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The Big Surprise Found at Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores

July 19th, 2013 by Christen

Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores Divas And Dorks

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!

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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:


Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores Divas And Dorks

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


Disclaimer: The review has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

5 Apps To Help You Be More Polite With Your Smartphone (National Cell Phone Courtesy Month)

July 9th, 2013 by Analie

I am the first to admit that I rely on technology waaaay too much. I use an app for nearly everything. I know I am not alone here. Sometimes we can get overly involved with our cell phones and can overlook cell phone courtesy. While I do believe a lot of us talk less due to the rising addiction to texting; we can still be rude.

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Luckily July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Here are a few apps and tips to help you stay well-mannered and courteous with others when it comes to cell phone use.

Check the image to next to this paragraph for a reminder of courteous cell phone habits. When you must use your smartphone, check out the apps below and how they can help you not be rude in most situations.

5 Tips and Apps To Help You Be More Polite With Your Smartphone (In Honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month)

1.  Visual Voicemail
– Now I don’t usually get voicemails. When I do get voicemails, it’s usually from those who don’t text. But if getting yoru voicemail is that important to you, use your provider’s visual voicemail update. It can help you glance over the transcribed message without you have to step away to make the call to check the voicemail. Major carriers in the US all have visual voicemail. Other apps such as YouMail are popular with visual voicemail.
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2.  Calls and Tasks – I know it’s not easy. It’s an automatic impulse to click on your phone and play with it, even if you didn’t originally have something to do. You will find something. When in an important meeting / gathering, use a Task profile app. Apps like TASKR, allow you to set profiles for your phone. You can program what notifications are announced. So if you’re waiting for an important call, but don’t want to be distracted by emails, you can set your task app to notify you about calls ONLY. How great is that?
When you’re on that important call, make sure it doesn’t run overboard. Apps likes Call Timer, can notify you of your call duration. This helps you not lose track of time when on a call. It will help you get back to your meeting, party, dinner quickly!Download TASKR here  /  Download Call Timer App HERE


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3.  Screen Turning On and LED Notifications – What’s great about this is that you don’t need apps to modify these settings, just go into your regular phone settings menu. When having important conversations it’s best to not have distractions. Something that can get really annoying is having your phone light up bright and crisp and having the speaker lose train of thought because of the distraction. Set your notifications settings to the background. Also turn off the “turn on screen” option. This should keep the phone off even when receiving new texts and/or alerts.National Cell Phone Courtesy Month - Text Preview - AC



4.  Movie Theater Courtesy – I think the movie theater is one of the few places that you can annoy a large group of people with your cell phone light. How many times has it happened that you’re in the theater, all in the movie and a phone starts ringing, flashing, lighting up, or a combination of all three? Why do you think the theater is dark? It’s part of the setup. Don’t ruin that with your phone.The CineMark App is taking steps in rewarding you for your practicing cell phone courtesy at theaters. Activating the app shortly before the movie begins will dim your phone and ask you to put it on vibrate. To earn rewards from CineMark, you CAN’T use the app while it’s in CineMode. Pressing the home button will stop CineMode and you will not receive your reward. A good incentive to stay off your phone and everybody wins!
Download the CineMark App Here: CineMark for iPhone / CineMark for Android Google

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5.  Car Mode Apps – If you’re the driver, your passengers are relying on you to get to your destination safely. When driving you’re already a bit distracted as you should be when paying attention to the road. You shouldn’t be messing with your phone when driving. When doing so,  you’re showing disrespect to your passengers by not showing concern for their safety. If it’s  a fairly quick ride, you should be able to hold off on calls. Of course you shouldn’t be texting and driving under any circumstance. We’ve been very vocal about no texting and driving, here at Divas and Dorks.

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I know that sometimes we have to use the car, whether it’s for navigational purposes or as our source of music. Car Mode apps make it easier and safer to use your phone in the car. Check out a few Car Mode Apps HERE.


What else do you think smartphone users should do when it comes to cell phone use? How can we be more polite in a world of smartphones?

How Well Does Women + Technology Really Mix?

May 22nd, 2012 by Christen

As a woman who spends her time in the geek space as well as the entertainment space – it’s always interesting to hear opinionated views on women in the technology field.  From the workplace to the social media space, women have been an influential force behind the evolution of technology and although, it’s still a male-dominated field – you’d be amazed at the strides that women are making on a daily basis!

Who’s More Obsessed With Their Smartphones? Men or Women

January 31st, 2012 by Christen

*Singing* Anything you can do I can do better… I can do anything better than you…*

In the timeless battle of men vs women, a new study finds that one definitely out-obsesses over their smartphones and gadgets more than the other.

According to new research commissioned by online smartphone retailer Dialaphone, 52% of married women check their smart phones within 10 minutes of waking up. In fact 29% look at their phone before they even bother to look at their partner.  However, it seems men prefer to look at their partners instead, with only 18% reaching for their phones straight away.

Personally, I’ve been in a few relationships where one or two minor arguments arguments about inappropriate smartphone use has challenged communications within the relationship.  But on the other hand, I’m the same girl that manages to check her email during middle-of-the-night bathroom breaks.  In this new age of technology, social media and its affects on interpersonal relationships how much is smartphone use is too much?
Do you believe that women are more obsessive with their smartphone use than men?  Do you have any “smartphone” use rules? Sound Off in the comment section below…

NEWS: AT&T Acquires T-Mobile

March 21st, 2011 by Christen

First it was Cingular vs AT&T and now Texas-based AT&T as upped the ante by acquiring Germany-based T-Mobile. For a mere $39 Billion in cash & stocks, AT&T has single-handedly surpassed Verizon as the largest cellular provider in the US. (Although it will take about a year for everything to go through, AT&T customers can rejoice….for about 2 seconds and then I’ll tell you why this will suck for us…yes, myself included.)

The AT & Mobile Way of Life…


Uniformed technologies – With this merger, it’s clear that AT&T and T-Mobile will finally be able to compete with the ever growing 4G technology that will soon become a government standard. The good thing, is if you’re already apart of either carriers service, you’ll be able to benefit from faster service and top of the line uniformed technologies.


Less Competition Means Higher Prices – As with any monopoly merger, you have to expect fewer players on the field will yield higher prices based on increased demands.

Fewer Choices In Smartphone Devices – Now this is tricky. AT&T and T-Mobile could very well begin eliminating lower performing smartphone devices immediately in order to make room on the stock shelves for the new Galaxy S 4G and Sidekick. But one thing’s for sure, they will begin limiting the choices that you have once this merger is complete.

For T-Mobile Consumers, you may have some questions similar to those below: (We have some answers for you)

Will my service change? NO. There is no change in your service.

Will I now be billed by AT&T? NO. Your billing remains exactly the same.

Why is T-Mobile USA doing this? The merger will ensure the deployment of a stronger 4G LTE newtork to 95% of the U.S. population (something that T-Mobile nor AT&T could do on their own.)

Is T-Mobile USA getting the iPhone? T-Mobile offers devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and the soon coming Sidekick 4G. (Why would they get the iPhone anyways, when AT&T carries it already? –Think People, Think!)

Are You A Racial Smartphone Stereotype?

February 9th, 2011 by Christen

What kind of phone do you have?  BlackBerry, iPhone, Droid?  The latest Nielsen study shows that certain ethnicities are prone or drawn to certian phones while others are not.  Here’s the highlights of the recent study:

Thirty-six percent of Asians with smartphones have iPhones, while 31 percent of African-Americans with smartphones go for a BlackBerry.

Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans are purchasing smartphones at higher rates than “Whites”–45 percent of Asians and Hispanics and 33 percent of African-Americans are smartphone users, while only 27 percent of Whites are.

While 60 percent of Asians, 56 percent of Hispanics and 44 percent of African-Americans purchasing phones in the past six months bought smartphones, only 42 percent of caucasian users did the same.

Wow.  Well since I’m bi-cellular (don’t judge me)… I guess I fall into the non-black/non-asian category…just call me “Blasian” – it’s exotic! LOL

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Samsung Solstice II – Available Today!

November 7th, 2010 by Christen

Who says a slick-looking phone has to cost $199.99 or more??

The Samsung Solstice II from AT&T is a great smartphone-like handset with the SamsungTouchWIZ user interface skin running on top of the operating system. It features a QWERTY side-sliding keyboard, a 3-inch WQVGA (240×400 pixels) touchscreen display, a 2-megapixel camera, 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, GPS navigation, Bluetooth 2.1 and a microSD memory card slot for expansion.

Some other features include AT&T Social Net, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T Music and Radio. It’s only $29.99 with a 2-year contract – (sounds like a Christmas gift to me!)

Its available today at



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