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Screensavers opens in Farmington

Offers cell phone repairs


January 27, 2017

Cellphones – you can't live without them, so what do you do when the screen gets cracked and you don't have insurance? You can place your trust in Mike and Joan Fauteaux, of Aztec. They recently opened Screensavers at 4339 E. Main St., Farmington.

Mike Fauteaux began repairing cracked and damaged cellphones in 2013. The former Aztec Police detective had a friend, whose son kept breaking his cellphone. The insurance wouldn't cover the cost.

"We started taking our phones apart and putting them back together," Mike said. "We wondered if we could make a business out of this."

This led him to open Cell Doctors in the back of Curl Salon. "It went crazy," Mike said, adding they had 70 customers within the first few days of business. Fauteaux knew this was a good idea.

He worked with Cell Doctors and opened a Durango, Colo. store at 1145 S. Camino del Rio, Suite 108. Mike decided he wanted to franchise the business, so he left Cell Doctors. Keeping the Durango store, he changed the name to Screensavers and then opened the Farmington shop as his corporate store. "All of the training will be done out of here," he said.

Screensavers provides no-appointment cellphone repairs with most completed in 30 minutes or less.

"iPhones are out specialty," Joan said. "We work on almost all cellphones and tablets. We are really careful who we buy our parts from and we train our technicians."

They also repair Samsung Note, Galaxy and Galaxy Edge, Motorola, LG and others.

The most popular repairs for Screensavers are broken screens, problems with charging ports and problems with batteries.

"Sometimes people's screens are peeling up and that it because the battery is swollen," Joan said. Mike can replace the battery and fix the screen.

"We do everything we can possibly do to fix it," Mike said. "If it is a software issue it is handled by Apple (or the phone manufacturer). We can handle the hardware issues."

Mike offers a 30-day full service warranty that covers any defects in materials or workmanship, according to the company's website at http://www.screensaversinc.net.

Joan pointed out that the cellphone and tablet technology has rapidly changed with new and improved models being introduced on the market all of the time. "We are so attached to out phones now, that we forget it was a short time ago that people were saying, 'You have a smart phone?'" she said.

Joan only joined the business when the Farmington store opened. "Where there are phones there are needs for cases, batteries, tempered glass, synch and charge cords, dashboard mounts, Bluetooth speakers, selfie sticks and fun novelty things," she said, adding her side of the business is offering all of those cellphone and tablet accessories people need to add the experience of owning a smart phone. She even stocks camera lenses that snap onto the phones, remote shutters, lighted phone cases and virtual reality glasses.

"We're always going to be looking at what is interesting now," Joan said. Screensavers even offers locally- and custom-made, hand-tooled leather pouches for cell phones. "We have used phones too," Joan said. "We are careful with the quality of those phones."


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