Making the Call Between iPhone or Android Smartphones – Part Two

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  • Posted by: The Chief

    Verizon - Buy 1 Google Pixel 3, Get 1 Pixel

    Time to switch. Verizon Wireless has Switch to Verizon - Buy One Google Pixel 3 or 3XL, Get 1 Pixel 3 Free when you sign up for an Unlimited plan and add a line. No trade in needed. The Pixel 3 is exclusive to Verizon. Pixel 3 Review  - Pixel phones get Google security updates and upgrades first.  Ships on 10/18

    1. Buy one Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL with monthly device payments, get one Pixel 3 64GB free (or get $799.99 off any other Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL model).
    2. You’ll need to add a new line to one of these phones.
    3. Then you’ll see a credit of $33.33/mo over 24 months on your bill.

    Unlimited Plan

    • 1 Line $75 for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Unlimited Hotspot (600kbps)
    • 4 lines for $160

    You’ll be paying full price for two Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL devices over 24 months, then you’ll see a credit of $33.33/mo over 24 months starting in 1-2 billing cycles. Just so you know, these monthly credits end when the balance is fully paid or if you cancel or transfer your line.

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: October 21, 2018 6:01 AM PDT


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Switch to Verizon - Buy One iPhone XR, Get 1

    Time to switch. Verizon Wireless has Switch to Verizon - Buy One iPhone XR, Get one Free when you sign up for an Unlimited plan and add a line. No trade in needed.

    • Buy one iPhone XR with monthly device payments, get one iPhone XR free (or get $750 off any other
    1. You’ll need to add a new line to one of these phones.
    2. Then you’ll see a credit of $31.24/mo over 24 months on your bill.

    Unlimited Plan

    • 1 Line $75 for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Unlimited Hotspot (600kbps)
    • 4 lines for $160

    You’ll be paying full price for two Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL devices over 24 months, then you’ll see a credit of $33.33/mo over 24 months starting in 1-2 billing cycles. Just so you know, these monthly credits end when the balance is fully paid or if you cancel or transfer your line.

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: October 19, 2018 2:35 PM PDT


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Free iPhone XS Sprint - XS Max $4.17/month

    Time to switch to a better carrier with Unlimited.. Free iPhone XS Sprint - XS Max $4.17/month when you activate New service.  Requires 18 mo. lease, new line or eligible upgrade. On approved credit. Expires Soon

    If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on device becomes due. approved credit. Monthly bill credit starts within 2 bills. Excludes tax.

    • New Unlimited Plans from $40/month.  Expires Soon

    Unlock your credit report if you locked it.

    30 days to return your trade in phone.  It must be in good working condition.

    Normal Prices

    • iPhone XS: $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB)
    • iPhone XS Max: $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB)

    Upgrading A Line Phone Trade in Credit Value

    • iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 - $41.67/mo credit
    • Samsung S9+, S9, S8 Active, Note 8, LG G7 - $41.67/mo credit
    • iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 - $20.83/mo credit
    • Samsung S8+, S8, Pixel 2XL, 2, Motorola z3 Play, LG V30+, V30 - $20.83/mo credit
    • iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6,
    • iPhone SE - $10.42/mo credit
    • HTC U11  - $10.42/mo credit
    • iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4 - $8.34/mo credit
    • Samsug S7, S7 Edge, LG G6 - $8.34/mo credit

    New Sprint Line Phone Trade in Credit Value

    • iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8,iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7- $41.67/mo credit
    • Samsung S9+, S9, S8 Active, Note 8, LG G7 - $41.67/mo credit
    • iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE - $20.84/mo credit
    • Samsung S8+, S8, Pixel 2XL, 2, Motorola z3 Play, LG V30+, V30 - $20.83/mo credit

    Sprint Unlimited Plan

    Eligible Devices to trade in are iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2XL.

    iPhone XS Specifications

    • All Glass surface on front and back
    • 5.8" or 6.1" Super Retina Edge-to-Edge 2436x1125 (458ppi) Screen
    • Super fast A11 Bionic Chip CPU
    • 12MPixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization
    • 7MPixel front camera with Retina Flash
    • Wireless charging using Qi industry standard
    • FaceID to unlock phone
    • iOS 12

     

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: October 17, 2018 4:01 PM PDT



  • Posted by: The Chief

    Samsung S9, S9+ Unlocked, Free Chromebook

    Factory direct. Samsung S9, S9+ Unlocked Sale - Double Trade in upto $600.  Use these unlocked phones on any carrier. Switch at anytime! (Unlike phones you get with carrier plans) Expires: 11/2/2018 or while supplies last.

    Get $400 for trading in a Galaxy S8.

    • Samsung S9 and S9+ are available in several colors
    • Galaxy Note 9 now in Cloud Silver
    • Financing plan - S9 $30/month for 24 months. S9+ $38.33/24 months
    • Retail price for Samsung S9 $719.99, S9+ $839.99
    • Normally: Up to $300 savings when trading in old phones

    New Features

    • Dual Aperture Lens, Intelligent Scan unlock, Dual Lens on S9+, Faster processor, better slow motion video, AR Emoji
    • Samsung up to $300 with qualifying trade-in. They sell only unlocked phones. Special bundles available.
    • Some Older phones are available with less trade in.  Trading in is a lot easier than selling your phone on eBay or Craigslist.

    Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

    • 5.8in Infinity Screen
    • Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 Native Resolution
    • Bixby assistant
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • Dual Aperture Lens
    • 4K Video - Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless
    • MicroSD Slot
    • 4G LTE
    • International Variant/US Compatible LTE
    • IP68 Waterproof to 4.9'

    Samsung Galaxy S9+ Specs

    • 6.2in Infinity Screen
    • Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 Native Resolution
    • Bixby assistant
    • Octa-Core Exynos 8895 Chipset
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • Dual Aperture Lens
    • 4K Video - Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless
    • MicroSD Slot
    • 4G LTE
    • IP68 Waterproof to 4.9'
    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: October 16, 2018 10:01 AM PDT


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Anker Wireless Charger Charging Pad Sale $20.89 + Free Shipping

    Amazon has an Anker 10 Watt Qi Certified Wireless Charger Charging Pad Sale - Samsung S9, iPhone XS etc, $20.89 after selecting Instant Coupon - Free Shipping $25 or with Prime. Expires Soon - Highly Rated at 4.1 out of 5 stars.

    We have one and find it works fine with the new iPhone XS, XS Max and a Samsung Galaxy Smartphones.

    • Starts the moment you place down Qi-enabled device or device equipped with a Qi-compatible cover. No cables or USB interface required.
    • Works with fully Qi-Enabled devices like iPhone XS, XS Max, 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S9, S9+, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, Nokia 9, Huawei Mate 10, Nexus 4, 5, Lumia 920 and other Qi-Enabled devices. (NOT for Apple Watch and Incompatible with mophie battery case)
    Sales tax in: All Except AK, DE, MT, NH, OR
    Posted: October 16, 2018 6:01 AM PDT


  • Posted by: The Chief

    100% Free Mobile Phone/Data SIM Card $0.01 + Free Shipping

    Lowest price. Freedom Pop 100% Free Mobile Phone/Data Service with 3-in-1 SIM Kit, $0.01 activation fee, Free Shipping.  100% FREE Talk, Text, Data/month with the 3-in-1 4G LTE SIM Kit plus 1GB Bonus Data and 1-Month Unlimited Talk, Text, 2GB Data Trial Premium Service Trial for the first month for only $1.99 Activation with Free Shipping.

    No annual contract. Just plug into your unlocked GSM smartphone. A great deal for those with lesser use requirements or when travelling Internationally.

    Freedompop items

    • 3-In-1 Domestic 4G LTE SIM Kit
    • FreedomPop Premium Plus Trial - Free 2GB

    Their Premium service plan is Free first month, $27.99/month thereafter if you do not call to cancel or downgrade. Unlimited talk, text, 1GB 4G LTE High speed data on Sprint's network.

    • Cancel the BEFORE the Premium trial is over to avoid charges

    We suggest you downgrade from Premium to FreedomPop's 100% Free Plan with:

    • 200 Voice Minutes
    • 500 Texts
    • 200MB free per month

    Learn: No-Contract Plans

    Choosing the right plan for you is time consuming and can also be a hassle. We've done the research and you may save over $1,000 each year! Be sure to check out our no-contract Smartphone plan article: How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans where we compare all of the major network carriers.

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: October 15, 2018 6:01 AM PDT


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Android vs iPhone VS Android vs iPhone

Hardware, durability and cost are not the only considerations that go into deciding between an Android or iPhone.

The software or operating systems that power our devices do as much to shape the character of a particular phone as the look and feel of the machine itself. It’s also in this internal software that the most stark differences exist between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

Know Your OS – Pros and Cons

When it comes to operating systems, neither iOS or Android can please everyone (especially tech geeks and programmers). Fortunately, a bit of healthy competition means that consumers are constantly seeing improvements and updates to perfect their platforms.

Apple’s latest OS is iOS 6 as of this article’s publication date, while Android is on version 4.

Android PROS

• Android’s open system is designed with the developer in mind. Built using the Linux kernel system, Android’s infrastructure is versatile and easily customizable.

• For those who like complete control of their machine, Android is easy to hack and its wide-open marketplace means there are a seemingly unlimited array of apps and extensions to choose from.

• Android is integrated into Google, so users who take advantage of Google services like Calendar, Gmail and Drive will appreciate the synchronicity.

Android CONS

• Because Android operates like a ‘wild West’ for developers, it can be difficult to get support. Compatibility suffers.

• Older Android devices may be unable to update to the newest Android version, making some apps obsolete or unusable. Wireless carriers are slow to put out security patches and have no incentive to update handsets to new major version of the operating system. They would prefer you buy a new smartphone.

• Some Android smartphones have very little storage for additional apps. We have a T-Mobile LG and it is full of built in apps you cannot remove, leaving little space for new apps. While it has a MicroSD slot for memory expansion, you cannot move apps to it, you can store movies, music, documents, or pictures on it. (You can root the phone and run a SD card shadow memory program if you are an expert)

• Android’s open system makes it more vulnerable to apps that have security problems and privacy issues.

• Google tailors ads based on your personal message content, so users sacrifice privacy in their email conversations.

iOS PROS

• iPhone is renowned for out-of-the-box usability, and iOS versions are consistent across several years of iPhone releases. You will almost always be able to upgrade to the newest operating system. (If Apple allows it)

• Apple devices are easy to learn and easy to use, and support is readily available. Apple Retail Stores are all over the country.

• The user interface is consistent across devices. If you have an iPad, then you know how to use an iPhone, and vice versa.

• Significantly more apps are available for iOS, especially tablet optimized apps.  All iOS apps must be approved for the Apple Store, helping to ensure higher quality and security.

 • Apple is very good at keeping their devices updated. The iOS7 upgrade was supported all the way back to the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (both over two years old)

iOS CONS

• Apple’s closed system is not as friendly to developers and programmers. Although ‘jailbreaking’ is common and allows for apps that exist away from the App Store, it voids the warranty on the device and makes it difficult to update to a newer version of software.

• iPhone is not as customizable as Android. All users’ interfaces resemble each other.

 Windows Phone

Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has come a long way in four years and, with innovative features coming in v8.1 such as the updated Modern interface, Cortana, and Microsoft Office pre-installed, has emerged in the mobile wars as a viable alternative for users looking for Office compatibility and a fresh new interface.

Windows Phone PROS

• Windows Phone comes with complete and out-of-the-box compatibility for Microsoft Office with a mobile version of Office pre-installed

• The unique Metro UI, with real-time "Live Tiles" and pre-installed widgets, provides a fresh approach on mobile interfaces

• Metro UI is used across all of Microsoft's OS's, so Windows 8 and Surface users will feel right at home

• Window's app "Marketplace" requires developers to send in their apps for approval, which means that the apps on the Windows Marketplace are secure and have been screened for quality

Windows Phone CONS

• Windows Phone OS lives in a closed ecosystem, where programmers and developers are kept out of modifying the OS or installing apps without submitting them to the Windows Marketplace first

• The selection of apps from the Windows Marketplace is sparse in all areas (especially in non-utility apps such as games or entertainment apps), and users who are switching from an iOS or Android device might miss many of their favorite apps

• Many users complain that the OS doesn't feel fully finished or that the OS feels intuitive at times.

• Microsoft's mobile browser Internet Explorer Mobile feels half baked while forcing you to use Bing for all of your searches.

The Bottom Line

Android — Although Android offers far more options for quality phones from various manufacturers, there are also many budget options that may ultimately disappoint. Read reviews of the latest devices online, rather than just trusting the salesperson at the carrier’s retail location, who will obviously push the phone they are currently hyping with new service contracts.

Because user interfaces can differ between devices (and between Android phones and tablets from makers like HTC and Samsung), less tech-savvy users may be disoriented by a new Android device. Finally, because of the wide array of manufacturers, tech support can be problematic when the phone maker blames an issue on the carrier, and vice versa.

For users on a budget, who heavily rely on Google services, or who desire the maximum possible customization, Android may be the best choice.

Apple — Consistency, elegant design, simplicity, quality and customer service are the hallmarks that make Apple the industry leader in smartphones. Pricing can be expensive, but because new phones are set at a hard price, there is little need to ‘shop around.’ Apple’s tech support is easy to reach and very helpful, making Apple the all-around best for user experience.

If you want sleek and simple usability and can afford it, the iPhone may be the best choice.

Windows Phone — Excellent design with a unique approach to the homescreen and 100% compatibility with Windows, but tied to Microsoft's ecosystem with a small selection of apps. While some built in features are rough around the edges, Microsoft's new mobile OS has shown quite a bit of potential

The Windows Phone may be the best choice for users who want easy Windows Office integration, a safe, small, and closed ecosystem, and the opportunity to try something new

iPhone or Android is the question for today. Are you a former iPhone or Android user that has made the switch? Are you happy with your decision? Leave a comment with your opinion.

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