Computer and Phone Repair
My daughters have dropped their phones more times than I care to admit (or they care to share); so much so that even the insurance for accidental damage is used up. And, heaven forbid the phone stops working completely. The day my daughter’s phone broke, and she thought the world would come to an end, was nothing compared to when her computer stopped working. I have to admit, now that I no longer have a landline phone, I could not live too long without a phone, but when a computer malfunctions and all the work you did previously can’t be accessed, or worse, may have been lost; it may feel like the world is coming to an end. The good news is that it isn’t. There are plenty of (more competent than I) repair services available right near campus for those moments.
I do, however, highly recommend a backup system for computers. I presently use CrashPlan but some of our writers use Mozy. Both back up your computer daily (or as often as you deem necessary) so if you ever run into a jam, there is no need to panic; all their work has not been lost. For Macbooks, many will back up to the iCloud. As for the phone, encourage them to back it up every once in a while to be sure all their contacts and photos are backed-up. I also highly recommend a good phone case. My daughters complained they were too bulky, but after the fatal dropping of their third phone, I insisted that the new one wear a phone-case at all times and they acquiesced. They will thank you later. They can find some fun cases on Casetify so perhaps they won’t complain as much about having a case on their phone. Casetify even offers a 15% student discount with a verified student status registration or link through and get 20% off entire order when purchasing two items.
Most of the following places do both computer and cell phone repair.
UF does have a 247 help desk that is available by calling (352)392-4357 or emailing email@example.com. Walk-ins are welcome during their hours of operation.
Reitz Union Bookstore (located in the Reitz Union) – The bookstore has a laptop repair section that students find very helpful.
UF Computing Help Desk – Located in The Hub and also at Turlington, they provide phone, email and walk-in consulting services.
UF Apple Service Center – There is no Apple Store in Gainesville, but they do have an authorized service provider. Fees may apply for out-of-warranty repairs. They do not service iPhones but do service iPads and iPods. Click here for services offered and fees.
Best Buy Geek Squad – Located on Archer Road, their agents provide repair, installation and setup services on all kinds of tech – including computer repair, setup, and support. No matter where you bought your computer or phone, they will help. They are an Authorized Service Provider for Apple
Geek3 PC & Mac Repair – They are an on-site computer repair service provider so they come to you… They guarantee their repairs and do not charge you if they cannot fix you. Check their website for pricing and for coupons. They use Microsoft Certified technicians and can service and repair most Mac related issues.
The Laptop Repair – Located on University Drive, they offer free technology diagnosis. They offer LCD screen repair, cracked screens, broken iPhone screen repair, broken hinge repair, MacBook water spill and mainboard water damage, keyboard computer repair, battery computer problems, data recovery, windows OS problems and more.
UBreakiFix – Located on Archer Road. Most repairs on Smartphones and computers are completed the same day and all their work is backed by a 90-day warranty. They will price match any competitor.
EverythingMac – located in Midtown on NW 18th Street, this Apple Authorized Service Provider for AppleCare consumers and out-of-warranty Apple products. You will need to make an appointment and they even have an emergency phone number listed on their website.
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