CPR to offer basic cell phone classes

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Charles H. Featherstone/Columbia Basin Herald Jessica Benedict, general manager of Cell Phone Repair (CPR) in Moses Lake, will begin teaching a series of monthly classes on basic cell phone use at the Moses Lake Public Library this October.

MOSES LAKE — With the dust finally settling from their grand opening earlier this year, the folks at Cell Phone Repair — CPR — in Moses Lake are going to start offering basic classes on how to use a cell phone this month.

“Most people have a hard time using basic functions,” said Jessica Benedict, general manager of CPR here. “Like, how do I save photos, or on an Android, move files onto an SD card?”

So CPR has teamed up with the Moses Lake Public Library and will hold a series of “Getting Back to Basics” classes for iPhone and Android owners. Apple users will have their first class at the library on Friday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, while Android users will have their first class on Friday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon.

After that, Benedict said the “Appy Hour!” classes will meet once a month.

“We might be changing the time; it’s hard to get somewhere 11 to noon,” she said. “The library was super excited, and we’re going to help fill a gap in Moses Lake.”

CPR also offers one-on-one help in their downtown Moses Lake location “for a premium,” Benedict said.

Benedict herself owns both an iPhone 8 Plus and a Samsung Note 10 and said she likes them both, though she appreciates that the Note 10 comes with a stylus and allows her to write on the screen.

Benedict also thinks it’s important to be able to help people with their devices in an age when virtually none of them come with instruction manuals.

“It’s something of a passion of mine,” she said. “A lot of people have no way to get info, and they don’t have a computer or hate using it. We want people to know there’s help out there.”

CPR repairs cell phones and tablets, replaces batteries and even sells certified, like-new unlocked cell phones.

“We keep about 40 or so on stock,” Benedict said. “People want to be able to own their phones and not be tied to a contract.”

“We’re even going to be offering financing soon,” she added.

Charles H. Featherstone can be reached at cfeatherstone@columbiabasinherald.com.

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