iPhone woes, student heroes
For many students, a broken iPhone means a trip to the Apple store and a dent in their wallet.
But, when junior Brian Beck’s phone broke, he and friend Andrew Alcina took the matter into their own hands.
“Our cell phone screens were cracked one day and we were like ‘hey we should try to fix these ourselves.’ We started experimenting with our own phones and we were like ‘wow this is pretty hard,’ but we got it down and we got it to a science,” Beck said.
Beck, an environmental science major, and Alcina, a business major, decided to found B&A’s iFIXIT.
“So then we just kept fixing our phones and fixing our phones, and were like ‘hey a lot of people have iPhones and they’re students, they keep dropping them. We should make a business,’” Beck said.
Beck and Alcina typically fix five to 10 phones per week. Prices vary from $30 to $70, depending on the extent and location of the desired fix.
Beck works on the phone repairs in his Towson Place Apartment using the parts and equipment he orders from various companies.
“Changing the camera, changing the battery. I’ve even fixed a couple of water-damaged phones. We can change the motherboard, the speaker, the vibrator, basically any problems anyone has with an iPhone,” Beck said.
In addition to offering affordable iPhone repairs, B&A’s iFIXIT boasts same-day repairs and speedy fixes that may otherwise be hard to obtain for on-campus students.
“[Repairs can take] Anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes depending on how bad the crack is on the front,” Beck said.
As for what’s to come, Beck and Alcina are looking to expand. They hope that in the coming months, they’ll have the resources necessary to start fixing students’ iPhone 5’s, which they claim are easier to patch up than their counterparts, the iPhone 4’s.
“Right now, the future looks bright,” Beck said.
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