Upgrade or Buy a Phone?

Its time to upgrade but what do I do?

When it is time to upgrade you are presented with several options via your mobile contract provider. These are often the latest devices which will involve you renewing your contract for a further 12, 18 or even 24 months. Once your locked in there is usually no way of getting out unless you are prepared to pay the rest of the contract out or wait to the end of the term.

But are these contracts really worth it? Let's take an iPhone 7 for example on a 12 month contract. You can end up paying an upfront cost of £20.00 towards the phone and then a monthly bill of around £80.00 for unlimited minutes and text and 50GB of data. This works out to £980.00 in cost over the contract period providing you do not go over your allowance.

So what other options could you have?

Taking a SIM only monthly or 12 month contract and keeping your existing phone (if it is still in good working order). Now with this option you would be able to get the same unlimited calls and text but with 60GB for £30.00 per month. This works out to £360.00 for the year. A saving of £620.00. A huge saving not to be sniffed at. That's a nice weekend away, an expensive handbag or pair of shoes, food shopping for a month (in some cases a week) or enough to purchase 2 iPhone 7 approved used devices or a brand new iPhone 7. This brings me on to another option.

Let’s say you come to the end of your contract and you fancy a change in handset, perhaps because your current device is faulty or you would like a change. Taking the same option above you could use the savings under the SIM only contract option and purchase an approved used device from GR Phones. We sell approved used iPhone 7 devices from £275.00. With this said you could use your savings of £620.00 to purchase one of our devices and still have change for those fancy shoes or  handbag. Furthermore you could also trade in your old device at GR Phones as a credit towards your new phone or just for the extra cash.

Push or Not to Push. You Decide!

Question to ask yourself

  • Do you really need a brand new phone or could you be happy with an approved used one?
  • Is your contract worth it, is it good value for money?
  • Are you getting the right amount of data, minutes and text?

If you are at the end of your contract or if you have already made the move to SIM only and would like to discuss your options of purchasing an approved used device and/or trading in your old device then please give us a call on 01494 534 008 where a member of our team will be more than happy to discuss your options.

 

Pushing of these may be a wiser choice even for general helpful tips and advise 🙂

 

Trade In            Buy Phones

 

 

Paul Our New Electronics Repair Expert

Meet Paul a new member to our team

Meet Paul a new member to our team. Paul has a vast amount of experience in electrical and electronic repairs and has visited our workshop several times over the last few months helping us repair several devices - even those outside our usual scope of repair.

 

Over the last 30 - 40 years Paul has repaired, Home Entertainment Equipment, Disco Equipment Repairs such as amplifiers, lighting equipment and mixers, Guitars and Juke Boxes, Dyson Vacuum Cleaners, completed PAT testing for several businesses and much more. In fact we have a comprehensive list below of all the various repairs he has done over the years.

 

 

  • Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Repairs ( Upright, Cylinder, and Cordless ) - Walk In Service
  • Washing Machine Repairs ( Hotpoint, Hoover, And Indesit ) - Call Out Service
  • All Disco Equipment Repairs ( Amps, Lighting, Mixers, Microphones ) - Walk In Service
  • Some Flat Screen Television Repairs - Walk In Service
  • Personal Video Recording Boxes Repairs ( PVR ) Walk In Service
  • Vintage Radio's Repairs ( All Types ) - Walk In Service
  • Two Way Radio's Repairs ( Walkie Talkies ) - Walk In Service
  • Car Radio's, Tape Players, CD, With Bluetooth Repairs - Walk In Service
  • Home Audio Equipment Repairs -  Walk In Service
  • Juke Box Repairs ( Electrical Side Only ) - Walk In or Call Out
  • Guitars And Amplifiers Repairs - Walk In Service
  • Electric Cooker Repairs ( Not Gas ) - Call Out Service
  • Cooker Hoods ( Extractors ) - Call Out Service
  • Steam Mops And Carpet - Cleaners - Walk In Service

Paul is a very ambitious, talented and intelligent individual within the electrical and electronics industry and has taught us a lot over the last few months and it is a pleasure to have him as part of the team.

Paul works with us on a part time basis so if you have any of the devices above that require repair please contact us to schedule a repair by calling our usual number 01494 534 008 or using the quote form below.

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Random Repairs :)

Gadget Rehab we never shy away from any Gadget Repair.

We generally specialize in Smartphone, Laptop and Tablet Repairs. However in the past few months we have been seeing an increase in "random repairs" a few examples of this are listed below;

  • Electric Skateboard
  • Sound Card
  • Digital Radio
  • Portable Speakers
  • Satellite TV box

These are but a few of the many ‘Random Repairs’ that we have get in and have been able to repair at affordable prices for our customers which once again means we are continuing the lifecycle of devices that otherwise may have been disposed of which increases our landfill. 

So if you have a "Random" Gadget that needs repair please don't throw it away or forget about it at the back of your draw, contact us and we will try our best to help.

Call us - 01494 534008

Email - info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

1. iCloud Restore

You have just bought a new iPhone 8, but you would like to transfer your contacts, photos and more….

You realise you now need to complete an iCloud restore as you had iCloud backed up your previous device.

  • Follow the  steps that your phone will ask you to do when getting a new phone until you reach the ‘Apps and Data’ screen. On which you will be given multiple choice question, on which you must select ‘restore from iCloud backup’
  • You will then be asked to sign into iCloud.
  • Followed by options as to which backup you would like it to use. Using the dates and sizes select. Once you have chosen it will begin the back up. During which you must keep the device connected to a wifi network.

 

                                                                            


2. iTunes Restore

If you have backed your iPhone up using iTunes, don’t fret, I haven’t forgotten about you 🙂

  • Open iTunes on the computer/laptop you have used to back it up on
  • Connect your new iPhone to this computer/laptop using a usb cord- you may be asked to put in your password to ‘trust’ previously mentioned computer/laptop
  • The device should then appear on the iTunes you have previously opened

 

  • The next step is to select ‘restore Backup’
  • Ensure it is restoring to the right backup using the date as a reference
  • Finally simply select restore and let the magic commence, it may ask you to insert your password again for your encrypted backup
  • Leave the device connected until the restore is fully complete the phone should then restart automatically.

Source link: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/ht204184#icloud

Many people don’t realise their consumer rights when it comes to manufactures warranty!

Gadgets in today’s world generally have a warranty between 1-5 years, depending on the product. What this warranty gives you, the consumer,is the right to go back to the company of purchase or manufacture if you have any manufacturing faults or defects with the product.

Manufacturers have been known and have a tendency to void your warranty for reasons they are not always permitted to do. A common reason for manufactures voiding your warrant is third party repairs. Now in some cases this makes sense, for example if you get your motherboard replaced and then follow to have a motherboard issue,however in many cases you could have a screen replacement and then when you have a completely unrelated issue for example a battery problem they will still void your warranty. But is this really right...

Gadget Rehab advises you have read of this article titled: “what really voids your warranty”. You should also read your manufactures terms and conditions and contact them should you have any concerns or need further clarification.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contacts us on;

Call - 01494 534008

Email - info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

Sound Card Repair

Traktor Audio 10 Repair

The team at Gadget Rehab recently did a repair on a Traktor Audio 10 Sound Card. This is a very unique repair and as all the DJs out there know it is difficult to find someone who does repairs for this device.

The client approached us in regards to repairing the USB port as it had severe damage. Our techs had a look at the device ,and as they have been doing similar repairs as of recent, they decided to take a leap of faith and take on this complex repair.

It took some dedicated work hours and a fair amount of research but the team managed to successfully repair the Sound Card. leaving our client happy as larry.

You can read our clients review here - link to review

For more information, or if you have a device that needs repairing contact us on:

Phone - 01494 534 008

Email - info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

Data Destruction and Recovery

Internationally Certified Data Destruction and Recovery

Here at Gadget Rehab our in house technicians can help you find your lost files. We know that sometimes we can accidently lose files or ‘delete’ them however no need to fear these files have, in the majority of cases, just been hidden or stored beneath the surfaces. We work with software and expert skill to retrieve this missing/deleted data.

Causes of data loss are:

Over two fifths of data loss are caused by hardware or system malfunctions, this is why it is important that you keep your computer systems up to date and regularly service it. Here at Gadget Rehab we offer expert advice on ways to keep your system healthy. Some more causes are listed below;

  • Human errors – also known as user interference i.e deleting a file by mistake
  • Software corruption – we have all experienced this, when halfway through an important report the application just shuts down, resulting in all our hard work being lost, or is it?
  • Computer viruses and malware – data protection is an important thing with our computers containing some of our most private information, banking detail and addresses, therefore it is vital that you have a well known and respected, established security system on your computer such as the likes of NORTON, AVG  

Due to this we also highly recommend that you backup your data. This is such an important thing to do and in today’s modern world with cloud storage and auto backups it quite literally at your fingertips. There is no excuse not to do so! If you need help with iCloud storage and automatic back ups we are more than happy to give you some free advice or we can help you set this all up for a small fee.

Data Destruction:

We understand that on many of our devices we have sensitive data, especially our corporate clients, so we also offer a data destruction service, which completely destroys all data, what this means is no one will ever be able to access those sensitive files, as they will no longer exist.  Gadget Rehab are partnered with some of the most secure data destruction providers which meet international data privacy regulations including ISO 27001 and ISO 27040.

We cover flash drives, hard drives and mobile devices and will provide an industry recognised certification for each device where that we wipe the data for. If you are a personal or corporate client that requires a trusted data destruction service then please give us a call for a quote using the details below:

For more information contact us on

Phone – 01494 534008

Email – info@gadgetrehab.co.uk

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Could it be true????

Have we reached a point in society in which Technology is taking over!!!

Amazon is due to Open 6 more Cashier Less stores !!

Yes!! what a crazy thing to think,  going are the days of having to que and pay. In the new amazon stores everything is chipped meaning you just grab and go - literally - the store will automatically charge to your associated amazon account. It knows what you have through the use of various different technologies.  From the weight of your basket to sensors placed around the store.

Don’t fret, this new store only replaces the cashiers however they still have people who stock shelves clean etc. but for how long? Until they make robots that can complete those tasks efficiently.  

Want to know more? Follow the link below.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610006/amazons-checkout-free-grocery-store-is-opening-to-the-public/

Amazon Go Store

Turnaround times to suit you.

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iMac/MacBook SSD upgrade

Work experience Haleem takes on the Big Mac!

During my week I was invited to assist the team to complete an iMac SSD upgrade.  My supervisor ‘Daniel Beckford’ took me through the upgrade step by step; we also discussed how this upgrade would improve the performance of the iMac dramatically. This is due to it being a digital hard drive rather than the standard mechanical hard drive.

Below is a picture of me removing the screws, (don’t worry; I was actually looking where I was screwing, I just posed for the camera 🙂

Haleems Work Experience Jan 2018

Gadget Rehab can upgrade your Macbook hard drive to an SSD on a quick turnaround so contact us now for quotes and more information.