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Helen Akers

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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

How Technology Is Changing Gen X's Entertainment Viewing

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 1, 2019 11:40:41 AM

Generation X witnessed one of the most progressive evolutions in home entertainment over the past few decades. Some of the milestones experienced by this generational cohort included the introduction of cable and satellite television, video game consoles, pay per view and on-demand television, and the rise of the Internet and streaming video services. While Generation X has seen some of the widest scopes of changes in technology and home entertainment, viewing live TV is still important to them.

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Topics: Technology, internet, entertainment, Gen X

3 High-Speed Internet Trends You May Not Know

Posted by Helen Akers on Jan 11, 2019 11:34:51 AM

High-speed internet is no longer considered a luxury. Instead, it has become a standard and necessity that continues to evolve both in terms of capacity and capability. As the use and adoption of broadband internet increases, new developments have emerged, such as localized community broadband initiatives, faster technology, and plans for reinventing and expanding existing technology.

From Elon Musk’s plans to launch a global satellite-based internet network to rural communities building broadband networks, the evolution of high-speed internet is being driven by social needs.

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Topics: Technology, internet, rural

6 Reasons Viewers Use a Second Screen While Watching TV

Posted by Helen Akers on Jan 2, 2019 4:24:29 PM

Multitasking in front of the television screen is on the rise, according to a recent Nielsen report. Approximately 45% of adults state they use a second screen quite often or always when they’re watching television. This percentage reflects a growing number of people who use their smartphones, tablets, or laptops during shows and movies.

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Topics: Technology, tablets, smartphone, tv