Have you ever felt like you would have a greater impact on your community – or the world – if you could just amplify your voice, scale your business or hone your technology skills? Women hold less than 25% of our country’s STEM careers – it’s time to change that. During the 21st Annual Black Women’s Expo in Chicago – Verizon gave consumers insight into the opportunities awaiting them in tech (while celebrating the final days of Women’s History Month featuring trailblazing ladies of technology) with the “Unlock Your Potential” women in STEM panel.
An event designed for women by women, the Black Women’s Expo celebrates women’s aspirations and achievements and provides a platform for women to discuss solutions to the issues they confront in daily life. In its 21st year, BWE is the nation’s longest running empowerment exposition for the African American consumer, garnering attendance of more than 29,000.
Leading the conversation on innovation, the “Unlock Your Potential” panel included Lisa Laws – Engineer/Deputy COO for City of Chicago, Luvvie Ajayi – Blogger for AwesomelyLuvvie.com, and Abby Knowles – Executive Director of VZW Network in Midwest Area. During the event, panelists generated compelling conversations that inspired the audience and informed how technology is being used and STEM opportunities available. Guests left the panel with knowledge on how vast STEM truly is – whether it’s helping the lives of citizens in a community, building a nationally recognized blog, or operating the nation’s largest wireless network.
Check out live tweets from the #PotentialOfUs inspired panel via Storify below:
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.
It’s always super cool to get rewarded for doing things you’re supposed to do anyways, RIGHT? With so many reward-based loyalty programs around, it’s easy to forget who has the best rewards that’ll give you the biggest bang for your buck! I’ll admit, I remember signing up for Verizon Smart Rewards last year, but totally forgot that I’ve been earning points towards discounts on vacations, smart accessories and more. (I mean, accumulating 79,000 points in a few months ain’t too shabby – if I do say so myself. New gold iPad Mini, I’m on my way!)
Verizon Smart Rewards, a unique loyalty program that offers a wide variety of rewards in exchange for points, just got even better. Need more data to get you through Spring Break? Now, Verizon Smart Rewards participants can use points to get data, discounts on select devices and accessories, and more. In addition to popular discounted merchandise, travel deals, gift cards and local coupons, Smart Rewards customers can take advantage of new limited-time Verizon-specific offers:
- 1GB of MORE Everything Data for 5,000 points (for qualifying Smart Rewards customers on MORE Everything data plans; valid for one full bill cycle)
- Thousands of weekly discounts on select devices and accessories, including iOS tablets, through Daily Deals and Auctions
- Early upgrades to Verizon Edge (for qualifying Smart Rewards customers within 6 months of their upgrade date)
Earning points is easy – and they add up fast. Millions of customers already take advantage of the Smart Rewards program by earning and redeeming points for their everyday activities and interactions with Verizon Wireless.
As a reminder, Verizon customers who sign up for Smart Rewards will find at least 10,000 points waiting for them after they register (that’s more than enough for 1 GB of MORE Everything data). Activities, including signing in to the My Verizon online account management tool, paying your monthly bill, and other transactions like using the Verizon Trade In program or choosing paperless billing, will generate more points every month.
With gift cards from TJ Maxx, GAP, vacation packages and more waiting on you, what are you waiting on to sign up? It’s free, easy and Verizon Wireless Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/rewards to learn more and register.
As a little girl, I never imagined that my love for style and technology would lead me to where I am today. In celebration of Black History month, Verizon Wireless has kicked off it’s “Potential Of Us” initiative highlighting the accomplishments of diverse digital trailblazers from around the country. Including the Bronx Academy of Promise – where six students from the Bronx entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, they never imagined their hard work and dedication would pay off as much as it did. Discover how they accomplished their life-changing feat and created history Here. Verizon highlights digital leaders making a difference in communities, not just by celebrating black history but by creating history.
Verizon Wireless even shows a behind the scenes look at how I created the digitial lifestyle site based off the need for a hub that combined style and technology. In addition to DivasandDorks.com, Verizon follows me as I mentor young girls and women to help them get involved with technology from a young age. Check out the story behind DivasandDorks.com and what fuels my passions below.
What’s your passion? Music? Science? Fashion? Sports? Whatever moves you, Verizon can help take it to new heights. Explore more exclusive content and keep coming back for updates showing you how technology can help power all your passions with VerizonWireless.com.
This weekend Verizon x REVOLT TV joined forces for NBA All Star weekend NYC to bring some of the biggest names in music together for an exclusive and unforgettable concert experience. The concert was the foundation of the REVOLT TV nationally televised special combining top performances with compelling stories of NBA athletes and their connections to music and technology. Uniting Verizon’s use of innovative technology with the revolutionary brand that is REVOLT, Verizon kicked off an immersive atmosphere connecting with consumers’ passion for music during an epic music moment in NYC.
The “Above the Rim” show featured explosive performances by Elle Varner, Bridgette Kelly, Questlove, Raekwon and more! I got the chance to catch up with my favorite performers backstage before the show to talk everything from technology to All Star Weekend survival and so much more!
Check out the Above The Rim experience:
Did you check out the NBA All Star Weekend excitement this weekend? What were your favorite moments of the weekend? Share your thoughts below.
Looking for love in all the wrong places? Why not let technology do the work for you! Nearly 97% of consumers will use tech to find the right gift for their loved ones. Technology is more important to our love lives than many of us think! Recently, Verizon conducted a study that explored how our use of technology affects how we celebrate on the biggest holidays of the year – Valentine’s Day! According to the survey, more than half of those surveyed communicate via technology on Valentine’s Day and the majority of folks (79%) will send some form of electronic wish rather than the old-fashioned paper card – I know, kind of sad.
And when it comes to romancing your Valentine, technology puts it all at our fingertips. In fact, this year on Valentine’s Day, 82% of those surveyed are likely to get a restaurant recommendation or make a restaurant reservation using their electronic device and 97% are likely to use their electronic device to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. But what will they purchase? A whopping 80% are likely to surprise their loved ones with some form of technology this year.
Discover more details and let us know how you’ll show someone you love them using technology in the comments section below!
From New York to California – Harlem’s Fashion Row brought haute styles and celebrity fun during the inaugural Style Beat fashion show Grammy Weekend in Los Angeles. Held at the spacious Palazzo Beverly Hills estate, the red carpet event hosted by Quincy and Vanessa Simmons highlighted emerging multicultural designers – powered by Verizon Wireless. Featured designers included L.A. – based designer Kevan Hall, custom menswear designer Waraire Bosell, and emerging designers, Joseph Bethune and “Project Runway” finalist Kimberly Goldson.
Style Beat hosts Quincy, Vanessa Simmons and HFR CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
“I’ve dreamt of expanding Harlem’s Fashion Row to Los Angeles and now it’s become a reality. It’s our first-ever event on the West Coast and we’re excited to introduce our brand to the entertainment community and continue to present diversity in fashion.”
- HFR Founder/CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
Celebrity style usie with Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson and Tamala Jones
Celebrity guests included VH1’s Basketball wives Laura and Gloria Govan, Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson, Tamala Jones and more. Influencers got the chance to take their unique style online with Verizon’s 360 interactive glam cam. The 360-degree photo/video experience captured head-to-toe shareable looks that guests shared on social media using #VZFashionMoment tag. Check out my 360 glam cam Verizon VZFashionMoment …and more from the Style Beat event below…
The Verizon 360-glam cam was the haute spot for the Style Beat show
Designs by Kevan Hall ruled the poolside runway
These flowing florals had everyone ready for spring…
Discover the pulse of what’s new and next in designer fashions with Harlem’s Fashion Row all year long. Connect with Harlem’s Fashion Row on Twitter, Instagram and Verizon on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook today!
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is infamous as one of the worst travel days of the year, and Verizon has partnered with several companies to create a mobile package of services intended to make travel a bit more enjoyable. Verizon plans to kick off the holiday season this year with “Connection Day” on Nov. 26. Verizon is offering additional data to customers, and teaming up with Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora to offer entertainment, connectivity and more. The company is giving 1 gigabyte of data to its customers on the “MORE Everything” plan, after they register at verizon.com/connectionday. Those customers will also receive another gigabyte on their next billing cycle.
Any consumer who registers at the site, even if they are not a Verizon customer, can receive:
- Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on Nov. 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
- A selection of 10 free/discounted apps on Amazon, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
- A special offer from Apple iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
- Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Condé Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
- 30-minute complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo Technologies (in-flight)
- Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between Nov. 26 and Dec. 24
- A free seven-day trial of Pandora One
Verizon customers who register immediately will get the gigabyte on their phone plans; non-customers are able to sign up for a reminder to return on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Summer music festival season is in full swing! Your favorite artist tour schedules have been announced and after a horrid winter, you’re ready to make this the best outdoor summer ever! I’ve kicked off my summer festival experience in a way unlike I have ever done before camping out a few weeks ago at Firefly Music Festival, but nothing compares to the excitement and anticipation for the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Music Festival (currently known as Essence Fest 2014).
GUESS WHO’S HEADED BACK TO THE BIG EASY?”
Thanks to the official Essence Fest 2014 sponsors McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Verizon Wireless and Ford, I’ve been invited to get an inside look and exclusive experience of this historical summer event and I’ll be taking you along for the ride! Stay tuned to DivasandDorks.com, DivasDriveInHeels.com for exclusive celebrity interviews, concert performances and more ALL WEEKEND LONG!
From insider beauty secrets for summer from beauty guru Sam Fine, to talking powerful networking with Verizon and Morris Chesnut (I’ll even get some time with the electric lady herself, Janelle Monae to talk Cover Girl status & opening for his purple majesty – Prince!) For all things Essence Fest related, follow the fun online via #EssenceFest and click back here often for updated photos, videos and posts all weekend long!
Whether he’s working on the set of NBC’s “Crisis,” or starring in big screen dramas like “Temptation,” Lance Gross is quite busy these days. We recently caught up with the Verizon Potential of Us influencer, and he told us the top five apps he can’t live without:
- Instagram — In this business, I meet a lot of great people and travel to beautiful places. I love posting pictures of the people I’ve met and places I’ve visited along the way.
- iTunes — I don’t know where I’d be without my music. iTunes gives me easy access to my favorite songs at all times. There’s nothing like sitting back and listening to some tunes after a long day.
- Vine — I love to watch videos on Vine. It’s amazing what people can do in six seconds.
- Flight Tracking App — I’m always traveling, so having flight information in the palm of my hand is convenient. This flight tracking app allows me to manage my trips, check flight statuses and choose travel preferences.
- Photo Editor — I’m an avid photographer. With tools that allow me to fix red eyes or add effects to my photos, this app is a one-stop shop for picture editing.
What are some of your favorite must-have apps? Share your favorites in the comments below.