back to article Sat TV biz Dish: I'm not an authorized iPhone repairer ... but $20 is $20

Satellite TV service Dish has announced plans to moonlight as an unauthorized iPhone repair service. The US telly provider said it will be dispatching its technicians to offer on-site repairs or replacements for the screens and batteries in certain Apple phones ranging from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The service …

  1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge


    Dish will do the necessary Saucery to fix your IPhone

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Dish

      Are you saying they forked Apples iService?

  2. DougS Silver badge

    The 5 and newer are simple to repair

    It was the 4/4S series where things were a bit painful.

    Still, it makes sense for someone to do this, as a lot of people don't know which end of a screwdriver to use and would not feel any more comfortable doing this than opening up their PC to upgrade the RAM. Since Dish, being a satellite TV/internet provider, has a lot of customers in rural areas far away from Apple Stores, and already comes to people's homes, I suppose it makes some sort of sense for them to offer this service. Anyone with enough of a brain that you can train to align a satellite dish can be trained to replace a screen or battery in those models of iPhone.

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: The 5 and newer are simple to repair

      The 4/4S was a 3 minute battery replacement, but the screen replacement need a bit of practice to get the ribbon cables through the chassis metal without ripping them.

      Otherwise the 4/4S was straightforward.

      The 5 is a very simple job, screen or battery, 5C a bit more tricky with its booby trap cable.

      I did hundreds of iPhone repairs for beer money, it was fun for a while. Fingerprint sensor awkwardness will put a stop to easy screen replacements though.

      1. Roq D. Kasba

        Re: The 5 and newer are simple to repair

        Was going to question how they'd handle the fingerprint button lockdown, is it as big a deal as it sounds?

  3. hellwig Silver badge

    The answer is simple...

    If you're phone is broken, you used it wrong. Stop doing that, stupid.

    1. JeffyPoooh Silver badge

      Re: The answer is simple...

      hellwig "If you're phone is broken... ...stupid."


  4. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    For an extra

    $20 or so they will bring along a deep dish pizza.

  5. JeffyPoooh Silver badge

    4-inch lag screws

    The Dish technicians have been well trained. Don't be surprised to find your new iPhone screen is attached with a 4-inch lag screw in each corner.

    The good news is that it'll be aligned to an accuracy of about 10 arc-minutes.

    1. 404 Silver badge

      Re: 4-inch lag screws

      HA! You got screwed!

      Mine used Gorilla Glue from a caulking gun... Gorilla Glue is for Gorilla glass, right?

  6. razorfishsl

    Using the word "Technician" very loosely & liberally....

    1. Thomas Steven 1

      I'll raise you 'genius'

      Apple, using the word "Genius" very liberally and loosely....

      Get yer newspeak ere

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Not uncommon

      Bin men here are "refuse technicians"

      I was a "Pest control Technician" although never once did i need to change a rats battery or rewire a flea.

      Call them what they are for fucks sake and stop with all the PC pandering bollocks.

      Cleaners are cleaners, not dirt removal technicians.

      Mechanics are mechanics, not vehicular transportation device technicians.

      1. Mark 78

        Re: Not uncommon

        I think you are confusing PC with Management Bullshit.

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          Re: Not uncommon

          Or union BS to claim higher wages.

      2. Colin Tree

        Re: Not uncommon

        mechanics are technicians these days.

        When I did a mechanics apprenticeship a computer was bigger than a car.

        They run a diagnostic, just like an electronics technician. They replace all the components the diagnostic says to replace, if it still doesn't work, the old school mechanic gets to fix it.

  7. Mark 85 Silver badge

    It's Dish....Meh....

    <see title>

  8. Barry Rueger

    Dish installers and iPhone?

    Seriously? I've installed a few dishes, and am generally good with tech fix-it, but would think twice about cracking open an iPhone.

    Sounds like Dish may be overestimating their employees.

    (1. Screw dish to wall. 2. Adjust axis A according to chart you found on the Internet. 3. Adjust axis B til the TV beeps.)

    Oh yeah, drill holes through wall for cable.

    1. Roq D. Kasba

      Re: Dish installers and iPhone?

      May not be the same actual personnel, just a service from the same billing entity

  9. Jeffrey Nonken Silver badge

    Not the iPhone SE? I'm disappointed.

  10. Pseudonymous Diehard

    Oh no

    All the popup phone cover / unlock / repair guys making the town centres look like a Bangkok street market will be put out of business.

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