability to recycle and in some cases like cell phones or electronic devices, they can't be recycled effectively. No cell phone is 100% recyclable, especially with our current manufacturing processes and recycling capabilities.

Based on industry information, almost 35% of the material content of a cell phone can't be recovered when it is recycled. Many components such as rare earth metals cannot be recycled at all. And in some cases, the components are too small to separate effectively.

In reality, we should be adopting the tenant "reduce, reuse, repair ". Recycling should be our last resort as it is the worst solution.

Help save our environment by recycling when you have no option. Remember that repairing your cell phone is not only better financially but it is better for the world’s environment.



Electronic Waste – January 17, 2014

I read somewhere that if we took all of the electronic waste that consumers will throw out in 2014 and place it in very large dump trucks, that these trucks would almost encircle the Equator! We generate over 60 million tons of gadget waste in a single year.

We need to remind ourselves that electronics are not really disposable. Every cell phone, tablet or device contains toxic material. These metals or plastics do not degrade and could poison people and our environment.

This is the reason that repair is so important. Most cell phones can be repaired, and so make sure that you consider this when selecting your new device. The most common repair is a broken screen. Cell phone screens can be repaired, and so there is no need to upgrade your device when all that is required is a screen repair or replacement. And if repair is really not an option, please recycle it responsibly.

Educate yourself why repairing your cell phone is good, primarily for the environment, for the economy, and for yourself.

It is time to stop the growing pile of electronic garbage!



Cell Phone Screen Repairs – January 13, 2014

When it comes to the question of a cell phone screen repair, we are similar to what "Bob the Builder" would always say, "Can we do it- Yes we can."

Most cell phones can be repaired with only a few requiring replacement(s) of the LCD or Digitizer assembly. This means that if your screen needs repairing, we can typically replace just the lens and save you money. If the LCD is damaged, the only screen repair is a full assembly. In most new cell phones, the LCD is not replaceable by itself as it is usually part of the digitizer.

But come and see us to determine if your cell phone screen repair can be easily done.

And if the screen cannot be repaired economically, we can always show you our selection of refurbished cell phones from various manufacturers which all come equipped with a 6 month warranty.

Don’t delay getting your cell phone screen repairs done. Bring them to us for quick and trusted service, as we are also a "Samsung Authorized Service Centre."

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25% of E-commerce completed on smartphones – January 8, 2014

Industry experts say that smartphones and tablets are responsible for almost 25% of e-commerce activity.

A report from more than 600,000,000 internet shopping experiences shows that iPads and tablets account for as many as 15% of all visits to e-commerce websites and approximately 10% of activity is coming from smartphones.

The majority of the activity is from Apple branded devices with iPads leading iPhones. Ten times more iPads are used to visit sites versus Android tablets while twice as many iPhones made visits when compared to Android smartphones.

But computers are still the leaders in overall activity with tablets edging out smartphones, and iPads leading tablets. The difference was smaller when order value was compared- tablet owners were marginally bigger spenders than computers or smartphones.



It's cold out there: More reason to cozy up to your device - January 3, 2014

When temperatures drop drastically as they have recently, the changes can have adverse effects on your portable devices such as cell phones, smartphones, and tablets.

A few tips to save your cell phone and tablet from the cold:

  • Keep your cell phone warm and limit conversations or activities while outside
  • If you need to use your device outside, ensure that when you return to a warmer environment that the device has an opportunity to warm slowly without being used
  • Battery life will be decreased in the cold. Remember to charge as needed but do not overcharge.
  • Condensation can form and cause liquid damage conditions if your cell phone device is moved from cold to warm conditions. Limit the exposure time to reduce the chances of liquid damage. Keep in mind that it is not covered by warranty.
  • Invest in a good case to protect against damage from dropping. Plastics and light metals do not adapt well to cold temperatures and shock.

Most importantly, back up your precious data. If your cell phone or tablet fails, it may not be possible to recover pictures, documents or other personal information.

Keep warm and be kind to your smart phone!



A little light reading and food for thought - December 29, 2013

Some very interesting results from a recent survey on cell phone users and their habits as printed in the Toronto Star: Three in four people say that they take their cell phone into the washroom all the time or often; 56% of respondents pull their cell phone out at least once per hour when they are with friends; more than half would check their phone while out on a date; only 12% of respondents use their device for calling and the majority of those people are over 60 years of age.

The overall average for all of the respondents was: 37% use their cell phone to communicate via text messaging; 27% by phoning; 16% through email; 9% by social media and 3% with instant messaging.

And lastly, 39% believed that mobile communications would replace physical interaction within 5 years and thankfully, 39% disagreed with this notion. Some very revealing numbers and cell phones!