Retailer has tech to revive wet phones
While I was out and about ... I just discovered that the TCC Elkton Verizon store at the corner of Route 40 and Route 213 has a new machine that can restore a wet cellphone into working order again. Hallelujah, you say? I know many people who have accidentally dropped their phone in the sink or toilet, or spilled a drink on it, which usually doesn’t bode well for its future.
TCC, the nation’s largest authorized Verizon retailer, began rolling out a new device in 300 of its stores nationwide last year through a partnership with Redux. This year, the device went into another 300 to 400 TCC stores, including the Elkton and North East locations.
Sammy Resto, manager of the TCC Elkton Verizon, said he got the Redux machine delivered about two months ago and has already brought about 10 customers’ phones back to life.
“I was skeptical at first, but it really works,” Resto said.
The process takes about one hour before all moisture is removed and the phone returns to service.
“We want to help as many customers as possible,” said James Shrake, business development manager for Redux. “We have an exclusive partnership with TCC Verizon right now.”
Phone experts advise people with wet phones to not plug it in, turn it off and remove the battery right away. Any phone with any service provider can be dried out by the Redux device, not just Verizon customers, Shrake explained. The Redux process also saves all the data, including photos and videos, experts said.
“The best thing you can do if your phone gets wet is don’t plug it into electricity, Michael Russ, a sales representative with TCC Verizon Wireless in Northeast Plaza, shows how Redux can rescue a cellphone that has been dropped in water.
but bring it to a Redux location as soon as possible,” Shrake said.
The cost to remove the moisture is $100 total for a smart phone; $10 is an upfront fee and the remaining $90 is due upon successful rejuvenation. However, customers who purchase new phones can purchase a two-year Redux coverage upfront for a total of two free dry-out services for a $30 fee.
“This is less expensive than replacing your phone,” CEO of TCC Scott Moorehead said.
The Elkton TCC Verizon store is located at 120 E. Pulaski Highway while the North East location is located in Northeast Plaza.
*** Relevé Dance School is set to open July 5 at 1573 Theodore Road, about a mile southwest from Cecil Dragway and less than 6 miles from the center of Rising Sun and North East, owner Shannon Hodgson said.
Hodgson decided to open the school after learning another dance studio in Rising Sun was closing.
“I felt the need to make sure the county didn’t lose a dance school,” she said. “Too many kids were about to lose a home away from home.”
Hodgson has two daughters who have been dancing locally for more than a decade.
“We purchased some of the assets from that school,
found space and Relevé was born,” she said.
The new school will offer classes for children ages 2 and up. It is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and the National Honor Society of Dance Arts. For more information, call 410-8718447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Three Roots Cleaning Services is a Perr yvilleowned commercial cleaning company that has teamed up with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit, to help cancer patients.
Three Roots staff has volunteered to help women battling cancer by cleaning two homes per month for four consecutive months at no charge — if the home is located in Cecil or Harford county.
“The foundation of our company is leadership, responsibility and service to our community,” Three Roots Cleaning Service CEO Angela Dowd said.
Visit their website at www. threerootscleaningservices.com for more information.
*** The Cecil County Public Library has begun a three-part business contest, Start-Up Cecil, targeted at youth ages 11 to 17 who are interested in starting up their own business.
Although it began Monday, there are two more sessions scheduled for June 27 and July 11, at the Elkton Central Library.
Session two, “How to Make It Happen,” will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the third session, “Business Plan Showcase,” will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cash prizes of $50, $100 and $200 will be awarded for first, second and third places. All participants receive a Cecil Start-Up T-shirt and bonus prizes for their business. For more information, call 410-996-5600 ext. 481 or email email@example.com.
The Columbia Bank is supporting this program.
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TCC Elkton Verizon Manager Sammy Resto shows off a new Redux device to dry out cellphones that have gotten wet, warning customers not to plug in a wet phone.