Microsolder: Profile of a Real Phone Fixer

This week’s blog comes from a recent article (He Was Murdered in a Hate Crime. She Brought His Blood-Soaked Phone Back to Life) about a world-renown-real-life phone fixer who can recover data from a smartphone that was believed to be unrecoverable.

My first thought was this is a great character to have in your arsenal of investigators and crime solvers. I could see this idea being used to recover data from a phone could be crucial evidence of a crime but this is just a small piece of this story.

According to the article, the fixer, Jessa Jones (How perfect is her real name for a main character?), is a mother of four with a PhD in molecular genetics. She has become an unlikely leader in a growing community of microsolderers. Microsolders are less like phone repairers and more like phone physicians who diagnose and repair dead phones bringing them back to life.

The more that I think about it, I LOVE this idea! I can already see it as a TV series. Each week Jones has a new phone challenge that she must figure out to help the police detectives that she works with solve the case while juggling the work-life balance that all parents do.


What if the phone fixer worked for bad guys? This about all of the information in your phone and if someone could tease out every single thing, that would be terrifying, right?


What about a phone that is the only witness to a crime. How would you put the pieces together from the phone? For example, is that an innocent picture or evidence of a crime?

Who wants to talk more about how you can use this idea in your current or next story?

[Credit: flickr/Dennis Sylvester Hurd]
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