Most people today have a cellphone that rarely leaves their side. In fact, cellphone usage is at an all-time high, with 91 percent of adults owning one, reports the Pew Research Center. While the technology has drastically improved many aspects of daily life, the cost of devices and service plans – as well as the complex contracts – leaves many people feeling like they’re being hustled.
We believe you have a right to know about the commonly believed misconceptions about the cellphone industry that are causing people to spend more than necessary. Get the facts by learning the truth about the most common cellphone myths below!
Myth: One late payment won’t affect your credit score
Reality: It doesn’t take much for your credit score to take a hit. One late payment can stay on your record for up to seven years. Because most of the top wireless carriers use your credit score to judge whether they should give you the best deals, that means one bad decision can haunt you years later. First, always make it a priority to pay your bills on time. Second, look for a carrier that considers more than a credit check to obtain the best deals.
Myth: The advertised deals from carriers are for anyone
Reality: Wireless carriers spend $4 billion advertising their “best” deals on smartphones, yet in reality, more than half of Americans cannot get the deals because they are reserved only for those with the “best” credit. According to the Consumer Federation of America, credit score plays a “vital” role in many purchases.
Myth: Almost all American adults have a smartphone
Reality: At a time when mobile connectivity is sweeping the globe, the United States ranks 13th in the world in terms of smartphone penetration ? behind a dozen countries including Australia, Israel and Saudi Arabia. There are more than 100 million American adults who don’t have a smartphone according to Pew Research and the U.S. Census Bureau. A smartphone paired with the right plan for your needs can keep you connected and benefit your budget. Furthermore, many people choose to eliminate land lines and sometimes even Internet service at home to save and then solely rely on their smartphones to stay connected.
Myth: You pay more for smartphones with no-contract plans
Reality: Consumer Reports states it’s cheaper to buy a phone through a no-contract plan. Why? Because you finance the phone separately from your wireless service and therefore once it is paid off, your monthly bill can decrease. You will not continue to pay a higher amount after that time – unlike an annual service contract plan. Research popular no-contract prepaid and postpaid plans, like Simple Choice from T-Mobile, Verizon or WalMart Family Mobile. Loyal customers can immediately qualify based on their relationship with each carrier making the best wireless deals more accessible.
In a world where technology and multi-tasking is the norm, we’ve all been there. As soon as you hit “send” you realize that snarky text about your boss, was sent to your boss, or that “selfie” you sent to your significant other mistakenly went to your mother-in-law. After the initial shock, you text a friend for advice and quickly work to undo the damage.
That is exactly what happened to SAVE MY ASS (SMA) friends and co-creators Gillian Burke and Wendy Hall. Gillian rapid-fired off a text to Wendy complaining about a guy she was dating and realized she sent the text to him by mistake. After Wendy helped her draft a response, Gillian exclaimed “There should be an app for this! I’m not the only one that doesn’t know how to text!”
With a quick swipe on your mobile, SMA is a consumer app featuring thousands of witty, pre-written texts, a “talk dirty to me” category and even a first-of-its-kind “alibi” feature. Whether you send a text intended for someone to the wrong person; you’re dating and not sure how to initiate flirting or banter; you’re in a relationship and want to spice things up; or you receive a text from someone and truly don’t know how to respond, SMA was created to help you.
- 18 witty categories featuring over 1500 texts that can be sent as is or personalized by the user.
- Want to spice things up? The “talk dirty to me” category includes clever banter from romantic to sexy.
- Need an alibi? Log in, choose the “alibi” feature, write a text to cover your tracks and choose a friend from your contact list as your “alibi.” Hit “send” and the text will be sent simultaneously to the recipient and your “alibi” ensuring your whereabouts are “confirmed.”
- Share/Trending. Users are encouraged to share outrageous, hilarious texts received and sent to be voted on each week. The most popular submissions will be found in the “trending” category ensuring content is constantly changing and updating.
“Our goal is to help adults communicate more effectively when texting,” said Wendy Hall co-creator of SAVE MY ASS, “Gillian and I were both divorced, in our 30s and found ourselves in new world of digital dating. We didn’t know what to say or how to communicate.” Added Gillian, “We developed the app to have universal appeal for anyone who communicates by texting and simply needs help knowing what to say in a fun and clever way.”
Downlad the SAVE MY ASS app for free in the Apple app store. A one-time in app purchase allows users to upgrade to include the “alibi” feature, the “talk dirty to me” category or both, priced from $4.99 – $7.99. (A version for Android is coming soon.)
Could you use app like this to get you out of a texting mishap? What was the last text you’ve sent and wish you could’ve deleted before sending? Share you text mishap experiences below.
Have you ever shared your favorite shopping find online, and the next thing you know, it’s become your friends newest purchase? If you love shopping and sharing your favorite brands on social media, why not get paid for it! With the new mobile app, COSIGN you can share and tag your stylish picks, when someone buys it from your share – you’ll get paid!
The COSIGN app brings discovery and commerce together – turning photos into interactive, shoppable pictures. The first social media tool that allows members to share and profit from their recommendations. Now, the where did you get that? question is answered seamlessly. As your photos spread across the web, the ‘what is that and where can I buy it’ information travels with them.
So what makes COSIGN different from the hundreds of commerce apps of today? Many apps like Lyst and Reward Style limit sharing to notable influencers, bloggers, etc and add cumbersome links, emails or additional shopping steps in order for you to complete your purchase – but Cosign empowers users and makes it easy to shop directly from their photos on social networks. Cosign doesn’t exclude either, anyone can share their favorite stylish picks! From girl next door to celebrities anyone can earn revenue from purchases influenced by their social media.
Want to discover how you can cosign the next great advancement in mobile e-commerce? Check out Cosign on Kickstarter before the official launch next month and get your preview on the game-changing app today.
COSIGN is the first mobile app of its kind that allows users to “tag” items within content they upload to social networking sites. If their followers purchase the items, they receive a monetary reward. COSIGN transforms images and videos into interactive and viral storefronts by tagging additional information such as location and cost of products and brands. For more information, visit support their Kickstarter Campaign here.
StyleChat is the brand new app that brings your entire fashion world to your phone like no other. The free app allows users to become their own stylist and find the latest fashion trends from anywhere online. Users can then create unique collections, style looks and mix-and-match pieces with items they already have. With groundbreaking new technology, users can also try on looks on their selfie, and when ready to buy, simply purchase with just one tap.
What makes StyleChat so unique? It delivers a social element for consumers and fashion pros in a one-stop-shop for online shopping, augmented reality and social networking in one more app. You get the in-store shopping experience (fitting room included) without ever having to step foot inside of a store.
· Create collections while browsing and shopping online
· Dress your selfie with your fashion finds
· Instantly remove image backgrounds, eliminating the need for applications like Photoshop
· Style unique looks by pairing new styles with existing closet items (like “Cher’s dream closet in iconic 90s film ‘Clueless’)
· Store favorite fashion sites with auto-bookmarking
· Share your style! Share with friends, chat, and get opinions
· One-tap to buy! Simply tap the item you want to make a quick purchase
But wait! There’s More! If that wasn’t enough, the ‘StyleMe’ visualization feature allows fashion enthusiasts to discover items from anywhere online and virtually try them on, anywhere and at any time. ‘StyleMe’ will allow users to try-on jewelry and eyewear, and in the future will expand to cover additional accessories and clothing.
StyleChat has just launched this week and is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD in the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone. To discover more, connect with StyleChat online at StyleChatMobile.com - you can also get social and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today.
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Looking for your iPhone 5s sneek peek? You don’t have to look any further than via Burberry on your favorite social media feed. London Fashion Week is in full swing and London fashion powerhouse Burberry took to their Instagram feed to highlight the iPhone 5s camera capabilities to thousands of it’s fashion house fans.
If you’ve ever been curious about the new iPhone 5S slow-motion mode, just check out Burberry’s Instagram feed. Apple lent the British fashion house the device to capture its pastel-colored Spring/Summer 2014 collection show as part of a cross-promotional partnership. The full show of the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear S/S14 show appeared on Burberry’s YouTube page on Tuesday. Apple announced the collaboration last week, noting that behind-the-scenes footage, product details, and preparation footage would accompany shots of the London runway show. The 15-second video received more than 20,000 Instagram likes in one day. Take a peek at the new iPhone 5S slow-motion feature video below.
“This collaboration celebrates our relationship and shared foundation in design and craftsmanship. We have a mutual passion for creating beautiful products and unlocking emotive experiences through technology, which has made it intensely exciting to explore the capabilities of iPhone 5s,” said Burberry CEP Christopher Bailey. “We’re inspired by what this could mean for the future as we continue to explore the merging of physical and digital experiences.” With fashion & technology companies teaming up everyday, this trend is bound to grow bigger and better each year. Who are you looking forward to seeing collaborate next?
Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores
Did you know that with Best Buy Mobile’s customer promise, you’re guaranteed to top quality phones with expert and unbiased customer assistance? Recently, with the upgrade announcements & rumors from major players like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile – I was curious to see how Best Buy Mobile stores would roll with the ever changing smartphone punches. So I recently stopped by one of the Best Buy Mobile specialty stores in Miami, to look into the possibility of upgrading my additional line smartphone. The staff there were knowledgeable and friendly & offered great advice for getting the biggest bang for my buck! See at Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, they don’t earn commission on what they phones, plans and features they sell – so you get an unbiased, expert opinion everytime!
So of course when I walked in inquiring about upgrading my phone, I received expert advice & even was offered a trade in offer that I couldn’t refuse. What’s great about this discovery? These deals happen everyday and I had no idea! Did you know that those old phones you keep in a drawer somewhere could be worth cash? Get a Best Buy Gift card when you trade it in at a participating Best Buy Mobile specialty store location – and if you have a newer working phone, you could get up to a $200 Best Buy gift card. Learn more and find a participating Best Buy Mobile specialty store: http://bestbuymobile.com/promotion/tradein/
Talk about a surprising experience! Now you can grab up those smartphones that have been sitting around your home & head to your local Best Buy Mobile specialty store near you. Best Buy Mobile specialty stores are found locally in malls or in your neighborhood shopping centers, and are focused on mobile devices and accessories. Shop for the latest smartphones and tablets from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, from all the top brands, along with stylish accessories to suit your lifestyle. The staff is highly trained, yet non-commissioned, so they can help determine the right phone for you, as well as compare plans across the carriers. They can set up and activate your new phone, transfer your contacts and data and set you up with the complimentary Walk Out Working™ program. To find a Best Buy Mobile specialty store, go to www.BestBuyMobile.com.
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.
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.
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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If you were one of the few people lured into becoming a new a T-Mobile customer based on the new “No Contract” ads seen on television in print, then you might be eligible for a serious refund. According to Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson – T-Mobile has been deceptive in targeting customers with its’ “No Contract” campaign.
“As Attorney General, my job is to defend consumers, ensure truth in advertising, and make sure all businesses are playing by the rules. My office identified that T-Mobile was failing to adequately disclose a critical component of their new plan to consumers, and we acted quickly to stop this practice and protect consumers across the country from harm.” – Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General
In a statement released by T-Mobile the carrier said that “As America’s Un-carrier, our goal is to increase transparency with our customers, unleashing them from restrictive long-term service contracts — this kind of simple, straight forward approach is core to the new company we are building, While we believe our advertising was truthful and appropriate, we voluntarily agreed to this arrangement with the Washington AG in this spirit.”
T-Mobile on their part has agreed to change its method of marketing their plans and offered refunds to anyone who signed up for their service between March 26 and April 25. The carrier will be contacting customers eligible for a refund or cancellation, but you can contact T-Mobile at 1-877-746-0909 or 611 on a T-Mobile phone for more info.
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What did you think about the no contract ads? Did you believe the hype? Are you a T-Mobile customer looking for a refund?
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Looking for a little entertainment while you’re waiting in Drive Thru? Need to garner a few giggles from the kids while waiting for Happy Meals? If you’re ever in need a smile to break up your day, the new McDonald’s Mouth Off app will undoubtedly make you smile, giggle and sing “Fishy, Fishy!”
Following the release of the catchy “Fishy Fishy” tune heard in Fish McBites commercials nationwide, McDonald’s has taken the jingle “under water” with the launch of MouthOff McDonald’s. Developed by Us Two, MouthOff™ partnered with McDonald’s to create an infectiously fun mobile application that allows users to share fish fun with friends and family through Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.
With over 107,000 downloads, this free mobile app is designed for Apple and Android users, MouthOff McDonald’s allows users to choose a variety of fish mouths, such as Frankie the Fish or a puffer fish to sing along with the “Fishy Fishy” tune. Those who want to do more than just jam to the beat, can also log onto www.mcdonalds.com/fishmcbites to mix and share their own “Fishy Fishy” jingles.
Checkout McDonald’s national commercial featuring the new McDonald’s Mouth Off app and a few infectiously funny “Fishy Fishy” videos on YouTube below.
Have you tried the new McDonald’s Fish McBites yet? Are you Ba-da-da-da-daaaaa lovin it?
Blackberry’s newest Creative Director, Alicia Keys wants her fans to star in her next concert video. In her first move as the company’s global creative director, Keys is asking fans to submit photos of themselves that will be included in music videos, which she’ll play as part of her upcoming tour.
Alicia Keys is inviting fans to submit photos of themselves via BlackBerry’s Keep Moving hub. She’ll take those photos to create music videos that she’ll play when she sings her song “Hallelujah” during concerts in her “Set the World on Fire” tour, which starts on March 7. Every city on the tour will have its own unique video. This isn’t the first time Keys has crowdsourced a video. Last year she created a video for her song “New Day” from fan-submitted Instagram photos.
The site also has a new video from Keys where she describes her feelings on the project. You can view it below.
Instagram is an iOS and Android app, and it’s not available on BlackBerry, so there’s no mention of it in the announcement. However, fans don’t need to have a BlackBerry device to participate in the contest — they can use any camera to shoot their pics. The only requirement is to submit the photos through the Keep Moving site. (Hmmm, the app isn’t available on Blackberry – yet it’s a Blackberry led promotion….I wonder if Alicia’s still using her iPhone?)
Do you plan on checking out the “Set the World on Fire” tour next month? What about the Blackberry Z10, has the excitement fizzled out?