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Get Your iPhone 5 First

Any one who has heard anything about technology lately will know that the iPhone 5 was just officially released.    Usually, after about a week following the Apple announcement, you will finally have the opportunity to place your pre-order for the new device. Express Verizon is happy to grant you the golden ticket. Starting tomorrow, 200,000 devices country-wide will be released for pre-order. Skip the waits and long lines that are expected at the corporate locations and put your name on the newest, hottest new iPhone first!

The new device is lighter and has a larger screen. It also now runs on 4G internet and boasts iOS 6. The phone will be able to hold up to the higher demands with a stronger processor and longer battery life.

Express Verizon will be opening early at 7:30 am to allow for maximum time to place orders before they are all claimed. Call any of our locations for more information. See you there!

-Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon 

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Total Control With Usage Controls

For any parent who has given their child a cell phone line on their Verizon Wireless plan, they probably know what it is like to worry whether they will exceed the monthly plan allowance. If you have been in that position or are putting off getting said youth a phone due to this quam, I’d like to introduce you to Verizon Usage Controls.

Adding this system is as simple as adding any other feature to one or more of your phone lines. It costs $4.99 for every line you wish to monitor and allows you to restrict and view voice minutes, messaging and data usage, and even content downloads such as ringtones. The controlled line will receive a free text message when they are nearing their usage limit while the account owner will receive a message when the allowance has been met.Usage controls can be monitored and adjusted via your online MyVerizon account.

Usage controls also enables you to block up to twenty phone numbers as opposed the standard five numbers lines are alloted to block for free. To be even more secure, you have the ability to create Trusted Number lists. The phone would then only be able to contact the people who you designate as safe contacts, and also prevent the likelihood of going above the allotted usage amounts.

Experience total control when you can’t always be there. Create up to ten time period restrictions. Calls are stopped during restricted times, such as when the person is in school. At this point, they would only be able to dial the Trusted Numbers you have established or place calls to 911. Messaging (text, picture and even messaging with online social websites) will also be blocked unless it is being sent or received from a Trusted Number.

Express Verizon welcomes you to contact us for more information regarding Usage Controls and how they may be beneficial to use with the lines on your account.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon

 

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Are You On Voxer?

Over the last few months, we have seen an app called Voxer grow in download popularity. In short, it is a walkie-talkie application for both Android and Apple smartphones. But, it really does pack a lot more than just that.

As soon as you set up the app on your phone, you will see that the layout is clean and easy to use. It automatically pulls in your Facebook friends and contacts that are using Voxer so that you can start chatting with them at the push of a button. You will also be notified as soon as another one of your connected friends joins the Voxer network. Also suggest the app to any of your other contacts.

You can chat with one other person or a group but, the most useful part is the versatility of how you can talk. Send a text message, a photo, or a voice note. The messages you send can include your current location on google maps. This could come in very useful if you are trying to meet with someone else; you no longer have to write out where you are and how to get there. For privacy, this is also a function you can disable.

Texting had become a huge part of the current communication, Voxer doesn’t take away from that but, reintegrates walkie-talkie use that you aren’t constantly stuck typing in messages to your phone. Talk to the people on your Facebook easily while also sending photos and location information.

Voxer is free to use and free of advertisements. Making it even more easy and enjoyable to use. For more information on Voxer and how to use it, stop into any of our stores in Ellington, Enfield, Vernon, or Stafford.

– 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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Google Buys Motorola Mobility

It has recently been announced that Google has made moves to purchase Motorola Mobility for the hefty price of $40.00 per share totalling $12.5 billion dollars. The segment of Motorola that is to be acquired by Google is their mobile device division that produces all Motorola brand mobile devices including the Android cell phones, such as the Droid X2.

Motorola Mobility has been a dedicated Android partner and the purchase is believed to “enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem” and “enhance competition in mobile computing.” Google has informed the public that they still intend to run Motorola Mobility as a separate company. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012, as explained in Google’s official press release.

What does this mean for you? Through the combination of these two Android giants we are looking forward to huge leaps of advancement in our Droid products. Joining together can only help in the way that these companies are able to make improvements to our beloved devices. It will be interesting to see how Apple and Microsoft respond to the change. Hopefully, Google is correct in their idea that it will spark more advancements in all segments due to the drive to compete above other operating systems.

My advice to you: be sure to stay in tuned to what will come out next from these two amazing companies. It will be sure to impress.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Android News, Google

 

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Androidify Yourself

As we have mentioned before, the Express Verizon team loves to find apps on our Droid phones to help us with productivity and staying connected, but on occasion we also love to find programs that are simply for fun.

The app we are playing with this week is Androidify. This program allows you to create your own versions of the little green Android icon that we have grown to know so well. With the app, you can change skin color (because most of us are not naturally green), hair style and choose your outfit. When you have finished your Droid creation you can even share your character on Facebook or through email. See what you and your friends can come up with and what you would look like as a Droid. Shown here is my own Droid to represent myself and, yes, it has already been posted on my Facebook.  

Make creations that are funny or crazy or use your characters as fun self images on your networking accounts. We all know that the Android OS is super powerful. Why not include yourself as a Droid to show your support of these great devices.

Stop into one of our locations to learn more about fun or functional apps.

-Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon

 

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Amazon Offers An Alternative Market

The Android Marketplace isn’t the only place you can shop for great applications. Did you know there is yet another place you can get awesome apps for your Droid? Amazon created its own version of an App Store and opened it for users this past March. After reviewing the store myself, I would recommend it as an alternative shopping destination on your Droid.

Every day Amazon offers a “Free App of the Day” where an app that usually has a cost to download, is given away for free. I personally enjoy checking the app each day to see what the offer is and whether it is something that I would like to have on my device.

Another extra feature presented in the Amazon App Store are the personalized software recommendations. Based on programs you have previously downloaded or viewed from them, the Amazon App Store will create a list of items that you might like. It makes it easy to find more programs that are geared toward what you like or use.

Not sure if you are going to like an app that you are thinking of buying? The other markets allow you to download free trials or “lite” versions of some apps but, Amazon takes it one step further by letting you “Test Drive” many of their paid applications. The trial can be accessed via a desktop PC using an in-browser, emulated Android device to help decide whether to purchase the app for your phone.

Setting up Amazon App Store does take a few steps of verification if you don’t currently have your free Amazon account established. The only downfall that I found with the shopping arena was that you are required to have a payment source on file with them. Not too big of a deal if you already have that set up or you only plan to order free items. However, once it is running, it is worth the time of creating the account.

You can run this market from your phone while still retaining the Android Marketplace. Now you have the option to shop and compare to find the perfect apps that are right for you.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon

 

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