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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

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

It’s Your TV…Any Device, Anytime, Anywhere

Posted by Helen Akers on Dec 3, 2018 12:52:06 PM

Video and entertainment content streaming on wireless devices is growing and we know many of you are joining this trend. We’ve been listening to the fact that you’re using Viaero’s cutting-edge wireless services and technologies in this way. That’s why we’ve expanded our partnership with DISH Networks this holiday season to make it easier for you to use Sling TV.

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Topics: Technology, wireless, Sling TV

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

3 Reasons Why Smartphone Apps are Becoming Subscription-Based

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 10, 2018 10:44:01 AM

If you’ve ever purchased a smartphone app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, you’re probably familiar with the idea of paying for some apps and installing others for free. There’s a good chance most of the paid apps have involved paying a one-time fee to download, install, and use them. But what if you had to pay a monthly or yearly fee to keep using the app?

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Topics: Technology, smartphone, apps