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Google, Samsung offering free smartphone repairs for healthcare workers


Google and Samsung are joining forces with uBreakiFix to provide free repairs for smartphones owned by healthcare workers.

uBreakiFix has confirmed that it is partnering up with Google to help those in the frontlines by promising to fix their Pixel devices for free until June 30 of this year.

According to the press release, it is extending the free smartphone repair offer to healthcare workers in the U.S., including doctors, nurses, first responders, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), police officers and other members of law enforcement, firefighters, hospital staff members, and nursing home workers.

Another global tech giant, Samsung, has also teamed up with uBreakiFix in launching a new program called “Free Repairs for The Frontline.”

Similar to Google’s initiative, the Korean phone maker’s program aims to give a big thank you to American frontline heroes by repairing their Samsung devices, free of charge, also until June 30.

On top of the free smartphone repair offer, Samsung is also taking an extra step further by giving special discounts to healthcare workers in the U.S.

As indicated on its official website, the mobile manufacturer is offering up to 30% discounts to healthcare frontliners who buy any item on the Samsung discount program page.

How frontliners can avail of the offer

To take advantage of the deal, any healthcare professional or eligible frontline worker with a Google Pixel device or a Samsung smartphone can just show their ID badge to a participating uBreakiFix location.

According to uBreakiFix, it currently has over 500 branches across the country that are taking part in the free repair program.

Healthcare workers availing of the free smartphone repairs can either go to a physical uBreakiFix location or visit the company’s website and schedule a repair appointment.

As for the owners of Samsung smartphones, they can also call Samsung directly, as noted by Tweet from Samsung Support USA.

From now until the end of June, any frontliner with a Pixel or Samsung handset in need of fixing can avail of one repair, completely free of charge.

Any smartphone model is eligible for the free repair, as long as it is a Pixel- or Samsung-branded device that has sustained some damage.

So what types of damage are qualified? They include cracked or malfunctioning screens, defective batteries, liquid damages, or any issues with the camera, speaker, or charging port.

Tech brands in support of frontliners

Google and Samsung are far from the only tech companies lending their technology and resources to healthcare workers recently.

About a week ago, the Chinese social media platform TikTok had decided to donate funds to a U.K. nursing fund.

Meanwhile, Lyft has launched Essential Deliveries, which promises to offer delivery services for healthcare organizations and essential businesses. Another ride-sharing giant, Uber, is also pledging 10 million free rides and deliveries for frontliners.

Also joining the fight is Airbnb, which is looking to provide free housing for healthcare workers. Even LinkedIn is doing its part.

And although it’s not a tech brand, technically speaking, ILM and its artists have also shown their appreciation for these tireless heroes.

Images courtesy of uBreakiFix and Ashkan Forouzani/ Unsplash

Guile Canencia

Guile Canencia has been a web content writer since 2012. He is endlessly fascinated by advances in consumer technology, while also a fan of comic books, music, and sports. In his free time, he loves to spend time with his wife, play soccer, and walk his pet mini schnauzer Mr. Miyagi.

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