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Zanco Tiny T1: World’s Smallest Cell Phone

Big phones are currently all the rage. You won’t find a cell in the market that doesn’t have an edge-to-edge display, ultra-sharp screen, beefy battery, and edge-to-edge display. The Zanco Tiny T1 doesn’t possess any of those things, but it does have the title of world’s smallest cell phone, and it currently has plenty of admirers.

The Tiny T1 seems like a toy but it’s really a totally functional cell phone able to make and receive voice calls and texts. It possesses a full numerical keyboard and a very tiny OLED display with a resolution of just 64 X 32. Yep, it is really, really tiny.

As you’d probably guess, the Tiny T1 isn’t really the most powerful mobile on earth. Its little size limits its abilities, letting it function only on 2G networks. With such a little display, you won’t be doing anything besides texting and talking. With that being said, it’s still a seriously amazing accomplishment.

Zanco’s specs list also says it has “32RAM + 32ROM” which you can believe if you want to. There’s no way this phone has 32GB RAM and it’s difficult to believe it has 32GB of storage, particularly when it isn’t even a smart phone. Possibly 32MB. Difficult to say and the phone’s website doesn’t provide any information.

On the positive side, the Tiny T1 is very cheap which probably makes it a great emergency cell phone for someone who doesn’t want to carry a smartphone but still wants to have a phone with them at all times.

When powered up, it has 3 days of standby time, meaning it can handle close to 180 minutes of talk time before needing to be re-charged. How much does it cost? Less than $50.

Do you need one? No! Do you want one just because it’s incredibly cheap, odd, and will bring you some wanted or unwanted attentions? Yep.



Are Landlines Going Away?

Should you cut the cord?

Around 120 million folks in the US currently still use landlines. Nonetheless, that number is quickly going down. In ‘06, only 10.5% of houses didn’t have a landline. Currently, 35 to 48% of households don’t have a landline. That signifies that the number of folks who have landlines has diminished by over 55% within the last 10 years.

While many still have landlines, the technology is gradually becoming obsolete. In fact, specialists say that landlines will totally be gone in about 10 years. This reduction in popularity can be credited to the following reasons:

Landlines Are Unnecessary

Landlines were needed before cell phones became widespread. Today, cell phones have taken over as the main way to communicate. With more folks using cell phone, it’s just a matter of time before shortage of demand eliminates landlines from the market.

Cell Phones Do More with Less

Cell phones are still mainly communication devices, but they offer numerous methods of communication. You can talk with folks thru email, social media, and text. You can surf the web. You can use your cell to control everything from your security alarm system to your heating/cooling unit. Not to mention the thousands of games. These are the reasons having a landline may feel more like a visual choice than a practical one.

Landlines Are Expensive

When you’re currently paying a cell phone bill every month, why pay a landline too? Not only can you talk on your cell, but you can also use Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and Skype to talk to someone face to face anywhere on earth. Most folks today who have house phones have them as part of a bundle plan. The price of having a landline is increasing in many areas, another reason that numerous folks decide to do away with one.



Microchipping Your Pet: What You Need to Know

Microchips are being implanted in pets by animal shelters, breeders, and vets for identification purposes. Microchips are also being implanted by folks who have taken a microchipping course. All kinds of animals are being microchipped (ferrets, fish, elephants, alpacas, turtles, horses, lab animals, birds, llamas, snakes, and zoo animals). But are microchips a dependable form of identification? And are there health risks linked with the chips?

Cat being scanned for a microchip

Microchip implants are promoted as a permanent and safe form of identification that lasts the animal’s lifetime. They are also marketed as a way to bring together stolen/lost pets with their owners, to seriously lessen the number of dogs and cats in shelters, to punish an identify the owners of perilous dogs, and to stop cruelty to animals and bad breeding practices.

Motives used to sell and promote microchips may sound attractive. Before being tempted by meticulously created ads that are being used to not only persuade people to have their animals microchipped, but also to put into action obligatory animal chipping legislation, we should look the facts.

Health risks

Consumers are frequently told that implanting microchips is safe. So safe that a pharmaceutical giant stated that scientific studies indicate that microchip implants are completely painless, well tolerated by the animal and that there isn’t any risk of allergic reactions. The bigwig even said that European experience indicated that microchips are never refused by the body.

Many microchipping advocates say the risk that your animal will get cancer from a microchip implant is nonexistent. Some even say that the microchip-cancer risk is an urban myth.

But ask yourself how nonexistent the microchip-cancer risk is if it’s your dog or cat that gets cancer. Ask yourself why years of scientific data show that an object implanted in the body can initiate cancer, yet nay-sayers of the microchip-cancer risk claim that microchip implants cannot produce cancer.



Staying Safe when Renting on Airbnb

Here’s what you need to know to avoid a horrible experience when renting through Airbnb.

If you use these tips as a guide, your rental will be that much more efficiently.

  1. Stay safe

Awful stories in the past have bred some real concerns about just how safe is Airbnb. Many stays are trouble-free. Since its began, the business has added protective measures and worked to make online profiles equal real-life identities, thinking that folks will act more conscientiously without a veil of secrecy. An online FAQ can satisfy most questions and concerns.

  1. It’s not a hotel

Seems apparent, but some people still don’t get the whole rental-sharing concept and want the sort of welcome and amenities you’d get at a hotel. (It doesn’t help that Airbnb rental-property varieties range from apartment to yachts.) Look at what’s included, as well as what isn’t.

  1. Be yourself

Airbnb makes a huge deal out of its community, which the site states assist in keeping dealings real. Making a real profile, being verified by adding personal info, and even receiving reviews from folks who have used the service can up your odds of booking a positive stay.

  1. Shop carefully

The site’s many filters make it simple to taper down the type of property you’re looking for, regardless if it is a whole house, a sailboat, a place with a fully loaded kitchen, or a condo near a festival, it doesn’t matter.

Utilizing filters can turn 45,000 listings into just a few and from there a comprehensive study of apartment photos can provide a level of detail that written details might omit. Does the room get natural sunlight? Is that balcony actually big enough to sit on? What is the real size of the shower? A close look can reduce your chance of disappointment from the beginning.

 



Spy Kids: Apps to Track Your Children Without Them Knowing

A good way to know where your kids are is to have the sort of relationship with them in which they tell you the truth each and every time. But for parents who have a strained relationship with their children, well, here’s a few apps for you. Here are some apps that will aid you in protecting your cover as you track your kids’ online movements

mSpy

mSpy is the #1 used cell phone tracking app on earth. Its big selling point is that you can observe many things with it, including what they text, who they call, what apps they use, GPS location, the number of contacts, and much more. And from parents/guardians who have used it, they all say it works fabulously.

While the arena of spying apps isn’t inadequate, reliability and easy to use are issues to be measured. The average US teen typically is in contact with others on electronic devices for over 10 hours a day. For those that are 16, 1 in 3 have done or said something regrettably online.

The Spy Bubble

The Spy Bubble is another jack-of-all spying app, used for monitoring the phone of your suspected cheating significant other. Its site does provide some warning, if scary, worldly info you might find helpful. We’re still reeling from this one regarding online photos: Never let your kids put their pics online. Yes, everyone does it and over 10% of those kids are harassed because of photoshopping done on their pics. The worst bullying of this kind is done by girls since the reputation of a female is one of the most delicate things in the world.

The Phone Sheriff

One great feature of the Phone Sheriff is that it lets you set time limits on your kid’s device. You want “you can use your cell for an hour” to really mean one hour? This app will shut it down and lock the phone after 60 minutes.



Apps You Should Have on Your Phone

Most folks spend a lot of their time with just a few apps. I’m no different.

While I have more than 100 apps on my phone for little things, there are only around 15 apps that I frequently turn to. I think of these as my go-to apps that make my life more productive, enjoyable, and simpler. If you want to get the most out of your cell, may I suggest getting these important apps.

Spotify

For listening to as much music as you want, the way you want to.

Yelp

For restaurant suggestions and business reviews.

Slack

For getting work done, and work together with clients or co-workers.

Uber

For have a quick ride from point A to point B, regardless of where that could be.

Google Maps

For getting around the city, driving guidelines and discovering places of interest.

Reddit

For news, stories, and entertainment to share with others.

Your bank’s app

For following your finances, not to mention outgoing and incoming payments.

Email by Edison

For a superior, more efficient and organized email experience.

Dark Sky

For a highly exact view of the day’s weather.

Instagram

To stay in touch with friends and family, as well as sharing your own experiences too.

Solebon Solitaire

A quiet, free game for commuting or downtime.

YouTube

For watching any type of trailer, show, or video clip.

Google Trips

Travel is fabulous for the soul, but it can be a very muddled experience. You’ve got handbooks, tickets, car rental details, printed itineraries, hotel addresses scrawled on the back of envelopes, camera gear, backup batteries, and zillions of other things crammed in your cargo pants.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle is an app that collects info on your sleep patterns and then comes up with the correct time to wake you up.

 



Why Verizon is #1

Verizon rules as the top overall carrier, according to studies that closely tracks carrier performance.

Verizon ruled in every performance category, the 1st time that’s been done since testing started on the US cell phone carriers.

Cell phone carriers were tested in network reliability, call performance, network speed, and overall performance. Verizon usually comes out on top in overall performance, but not in all categories.

While Verizon had an overall high score, AT&T wasn’t far behind, with Sprint coming next, and T-Mobile came in last.

Reports suggests that Verizon has some sort of edge over its competitors in terms of network performance. This has also been reported by businesses that research consumer services.

AT&T was 2nd to Verizon in five out of six categories at the national level. The only one that AT&T didn’t come in 2nd was in call performance in which Sprint came in 2nd. AT&T seems to be a real #2 performer in the areas of network reliability, data performance, network speed, and overall performance.

Other carriers aren’t just waiting in its dust. According to studies, the gap in network quality between the best four US cell phone carriers is tightening and will continue to do so as T-Mobile and Sprint invest more in their networks. The next big test for carrier performance will occur when more advanced wireless technology is introduced such as 5G.

All US cell phone carriers must step up to satisfy varying consumer expectations. Previously, consumers might have expected that data speeds would slow down in areas outside of major cities. However, that’s changed and isn’t acceptable now.

Then, obviously, there’s costs. It’s worth noticing that T-Mobile and Sprint have just introduced new unlimited plans that could make that carrier’s talk about being a solid value more attractive to prospective customers.

 



How Good is T-Mobile?

Positives: T-Mobile’s low prices are very good to your pockets.

Negatives: The company’s coverage in rural areas is terrible, the only negative with this great cell phone carrier.

Results:  As long as your area is covered, picking T-Mobile is a no-brainer. Its costs are amazing and you can have unlimited data on one of the swiftest networks in the US.

T-Mobile is a weird cell phone carrier. Led by its arrogant CEO, John Legere, it called itself “the uncarrier” and makes habitual attempts to buck carrier trends. At first, this meant dropping contracts, a move swiftly followed by the other big three in the industry. Currently, it’s means the launch of T-Mobile One, one of the top cell plans with unlimited data.

There’s no doubt T-Mobile is in a world all by itself, but its network isn’t as strong as AT&T or Verizon.

Coverage in rural areas has continuously been a sore spot for potential T-Mobile customers and is the reason why, for many of us, it isn’t even a worthwhile option.

However, if you live in a covered area, it’s hard to beat. T-Mobile’s LTE speeds have the tallest peaks in the nation, while the costs stay affordable. If it wasn’t weak beyond the suburbs, it would be #1. It’s one of the top cell phone carriers in America and it is almost ready to take over the #1 spot.

T-Mobile’s weakest link is network coverage. The business has put plenty of effort into offering a 4G LTE network across the US, but it isn’t completed, and the company’s rural coverage can be flawed.

You’re straight with T-Mobile if you live in a major city. But go too far from the city and you lose connectivity. Those looking for the top cell phone service in the US are better off with another carrier like AT&T or Verizon.

 



The 411 on Free Cell Phones

Federal LifeLine Assistance Program (www.fcc.gov)

Free cell phone plans usually sound too good to be true. But if you’re not a serious cell phone user, you may find you’re paying too much for your cell plan every month. Wasting money on minutes, megabytes and texting you never use.

While there are numerous affordable options for cell phone service, you should take advantage of matching cell phone plans from every provider. There are many cell phone providers now providing free phone plans to qualified customers. And free means free. You get a certain number of minutes, texts, and data every month…for free.

Of course, there are conditions. But if you’re not a real cell phone user and you don’t want to pay a cell phone bill every month, this might be what you’re looking for. You could also be eligible for the government phone subsidy program.

Here are some facts about free government cell phones and the folks who own them.

  • Over 11 million free government cell phones are in usage. The program started in ’99 with landline service. Since the 1st cell phone was provided in ’08, the program has swiftly increased.
  • In over 35 states, DC and Puerto Rico, companies provide government cell phone service. The program has quickly grown since it started in TN in the middle of ’08. Coverage is available in all states now.
  • You are eligible for a free government cell phone just by being on any type of government assistance, including food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, Section 8 housing, National School Lunch, etc. You don’t have to offer proof when you first get the phone. However, you have to prove your eligibility every year.
  • It’s referred to as a “Obama Phone.” Calling this the “Obama Phone” is not correct. Contrary to belief, the 1st government free phone was offered while President Bush was in office not President Obama.

 



Cell Phone Information for Seniors

Cell phone companies tend to market their goods for young people and young families. They are missing a huge market by not marketing more explicitly toward the elderly. Cell phones are a life saver for many seniors.

Those seniors who live independently, but alone, have the choice of putting a cell phone in their pocket if they are going outside or even clip it to their clothes when walking around the house during the day in case of a slip and fall. A cell phone in the hands of a senior after a fall can really save their life.

Saying a cell phone in the hands of seniors can’t be effectively used is nothing more than a false statement. False hope is more distressing that lying injured on the floor hoping to be found. In most instances, the numbers on a cell phone are too tiny to read. Even the preset button on the cell phone can be too little to read, especially if glasses are broken in the fall.

A cell phone in the hands of a senior after a car accident or when they get a little confused about their destination can be a big advantage.

There are some senior-friendly cell phones on the market, but they have some flaws. One of the biggest flaws of these cell phones is that seniors don’t know about them or see their benefits. There needs to be more direct marketing geared at seniors to tell them about how beneficial a cell phone may be.

Family members can sleep a bit easier with a cell phone in the hands of a senior family member. Calling a home phone that doesn’t get answered can make family members a bit nervous. If a senior can be reached on their cell while grocery shopping, the family can worry a little less.




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