Can you imagine a text message you would be willing to die for? We certainly can’t. Yet many people still text while driving even though they are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash.
It can be tempting, but texting while driving is never worth endangering lives. That’s why Mybullfrog wants our customers to understand the risks and to take a pledge never to text and drive.
It’s also why Mybullfrog and Verizon is taking an unprecedented step to team up with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile on a national customer outreach campaign, “Txtng & Driving…It Can Wait.” Our team is taking the pledge and we hope our customers will join us by standing up and making a difference. Please click here to join us and sign the pledge.
Let’s face it cell phones are an essential part of today’s world. Not only do we use them to talk they have become our life coach, recipe keeper, phone book, note manager, GPS guide, picture and video scrap book……and the list goes on.
But what happens when you lose your iPhone, or your Samsung Galaxy S3 takes a dip in the pool (love that)? What do you do when it simply isn’t in the budget to get another $600 phone, you don’t have insurance and your upgrade is too far away? What do you do when your teenage daughter needs another cell phone and it is the third one that “accidentally” fell off the top of the car?
Mybullfrog.com is pleased to offer our Certified Pre-Owned Phone Program.
No contract or terms required so you can get what you need without breaking the bank. Have one of our certified pre-owned devices shipped directly to your home or pick one up now at any one of our 92 locations (click here)
Each lightly used device is inspected, tested, and in like-new condition. All certified pre-owned devices go through a rigorous quality check and are inspected for cosmetic defects so they look just like new.
We have a great selection of basic to ultra popular model smartphones so your sure to find just the right one! You can rest easy and assured you got a good deal on a great device at a fraction of the price with our 14 day testing period for returns or exchanges.
Give us a call now at 855.743.1154 for more information or to order your Certified Pre-Owned device today or, stop by any one of our locations and choose one for yourself. It’s worth the trip!
Have you made us of mobile coupons lately? Also known as e-coupons, mobile coupons are retrieved via smartphone, like an e-ticket is used at the boarding gate for an airplane flight.
Accessing mobile coupons typically means logging on to the sites of the venues and shops you patronize. Corporate businesses currently are likelier than independent businesses to offer mobile coupons. A mobile coupon uses either barcodes, popular with corporations because it’s easier to track spending habits, or text messages, which have a broader reach and wider application, including discounts, free products and sweepstakes entries.
“Recently, we went to the movies, and I was able to get tickets through my phone, redeeming a Groupon voucher, and I didn’t even have to stand in line,” said Maria Tiongco Ramos, who owns a social media consulting business, ASavingsWow. Click here to read more.
Do you make use of mobile coupons through barcodes or text messages? Which do you prefer? We would love your feedback in the comments.
Source: New Haven Register
Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung.
Google’s mobile platform now accounts for nearly 75% of all handset sales, a jump of almost 20 percentage points on a year ago, and equating to 156 million devices sold in the three-month period. Smartphones sales grew by 63 million units to 210 million for the quarter, making up nearly half of all mobile phone sales overall, at 425 million.
Although Samsung does not release exact sales figures for its devices, Gartner estimates that the Korean giant is the biggest of them all: it accounted for almost 31% of all smartphones sold in the period, with Apple in number-two with 18%. It’s quite a change from last year, when the two were nearly level, with just 5 percentage points separating them. Click here to read more.
Source: Tech Crunch
Summer is coming at last. If you’re thinking that a few improvements to your fitness and physique might be in order then an app may be the solution you’re looking for.
Apps can be the answer if you find it hard to motivate yourself to work out or to head to the gym, and don’t like the idea of a personal trainer. There are many to help us get in shape and not all of them have a price tag attached.
The New York Times and The Boston Globe have compiled a review of some great fitness apps that are completely free. What could be better than that? Click here to read more, and start getting ready for summer.
Source: The Boston Globe
Are you a serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing some day.
The beautifully designed app was dreamed up by New York-based David Spiro, a recent college of engineering and business school grad from the University of Michigan, who had spent time working with the standard tools for business model development, like the Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas, while in school.
The product itself is simple. Elevatr is essentially a note-taking app which takes the structure of a traditional business plan, and makes it more accessible to design and develop on the smaller screen of mobile devices. After tapping the button to add your idea, the app prompts you to describe the idea in 140 characters or less, just like Twitter. Click here to read more.
“I couldn’t believe how many people were looking at their cellphones during the meeting! It’s so rude!”
Some people nod in full understanding when they hear that comment, while others can’t see what the fuss is all about. There are times where meetings require the full attention of everybody present. But smartphones are fabulous devices, putting a world of information literally at our finger tips, and can be used in legitimate ways in business meetings.
In some ways, attitudes towards mobile device usage depends on the industry in which you work. In Silicon Valley you”ll see very few people who don’t have a phone in their hand all the time. It’s part of the culture. In other industries it’s not as much a part of the culture. Click here to read more.
Source: CBC News
In the second half of 2012 existing smartphone owners were most likely to be interested in devices with a screen size between 4.2-inches and 4.7-inches. The Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Lab report, “Smartphone Size Preference on the Rise: 4.5″ Most Preferred Size” found an increase in the most preferred smartphone screen size from the same period in 2011, where a 4.3-inch device was most preferred.
Smartphone intenders show greater interest in slightly smaller devices than existing smartphone owners. Males preferred smartphones with larger screens than females, while current brand of smartphone also impacts future screen size preferences. Nearly all respondents showed a preference for their next phone to have a larger screen size than their existing handset. Click here to read more.
How does this fit in with your wishes? Will your next phone have a larger screen than the one you have now, or are you happy with what you have? Let us know in the comments.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Did you take the plunge on your first smartphone recently? Congratulations! You’re holding a lot of power and possibilities in your fingertips.
Of course, that can be a little overwhelming, too. There are well over 700,000 apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Take a deep breath. You don’t need to dive in all at once. The folks at USA Today have compiled a starter kit, consisting of ten apps that work with iPhone and Android smartphones, won’t cost you a thing, but you’ll almost definitely use them every day. Click here to learn more.
Source: USA Today
Phone theft, especially of Apple’s coveted iPhones, has increased sharply in recent years. Last year, nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco involved a smartphone.
A popular move is to slap the victim in the back of the head,” said Edward Santos Jr., a San Francisco police lieutenant. “The phone goes flying up in the air and many of these guys have gotten so good they’ll catch the phone in midair.” So long, phone.
So how do you keep your phone safe in a modern society when you’re using it all the time? There are several steps you can take which will help if you end up a victim, but you have to take these steps before anything happens. The New York Times has a great list of these steps and how to achieve them. Click here to read more.
Source: New York Times
An app has been developed to help people monitor their mood swings and provide psychological support to the user.
A team from the University of Cambridge has developed the free Emotion Sense app for Android phones to track people’s feelings and establish what triggers stress or relaxation.
The designers hope the app will create a precise record of what drives people’s emotional peaks, working out when they will be most stressed and most relaxed, thereby providing help for people who need emotional support. Click here to read more.
Source: International Business Times
Smartphones are getting smarter all the time, but the people using them aren’t necessarily doing so.
Today, we have devices at our disposal that snap photos faster than you can blink, surf the Web at speeds that make your home broadband jealous and download apps that can do everything and anything. So why are we so dumb sometimes when it comes to using these powerful pocket-size computers?
Mark Spoonauer from NBC’s GadgetBox recently listed ten things he says that doing with your smartphone on a regular basis means you probably don’t deserve to own one. Click here to read more. Tell us what you think. Does Mark have a point, or is he way off base?
Source: NBC GadgetBox
Mybullfrog has learned there is a telephone scam making the rounds of which all Verizon Wireless customers need to be aware.
Some Verizon Wireless customers are getting a call from 800-922-2222 telling them that Verizon will take $100 off their bill if they go to a website. This is not true, and they should not follow any of the instructions if they receive such a call. Most importantly, do not enter any personal information into this website.
Should you have any questions about your account, only use the Verizon Wireless website (www.verizonwireless.com), call Verizon Wireless directly at 1-800-922-0204, or call the Mybullfrog Customer Care Center at 1-855-743-1154.
Farming is – and always has been – rooted in careful analysis of data. From deducing the best conditions to achieve bumper crop yields to keeping track of the bounty from their hectares of arable land, farmers have to deal with as much information as some City traders.
Yet they may not realize it. One farm laborer, asked whether his employer used any technology to track weather conditions and output, replied: “Why would we need to? We check the weather forecast.”
A new crop of apps and websites attempt to convince skeptical farmers that computers may be better than their brains. These apps can help replace the reams of paper records that show planting and harvesting times demanded by government from the farming industry, and help to advise a farmer whether he needs to increase or decrease the use of pesticide on a specific field. Click here to read more.
Source: The Economist
It’s not a Star Trek tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor’s office.
Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading.
Heart OK? Put your fingers in the right spot, and the squiggly rhythm of an EKG appears on the phone’s screen.
This mobile medicine also might help doctors care for patients in new ways. In March, prominent San Diego cardiologist Eric Topol tweeted “no emergency landing req’d” when he used his smartphone EKG to diagnose a distressing but not immediately dangerous irregular heartbeat in a fellow airplane passenger at 30,000 feet.
Imagine what may be possible in the future. Perhaps that Star Trek tricorder is not too far off. In the meantime, imagine the huge benefits available to everybody as medical care becomes available from your smartphone. Click here to read more.
Source: USA Today
Having a cell phone is almost akin to a rite of passage for today’s teens. With the dying out of the landline in most American homes, many families are adopting one-cellphone-per-person philosophies.
Giving your teen a cell can have its pros – the ability to check in with them at any time being one of the tops, of course. But what kind of cell phone do you give your teen? Do you give them a smart phone? What about text plans? Should you purchase a data plan for them? All valid questions for today’s parents.
If you are leaning towards giving your teen a phone, the folks at Salt Lake County Youth Services have covered some issues you may wish to consider. Click here to read more.
Source: The Youth Booth
Many Americans are putting their personal data at risk by downloading “imposter” apps, new research finds.
Consumer Reports found that 39 percent of the more than 100 million Americans who own a smartphone do not take any measures to protect those devices. Those measures include simple things like using a screen lock, backing up data or having an app to locate missing devices or wipe data.
The researchers found that as a result of that inaction, 7.1 million smartphones were damaged, lost or stolen in 2012. An additional 5.6 million smartphones were victims of malicious software attacks, including unauthorized text messages or unauthorized account access.
Many people use their smartphones for both personal and business reasons — which presents a unique set of challenges and dangers to smartphone users. However, Consumer Reports recommended a number of steps people can take to guard their smartphones. Click here to read more.
Source: Yahoo News/Live Science
If you’re a fan of sports from outside the U.S. then you’ll love this app. BBC Sport has launched a free mobile application for Android users outside the UK. A version for Apple’s iOS devices was launched earlier in 2013.
Arriving in time for the climax of the British football (Soccer) season and exciting summer sporting events such as the Ashes and Wimbledon, the app provides latest news and live text coverage of major sports, including Formula 1, Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Tennis, and Golf.
The app offers top stories and breaking news from a wide range of sports, live text commentaries on all the big football fixtures, a whole new football section which includes fixtures, results and live scores for each competition/league, pages for every UK football match and the latest football transfer gossip, as well as the ability to share pages with your friends, through email, Facebook and Twitter. Click here to read more. If you want to download the app directly, click here to download for Android devices, or click here to download for iOS devices.
Source/Image: BBC (UK)
As smartphones get more powerful and can do more things, one of the issues customers are all to familiar with is battery life. Today’s smartphones are truly mobile computers and battery life can be rapidly depleted if the phone is used a lot during the day.
It’s not always practical to carry around a charging cable and if you’re out and about, a flat battery can mean major issues. Thankfully, Mybullfrog has the answer.
This is the one smartphone accessory that everybody needs to carry with them. The problems of a flat battery at just the wrong time are over.
Imagine being able to manage your Android from a desk web browser, all over the air. It’s not only possible – it’s completely free.
AirDroid lets you move things on and off your Android device without a USB cable, even when the device is not nearby. With AirDroid you can also send and receive SMS from your big-screen computer at any time, move photos, videos, ringtones and any other files on and off your Android device without a USB cable, manage apps, or see through the lens of either of your Android cameras.
If you lose your Android smartphone, AirDroid also offers you the ability to locate and lock your Android. If you cannot retrieve your phone, just use AirDroid to wipe all data remotely.
Android Police, in a recent review of this app, said ““It’s all the little things, the things that make AirDroid a joy to use, which make it the app of the year.” If this sounds like the app you’ve been waiting for, then click here to read more and download it from Google Play today.