Best tech gift? Assistance, repair or help for

by | Mar 17, 2021 | Smart Home | 0 comments

2021-03-17 11:30:00

Give a new smart video doorbell to a family member? Or even a new MacBook to someone who’s been on Windows all their life? Make sure you’re available for the inevitable questions of how to get them to work – or consider adding an hour or two of free installation or tech support to their giveaway this year.

While tech companies love to boast about how easy their devices are to use (some don’t even bother to include installation guides anymore), we all know that when presented with cords and cables. beeps, everything can get a little confusing.

These companies will walk you through the steps to find a repair shop or take care of the repair for you. Or they can turn on that new device that you found under the tree. Whatever your technological needs, one of these companies can take care of it for you.

So unless you’re impatient for them to spend four hours on hold this holiday season, consider splurging for an hour or two on one of these services so they can actually enjoy – and use – your gift.


Man working with broken laptop on office backgrounduBreakiFix can repair tech devices from laptops to gaming devices.

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The name really says it all with this nationwide chain of service stores that primarily handle smartphones, computers, gaming devices, and tablets. The chain sells gift cards for their services, which can be applied to any repair you need, at any location.

You can find a store in 41 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and they promise a 90-day warranty on all repairs. In addition uBreakiFix is ​​a service provider authorized by Google and Samsung.


Someone installing a smart video cameraHelloTech allows you to schedule the service for the next day

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HelloTech is a service that you can use to connect with different support people online or by phone. The company actually divides its help into categories, including smart home, TV editing, audio and video, and Wi-Fi, among others.

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The company is also showcasing some devices, including Nest Smart Home products, Ring video doorbells, and Arlo and SimpliSafe. You can get service at your doorstep for the next day, plus if you enter your email address, the company will send you a $ 10 coupon on your next booking. The best part here is that you – as the donor – can schedule the appointment and pay for it online in advance.

Check out the SimpliSafe specials here

CPR Cell Phone Repair

iPhone Ten X with broken screen falls to the ground.  Modern smartphone with damaged glass screen.  The device must be repairedFrom Samsung to LG, CPR Cell Phone Repair can fix it

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CPR Cell Phone Repair handles exactly what the name suggests: most cell phone repairs. Well-known brands from Samsung to Google, Motorola to LG. And yes, they also manage iPhones. You can also bring computers, tablets, game consoles, and even MP3 players. (You remember it?)

The chain has storefronts in 44 states – and several countries, including Canada, Bermuda and Italy. You are also promised a limited lifetime warranty on parts and labor with CPR cell phone repair. Better yet, you can also check the repair status of your device online.


Electrician with smartphone installing a device on the ceiling in a houseHandy also has an iOS and Android app so you can book through a mobile device

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Handy is one of those sites that can coordinate help with almost any area of ​​your home – whether it’s cleaning windows or creating a new Ikea bed. But they’re also great at connecting people with tech support on a variety of digital devices. And Handy also offers an app for iOS and Android users, so that a person’s reservation can also be done through a mobile device. The brand is owned by the same company as Angi (formerly Angie’s List) and so if you can’t find the help you need on Handy, you can also swipe up on Angi’s site.

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There is a smart home specific section under Services on Handy’s site, where they highlight using from installing a smart lock to setting up a smart security camera. You will get a price simply by entering a zip code and then describing a few details, such as if it is a replacement product or a product installed the first time.


Installing the TV wall mountPuls breaks down the prices for the categories so you can get a range before you book

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One thing we love about Puls is that it breaks down some average fees right on the website, including the $ 69- $ 159 range for installing a new TV, the $ 109 for the installation of a smart thermostat or the $ 79 for the addition of a smart video doorbell. . Granted, some of these services can be almost the same price as the product itself. But it’s a solid way to make sure the gift you’re giving is actually useful – and appreciated.

The company has direct partnerships with SimpliSafe, Hisense, and TCL, so if you use any of these devices, they can quickly focus on any issues or help you with the installation.


Broken mobile phone screen close up.  Weak glass in modern gadgetsAngi has a free subscription and reviews from tech support people

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Of course, you can think of Angi as a catch all for any kind of help you need, but you can definitely find tech support from a cracked iPhone screen, to get help with mount a television on the wall. The company, formerly known as Angi, changed its name in March 2021 and is also part of the same group that owns Handy. To find someone, you need to enter job details, your location, and when you want someone to show up and help you. So if you are planning to use Angi as part of your giveaway, your best option may be to wait until your giveaway has been opened and then coordinate with the person at a time that works best for them.

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Angi is available nationwide, you can sign up for free, and you can also read people’s reviews before you hire them.

Full technical support from Best Buy

Technician installing wireless CCTV and waterproof plastic security camera box using screwdriverBest Buy’s full tech support will help you with any tech device, even if you didn’t buy it from their store

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What’s really great about Best Buy’s Total Tech Support service is that it will help you with any technology you buy, no matter where you bought it. The service can be used in their store, online, and over the phone, and they claim to help with any device – whether it’s a computer, connected car gadget, or home appliances.

You will pay for this aid starting at $ 199.99 per year. And then there are additional charges, such as the $ 49.99 home service charge to show up at your doorstep and help you set up and install a variety of things, including a Wi-Fi system or your smart video doorbell. Some services are free (apart from the annual fee), such as installing a rear view camera in your car. But overall, this is clearly not a cheap service. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth considering for family members who live far away and may need more help than you can offer on your own over the phone.

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