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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

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

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

3 Common Reasons Why Your Smartphone Isn’t Working

Posted by Helen Akers on Dec 17, 2018 11:14:13 AM

With increasing costs, people are waiting longer to upgrade their smartphones, according to Andy Meek of BGR. The average time someone waits for an upgrade is now 2.83 years. iPhone users are waiting for slightly longer with an average of 2.92 years. This means the typical smartphone is getting used more often and is sustaining more wear and tear.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone

5 Ways to Save Money on Smartphones

Posted by Helen Akers on Oct 26, 2018 12:14:18 PM

The cost of a new smartphone can seem out of reach for those on fixed or moderate incomes. Even those who have a good degree of discretionary income might balk at the idea of paying today’s prices. With the average smartphone lasting only two to three years, high costs can seem like an unsound investment. Luckily, there are several ways you can save money when it’s time to purchase a new device.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone

4 Impacts of Smartphone Use Differences in Multi-generational Households

Posted by Helen Akers on Oct 17, 2018 9:14:12 AM

The multi-generational household is making a comeback, according to a 2016 study by Pew Research Center. The study determined multi-generational households had at least two different adult generations living together or grandparents and grandchildren younger than 25 living in the same house. Approximately 64 million Americans now live in households with more than one generation. Growing diversity, economic pressures, and preferences for interdependence are the main reasons for the returning trend.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone, mulit-generation