The sound of a phone hitting concrete could mean the worst kind of news. At SHS, however, students should feel somewhat at ease with student Serge Azor’s ’17 recent opening of company SazorTech.
SazorTech repairs iPhones. At Apple, iPhone repairs run at extremely high costs from $109 to $129. Students tend to opt out and roam the halls with cracked screens. In addition to cracked screens, repairs include broken home buttons, screens that do not respond to touch, and phones that do not work at all. SazorTech’s purpose is to be just as effective but significantly cheaper than repairs from Apple. Prices vary depending on scale of damage, and can range from $50 to $85. Phones are typically repaired overnight.
Azor was inspired to form SazorTech when he himself severely cracked his phone in early November. After much practice, Azor has mastered the practice. “When I fixed my first iPhone, it was fun but it took me two days, because I had a couple of difficulties. It’s a very tedious process. But now, I’ve gotten used to it, and I’m experienced and [it is] a lot easier and a lot [less] stressful,” explained Azor. Although he has only recently begun working with phones, technology is an area Azor has always been passionate about. “[Ever] since I was a kid, I’ve always been interested in taking things apart and analyzing them even if I couldn’t fix them,” recalled Azor.
The company has received positive feedback from its customers. “[Serge] was really good about communicating with me. I think [the business] was a great idea and he was really helpful for me,” expressed Caroline Kutzin ’16. Azor can restore a phone to pristine quality despite the extremity of the case.“[My phone] was quite severely [cracked]. The whole top half was shattered and small pieces of the screen were starting to fall out. “I was concerned at first about letting him fix my phone because iPhones seem very complicated to me, but he did a really good job,” said Anna Spiro ’17.
SazorTech relies on word of mouth for publicity. “When I fix a person’s phone, I kind of ask them to spread the word that I do this,” remarked Azor. Azor believes “having a website would involve reaching a point where it’s too much to have people come up to [him] individually.” A website, however, is only one of Azor’s ambitions. He intends for SazorTech to expand and serve the student body in a variety of ways. In the near future, Azor plans on repairing screens of other brands and 3D printing phone cases. He is in the process of mastering both practices. “I want to get familiar with it [before selling],” he states. Currently, he is trying to work out an issue with the 3D printer. “When I’m trying to print an iPhone case, before it finishes printing, it melts while it is face down [and] gets a little misshapen,” explained Azor.
As of now, SazorTech is a company Azor will continue for the remainder of his high school career. Once Azor graduates, he plans on “seeing where the road takes [him].” In order to repair your own phone, contact SazorTech on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or catch him during frees or in the hallways between classes.
By Sneha Dey