Many phone carriers also sell servicing and accessories. However, some of the best deals can be found at locally owned one-stop sources for most mobile phone accessories and servicing. When buying cell phone accessories, think outside the app. For example, you might need cords to connect to external devices, or you might require different sets of SIM cards. When driving, you want to make sure the phone doesn’t fall off the dashboard or block the windshield. Little things like these go beyond app downloads.

Pro.Fit International, Inc. 
314 West 86th St.
Bloomington, MN  55420
(952) 641-4700

Car drivers no longer have to pause and search for a dropped cell phone. Pro.Fit International has smartphone holders and mounts to keep the phone in place. The Executive Universal Holder, at $14.95, has a spring loaded expandable sidearm for phones ranging from 2.25 inches to 3 inches wide. This holder is designed to fit most smartphones. The Ultra Slim Universal Holder, at $24.95, is designed for smartphones and tablets. The Express Holder, at $9.95, is versatile, suitable for mobile phone belt clips and belt clipped cases both in and out of a car. Pro.Fit has parts and accessories for cell phone holders, such as adapter plates, a dual lock closable pocket, lock plates and bracket mount extensions. Mounts are designed to stay on the windshield. Cell phone cases are important, too. Mountable cases give an extra layer of protection while you are driving. An earth magnet insert can replace a mountable case insert. The magnet can also attach a mobile phone to other steel structures, such as a refrigerator or filing cabinet.  

Twin Cities Wireless 2
2526 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-2524

Twin Cities Wireless 2 repairs and sells mobile phones and mobile phone accessories. The accessory collection is limited, but there are enough items to keep your mobile phone moving. You can buy cables, batteries, iPhone chargers, SIM cards and a pouch for very petite mobile phones. Some items have free shipping.

(credit: Jupiter Images)

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Fosmon Distributing
2357 Ventura Drive, Suite 101
Woodbury MN 55125
(612) 435-7508

Fosmon is a major distributor of parts and accessories for portable electronics, including cellular phones and tablets. Fosmon carries connective accessories for the iPhone 5C and 5S series, Amazon Fire Phone, and Blackberry Z10. The 7-in-1 Multifunction Tool for the Blackberry Z10 and the Amazon Fire Phone — the size of a standard credit card — can fit into the pockets of wallets and purses. This compact tool contains a micro card reader with storage bay, USB Micro-B cable to sync and charge mobile devices, a SIM card ejector with storage bay for swapping and exchanging SIM cards, a screen cleaner, and a card reader that can connect to a host computer via USB cable. There is an enormous collection of cell phone protective cases that are fashionably sleek and colorful and guard the phone from scratches and abrasions. The products are from Blackberry, Apple, Cingular, Canon and other brand name electronic supply manufacturers.

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2701 39th Ave., NE
Suite E110
St Anthony, MN 55421
(612) 354-2937

Gophermods has screen protectors and protective cases for mobile phones. At prices ranges from $25 to $44.95, product quality is well above average. The GopherCare screen protector, with a one-year protection warranty, is a good bargain for the iPhone at $30. But this protection comes with a few caveats: it only covers a broken iPhone screen, can only be purchased with a screen repair order, and does not cover water damage, loss or theft or any other iPhone repair work. Also, this screen protector cannot be transferred to a new mobile device. Gophermods began in a dormitory room at the University of Minnesota in 2009. The company started out as a video game accessory supplier, but moved into mobile device repairs as demand for repair services grew. From Minnesota, Gophermods expanded into Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas.

World Of Wireless Repairs
457 Snelling Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55408
(651) 379-5555

World of Wireless began as an independent cellular and paging service in 1997. Since then, the company has expanded into smartphone and mobile device repairs, wireless solutions and mobile device accessories. This Twin Cities one-stop shop, with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, has accessories for almost every smartphone and other mobile devices. Essential accessories to keep your smartphone connected and looking sharp are the universal battery charger, connection cables, charging cables, screen protectors and the USB AC wall adapter. The colors are pretty and the prices are reasonable.

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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.