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Mobile phone woes

A few days ago whilst out walking Ellie I took my phone out to use an app, got tangled up with my walking sticks, and dropped my phone face down on the path.

Picked it up to find the screen smashed in various places and the display flashing like the Northern Lights. I know you'll find it hard to believe, but I may have uttered a 4 letter word!

The last few days have been a frustration of being without my phone and trying to find out how to get it fixed. Like many people, I have become so dependant upon it that it is almost like missing a vital organ.

Cutting a long story shorter than it might be cos I don't want you all settling in with crisps and beer, it is a Samsung S9 and apparently you can't get screen replacement done locally. The Samsung screens are bonded in place with a special glue, whereas iPhone screens are held in place with screws and can be replaced in a 1 hour turnaround (allegedly). Samsungs have to be sent off and are gone for 3-5 days. It took a couple of days to finally get this information, from a Timpson's unit of all places. I had spent a lot of time researching other local phone repairers who either didn't return my calls or who offered quick help despites their reviews being dreadful. I fancy the mobile phone sector has more than it's fair share of charlatans. Incidentally screen replacement on the Samsung is likely to cost up to £250

My S9 is only 3 years old and I have been really happy with it in use, I had a silicone case but I hadn't fitted a toughened glass screen protector, though I don't know if that would have saved it. In order to get myself back to my jetset lifestyle PDQ I decided to check out iPhones as I have Macbook and ipads already. I went to Currys yesterday to get hands-on with the 12 which is the same size as the S9 and decided I'll have to dig deep into my gin fund and put Ellie on short rations for a while. Came home and ordered one from John Lewis which will be here today.

I was talking to the sales chap in Currys about screen replacement and 1-hour turnaround etc and he said the phone shops use a non-Apple replacement screen and that these can be rejected by the phone. He implied this is another Apple wheeze to screw the customer out of more money. I have no idea if this is true, does anyone know? Sounds like BS to me, but what do I know? I'd be interested in feedback from any of you who have a 12 or other late model iphone. iphones come with a charging lead but no wall charger, another example of being screwed by Apple. The lead has a USB3 apparently which will be useless. Still, I have 2 ipad chargers so that's OK.

I suspect Bazza will be along at some stage to abuse me and say he is using someone's castoff iphone2 and that is what I should be using. This will be to distract me from the bottle of Gordons that he owes me. Cough up, Bazza

Sorry for the lengthy epistle, the moral of the story is DON'T DROP YOUR PHONE!

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Oh what a bugger Geoff, yes it is a physical extension nowadays, unlike pre smartphones it does stuff I never envisaged wanting to do.

Yes Apple is a bastard company if you want anyone but them to mend anything, there is a lad in New York who is fighting them on it trying to change the right to repair laws, even Biden is getting in the act.


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Yes you should be using someones cast off phone. Thats what I am doing.

I think with the cost of some of these modern smartphones being north of £1000 its maybe worth having them insured. Maybe house insurance might cover them I dunno.

I cancelled out any Gin I owed you years ago with all the IT help I gave you for which you now owe me an entire case of Gin but I would prefer Single malt please. Chop Chop!
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Should do if you dropped it down the stairs
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If I'd know I would have let you have my S5 Geoff.
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Yes you should be using someones cast off phone. Thats what I am doing.

I think with the cost of some of these modern smartphones being north of £1000 its maybe worth having them insured. Maybe house insurance might cover them I dunno.

I cancelled out any Gin I owed you years ago with all the IT help I gave you for which you now owe me an entire case of Gin but I would prefer Single malt please. Chop Chop!
Now hang on a cottonpickin' minute.

Remind us what scooters you have, Bazza, and how that came about.

I rest my case, m'lud.
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I had same problem with my S8 last year. It would have cost a fortune, but I found one online repairer who would do it and keep the bonding for £80 (no fix no fee). Did it came back good as new still going strong after 10 months. Details available for anyone interested.
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That is of interest, Glandwr, if you don't want to post here perhaps you could pm me? Thanks.

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You have just confirmed my buying cheap Chinese £50 phones as and when I need to update or the batteries start to fade.
p.s. I have two spares Tuggers. But I always need one just in case.!!!

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