My Galaxy S4 drama

From: Phil Sieg 
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So my phone drama:

My S4 had been acting weird for a few weeks. It ate 2 batteries (batteries seemed dead or defective, wouldn't charge), and would randomly re-boot. 

I started to wonder if the OS was Windows XP instead of Android.

It finally "died" when I was on the phone talking to my business partner in USA a few days ago.

I took it to a repair shop I have used before and they tested it. Said it was a bad CPU. Little guy took the phone apart in about 7 minutes, and showed me the CPU board. Quoted me $72 USD to fix it. I said yes but wanted to ask some more questions. I thought he was replacing the board like we would here in USA.

Turns out he was going to un-solder the CPU and re-solder a new one to the board since the board cost $180 to replace. This CPU is "wave-soldered" by a PCBA "robot". It is surface mounted and the 80 or so "contacts" are about 1/10th of a millimeter wide with about twice that amount of space between them... I was skeptical, and said it was OK to try, but that the $72 would also apply towards the new cpu board price of $180. He agreed that was fine and proceeded.

ONE HOUR LATER: He hands me a repaired phone that works perfectly. 20 minutes of that hour was waiting for the new snapdragon processor to be delivered.

Little Chinese guy has MAD SKILLZ. Wish I had taken a selfie with him.

Phil Sieg
President
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=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Pretty cool story. I wish we had shops like that here in the US. The answer to your problem, had it happened in the states, would have been: "We will just replace your phone...oh your still under contract? That will be full price for the new phone then...." I thought I was big time when I bought a SMT rework station so I could re-flow PS3 CPU's that caused the consoles to die. I have saved many PS3's with that rework station, but I have nothing on your Chinese guy.heheh. s ed e y ut d ne

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ I've done it before, you can do reflow work at home with a standard baking oven. Also, get the ZeroLemon super battery for your Galaxy S4. You'll thank me later. We e s y t ted ed"

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ What you don't know is that the chip he installed is now tracking 100% of what you do, your telephone conversations, GPS coordinates, emails, business interactions, and sending all of them back to a central server in Beijing! :P On Mon, May 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Stephen Kraus wro= te: g "We be 's ly r nd nted e red" e e

=============================================================== From: Wil Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Before it was going to Washington and Beijing however!

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ Touch=E9. f in

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 The NSA (assuming that's your 'Washington') will still get their copy as it crosses the undersea cables, if not at a CO before hand. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJTejCBAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcd4x8IAKiFHk7gyzNDMsO8v61/FYay zw/y84/eF4/jV0COuwAfjjuM2i8XFsIEbbQRPcxuvjqtFm44hbsrkBo6MSRD8k1p M0je8yHrOrE1vJV9rrZcFdo8+8egHuXstJYHbeXcy1O8H0YDrYPrZsdvQKGdYLMT 3TgJ+OXfN9QDVpcN4nSfi8eegfEuHmcV8rsDGm56S9OQfUG/S4E9vyjKcC+DluRI /me4XXop9XSNQc78HHjH5c4jfMMf8td5VcvN7EyHSUddDL9KSFCYd1TLL9xFujU5 9o67OPPNfQ6Dv1N/mbp0/gfna9OsZo6EbSakgkir1IGGzhl2qOBCik2TlkJBd4A= =yC01 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Michael Scholten ------------------------------------------------------ Lets try this again! (Hit send too soon before) On the other hand, it's sad that we just throw things away now if they are defective. Obviously there are times when this is acceptable (screen cracked in half? PROBABLY can't reflow that... correct me if I'm wrong... haha) but while I'm pretty young and don't remember ever really taking anything to be repaired other then a car I'm sad that it's not popular anymore to have your item repaired rather then just throwing it out and buying a new/different item.

=============================================================== From: Michael Scholten ------------------------------------------------------ Sounds like an upgrade to me! On the other hand, it's sad that we just throw things away now if they are defective. Obviously there are times when this is acceptable (screen cracked in half? PROBABLY can't reflow that... correct me if I'm wrong... haha) but while I'm pretty young

=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ Stephen, Got a 3000mah ZeroLemon for it about 2 months ago. It is great. All day = charge with no worries about how/how much I use my phone. Phil Sieg President SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE www.snapfon.com phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com Phone: 423.535.9968 Fax: 423.265.9820 Mobile: 423.331.0725 "The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. = It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." Steve Jobs, 1955-2011 On May 19, 2014, at 12:01 PM, Stephen Kraus = wrote: baking oven. me later. wrote: answer to your problem, had it happened in the states, would have been: = "We will just replace your phone...oh your still under contract? That = will be full price for the new phone then...." re-flow PS3 CPU's that caused the consoles to die. I have saved many = PS3's with that rework station, but I have nothing on your Chinese = guy.heheh. wrote: (batteries seemed dead or defective, wouldn't charge), and would = randomly re-boot. partner in USA a few days ago. it was a bad CPU. Little guy took the phone apart in about 7 minutes, = and showed me the CPU board. Quoted me $72 USD to fix it. I said yes but = wanted to ask some more questions. I thought he was replacing the board = like we would here in USA. the board since the board cost $180 to replace. This CPU is = "wave-soldered" by a PCBA "robot". It is surface mounted and the 80 or = so "contacts" are about 1/10th of a millimeter wide with about twice = that amount of space between them... I was skeptical, and said it was OK = to try, but that the $72 would also apply towards the new cpu board = price of $180. He agreed that was fine and proceeded. minutes of that hour was waiting for the new snapdragon processor to be = delivered. with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ I've got the 7200 mAh version. I can go 5 days standby, and 2 days full usage. g "We be 's ly r nd nted e red" e e