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What is a Smart Home and How Can It Benefit You?

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 7, 2020 4:53:38 PM

Technically, a smart home is a residence containing one or more smart devices. While some prefer to use these devices to increase their home’s energy efficiency, others enjoy the conveniences of creating sophisticated entertainment rooms or automating routine chores. From smart speakers and vacuums to smart home lighting to locks and doorbells with built-in security cameras, homes and cities are becoming more “wired” to the internet.

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Topics: wireless, apps, mobile, smart home

Mobile Commerce and What it Means for the Future of Shopping

Posted by Helen Akers on Jan 31, 2020 4:46:05 PM

When online shopping began to take off with the internet, no one could have predicted the role mobile shopping would eventually play in online sales. While e-commerce sales make up 10.7 percent of all U.S. retail activity, m-commerce or mobile-commerce sales reached 41.2 billion dollars in the second quarter of 2019.

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Topics: tablets, security, apps, mobile, shopping

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

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