Cure for water-damaged phones rings in international success for 21-year-old inventor
July 28th 2014. In a whirlwind nine months since he won backing from TV show Dragons’ Den investor Kelly Hoppen, 21-year-old Oliver Murphy is celebrating selling his Reviveaphone.com phone repair kit to more than 13,000 people across the globe. The tech-savvy young businessman devised the revolutionary Reviveaphone as a simple way to fix water-spoiled phones. Using a sealable pouch, the product works to remove corrosive mineral deposits from drowned electronics and restore them with no long-term damage.
The award winning, young entrepreneur from Chelmsford, England, launched his product online in 2012 and netted £12,000 in sales in Reviveaphone’s first year.
He is now preparing to launch his Repair Service Online and Repair Service Van.
The online service allows all parts of the phone to be repaired and will allow customers to track their phone and be updated on the repair process.
The van service is a new concept, which sees the van come to customers at work, at home or hotels to repair phone problems or cracked screens.
Last October , Hoppen spotted Reviveaphone’s potential on the BBC TV show Dragons’ Den and agreed to become an investor.
The business is now expected to fulfil its sales target of £200,000 this year – only its second in operation.
This huge uplift in sales is in part down to Reviveaphone’s booming overseas success.
Thanks to deals struck by his Dragons’ Den mentor and investor Hoppen, the product is now selling in South Africa, New Zealand, Holland and Mexico and will soon be exported to America, Canada, Japan, Australia and Korea.
Oliver commented, “I’m staggered by how quickly Reviveaphone has taken off and to be already selling so many kits at home and abroad is more than I could have hoped for at this stage.”
The company is also in discussions with high-profile airlines Virgin, Easyjet and Flybe to offer the repair kits for sale onboard their flights.
Kelly Hoppen said, “Reviveaphone is a product that really has international appeal, so it was key to make sure the business has a profile abroad.”
We’re hugely excited about rolling the product out in even more countries in the coming months.”
“We’re also in the process of negotiating with some big names to secure key placement for Reviveaphone in the retail points where they are likely to expand their customer base even further.”
“Airlines are ideal as people going away on holiday often find that their smartphones come into contact with water on the beach or by the swimming pool.”
Reviveaphone kits don’t have a shelf life, so are often bought as a ‘first aid kit’ for phones and can work up to a month after the initial damage occurs.
Reviveaphone.com is available for £14.99.
About Oliver Murphy and Reviveaphone
As a schoolboy, Murphy repaired phones as a profitable hobby, buying damaged handsets in bulk and selling the units he restored online. During a ski season trip he found that he’d come up with a solution to fix handsets that were damaged from being dropped in the snow – and Reviveaphone was born. As well as repairing water-spoiled smartphones, the kits works on cameras, MP3 players and mini tablets. While some water-logged phones that are left to dry out naturally may continue to function, many go on to fail later because mineral deposits from the liquid slowly corrode the phone’s motherboard, which is why Reviveaphone’s solution is proving so popular.
About Repair Service Online
This service is provided by an easy to use website for people to repair all parts of their phones, screens, speaker, microphone, etc.- Customers do not have to wait for a quote as all the prices are set. They can also track their phone the whole way through the process with email alerts on each step of the repair. Customers are also sent a Revivepack which pops open so they can put their phone in, this keeps their phone safe from damage in transit.
About Repair Service Van
There is no other service like this in the UK to fix broken phones / screens. Customers make a booking online and a technician will come to where ever they are in Essex, UK – further locations to be added soon. The phone is repaired within an hour on the customer’s doorstep in the van. So they don’t have to be with out their phone for longer than an hour.