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Waze for a Free GPS

The iPhone has been a great device for users of Apple products. It offers a fantastic battery life and easy to use interface. While it does come with an included map program there hasn’t always been a free GPS service to navigate you while you drive…until now. Waze is a free app you can download from the Apple App Store that will help you find the quickest route to where ever you need to be.

“When you download Waze, you not only get a free navigation, but also become a part of the local driving community n your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time, and improve everyone’s daily commute”-

This is a driver generated service. As you and other users locate elements in your route that could slow down a commute, the program automatically warns you of what is ahead and will reroute you to save time in your travels. If you find any issues with street names, roads or other discrepancies, you are able to correct them.

Know where speed cameras, road hazards, accidents, traffic jams or other driving delays are before you are affected by them. You can even report sightings to others on the same path with a touch of a button.

This program is not restricted to only the iPhone or apple products but can be used by Android users as well. For more information check out the Waze Guided Tour video or stop into any Express Verizon location.

-Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon


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Express Is Going Green

Express Wireless has decided to go green by contracting Earthlight to provide us an analysis of how we can save money with our electric bill by changing all lights to LED‘s within each of our four stores.  This will substantially reduce the number of kilowatt-hours we consume each month reflecting not only a large savings on our monthly electric bills, but less consumption of energy and natural resources.
There is no out-of-pocket monies involved and the cost of the monthly payment to do this will be very close if not less than what we gain in savings each month in each store.  The monthly loan payment is also interest free. 
We are looking forward to saving 11,752 kilowatt-hours in our Ellington store annually and working with light which is more like daylight lighting.  How great is that – less kilowatt-hours and better lighting!      
We start the launch of our energy-saving movement in our Ellington location and are looking forward to continuing the change to the other three stores in Vernon, Enfield, and Stafford, Connecticut.

 More Green movements are soon to come from Express Verizon. Stay tuned to see how they could save YOU money!

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon


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Conserve Your Battery

During the ongoing power outage many are struggling to maintain a safe level of power in their cell phone battery. It is important to have the ability to send and receive phone calls during the state of emergency. Here are some ways to improve the longevity of your power for your basic or smartphone.

Obviously, the most effective way to save battery is to turn the phone off. Unless you have to use your device as an alarm clock, make sure you turn your phone off at night. Most likely you won’t be using your phone during this time so shut it off to conserve. A battery will still drain a very small amount with the phone off. In real emergency instances remove the battery from the phone completely to hold the most power in the battery.

If you are in an area that receives poor signal either shut off the phone or put it in airplane mode to prevent constant searching for a better link to the towers. There are tools that can boost signal in certain locations if they are places that you often need to have use of your phone.

Although vibrate can be a helpful feature to use when you don’t want your phone making a lot of noise, it uses a larger amount of power than when you have it set to ring. Turn off the vibrate as a ring or notification alert and also turn off the vibrate feedback that occurs on touchscreen phones when you select an item on the screen.

The larger the screen is on your phone, the more power is dispersed to it to keep it lit up. If possible, turn off the backlight or turn down the amount of time that the keyboard or screen stays lit up after being used. Use a darker, if not black, image as your background wallpaper. It uses much less power than lighting up the screen brightly. Reduce the brightness of the screen on smartphones and don’t use live wallpapers. These are constantly running programs and although they aren’t performing large tasks it is still constantly running and using unnecessary battery percentages.

Avoid the use of unnecessary features. The flash on your phone’s camera uses more power than any other feature. Turn off all other features and try not to use your phone for anything other than calls or text messages. Don’t use it for gaming or music applications. If you do stream any video or music make sure that you fully close out the program when you are finished. Turn off WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth functions unless you need to use them and then turn them after you are completed with them. Most phones also have an option to turn off the internet connection. This will prevent automatic updates and stop your phone from constantly searching for a strong internet connection as well as a voice signal.

Keep your calls short. It does use more battery to be running a phone call and maintain the connection for you to converse. When possible, use a short text message instead or limit your talk time.

Many phone have a ‘battery save’ mode. They often don’t equip themselves or only turn on when you are already very low on battery power. Check the phones Settings menu for the option to turn on the feature manually. This will help turn off background programs. Avoid third-party task managers. The task killers built into the phones basic software will work better with your phone and use less power than running another program to do the work.

The Express Verizon team understands how important it is to be able to stay in contact during power outages. All four of our stores are open to help you stay in contact. Come in to charge your phone or use our WiFi. Check out what products we have to help with maintaining battery life and keep you and your phone up and running.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon






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Snow Storm Essentials

Like it or not, winter has decided to make an early arrival. Fortunately, Express Verizon is here to help you stay prepared for the impending weather. Here is a countdown of the  five must-haves to help you stay ahead of the storms that are sure to arrive this season.

5.  Your survival kit can get a little bit lighter. Simply download a flashlight app and use your phone to see during any power outages. Instead of struggling to find batteries or candles you can access management of the LED light that is your camera flash. One of the most popular apps for this purpose is called Tiny Flashlight + LED. The super-bright LED bulb can come in handy in any dark situation where you need to see your way or find a lost item.

4. We know that having your cell phone on you is incredibly important during severe weather. When all other lines are down, Verizon Wireless works hard to keep you connected at all times. But, there isn’t much a mobile phone can do for you if it does not have a charged battery. We carry an Energizer portable charge pack that you can use to keep your phone working no matter where you are. The pack allows you to store a charge in it. Now you can plug in your phone and ensure that you always have a power source for your phone.

3. Weather Bug is a great app that can help you stay on top of upcoming weather conditions. Know what to expect with access to the largest network of professional weather stations. It even includes doplar radar, severe weather alerts, forecasts and much more, all presented to you on your phone. Never again will you be surprised by a change in temperature or condition. Know what to expect and when it will arrive in your area.

2. Snow storms can cause an issue but, as many will tell you, they can bring good times with them as well. For those who ski, they want to know what it will be like before they get to the mountains. For that, you could use Ski Trailmaps . Use it to check the weather at your favorite ski locations and even view cameras of the area to check it out before you arrive.  Maps can come in handy while on the mountain to track your location or manage where you would like to go.

1. The ultimate must-have for a coming snow storm: a car charger. These are common and most people already have them in their vehicles. If you don’t, I strongly suggest picking one up. If the power is out at home you can still keep in contact and keep your phone charged during the power outage. I’m sure that you will get use out of it during the rest of the year as well regardless of the weather situation. They are great to have and could  be a great help when you’re in a pinch for power on your mobile device.

Stop into any of our four Express Verizon locations for more information on how to get any of these items or more tips on what your phone could do for you during stormy conditions.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Community, Droid Apps


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Food Drive A Success!

Express Verizon wants to again thank all the people who donated food items to our collection that was held for the past month. Due to our combined efforts we were able to send over a thousand non-perishable goods to the Hockanum Valley food pantry, which provides assistance for the Vernon and Tolland county areas.

As our customers know, Express Verizon is a local business. We understand the importance of generating support for our surrounding neighborhoods. In recognition of the difference we can create with this organization we have decided to become a permanent drop-point for the food pantry. We appreciate your continued support in assisting us to help others. Remember to check back with us to see when our next food drive events will be held, to help you save on your new equipment and to help those in need.

-Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon


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Great Day at the NCCCC Golf Tournament

Express Verizon would like to thank the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce for a wonderful day of golf and sun at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, MA. I worked the 11th hole with Michael Weber of Minuteman Press in Enfield selling tickets for the 50/50 raffle, and had a blast! Your favorite Verizon retailer was a sponsor at the event and even had two golfers participate, Terry Britner and Janette Dion. They enjoyed a great day of 18 holes in the beautiful weather.

Even though I was volunteering for the NCCCC, I still managed to pick up some great new information on some new Apps that I’m sure you will love. Mr. Weber even helped me to find a way to get Swype on my HTC Incredible 2 (something I had been missing since switching from my Motorola Droid X).

I will be trying out some new Apps and will be sure to keep you all posted on the must-have downloads. If you are interested in learning how to get Swype on your Droid that doesn’t have it pre-installed please stop by our store at:
175 West Rd Ellington, CT 06029

Thank you again to the NCCCC for yet another great event and I look forward to sharing my new info with the Express Verizon customers.

-Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon


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Thunderbolt A Hero

One of the Express Verizon employees shared this story with me. It goes to show that even if you think you may not want something, who really knows until they really need it?

On 4-6-11, the internet servers at Bioworks Inc. crashed. Without an online connection the company’s ability to ship, manufacture and take orders were crippled. This company is set up so that all of their network is cloud based on the internet, any kind of internal hiccup or online connection problem will shut down the company while it gets sorted out. In the past, these downtimes would last, on average, a few hours at a time and had the potential to cost the company tens of thousands of dollars.

This would have been the case yesterday, if not for one of the technical managers and his new phone. Recently, he had upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt which has a Wireless Hotspot feature (which is an included feature to try on the Thunderbolt until May 15th of this year).  By having the ability to connect up to five of their computers to the internet via the Thunderbolt, the company was able to keep their systems online and functioning for the duration of the system outage. The sales and shipping managers reported that no sales were lost or failed to be shipped on time.

Another business solution presented to you with a phone that knows no boundaries.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon


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