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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.



Must Have Accessories for Your Cell Phone

The right accessories can enhance the functionality of your cell phone as well as making everyone you know jealous. These accessories are absolute musts for today’s cell phone.

1. Bluetooth. Bluetooth is just a radio wave signal frequency that is used to make any type of electronic wireless. No more dealing with those wired headphones that you have to plug into your cell phone. Bluetooth earpieces are small, sleek and have plenty of range for you to walk about your desk or step away from your parked car while chatting away.

2. Antenna Booster. You would believe cell phones would have clear reception and good coverage just about anywhere these days. You’d be incorrect. Having an antenna booster is the solution that’s cheap, easy to install and will broaden your coverage area quickly. There’s nothing more aggravating than a dropped call or talking on your phone and it’s cutting in or out.

3. Amplifier Antenna. For cell phones that are the life line of road warriors, an amplifier antenna installed on the car is imperative. These antennas are stronger than the antenna boosters put in the actual cell phones and are put on the rear windshield of the car. They provide you amazing coverage in places known as “dead zones” between cell towers or in valleys/ mountain areas.

4. Mobile phone charger. Yes, this sounds really old-fashioned, but we still think this is a vital  accessory for those who travels a lot and talk on their cell a lot.

Really, why run down your cell phone’s battery when you are driving when you can use your mobile phone charger and extend the battery life for when you get out of your car? Check out the latest ones that have slimmer cords, dashboard mount, and cell phone holders.



Choosing the Right Cell Phone

It seems that these days, almost everyone has a cell phone. There are so many brand names and so many new models, it’s difficult to keep up on the latest ones.

But picking cell phones is about more than picking the latest new model. It’s about comparing plans and accessories. It’s also about seeing the best deal, and manufacturers are offering amazing deals to make sure that you pick theirs.

When comparing cell phones, you’ll see that the manufacturers make their phones and other wireless products so that they can be utilized with several service plan providers. For example, if you choose T-Mobile and sign up with their camera phone plan, you’re free to choose your preference of phones made by Samsung and LG. Look around, because not every cell phone maker create phones that are compatible with all plans and deals.

Before picking a new phone that you like and meets your requests, make sure that it will work with a feasible plan. The best way to achieve this is to discover the service plan you want and then shop around for the cell phones and accessories that can work with that plan. When you find the plan and the phone you want, you can buy both. Many of the best wireless phone plans also provide bundled packages that include the service plan and the phone for one affordable price.

When the time comes for picking cell phones, make a list of the manufacturers that catch your eye and check out some of the online reviews. The ratings and comments are available online and reading them can truly help you to reduce your options. There is a wealth of information about cell phone companies online. Compare prices and products to find the cell phone that best fits your needs and you budget.



Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 8

When will we view the iPhone 8 — or whatever Apple decides to name it? Really, the rumors are all over the place. Around September is a rational guess, given that Apple has scheduled September introductions for every iPhone since the beginning.

This time, however, things may be different. For the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, we should see Apple coming out swinging with some fabulous groundbreaking innovations. And, according to the most recent reports, some of these hot innovative technologies are going to make it tough for Apple to deliver the phone by September.

The truth is: the iPhones offered in March were nothing but a small taste. A much more lavish introduction is possible to come later this year. As we get closer to the launch, we’ll keep assembling the most imperative information below.

Things you could see on the iPhone 8

  • An assortment of probable sizes, such as 5.8-inch, 5.5-inch, 5-inch, and 4.7-inch
  • Curved, edge-to-edge display with true-tone technology
  • Home button or the touch ID situated on back or incorporated into display
  • New touch ID using face or eye scanning
  • Wire-free charging
  • Dual-lens camera, probably in a vertical configuration; maybe with AR abilities
  • Apple Pencil support
  • USB-C substituting Apple’s Lightning connector
  • Improved water resistance
  • Apple’s new-generation processor: probably the A10X or A11
  • Made of stainless steel & glass
  • Upgraded storage upgrade beginning at 64GB with 3GB of RAM
  • Intel or Qualcomm modem
  • Priced starting at $850

As stated above, Apple has a huge iPhone redesign intended for 2017, with a glass body and edge-to-edge display that includes an integrated touch ID fingerprint and front-facing camera. The new iPhone could be available right by along with other iPhones. Simply put, if you have the money and you are really into iPhones, save your money, because an amazing new iPhone is headed your way.



Getting the Right Cell Phone Plan

Do your research

These days, there are many cell phone companies that want your money. They give free cell phones, attractive plans, and low monthly rates. But not all are the same. Some companies charge extra for calls made outside the calling area, while others charge for using text messaging and photo uploading. When seeking a cell phone plan, you should determine what you need in terms of minutes, special features, and unlimited area usage. This will give you a good idea of which wireless phone plans are for you.

When comparing cell phone companies, you should also compare cell phones, as they are not all made equal. While you may get a free cell phone when you sign up for a wireless phone plan, the cell phone may not have all the features you require. These days, many folks require to buy cellular phones that are in sync with their computer and can connect to the internet. Many times it is better to buy a cell phone when deciding on a plan.

Cricket is a cell phone company that provides four different plans and an assortment of phones to buy when picking a plan. Since folks need cell phones when traveling, or when away from the office, more companies are now available that offer cellular service. You can select to buy a cell phone that is expensive or choose a cheap cell phone model. Price is not always the determining factor when purchasing a cellular phone. Cricket offers many discount cell phones when you are ready to buy a wireless phone.

A cellular phone is more than just a fashion accessory.   It is a way for you to stay connected with family, friends, the office, and someone in case of emergencies. Picking the right cell plan provider is critical because you may need help from customer service, you may want to upgrade/alter your phone plan, or you may want to buy another cell phone down the road.



Cell Phone Etiquette

It is not unusual for us to get a little wrapped up in ourselves and breach the basic rules of cell phone etiquette. This can be very difficult when we aren’t even sure of the rules when it comes to cell phone etiquette.

Undoubtedly, talking on your cell phone in public places that a quiet environment is vital is deemed very rude. Libraries, court rooms, and high-end restaurants are the most obvious, and yet people still believe that they are excused from this very basic example of cell phone etiquette.

Don’t be this guy!

Even more upsetting is the basic attention that a cell phone can require. Regardless of where we are or what we are doing, we can be contacted, and we can be distracted. Whether we are having quiet time with family or a meeting with a prospective client, cell phones can swiftly drag away our attention. There is little that matches the blatant faux pas as the cell phone that makes the distraction and the answerer who puts the person/people they are with on hold.
Perhaps this is the basic cell phone etiquette misconception. Cell phones have the ability to intrude on the value of other people, whether we are in a restaurant talking loudly to a nameless voice on the other end of the phone, or letting our boss to disturb a tender moment with our significant other. The second our cell phones intrude on the respect of other people, we are certain to be violating basic cell phone etiquette.

Cell phones truly have their place in our society. However, with the exclusion of checking the caller ID to be sure that it is not a child trying to reach a parent to retrieve them, cell phones need to come with more off switches. Perhaps it would be more rightly to ask folks to use their off switch.



The Benefits of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

Pre-paid cell phone service gives flexibility that you just can’t get with customary cell phone providers. Pre-paid cell phones don’t need a contract. Whether you keep your cell phone or not is entirely up to you. Most need a recharge once every 30 days in order to keep the same cell phone number.

Pre-paid cell phones let a person budget less per month for their cell phone service. While pre-paid cell phones usually cost more per minute, those who use it sparingly can make their minutes last for less each month.

Pre-paid cell phones are excellent for people with credit issues that have a hard time getting the usual cell phone service, although less companies are needing credit checks, some still do and they can stop a person’s chance to get cell phone service.

Pre-paid cell phones are also a great choice for teens. They get a cell phone allowance every month and it isn’t possible for them to run up a huge cell phone bill. If they use all their allotted minutes in one week, then they must learn to budget more carefully for next month. Pre-paid cell phones teach teenagers responsibility and budgeting strategies which are very helpful to have when they enter the real world.

Pre-paid cell phones are an ideal choice for folks in transition Those who are just briefly staying in one place while waiting to move on to another area can stop contract problems and the aggravation of getting their phone number changed once they get to their final destination.

Of course, pre-paid cell phones have their issues too. You will not have the convenience of just paying a bill and have to recharge the cell phone in order to keep on using it, although most will let you use a credit or debit card in amounts as low as $20.




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