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Helen Akers

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What Makes a Smart TV “Smart”?

Posted by Helen Akers on Nov 8, 2019 5:02:31 PM

Do you currently own a smart TV or are you considering purchasing one soon? According to eMarketer, 37.2 percent of U.S. households owned at least one smart TV as of 2018. This reflected an increase of 16 percent from 2017. Smart TVs are television sets that can connect to the internet and support several apps, reports Tom’s Guide.

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Topics: Technology, streaming, smart TV

The Past, Present, and Future of Cord Cutting

Posted by Helen Akers on Oct 11, 2019 4:34:39 PM

How exactly did the cable industry start losing ground and does it have a future? Even though 44% of American households still subscribe to cable, the number of households that have cut the cord so far is at 33 million, as reported by techjury. Price and content availability are the two top drivers among cord cutters and those thinking about cutting the cord.

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Topics: tv, streaming, cord cutting

3 Reasons Why Unlimited Data Plans May Not Be Truly Unlimited

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 18, 2019 11:30:02 AM

The meaning of unlimited data can be confusing for cellular subscribers since you’re not always able to use high-speed unlimited data. Even though a plan may use the term “unlimited,” there could be restrictions related to speed, amount of use, video streaming quality, and hotspot data. The scope of what’s included in “unlimited” plans can vary widely between carriers, especially when cost and value are taken into account.

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Topics: data, wireless, streaming, mobile, unlimited

Are 30-Month Contracts the Answer to High Smartphone Prices?

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 10, 2019 4:35:56 PM

CNBC reports that American smartphone owners are hanging on to their phones for longer. In 2016, the average time users kept their phones was 22.7 months. As of 2018, the average was up to 24.7 months. Some of the top reasons why we’re becoming more reluctant to upgrade our smartphones as often include:

  • Rising Costs
  • Too few technical advancements or significant changes between models
  • Phones are more durable and are lasting longer

With average smartphone prices up 52% in the last three years and with high-end models now $1,000 or more, consumers are finding it less affordable to upgrade. They also want to get the most use out of a more expensive phone. One of the ways that wireless carriers are helping to make the cost more affordable is by extending average contract lengths.

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Topics: smartphone, wireless, mobile, contract

11 Unique Smartphone Accessories You May Not Know About

Posted by Helen Akers on Aug 23, 2019 4:36:29 PM

Owning a smartphone allows you to accomplish a variety of tasks, whether you’re at home or on the go. Smartphone accessories can help expand the types of tasks you can perform and help protect your phone. But what about the accessories and attachments that seem a little wacky or you may not have heard of? What are they and what can you use them for?

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone, accessories

How Do Mobile Data Prices Compare Around the World?

Posted by Helen Akers on Aug 1, 2019 3:42:43 PM

Have you ever wondered what others around the globe pay for the data they use on their smartphones? You might be surprised to find out that North American countries pay some of the highest rates on average. As reported by Niall McCarthy with Forbes, the average cost per gigabyte of data in the United States is $12.38. Despite these higher averages in the U.S., residents of Zimbabwe pay the highest rates in the world at $75.20 per gigabyte.

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Topics: data, smartphone, wireless, mobile

Try Cloud Storage Solutions to Free Up Space on Your Phone

Posted by Helen Akers on Jun 7, 2019 12:02:48 PM

Our smartphones can do many different things, but they can easily run out of space once you start storing photos and videos. Even apps, downloaded memes and documents can start to fill up your phone’s storage. OS and app updates will also take up the majority of your phone’s built-in space.

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Topics: smartphone, mobile, cloud, storage

A Cord Cutting Guide: How to Get the Best Deal

Posted by Helen Akers on May 1, 2019 4:31:43 PM

Cutting the cord is a phrase that evokes a sense of freedom from high-priced cable bills. The phrase even signals freedom from the boring channels and content no one wants to watch. But, can switching to a streaming service really save you money and give you all of the shows you want? Let’s look at all the factors you’ll need to consider before making the switch.

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Topics: wireless, Sling TV, tv, entertainment, streaming

4 Key Advantages to Buying Smartphones from Your Carrier

Posted by Helen Akers on Mar 8, 2019 3:40:39 PM

Have you ever wondered if it’s better to purchase your next smartphone from your wireless carrier, activate an older device you already own, or purchase from a third-party such as Amazon? While the answer can depend on your service plan and the type of phone you want, there are several crucial advantages to purchasing a phone directly from your carrier.

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Topics: Technology, smartphone, wireless, carrier

11 Tips Everyone Should Know About Smartphones

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 20, 2019 4:29:06 PM

Many of us think of a smartphone as a device we can use to make calls, send text messages, or gather information through web browsers or apps. While these are common uses, smartphones can perform more advanced functions including substituting as a remote for your TV. Besides what a phone can do, there are things to look for and consider before purchasing a new device.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone, apps