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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┬áto 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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New Verizon Data Plans

I’m sure that most of you who have been following the Verizon Wireless news are already aware that the mobile data plans have had some adjusting. Starting on July 7th, there are now three data packages to choose from regarding the internet usage on your smartphone.

If you decide to upgrade to a smartphone, you now have the option of 2GB, 5GB or 10GB of internet usage plans. To help you make this decision we can discuss what amount of internet each would include for you to use. Below are some monthly activity examples of what the plans would include for you for each month.

  • 2 Gigabytes is an estimated one thousand emails, about 100 internet pages, 20 hours of streaming radio music, two hours of high-resolution video streaming, AND the upload or download of about 20 pictures.
  • 5 Gigabytes gives you about 2000 emails, 150 web pages, 25 hours of radio streaming, 9 hours of high-resolution video streaming, AND the usage to upload/download 50 pictures.
  • 10 Gigabytes allows you to send or receive about 4000 emails per month, browse 300 web pages, stream 50 hours worth of internet radio, stream 18 hours of high-resolution video, AND share about 100 pictures on the internet.

Ninety-six percent of Verizon customers who use our smartphones do not exceed 2GB of mobile internet usage. So for most people, the 2GB tier will be most appropriate. If you unsure of how much you may use or think that you might be a heavier internet user, I recommend that you start with a larger data package to avoid overage and you can later drop down to a lower bundle if you aren’t using the full amount.

If you had a smartphone on your Verizon line prior to the changes on July 7th you will still have your unlimited data package unless you move to a feature phone or anything other than a smartphone device.

For more information on Verizon smartphones, data plans, or changes in the Verizon packages, stop into any of our four locations and we would be happy to help you find what would be best for you.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon





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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Customer Service


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