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Can hackers use your cell phone camera to spy on you?

Is someone watching you right now? Yes, it is absolutely possible for someone to hack into your phone and spy on you through the camera of your own cell phone.

Hackers have found ways to keep your camera running in the background even when your screen is turned off.

This type of spying on someone has been happening for years. It has been done in the past by hackers using the camera on a victims computer to watch and even secretly record them.

You might want to know next how to prevent these computer and cell phone hackers from infiltrating your electronic devices. The answer is that there is nothing that would be 100% effective. Not unless you disable all of the cameras and microphones on you laptop or cell phone.

What does Apple do with the old phone that you traded in?

Where does your old phone go when you trade it in?

Here is the answer.

There are many reasons why you should trade your phone in rather than throw it away.
First of all your device is made up of highly toxic chemicals that are very bad for the environment. And if discarded in an irresponsible manner they could poison the ground and the water that you drink. By entering the ecosystem these harmful chemicals could even make their way into the very food that you eat.

It is so easy to trade in that unwanted cell phone that there is no reason to do otherwise. It can be done safely online without even stepping out the door.

And it’s not only Apple that wants that old phone. There are countless other options that will accept virtually any electronic device, be it working or not. If you can’t factory reset the phone yourself and are worried about your private data, there are many trusted, reputable sources that have strict policies in place that ensure the security of any personal information left in storage.

Most phones that are traded in will be refurbished by skilled technicians that will replace any damaged components. The phone is wiped of all data and given a grade according to the cosmetic condition of the device. After that the cell phone is placed back into the market to be sold in places like China and South America. This allows people that wouldn’t normally be able to afford a cell phone to be able to purchase your refurbished device at a price that they can afford.

So trading your cell phone in is a very good thing. Not only are you doing your part to protect the world’s environment, you will also be opening up a whole new world of opportunity to someone that needs it.

Can using your cell phone at a gas station cause an explosion?

Is it dangerous?

It is true that a spark from your mobile device could ignite the gas fumes as you stand at the pump…

It would seem to be common sense that using anything that may cause a spark would be a bad idea to use around highly flammable fumes. But how about a cell phone? Experts claim that using a cell phone around a petrol pumping station is safe. There has not ever been a single episode in which an explosion or fire has been caused by use of a mobile device at a gas station. Even when scientists tried to purposely ignite gasoline fumes with a cell phone in experiments, all attempts have failed.

 

Can you get Corona Virus from a cell phone?

Cell Phones and the Corona Virus

 

The phone in your hand could make you sick, literally. It has been proven that COVID-19 can live on surfaces including your cell phone. So even though it has not yet been proven it is theoretically possible that the phone that you are holding in your hand could transmit Corona Virus to you.
It’s just common sense that after letting someone hold your phone that you should clean it before touching it with your face. Sanitizer wipes would be the perfect method of doing this without risking harm to your beloved device. There are UV sterilizers on the market but these have not been proven to eliminate the virus so just to be on the safe side I personally would stick with the wipes.
Here at Phoenix Phone Fix we value your health and well being. One way we minimize risk is by sanitizing all of the electronic devices that we encounter both before and after the repair. All of our staff has been vaccinated so you can rest assured that you can count on us to keep you, your family, and your friends safe and secure.

What exactly is 5G and why is it better?

What is a 5G cell phone?

Simply put, 5G is a mobile network.
A “mobile network” is comprised of a vast number of geographical areas called cells. Within each cell there is a base station called a cell tower. Each cell tower has a limited range that is long enough to communicate with the cell tower next to it. Then that cell tower in turn is able to communicate with the next cell tower closest to it. It is in this way that your smartphone is able to link with all of the cell towers in it’s network.

The very first mobile network 1G was analog voice. Then came along 2G or digital voice. Next came 3G which was a huge catalyst for the rapid spread of smartphones by allowing data connections and access to the internet. With the arrival of 4G the network became even faster with a larger bandwidth permitting things such as streaming.

Which brings us to today and the introduction of 5G.

5G or the 5th generation of mobile networks promises a great increase in speed and capacity along with near zero latency. All of which would be impossible with the 4G network, powering most of our current smartphones….

 

Be careful when buying a used cell phone

Things to consider when buying your next smartphone…

One of the first things you should do when deciding where to buy your next smartphone is to determine your price range. Cell phones nowadays can go for as little as $60 and they can also sell for as much as $1800. If you are on a tight budget it may be a good idea to consider buying a used or refurbished phone.

There are many places to buy a good slightly used cell phone. They are widely available across the internet and can be purchased without even leaving your home.

A good place to start in your search for a new cell phone is eBay or Amazon. These are in my opinion better than other sites because most of the sellers offer delivery options so there’s no need to meet in person.

There are so many things to consider when buying a cell phone that there is no single best option. One of the most important things to consider is how much storage your new phone will have. Many of the cheaper devices will have 32 gigabytes of memory or less. This may be ok for some but I would recommend that you go no less than a 64 gigabyte model.

If you are one that likes to actually hold the phone in your hand before you buy it you may not want to buy it online. Another good option is to make your purchase from one of the big box stores like Walmart, Target, or Sams. There are also some good deals offered by the phone carriers themselves. Places like Verizon, T-mobile and AT&T sometimes offer a free phone as an incentive to sign up with one of their monthly service plans.

Stay open minded, ask a lot of questions. Take your time to shop around and I have no doubt that you’ll end up with a cell phone that is just right for you.

 

 

 

Should I update my iPhone to the newest version of iOS?

IPhone users have become wary of updating the software on their iPhones, especially after Apple has openly admitted to intentionally slowing down their older model devices by way of an update.

It has been suspected for a long time that the reason for this was to encourage users to upgrade their old phones to a newer model.  In the year 2017 Apple had no choice but to admit that they were intentionally slowing down their iPhones by way of an update. They claimed that they did this to compensate for a battery that could no longer supply enough power to the device causing it to shut down unexpectedly.  That in itself would be fine.  The problem is that they did this without informing the consumer.  Many believe that the real reason for this “slow down” was to encourage people to buy a new phone although Apple claims the accusations are false. This throttling of speed was first implemented for the iPhone 6.  It is still being done today, but iOS now informs the user when the battery can no longer keep up and  power management has been switched on.

Do aftermarket cell phone batteries perform as well as original batteries?

    Can you trust an aftermarket cell phone battery?

 

You might have wondered if the aftermarket battery you had installed at that third party cell phone repair shop is really going to perform like an original. The answer to that question may not be a simple yes or no.

Here’s why…

Most cell phones and all iPhones today use Lithium-ion batteries.  During discharge lithium ions move from the negative side through an electrolyte to the positive side. Then during charging the lithium ions move back to the negative side.  All of these batteries contain highly flammable Electrolytes that could be a safety hazard if not designed correctly. Some aftermarket battery companies may sacrifice safety for cost leading to disastrous results.  This is why you should never buy a phone battery from an online supplier that you don’t know and trust.  A good aftermarket battery is constructed well using good materials and approved by a safety agency. There are many good aftermarket batteries out there.  Phoenix Phone Fix only buys from one reputable supplier that has been proven to only stock batteries that adhere to strict safety margins.  So if you would like to change your cell phone battery without risking safety, rest assured that Phoenix Phone Fix is a place that you can trust.

 

 

 

 

Are cell phones bad for your health?

Are we unknowingly exposing ourselves to danger?

 

Nearly all of us keep a cell phone in our pocket or purse nearly one hundred percent of the time. It is always within our reach and I’m willing to bet my last dollar that you have one in your hands this very moment.

Now what if I told you that the device you hold so close is potentially causing you great harm? What if the phone in your hands is shortening your life right now even while you are reading this.
It is the radio frequency energy that your phone emits that may be a danger. Radiation is being absorbed through your body as you are exposed to something that is completely invisible yet may be carcinogenic in nature. And although there is not enough scientific data to prove that there is a significant threat. Studies have shown that there is indeed a viable cause for concern.

 

In 1995 scientists discovered that the RF energy produced by cell phones increased the risk of tumors caused by brain cell damage in lab rats. And that this may also be the case in humans that have used a cell phone for a period of ten years or longer.

Even though there have been many studies that seem to reenforce the idea that phones can cause us harm, there is no conclusive proof that these devices cause bone loss, brain tumors, and cancer. There is just not yet enough evidence to do without something that has become such an important part of us and our daily lives.

Tips to choosing the best cell phone repair shop

Which phone repair shop is the right one?

With so many cell phone repair shops to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

We now rely on our phones for just about every aspect of our daily lives. So when an accident has happened it is important to get your device running again in the shortest amount of time possible.  There are many places to choose from.  Here are some tips on how to differentiate the good ones from the not so good.

 

1. Check out the online reviews

One of the simplest and best ways to decide who to trust your beloved iPhone to is by first checking the reviews from others that have had their phones repaired there. If the shop you are planning to go to has many bad reviews then that would be an obvious red flag and a signal to move on to another. Try to find a repair shop with a bounty of five star ratings and your chances of  success will be far greater.

 

2. Visit their website

Another source you can look at is the company’s website. A good way to get a feel for the phone repair shop is to go online and study their website beforehand. By doing this you can see what services the company offers. Do they specialize in only iPhone screen repair or do they perform repairs on Android devices and laptops also? Do they advertise any type of warranty with your phone repair? Are diagnostics performed for free or is there a charge? Are the prices for the repairs listed in the website or do you have to fill out a questionnaire form just to find out how much you repair will cost? Do they offer same day phone repair?

 

3. Give the repair shop a call

Calling the shop and speaking to a live person might help you decide if you want to have your phone repaired there. You may be surprised at how just speaking to someone for a few minutes can give you a good idea of what the business is about. Is the call answered in a friendly, pleasant tone? Is the person you are speaking with receptive to any questions you might have? Do they seem knowledgeable about the services the repair shop offers?

Of course there is no sure way of knowing which cell phone repair shop will be best.  But with these tips and a little luck you’ll find a shop that will provide a quality repair at an affordable price.  And just like having a good car mechanic, once you find a trustworthy cell phone repair shop, stick with them and don’t go anywhere else.

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