Sprint Gets Mobile with Atlanta Moms #SprintATL

We live in a connected world thanks to technology and mobile devices. But there are a few things that get on my nerves about smartphones and tablets.

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First: My husband is always on his phone.  Now, I will say that he is a busy man.  He is building a business, he’s always dealing with clients, and he’s been focusing on teaching people how to make affordable mobile phone videos, so I get it… He has to use his phone! But, when it’s time for family time, it’s time for family time.

Second: As soon as you buy a phone, it seems like it’s time to upgrade it, but if you’re in a contract, you can’t get a new phone without spending a bundle.  These phone companies are running serious game.

What’s worse than having no bars?  It’s like having no phone. I’m now sure about your community, but Atlanta has plenty of hills, and areas that seem to be in dead zones. It’s utterly frustrating at times.

Now I’m not going to bash by current mobile provider, but recently Sprint rolled out the red carpet for us Atlanta mom bloggers so we could learn more about how it is improving service in the metro area.

A group of us were treated to a birds eye view of Atlanta while we toured one of Sprints  cell towers in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.  We got to see first hand how Sprint is improving coverage here.  They have more than 1000 towers. Some of them are situated on church steeples, which I didn’t know. It makes sense though since the height is needed to get maximum coverage.

I really enjoyed my day out with the Sprint folks.  They are encouraging everyone to practice safe mobile habits, and even have a new Android app that is designed to help you find your phone if it’s lost or stolen, and it can even wipe the data.

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Here are some tips from the carrier to enjoy a safe mobile experience:

Tips for Smarter Smartphone Usage

With smartphones being critical to everyday life, there are a few basic steps that Sprint and Lookout recommend:

  • Set a PIN or passcode. It’s the first line of defense to keep private information private if a phone is lost or stolen.
  • Don’t lose it. Tuck away a smartphone in a zipped pocket or bag when walking in public places.
  • Practice safe surfing. Take extra care when browsing websites or clicking on links from a mobile device – the small screen size makes it especially tricky to determine a safe link from a fraudulent one.
  • Be cautious when downloading apps. To minimize the risk of picking up a malicious application, only download from official apps stores, read app reviews, and check the developer reputation before installation.
  • Keep it safe. Download an app like Lookout to help locate a lost phone, or lock & wipe the data if it cannot be recovered.

I’m hoping to get my hands on a Sprint phone in the future and share my thoughts about the product.

For now, I’m off to make my next call. I have my own clients (real estate)!

 

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14 comments
Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy
Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy

I totally agree about spending too much time on my phone but most of my business is via email so it is hard not to be connected all of the time. I do a lot of videos from my phone as well.

Katherine G
Katherine G

Sounds like sprint has made a lot of improvements. Its enticing me to go check them out again.

Kendra
Kendra

I think we're all guilty of being on our phones too much. Im trying to be in the moment a lot more these days. Thanks for the reminder.

Janeane Davis
Janeane Davis

I like all the wonderful things we can do with our telephones.

Angela
Angela

I am so glad you enjoyed the Atlanta Sprint blogger event! I was sad to miss it. Sprint is such a great company, and I truly appreciate their commitment to families and keeping kids safe online.

Jennifer Salter
Jennifer Salter

I have admitted on more than one occasion to having a phone addiction! But because i live alone for 4-8 weeks while hubby is on the raod its usually not a problem... until he comes home for his days off. Those weekends I make a concentrated effort to stay off my phone!

Ange
Ange

Great stats! I am so that girl in bed checking her phone all the time.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

Every time I read something like this I put my pin back on my phone. Then I get tired of entering it after a while and take it back off. What I should do is just use it when I travel!

brett
brett

1 in 2 don't have a passcode on their phone? that's just crazy. my kids hate my passcode but its for their own good

Chelsea
Chelsea

I've recently set up a PIN on my phone and I'm glad I did. What if someone were to find it and read all my messages or go on my Facebook or bank accounts? Gotta keep it locked down!

Ashley McLure
Ashley McLure

I'm fortunate that apple includes some of the safety apps (like locating your phone) in the new iOS. Good points, though, on security.

Mushy Mamma
Mushy Mamma

Angela, yes it was a great event. Thanks again for the invite. I learned a lot and Sprint reps were very kind.

Mushy Mamma
Mushy Mamma

Jennifer I know how easily one can get addicted to the phone. it awesome though when you make the effort as you do to take a time out and really be in the moment with friends and family