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Stress-Free Tips to Keep Your Data Under Control

There’s no doubt data is becoming a defining factor in choosing one’s cell phone plan, but with all the limitations, how do you manage to stay connected? The answer is simple – take control of your data usage. There are many ways to stay within your limits, and it doesn’t even take much effort. Keep your data under control with these stress-free tips:

  1. Take advantage of WiFi – With WiFi hotspots available almost everywhere, and most likely in your home, you won’t even need to use cellular data. Oftentimes, WiFi gives you faster Internet speeds and cuts down on load times. Not to mention, by using WiFi, you can dramatically increase your battery life.
  2. Download Data Management Apps – If you are using an Android powered device, there are many apps that allow you to turn cellular data on/off and monitor your usage. Browse through the Google Play store and find one that suits your needs best.
  3. Keep Track By Accessing Your Online Account – With Page Plus, you have access to an online account which keeps track of your remaining data usage for the month. Access your existing account or register for free here. On the go? Text BAL to 7243 to receive a free text update of your remaining minutes, texts and data usage.
  4. Add On More Data – If you happen to run out of data or just want more as backup, add a Standard plan PIN (which will act as an extra cash balance on your monthly plan) to your account to be able to use additional data. For example, if you are on the Talk n Text 1200 plan and add a $10 Standard plan PIN to your account, you will get 100 MB more usage for the month since the overage rate on this plan is only 10 cents per MB.

Cell Phones – Your Own Personal Safety Device

June 11th, 2012 2 comments

 

 

 

 

Today’s cell phones can do some amazing things. Does anyone remember when cell phones just made and received phone calls? We’ve come a long way from bags and bricks. We’ve come a long way from just business people and the affluent being the only cell phone owners. Today, there are a range of people from children to seniors (and everyone in between) doing just about everything from their cell phones.

One reason cell phone growth exploded with children and seniors is personal safety. Cell phones are the best devices to use to communicate quickly, whether it’s an emergency, cry for help, or just a quick check in.

There are warnings galore to not text and drive or even to not text while walking (see Page Plus blog post below), but that doesn’t mean a cell phone is an unsafe device. It actually is quite the contrary. Your cell phone can be your own personal safety device.

Here are just a few ways your cell phone can be your own personal safety device or your child’s own personal safety device or your parent’s own personal safety device:

  • 911 Emergency Call button – one touch, one call, pre-programmed.
  • ICE – ICE is simply, In Case of Emergency. This is a feature on your phone that allows you to put in a short list of “quick contacts” in case of emergency. Somewhere in your contacts put ICE. This is an easy way for someone helping you to find who to contact when you are unable to do so yourself.
  • Weather Alerts – Your phone can now alert you about hazardous weather conditions
  • Flashlight App
  • Warning Siren App
  • GPS – Many phones now contain a GPS system that allows you to locate your current position and find your way.
  • Camera – So many safety ideas with this feature. Some have taken a picture of their aisle identifier reminding them of where they parked their car!
  • Speed dial to Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Caretaker, Son, Daughter, Doctor or Police.

These are just a few ideas to think of your cell phone as your own personal safety device.

Feel free to share your personal safety story here related to your mobile phone. We want to hear from you!!

 

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Cell Phones and Seniors

June 6th, 2012 6 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not everyone wants the smartest of smart phones. Believe it or not, some just want to make or receive a phone call! When it comes to the basics, seniors come into mind. Many seniors want a cell phone plan as a potential lifeline when disaster strikes. Many of those same seniors are “technophobes,” afraid of the latest and greatest technology. This means they simply need a phone that is easy to use and gets the job done without all the bells and whistles.

Cell phone companies have been keen to this market and their requirements. Many have responded with education or design that caters specifically to the senior market.

When shopping for that next senior friendly phone keep these points in mind:

  • It’s a communication device: multimedia features aren’t as necessary or important.
  • Visuals are important: screen size, text size, resolution, clarity, button size, etc.
  • Volume control: easy to hear

In addition to these considerations, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the cell phone plan itself. Unlimited plans and long term contracts are usually unnecessary for the senior market. Having a cell phone plan that fits his/her needs and budget is critical.

We often find that seniors prefer prepaid cell phone plans as they usually only make calls in emergencies or have short conversations with family members. If they happen to catch on, there are plenty of prepaid plans that allow more than the bare minimum.

If you end up getting them a prepaid cell phone, also count on a few “educational,” sessions. Your attention will go a long way to their ultimate happiness. Here is a suggestion of a senior cell phone checklist when considering a cell phone:

  • Features
  • Budget
  • Prepaid Mobile Plans
  • Safety and Emergencies
  • Maintenance
  • Everyday Use

It’s amazing what a little bit of attention, education and experience can do for the senior in your life (as it relates to cell phones).