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Got Sprint or T-Mobile? Then You’ve Got Upgrades Coming Your Way

July 13th, 2013 by Christen


There’s been a shakeup this week in the mobile carrier community caused by Sprint and T-Mobile and you may want to do something about it.


tmobile jump upgrades

T-Mobile, which recently rebranded itself as the “uncarrier” among U.S. wireless companies because of its abolishing of traditional two-year contracts, on Wednesday announced a new program called Jump to give customers on its network more freedom to upgrade their phones.  Starting July 14th, customers will be able to upgrade phones twice a year, with the first upgrade coming in no earlier than six months. Jump costs $10 a month and includes insurance for the phone. Customers will be required to trade in their old phone.


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Just a day after T-Mobile debuted its Jump upgrade plan, Sprint has answered with its own new plans that promise unlimited data for life. Starting July 12th, both new and existing Sprint customers can take advantage of the carrier’s offer by signing up for one of its new My Way or My All-in plans.

The new Unlimited, My Way plans features unlimited talk, text and data starting at $80 per month. However, you can opt for 1GB for data for $70 monthly if you’re looking to save money. You can also choose to add 1GB of hotspot data to your phone for $10 per month. 

And how will AT&T and Verizon respond with competing customer deals?  Hopefully we’ll hear something very soon…


Are you a Sprint customer & plan to upgrade to the new unlimited My Way or My All-in plans?  Why? Are you a T-Mobile customer who’s looking to upgrade devices twice a year?  Share your thoughts below…


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The Verizon HTC Incredible 4G LTE is finally here, Is it the next BIG smartphone?

July 10th, 2012 by Tech Staff

In a market saturated with droids galore the HTC Incredible 4G LTE holds it’s own on the playground. At first sight it felt like the skinny cousin of the iPhone, with a rubberized coated back, a sleek 4 inch screen, I was quickly impressed with its aesthetic features. I then went to town to figure out if all that they boasted about the 8 megapixel camera was true… the jury is split. With great light and not zoomed in the pictures looked vivid, and beautiful, while on the other side in poor lighting and with zoom the camera didn’t meet its promise of its ability to adjust. The picture was grainy, almost blurry and so disappointing. On the bright side I loved the filters that are programed with the camera, I put people underwater and even cartoonized one beautiful woman. Another cool feature is the ability to take video and take pictures while doing so, I was quite impressed with that and thought that would be great for capturing some seriously funny situations on the train for youtube and pics for my instagram.

I also put the 4g LTE to the test tethering my iPad to it for a twitter party and to browse the internet in my opinion it did very well though within a couple of hours 3 to be exact the battery had breathed its last breath. All in all it did its duty and I didn’t miss a beat.

Can we talk about standby time? I’ve never met a smartphone that didn’t run down on me by the end of the day even with little to no usage. This phone really impressed me I didn’t charge it for a day and a half (I also didn’t use it) but still had 40% battery life when I checked and finally charged it for use. Really?! I was in love with that fact and thought to myself if only more phones could be that way. The charge time is fast from dead to full life only took about an two hours shut off plugged into the wall.

The keyboard while decent for me could pose a really big problem for someone who’s fingers are normal adult size. ( I have freakishly small hands for an adult woman) You may want to use the dictate which for me was mediocre when it came to picking up words with more than 2 syllables.

Last but not least the music was powered by beats and I utilized my Velodyne headphones which gave me great sound without blasting the headphones which saved my life on the train with loud and obnoxious people every time.


Pros – Call quality & battery life is better than expected. Runs Android 4.0 – Fast data speeds and sound performance.

Cons – Camera specs could be better, while good, are a step behind other top-of-the-line devices.

All and all if I was going to finally commit myself to a Droid the HTC incredible 4G LTE would be my choice with a great battery life, 4G LTE speed, and a camera with lots of options to work in my best interest.  And starting at $149.99 with a 2-year contract,  I would make the transition from team Apple to team Droid seamlessly.


Discover The Top Hotspot For Stolen Cell Phones (You’d Be Surprised…)

April 25th, 2012 by Tech Staff

With $30 billion worth of phones lost in the U.S. every year, we bet your phone has contributed to the heap at one time or another.  How many times have you seen a Facebook status update that says something along the lines of, “Holy crap, last nite was crazy weird. Lost my phone ugGGGhhhhhhHHHHHH. Send me your numbers or else we’re no longer friends.”

You’d be surprised on the places where people get their phones stolen.  Then again, bars and nightclubs are not among the top places that people lose their phones. You should be most careful about dropping your device in coffee houses, pizza and church, among others. And keep an eye on your phone during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, too — those are the times of year Americans are most likely to misplace their mobiles.




The Samsung Rugby Smart By AT&T Takes A Licking And Keeps On Ticking…(GIVEAWAY)

March 29th, 2012 by Christen


Once in a while you hear of urban myths that seem too good to be true! The new Samsung Rugby Smart by AT&T is definitely one of them…but this urban legend of a shockproof, dustproof & waterproof smartphone is actually true indeed!  The Rugby Smart device is the latest addition to the Samsung & Android family weighing only 4.4 ounces with rubberized grips on the side and tough, scratch-resistant glass up front covering a 480 x 800 Super AMOLED 3.7″ panel.  The Samsung Rugby Smart offers brilliant, vibrant color and clarity that make it easy to read indoors and outdoors (although if you’re reading it outdoors, you may want to steer clear of direct sunlight because this strong screen comes with a bit of a glare.) The display is protected by a strengthened glass that resists damage from bumps, drops and scratches. It’s talk time / use time gets a gold star (especially after lasting more than 10hrs of use in a busy day – it definitely gave me a reason to smile!)  It’s 5-megapixel camera and video quality isn’t nothing to sneeze at either, but more than anything – my interest was in the claim that the Rugby Smart is a shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof device!

Upon unboxing the Samsung Rugby Smart, I immediately began my mission to abuse this device and take it beyond the point of no return!  As an aunt with very inquisitive nieces and nephews – I’m always in need of a device that can take a licking and keep on ticking.  (I’m talking about a phone that can be fumbled, multiple times without the uncomfortable pangs of cracked or shattered screens.)  As you can see below, I subjected this device to the harsh elements of staircases, street curbs & subway platforms – not to mention dunking the phone in water as if it was a Chips Ahoy cookie in from of a full glass of milk.


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Samsung Galaxy SII: Hands On!

August 31st, 2011 by Christen



Samsung – The number one mobile phone provider in the U.S., announced the Galaxy S™ II will be available  with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile starting this fall.

Yesterday, Samsung Mobile hosted a variety of bloggers, writers, tech reporters and more for the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy SII at Samsung Experience in NYC.  In a strategic move, Samsung has released the rumored “iPhone 5 killer” into the US market (The iPhone 5 is rumored to be released later next month.)  The new phone will also get the 4G treatment, offering data speeds up to four times faster than what is expected in Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5.  All three Galaxy S II smartphones have some specs in common: a 4.3-inch, Super AMOLED 800×480 screen, a dual core 1.2-GHz processor, making it more powerful than the iPhone 4. “The unveiling of the Galaxy S II is a landmark achievement for Samsung, our carrier customers and consumers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile said.

(oddly enough – Verizon wasn’t invited to this party, could you believe that Sprint is the big winner in all of this?  Surprised me to, yet this is another debate for another time…)

As one of the best selling Android phones on the market, the new Samsung Galaxy SII is definitely going to give Apple a run for the money…

Did You Know:  Every 1.5 Seconds an angel gets his wings a Samsung smartphone is sold…worldwide.

Check out my HANDS ON experience below…

Samsung Galaxy S II is designed to give customers a powerful, premium Android smartphone experience in a pocket-friendly design that is the thinnest of all Galaxy S II smartphones and the thinnest 4G smartphone on the market.  A powerful dual-core 1.2 GHz processor offers customers smooth gaming and accelerates multitasking between browsing, sending email or watching video.

With an incredibly colorful 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display, the  Samsung Galaxy S II delivers 50 percent more sub-pixels than the previous generation display for better contrast. The display also offers unmatched outdoor viewing quality, even in the brightest sunlight. This newest smartphone also captures sharp photos with the 8MP camera with flash and records videos in stunning high profile 1080p HD quality.  An additional 2MP front-facing camera gives you the power to connect with your friends and family face-to-face via video chat with preloaded Qik™ Lite over Wi-Fi

The Samsung Galaxy S II enables customers to output 1080p video to a HDTV using the an HDTV smart adapter (sold separately). The device also features next generation Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth technology, Voice Talk from Vlingo™ that enables voice-powered social updates, messaging, email, search and voice dialing, Motion UX sensors to mute incoming calls by simply turning the device over and business-friendly features such as Virtual Private Network (VPN) support, Quickoffice® and Exchange ActiveSync®.




Samsung Galaxy S II Specifications

  • 4G – HSPA+
  • Android (2.3 Gingerbread)
  • GSM  Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • UMTS Tri-band( 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • Screen: 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus
  • Processor: 1.2Ghz x 2 (dual core)
  • Camera:  8MP AF with LED flash + 2MP front
  • Video Record:            1080p Full HD
  • HDMI Out: HDMI via HDTV Smart Adapter with HDCP
  • Connectivity:             Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Sensor: Motion UX, 6-axis gyroscope, proximity, light, noise (Audience A2220)
Hey Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile customers!  TELL US:  Are you planning on making the Samsung Galaxy SII your next purchase?

Sprint Becomes Newest iPhone 5 Carrier…

August 24th, 2011 by Christen


Sprint will join the ranks of AT&T and Verizon as the newest carrier to have the iPhone 5 available for consumers next month.  The deal could help prop up the nation’s third largest carrier and give AT&T more ammunition in its attempt to “hurry up” and take over T-Mobile.

Acquiring the iPhone is a big win for Sprint (who sales have suffered greatly without being able to sell the trend-setting device.)  Now that the playing field is becoming a bit more even for the “Big Three” – let’s see who makes the next move their best move…


Random Tech Ridiculousness…

August 23rd, 2011 by Tech Staff

While perusing the web, we came across a hilarious website that compiles ridiculous photos for everyone’s amusement.  You could imagine my gutt-busting laughter as I came across my Top 5 “Tech No No’s” online…

5.  Just Say No To Texting…

We’ve all had those text messages that we really didn’t want to answer.  Maybe next time you can try this innovative way to avoid those awkward texting moments.



I know computers are important — but this computer fan takes the ordinary to extraordinarily..ratchet!



Now only if this laptop repair could take place in 30 mins or less…




Don’t lie, I’m sure you’ve tried this before too…LOL.


I CAN’T…..


I’m sure we’ve all seen crazy Twitpics or random ridiculousness online and in person.  If you’d like to share your zany experiences send them to us at divasanddorks (at) gmail (dot) com.

Shout out to for adding a little joy to my mundane life…

…Now get back to work! LOL

Hip Hop Coming To An HTC Near You…

August 12th, 2011 by Christen

In an attempt to re-image the sound quality and cool factor of mobile phones, HTC has made a serious leap (and $309M cash deposit) towards re-branding itself by partnering with none other than former NWA front man, turned Hip Hop Mogul….Beats By Dre front man, Dr. Dre.

HTC and Beats have been working together to create superior mobile audio experiences for consumers, which will result in a line of HTC devices integrated with Beats sound innovations, available this fall.

“The HTC and Beats by Dr. Dre partnership is an opportunity for two world-class companies to redefine the smartphone industry and define the future,” said Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Beats by Dr. Dre and chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, which is a division of Universal Music Group and a stakeholder in Beats. “For Beats by Dr. Dre, this represents a critical step in our continued mission to clean up the destruction of audio caused by the digital revolution and reengineer how sound is delivered, so the consumer feels the music the way that the artist intended.”

“Our customers have clearly responded to Beats and HTC, and Best Buy is proud to feature their products in our stores,” said Brian J. Dunn, CEO, Best Buy. “We are committed to offering innovative and entertaining technologies that help consumers enhance their lives. Our customers expect that from us. The unique HTC Sense experience and the great sound of Beats provide prime examples of that focus.”

Personally, I think this is a genius move…when you think about it nowadays technology has gone from a performance-only buy to a personal/influential buy.  Think about it…Apple was the first major company to embrace the “cool tech” mantra and market its products as the “cool/must-have gadgets”.  Then came along the Beats By Dre line that made it “cool” to have a particular brand of headphones (remember they’ve enlisted the star power of Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and more to sell the “Beats” products.)

With the new HTC models hitting Best Buy store shelves this fall, would you snatch one up?

The grass is always greener…

June 9th, 2011 by Christen

If you’re a true geek (like me), every type of portable device on the planet is probably vying for the valuable electricity at your home. Unfortunately all those gadgets make a big mess with their power adapters and cables while they suck up life-giving electrical juice. If you are looking to hide the tangled cables of your devices when they are charging, then try out the Grassy Lawn Charging Station. It makes you wonder if the grass itself is the power supply.

Artificial grass lies on top that acts like a cushion for your gadgets, while cables can be safely hidden in a compartment underneath. Any small devices with a charging cable can be placed here. It’s a great way to “clean” your home of unwanted cables that are lying around when guests are coming over.




Product Features

  • Charge your gadgets and hide the unsightly cables with grass
  • Artificial Grass on the top, compartment for holding your cables and power adapters underneath
  • You provide the cables and adapters
  • Works with any small device with a charging cable
  • 11″ x 7″ x 4.35″












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Telemarketing: Is it a HOAX or not?

April 26th, 2011 by Christen


Have you ever received this email, text message or facebook posting…


Subject: Cell Phone Numbers

Pass it along…

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public next month.

REMINDER…. all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls.


To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.



If so, you were probably quick to find out how to remove your cell number from the list that telemarketers would use to harass you (for whatever services they were offering…)  I mean with wording like this:

“…Your cell phone may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers, but unlike your home phone, most of you pay for your incoming calls. These telemarketers will eat up your free minutes and end up costing you money in the long run.”


It’s quite easy to feel a sense of urgency, especially if you’re paying high cell phone costs like most of us!  But don’t let these worrisome messages get the best of you  — after much research and analysis, these messages have been discovered to be very much outdated and a flat out HOAX!

Here are the facts:

Yes, you can add your cell phone number(s) to the National Do Not Call Registry.

No, you won’t suddenly be at the mercy of 10,000 telemarketers if you don’t.

    Contrary to what’s claimed in these emails, cell phone numbers aren’t about to “go public.”

    It’s true that a few years back several of the major wireless providers announced a plan to establish a universal cell phone directory, but the plan did not consist of simply publishing everyone’s cell phone numbers for the world to see, nor were the numbers to be “released to telemarketers” as the rumor claims. The directory was to be made available only via telephone, only to those who dialed directory assistance and paid a fee, and only with individual wireless customers’ consent.

    In Fact, the Federal Trade Commission does allow mobile phone users to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry (the same one already in force for home phones), by either registering online or calling 1-888-382-1222. But actually, it may not be necessary — per FCC regulations, telemarketers are already prohibited from using automatic dialers to call up mobile phones — but millions have signed up to ensure they’re protected from unwanted calls (JUST IN CASE).  Thankfully, there is no 31-day, 16-day, or 8-day deadline for adding cell phone numbers to the Do Not Call list — actually, there is no deadline AT ALL.


    So the next time you get that email, text or Facebook message – (…because you will get it again…this message has been circulating for years like a bad fruitcake…) simply reply by copying this link and pressing send…





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