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uBreakiFix Names New CEO, Plans To Accelerate Growth
Tech repair leader uBreakiFix by Asurion has announced the appointment of Dave Barbuto as Chief Executive Officer. Barbuto brings to the role more than 15 years’ experience in operations, product management, and customer solutions management with tech care company Asurion. uBreakiFix joined the Asurion family in 2019 with a shared mission to make customers’ lives easier through technology. In less than two years, Asurion has fueled uBreakiFix’s growth from 500 retail locations to nearly 700 stores across the U.S. and Canada, with plans to continue accelerating growth under Barbuto’s leadership. As CEO, Barbuto will leverage his expertise to strengthen the impact of uBreakiFix’s existing brick-and-mortar footprint and lead its continued expansion into new markets, bringing much-needed tech repair services to even more communities.
uBreakiFix Provides Discounted Repairs for Samsung Program Honoring Frontline Heroes
Tech repair retailer uBreakiFix is providing repair support for Samsung’s limited-time program offering discounted cracked screen repairs to America’s frontline heroes. Now through June 6, 2021, doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, pharmacists, firefighters, police, and teachers are eligible to receive a discounted, one-time cracked screen repair for only $49.99 (saving them approximately 80% of the average cost) on Galaxy Series devices (Galaxy S8 or newer) or Note Series devices (Galaxy Note8 or newer), including edge variants. To participate, eligible customers must register with the Samsung First Responder or Samsung Educator discount program, then book a repair appointment via Samsung.com/us/support/service, selecting their nearest participating uBreakiFix store. This program is available in the U.S. only.
How to Get a Battery Replacement for Your Aging Smartphone
You might be in the habit of replacing your smartphone every couple of years, but most phones can last a lot longer than that. Like your car, they might just need a new part every now and then, and the best repair you can do on your phone to make it last longer is a battery replacement. For Android phones, there’s no single manufacturer that also handles all repairs, but you can still get same-day repairs done with third-party repair shops. The most prominent of these is uBreakiFix, which has locations in most US states. Some major manufacturers like Google and Samsung give uBreakiFix access to OEM parts, which means they can repair your phone with the same materials those companies would use if you send them in directly.
uBreakiFix challenges local communities to recycle e-waste by Earth Day
This spring, Lynne Schwartz, owner of uBreakiFix electronics repair shops in Geneva and Wheaton, is joining a nationwide mission to raise awareness for the environmental impact of electronic waste (e-waste) through a six-week tech recycling initiative called the Erase E-Waste Challenge. Recycling old electronics not only keeps harmful chemicals out of the air and land, it also allows for precious metals like gold, silver, and copper to be harvested and reused at a lower carbon footprint. Those looking to part ways with their old tech can bring eligible devices of any brand, make, or model to their local uBreakiFix store, and a professional repair technician will handle the rest. uBreakiFix will process the devices and route them to a Samsung-authorized recycling partner where they will be refurbished or processed into raw commodities for future reuse.
As long as you’re home, gather up your old electronics and recycle them
Everyone seems to have a shoebox, junk drawer or shelf in the hallway closet where they store their old electronics. Ryan Siegel, who owns two uBreakiFix stores in Scottsdale, calls them “tech graveyards,” where technology goes to die. We know we shouldn’t toss our devices in the trash because they’re bad for the environment, particularly those lithium batteries. We vaguely recall we’re supposed to take them someplace, but it seems like a hassle. It just got easier. Siegel is part of uBreakiFix’s campaign to recycle electronic castoffs for free through Earth Day, April 22. Drop them off at any location nationwide. Technicians will ship them to a recycling partner to be refurbished, dismantled for parts or to harvest the precious metals inside.
‘We can do this’: Three women become local business owners in male-dominated tech industry
In honor of Women’s History Month, CBS 58 in Milwaukee featured local franchisee partners Katie Ryan Pluer, Shannon Lopez, and Kristen Pfiefer for a segment about their entrepreneurial journey. The trio of self-starters owns four locations in the area with plans to open a fifth store later this year.