Bring Your Own Device and Save!

By Shawn Haught

devices6-shopAllLate last year AT&T revamped its plans and services with new options that included AT&T Next, Mobile Share Value Plans, and the option of BYOD. All of these are great ways for customers to save money, and still remain on AT&T’s premium network.

The topic today is BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. This is a relatively new concept when it comes to cellular service. With traditional plans, customers buy a new phone upfront and commit to a two year contract. However, now we offer plans for customers to activate equipment that they already own at rates cheaper than ever. Allowing customers the freedom of not having to lock into contracts also gives peace of mind to customers not having to wonder when their contract is up.

A family of four can bring their own devices and get unlimited talk, text, and 10GB of data to share for $160. This plan is highly competitive to that of plans offered by other services with networks that don’t have the same coverage and benefits as AT&T. (more…)

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Isis Mobile Wallet- Pay with a tap of your smartphone

Isis mobile wallet googleBy Nick Bourassa

There is a cool new way to pay for stuff using your phone. It’s called Isis Mobile Wallet and it is the product of a wonderful cooperative effort between cell phone manufacturers and major credit companies. What they’ve done is create a completely digital way to manage, store, and pay using your credit cards by utilizing NFC  (Near Field Communication) technology in your smart phones.

Safer than your physical cards thanks to the apps’ omission of your credit card numbers and the encryption it uses to complete payments, Isis makes paying for things even more convenient than ever before. (more…)

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New and Improved, Samsung Galaxy S5

By: Leeor Shimon

Another top-end mobile device just hit the market in the Samsung Galaxy S5. This product offers plenty of new features, and some much-needed improvements to the Samsung interface design. Sales of this new flagship Samsung phone is already very strong.  Here is why…

The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch screen, an improved camera and a super-fast quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. How is it different from the S4?

  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 is certified to the IP67 standard, meaning it can be submerged in water and is completely dust-proof. The Galaxy S5 has a few extra hardware features that are exciting.
  • There’s an IR blaster, which will let you replace your home entertainment remote controls using the phone.
  • The Galaxy S5 also includes a fingerprint scanner that will allow you to unlock your device and can be used as an alternative to entering passwords.
  • Like to track your fitness?  There is a new heart rate sensor found on the back of the device which works by flashing a red light through your finger. From there it can capture your pulse so it knows how fast your heart is beating. This information is then shared with Samsung’s S Health app.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 offers several camera tech improvements over the Galaxy S4. It has a higher-resolution 16-megapixel sensor, some new modes and a reworked HDR function. The camera sensor itself is also significantly larger than the last Galaxy.

In my opinion, The Galaxy S5 is worth the investment, especially if you are upgrading from the S4 or an older model. The Galaxy S5 Smartphone is in stock in our AT&T stores and is priced at $199 with a two-year contract. Or You can get the Galaxy S5 with AT&T Next  with zero down payment and only $25.00 a month. Learn more about AT&T’s products and services by visiting an AT&T/Communications Electronics store near you.  We can help you manage your wireless needs. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website in order to stay in tune with our latest offerings.

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Recommended Apps for iOS7

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By: Leeor Shimon

The majority of iPhone devices are already loaded with favorite apps such as Facebook, Spotify, and Candy Crush, but there is plenty of excitement concerning new apps that are released every week. The App Store is loaded with great apps; some free, some for a small charge that will upgrade your phone’s productivity and usage benefits. Here is a list of the latest popular apps out there that I find very useful.

SwiftKey- This app is the fastest way to take notes on an iOS device. Using prediction technology, it autocorrects words as you type and offers next-word predictions based on the unique way you use words together. It gets smarter the more you use it, and adapts with you over time. This new app lets you type as you think in a faster and more efficient and fun way. (more…)

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Flex is Next

By: Leeor Shimon

Have you heard about the latest smartphone on the market? Last week AT&T released their newest innovative product in the LG G Flex. The product features a uniquely curved and immersive design allowing customers to experience the next step in smartphone evolution. By taking this shift in innovation, this means your calls are clearer than before and entertainment is more engaging than ever. Longer term, the G Flex sets the framework for a fully flexible and durable smartphone.

This unique device features a 6-inch display and a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, allowing it to render sharp and vibrant images. The device also offers high-end flagship features including a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a curved 3,500mAh battery. The immediate benefit of the LG G Flex is that its curved design better conforms to your face. It offers a better video-viewing experience, superior sound, and most importantly, extended battery life. All that said, the G Flex is one of LG’s most impressive handsets offered. If you’re on the market for a new powerful, innovative, Android device, this could be the one for you.

You can pick up the LG G Flex at any of our AT&T stores for $299.99 with a two year agreement or for $0 down with AT&T Next. Stop by any of our 14 AT&T/Communications Electronics stores near you to try out this new smartphone.

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Beats Deal Yet!

By: Leeor Shimon

Just in case you haven’t heard, AT&T has launched its new music-streaming service, Beats Music with a special offer for AT&T wireless subscribers. For $14.99 a month, AT&T customers can use the new Beats Music to personalize their audio libraries with unlimited downloads for up to five family members on ten devices. Beats Music begins to compete head to head with Pandora and Spotify in the increasingly crowded streaming music space. Until now, streaming services haven’t delivered this level of personalization with a human touch.

AT&T’s new innovative music streaming service includes many unique benefits.

  • First, it is family-friendly. AT&T wireless customers on a multiple account can get music how they want, when they want, at a great price.
  • Another benefit is unlimited streaming and downloads. AT&T customers with Beats Music get unlimited access to curated music of the songs, albums and playlists they love to hear, no matter where they are.
  • In addition to the best personalization technology, Beats Music is unique because human experts curate hand-picked songs while streaming to deliver just the right tune at just the right time.
  • Finally, Beats Music offers unlimited skips and no advertisement which means you will never have to listen to anything you don’t want to hear again.

The best benefit of Beats Music is the cost.   AT&Tcustomers on a multi-line account get unlimited streaming music and downloads for offline listening for up to five family members across 10 devices. Each family member can get 24/7 access to more than 20 million songs and the entire cost for the family is just $14.99 a month.  And now the first three months are free, so it is the perfect time to try it out.  Or you could pay $9.99 for an individual user and get the first month free. For more details on AT&T’s new offerings, please visit our website and stop by an AT&T/Communications Electronics store near you to let us help you manage your wireless needs.

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Wireless Holiday Gift Guide- Part Two

By Leeor Shimon

Now that we’ve discussed accessories, let’s move on to the main event.  Below are my pics for the perfect device for gift giving this year.

Samsung Note 3- Do you have a friend who just can’t manage to send text messages without tons of typos?  The Samsung Note 3 comes with the S Pen, which allows you to jot down notes, compose emails and write a text message by turning your handwriting into text.  Available in both midnight black and classic white.

Nokia Lumia 1520- The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone 8 and takes advantage of the newly extended hardware support of the WP devices. One major benefit of this smartphone  is that you can edit Microsoft Office documents on the go. It includes a 3400 mAh battery that will give you a longer battery life than average smartphones. (more…)

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Wireless Holiday Gift Guide- Part One

By Leeor Shimon

As you search for the perfect gifts for family and friends, let us offer up some ideas . Below are a few of the latest wireless accessories that make fabulous gifts.

  1. Yurbuds headphones – Do you have trouble getting earbuds to stay in your ears? Well, Yurbuds headphones are designed to both help the earbuds stay in place and to channel more of the sound into your ear, allowing you to turn the volume down and still get better sound quality. Yurbuds are made of a soft rubber which is more comfortable than average headphones. I tried out this set of headphones and I was pretty impressed with them. Yurbuds earbuds make a great holiday gift.
  2. Belkin iPad Case with Keyboard – This case is an iPad’s perfect keyboard companion. The Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case, which runs through Bluetooth, is a complimentary product for your tablet device and is the closest you will get to a laptop alternative, offering protection and not much bulk. I use one of these cases for my iPad and it makes the whole tablet experience better. (more…)

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Thinner, Faster, iPad Air

iPad Air

By Leeor Shimon

Have you done your holiday shopping yet? Looking for a unique gift that will excite your friends and family? Well, Apple recently launched its latest product in the iPad Air, redesigning its older version to be 20% thinner and weigh just one pound. The iPad Air feels incredibly light in your hand and includes a 9.7-inch Retina display, A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, superior wireless speed, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Talk about exciting…. (more…)

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What You Should Know about iOS 7

By Leeor Shimon
Have you ever thought of giving your iPhone a brand new look? Let us set aside colored phones and gold finishes for a minute. Last month, Apple released their biggest change to date in the new iOS 7 operating system for iPhones and iPads, making it its first substantial leap towards a new, more modern design. The iOS 7 offers a uniquely different look to the iPhone’s software that makes consumers feel like they’re getting an entirely new device.
The iOS 7 is more than just a visual makeover. Set aside it’s completely innovated interface, the update also offers new features such as Control Center, which serves as a hub for everything you want to access quickly, from turning Wi-Fi on and off to adjusting the display brightness. (more…)

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