Archives: Tips & Alerts
Archive of previous Tips & Alerts from WirelessEd.
- Stay connected during a power outage by planning ahead: Keep an extra, charged wireless phone battery on hand and own a car, solar- or hand-powered charger.
- Some carriers send text alerts as you approach your service limits or once you begin incurring overage charges.
- During natural disasters or widespread emergencies, wireless voice networks can be overwhelmed, and text messages to loved ones have a higher likelihood of getting through.
- To protect yourself if your phone is stolen, ask your wireless providers how to access applications that can lock, locate and erase data from stolen phones.
- Save your data allowance and tune your smartphone into free public Wi-Fi, available in some cafes, airports and public spaces. Switch to Wi-Fi mode in the "settings" menu.
- By July 1, 2012, the wireless industry will launch an education campaign for consumers on the safe use of smartphones.
- If you are concerned about "radio frequency" from your cell phone, reduce exposure by using a speakerphone, earpiece or headset to distance the device from your head.
- The FCC suggests that pacemaker users may want to avoid placing or using a wireless device close to their pacemaker.
- Expand your smartphone’s memory with a micro SD card. You’ll get extra room for apps and media and your phone will run faster. 8GB cards cost less than $20.
- It might be possible to avoid a cell plan contract and an early termination fee (ETF) if you pay full price for your phone. Compare prices to get the best deal!
- Ask your carrier if you can update your cell phone's roaming capability to give your phone a signal boost. Updating may improve reception.
- Check in for your flight using your smartphone and get a mobile boarding pass. You can flash the barcode on your phone at the airline's reader and move along through security.
- If you want to watch streaming video without using any of your monthly wireless data allotment, set your data-ready device to Wi-Fi when in range of a wireless Internet signal.
- Using your smartphone or other data-ready wireless device to watch high definition streaming video uses significantly more data that viewing in "standard quality" mode.
- Customers of all major carriers can check their usage at any time by visiting the company’s website.
- If your phone is lost or stolen, notify your carrier right away so that service can be turned off to avoid unauthorized use, for which you may be liable.
- If you aren't moving out of the area, you can keep your existing phone number when you switch cell phone carriers. This is called “porting” your number. (There may be a porting fee).
- If you don’t use your cell phone much, consider a prepaid plan. Unless you choose to “re-up” your minutes, you can’t go over your limit.
- Does your state have prohibitions on cell phone use and texting while driving? Find out at the Governors Highway Safety Association website.
- When traveling abroad, avoid high charges for international data roaming by turning off the mobile network on your smartphone and using Wi-Fi (wireless internet) to browse the Web or send email.
- Get information about international calling from all the major wireless providers, VoIP services and smartphone manufacturers here.
- Data usage is measured in kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB) rather than minutes. There are 1,024 KB in 1 MB, and 1,024 MB in 1 GB.
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