Not everything on your phone is necessary or useful. Bloatware is an example of this—programs that are preloaded on your phone by your wireless carrier that takes up valuable storage space on your device.
But there are some apps that are essentially “useless” but are either entertaining or fun. We’ve rounded up a few of these so you can play with them. But don’t expect them to add to your productivity, because they won’t.
These are simple apps that can fool your gullible friends or family into thinking that you have an advanced identity protection system on your phone. Some of these apps mimic an ID scanner while others can “predict” your mood according to your fingerprint.
Amazingly enough, while these apps are just jokes and don’t really work, some users review these apps and complain that they don’t really scan their fingerprints. We pause to give everyone a chance to say, “Really?”
Fingerprint scanner apps are available for free or a nominal charge of 99 cents. More...
If you like to text, you probably subscribe to an unlimited texting plan from your wireless carrier. Most of these plans cost around $20 to $30 per month. Over the course of one year, this means texting will cost you anywhere from $240-$360—the price of a new high-end smartphone!
For those who want to save some significant cash in their texting activities, there is a way to get around these high texting fees and lower them to 99 cents a year or less. Even if you don’t text a lot, you may still want to the ability to send or receive occasional text messages without paying the customary 25 cents per text.
This “magic” can be done by simply downloading specialized texting apps that will let you text a million messages a day, if that’s what you want to do. We’ll show you the pros and cons of using these apps and whether these are right for you. More...
The question of what type of phone a person owns sounds simple enough to a lot of electronics fans, but sometimes what may appear obvious to some isn't so obvious to others, especially if they aren't into technology.
People sometimes receive smartphones as gifts, and the last thing on their minds is what model it is or whether it is running Windows 7 or Windows 8. And once the user’s manual is lost, who knows what model it is? As it turns out, it’s really easy to find out what sort of Windows Phone you have.
We’ll go over the different manufacturers and tell you how to find out in just a few easy steps. So the next time someone asks you "Hey, nice phone, What is it?" you can tell them exactly what you have.
Windows, Android, Apple or BlackBerry?
The first order of business in finding out what type of Windows phone you have is to determine if what you own is a Windows phone at all.
In today’s market, there are four major types of phones. These phones run under specific operating systems or software that enables them to accomplish various functions. They are Apple, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows phones. More...
In part one of SD memory cards: Tips, hints and why you need one, we went over the basics of SD cards regarding storage size, speed, which ones you can buy, and the different types of these great storage devices.
In part 2 we’ll give some insights on accessories for SD cards, what to avoid when buying one, how to spot fakes, and general advice on how to take care of them.
SD card adapters
While it isn’t obvious at first, an accessory named an SD card reader is an essential gadget if you want to move, store, and write data to and from your computer. These devices don’t cost much and the multi-readers are compatible with just about every type of SD card sold on the market. These card readers usually range in price from $4 and up. More...
When thinking about purchasing a new mobile phone, most people like to compare different models from all the manufacturers in order to gauge which ones are the best. Each company has a “flagship” phone or in other words, a device which represents the best it has to offer.
In this article we’ll present the flagship phones from some of the most popular companies in the industry and give a brief synopsis on each device.
Which one is the best out of all of them? For that answer, we’ll leave that up to you because everyone has different needs, tastes, and preferences. But what we can do is to showcase what’s out there so you can make the right choice. More...
As a company expands, its needs for cutting edge technology also grow, and the eventual phasing out of old electronics will eventually happen.
BuyMyTronics, part of the GameStop network, understands this and has just launched its Enterprise Buyback Program to address the issue of recycling old devices, which will help to cut down the e-stream, and also benefit businesses, both large and small, by recouping part of the purchase price of their decommissioned electronics.
The way it works
The lifeblood of any successful corporation is effective business communication. Employees use mobile phones, tablets, and laptops to process orders, contact clients, generate marketing campaigns, and a host of other essential functions important to the growth of a company. More...
By Frank Ling
Getting a cool new smartphone is great, but there are additional charges that aren’t always apparent, especially for individuals who have never owned one of these devices before--wireless carriers require a mandatory data plan with the purchase of a smartphone, and these fees can range anywhere from $30 a month or substantially more.
There are “unlimited data plans” offered but as we’ll see, many of them aren’t really unlimited at all, but have serious restrictions. We’ll try to lift the fog on these plans and see which ones are really unlimited.
What’s a data plan?
A data plan is a service you buy from the wireless carrier that enables you to connect to the Internet with your smartphone. You can surf the web, watch videos, listen to music, shop on the Internet, view content, and just about anything else you’d be able to do on an Internet connected computer – just on a smaller scale.
Data plan prices
Data plan prices vary according to the amount of bandwidth or data you want to use per month. A basic 2GB per month plan will allow you to watch 2 HD movies, 5 hours of TV shows or download 41 music albums. These plans start at around $30 per month from most carriers. More...
By Frank Ling
Many of us don’t give a second thought to how we carry around our mobile phones. They’re usually tucked away in a pocket where they’re susceptible to all types of damage from loose change, house keys, and other objects. Purses also contain their own little shop of horrors to mar and scratch cell phones.
Tablets fare a little better because most users buy an aftermarket case or screen protector. But after a while, the care for a new device starts to get more casual and the dings and dents start to accumulate.
Keep your machine clean and pristine
The thought of keeping our electronics neat and clean isn’t the highest priority for a lot of us, but the benefits of doing so can mean extra cash in your pocket when you trade them in. All it takes is a little care, a few dollars of investment, and a little foresight on what these preventive measures can do for you.
Buy an outer shell
Whether you have a tablet or a mobile phone, a small investment in the purchase of a protective case covering can not only help you to preserve the new look of your device, it can also save it from minor damage related to slippery fingers syndrome or the occasional accidental drop. More...
A phone is only as good as its ability to power on. If it doesn't power on, it's no good! But how do you tell whether or not a phone powers on? This handy guide will light the way.
Before powering on a phone, make sure a battery has been inserted into the device, a known working battery is best. Next, press the power button. It should have a symbol like on the picture above, keep in mind that another key, such as the "end" key, might also act as the power button. If you see no light eminating from the device, the battery might be drained.
Plug a charger into the phone and see if any charging indicators pop up, if none pop up, then your phone doesn't power on, but if it springs to life? Huzzah! Your phone powers on!
The hardest part for customers of BuyMyTronics is deciding what condition their phone is in. It's a subject science, for sure! What could be one persons "trashed piece of junk" could be another's "slightly used device." This guide will help you figure out how to accurately rate your items.
For working items, we offer quotes for four different condition levels. Each level holds a specific price, so it’s important to be as accurate as possible when submitting an order. Below is a breakdown of each condition: More...
As the Customer Experience Manager here at BMT, I run into a lot of frequently asked questions and one of the most prevalent questions I receive is "What is an ESN?". After a few hundred replies, I've finally decided to tackle this question in depth to help you, our customers, know exactly what an ESN is, what it does, and why you need to know about it before you create an order with us.
You use your favorite smartphone, tablet or eReader just about every day, but have you taken the time to think about where you use it the most? In a recent and interesting study, Nielsen has taken the time to figure out that it depends on what gadget you're using.
In its study, Nielsen looked at the three most popular electronics on the market: tablets, eReaders, and smartphones. Researchers conducted a survey of nearly 12,000 device owners and asked them where they use their electronics the most, and how much time each was used in different locations. What resulted were some really unique findings. Check out the results after the jump.
It seems like only yesterday when you could ask the question, "If you were to purchase a new smartphone in the next year, what would it be?" and almost automatically receive the answer "an Apple iPhone." Oh the times, they are a-changin'.
According to a study released by Nielsen, that same question now has a new answer, "an Android phone." It's a trending pattern, and one that shouldn't be too surprising considering the sheer number of Android devices currently on the market. According to Nielsen's latest figures, Android phones now own 37% of the smartphone market share, whereas Apple holds claim to 27% overall.
Here's a fun little graphic from TechCrunch.com that pits Android, Blackberry, and iPhone users against each other. Pretty funny, and not far from the truth!