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.
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.
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)!