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New Cell Phones Coming Out in 2017

Here are some of the hottest devices we’re keeping our eyes out for in the next few months.

There are some phones and ideas, as usual, that we haven’t put on this list. You’ll notice nothing from Apple. That’s because current rumors say there won’t be an iPhone SE update this spring, and this fall’s iPhone 8 (7s?) is just too far away for anything to be reliable on it yet. I also don’t feel the rumors about an upcoming Moto X are reliable, and there isn’t enough on the next Moto Z, coming in June. Any speculation about a Microsoft Surface Phone is just wild at this point; Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley says it may have been kicked to 2018. And I’m not putting any Xiaomi or Nokia products on this list because both companies, right now, don’t intend to release phones in the US.

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New cell phones to look for in the coming year

Apple iPhone 8
Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy Note 8
Google Pixel 2
Xiaomi Mi 6 & Mi Mix 2
LG G6
HTC 11
OnePlus 4
Nokia 8
Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The best new phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801.

It’s also got 20 percent extra performance vs the Snapdragon 820, according to Qualcomm. You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

iPhone 8 release date: September 2017

Apple is set to go big on the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which could go some way to make up for this year’s relatively minor upgrade. A combination of design and hardware changes should make the iPhone 8 the most radical new iPhone to date. See: Best Phone Deals

The iPhone 8 could be the iPhone with which Jony Ive finally gets his own way: an iPhone that resembles a single sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge OLED screen.

According to an Apple supplier, at least one of the company’s new iPhones for 2017 will have a glass body. The TouchID scanner is thought to be hidden within the glass, while the physical Home button will be gone.

Other rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging for the first time, and possible biometric features such as facial recognition or iris scanning. It’ll run the Apple A11 processor and motion co-processor, and be devilishly fast.

AT&T Eliminates Key Data Plan Requirement

at&t wireless poor service provider

From the Washington Post

“AT&T on Thursday announced an expanded version of its unlimited data plan that does not require an additional subscription to a pay-TV service.

The new unlimited plan is aimed at competing with similar offerings recently announced by Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. A single line will cost $100 a month, with the second and third lines each costing an additional $40 per month. For a four-person household, the plan will cost $55 per line for the first two months, and $45 per line every month thereafter.”

This is a great step forward! Our last post discussed T-Mobile and this confirms what we had to say then. Furthermore…

“Spurred on by T-Mobile, which now advertises only its unlimited data plan, the rest of the wireless industry has moved swiftly to adapt. 

Verizon was the last of the four major carriers to offer an unlimited plan, but it also came with the fewest restrictions on how Americans could consume streaming media. For example, it allows streaming in high definition by default, whereas the three other U.S. carriers incentivize or in some cases require content such as online videos to be viewed in lower quality, in an effort to reduce the load on their networks. (At the same time, reducing video quality can help prevent reaching the high-consumption threshold that may trigger a reduction in speeds.)

Separately, some of AT&T’s cellular customers on Thursday said they had begun receiving notifications on their smartphones concerning DirecTV Now, AT&T’s Internet-only television service. The marketing reminded customers that any video consumption of DirecTV Now that occurred over AT&T’s data network will not count against monthly data caps.”

 

 

AT&T Wireless: A Poor Service Provider

at&t wireless poor service provider

This past week, I looked into switching over to AT&T from T-Mobile. Never have I experienced a more convoluted, mish-mash, of wrong information, conflicting directions, and poor service.

First of all, I already have a brand new phone. An LG Stylo. My first question was will my phone work on AT&T?

Yes, said the first rep I talked to at the AT&T store.

Yes, said the rep on the phone when I gave him my IMEI numbers. He went ahead and took my information, set up the account, gave me my new phone numbers (I was switching 2 lines), and promised my new SIM cards would be there in the mail the very next day.

The next day? No SIM cards. Then it was Sunday, and a Monday holiday. Tuesday? No SIM cards.

So i decided to go to the local store again. Sorry, I was told, but we are completely separate from customer service online. We can get you a new SIM card, but we don’t show an account for you.

So I called customer service. Couldn’t find my account. Doesn’t exist. Only after giving my social were they able to find anything and then I was told, no, no SIM cards were mailed out. Account has not been activated.

Really?

So the store set up a whole new account. More credit checks. More time. More hassle. Sales rep took my phone, put in the new SIM card, and tried to get it to work. No dice.

Manager came over. No success again.

You want to buy a new phone? What? How much? $600-700 hundred. Yowsa! I already have a nearly new phone. Let me think about it. Maybe I will stay with T-Mobile. I will call you tomorrow.

Next day. Call store rep. Got voice mail. Please cancel account I said. I also emailed him. 8 hours later, no reply. I text him. Did you get my message I asked? He replies. Sorry, but you have to call customer service to close account. Here is there number. Sigh…

Call customer service. Sorry, but there is no account listed. What!? Go through whole process again and they finally find my account. Sorry they say, but the store opened this account so they have to close it.

Grrrr. So I call the store and speak to the manager. She promises to get back to me by the next day. The original store rep I used calls me back that night and says I need to come in. Com in? Why? We have to scan your driver’s license in order to access your account. Your’re kidding right? He replied, you want to talk to a manager? Sigh ~ No, I reply I will come in and he schedules an appointment for the next day.

I go into the store at the appointed time and after 5 minutes, finally my account is closed and I think I am done.

The manager says, all finished and hopefully you will be an AT&T customer again soon. I look at her. And say nothing but, Welllll….

Its been a week and in my email box today was a message from AT&T welcoming me as a new customer.

Sigh~

Don’t use AT&T folks.

T-Mobile and Its Aggressive Sales Goals Get In Trouble

Once again, T-Mobile has crossed the line. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently opened an investigation into T-Mobile after numerous employees complained about its pushing of sales goals and how they were treated.

From the Washington Post;

“T-Mobile employees under pressure to meet sales goals are sometimes driven to mislead customers or to enroll them in services they didn’t ask for, alleges a report from a labor coalition.

In a complaint that Change to Win said they filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday, the labor group claimed that T-Mobile sets “unrealistic sales targets” that encourage workers to act in ways that may not benefit consumers.

The group found that some workers said they felt pressure to add insurance, phone lines and other services that customers didn’t explicitly ask for to meet sales targets and earn commission payments. The findings were based on a review of consumer complaints collected by the Federal Trade Commission, a consumer protection agency, interviews with workers and online surveys of people who identified themselves as T-Mobile employees and customers.”

Will these guys never learn?

Looks like the FTC might be getting on board as well;

” The FTC declined to comment on whether it was investigating T-Mobile for the sales practices highlighted by the labor group.

John Simpson, an advocate for Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization that educates consumers, has some advice for shoppers.

“The best defense for a consumer when they’re dealing with anybody, be it T-Mobile or anybody else, is to be aware of the potential problem and ask lots of questions,” he said.

Read the article here.

Here is a video of some of the trouble they got into a year ago;

Solar Panels May Have Ultimately Arrived At Economic Efficiency

The last example of this specific phenomenon was apparent was in the early 70’s, when there was a crude oil trade embargo and hence, no gasoline. Substitute energies began to pop up here and there with many people jumping on the band wagon. Gasoline soon returned in plentiful supplies and unconventional energy sources fell beneath the average consumers radar screen again. Now, in 2009, the common consumer is seeing petrol prices move higher and found a realization that global warming will be affecting finances soon. Substitute energy is back in the sentiments of the ordinary consumer and, maybe, this time for good.

Where did solar go?

Solar power for the home was a big seller during the energy crisis of the 70’s. Many houses found tri-pods of solar panels on their roofs gathering what power they could. These units were found mostly in environmentally sensitive Arizona, but soon they were found across the World. The solar power cell of the 70’s just wasn’t all that cost-effective and cost quite a bit to put in and maintain. As fossil fuel returned to the marketplace there was diminutive need for solar cells in a time of flagrant consumption. The idea of solar energy was a good one and many trailblazers understood that it was a good idea that had yet to find its time. Solar panels never went away; they just slid back into the laboratory to await solar panel 2.0.

Solar is back and ready

Today’s solar panel is not your father’s solar panel. Depending upon which type of energy you care to generate, electricity or hot water, todayâEUR ™ s solar panel has come a very long way in the form of photovoltaic’s and will go further still. These cells, when combined into panel form, turn the suns rays (so-to-speak) right into power ready for use. They have also become exceedingly efficient, more environmentally sound and less expensive. TodayâEUR ™ s solar panel will sit almost anywhere and is quickly finding itself being turned into a panel the thickness of a nano particle. Solar power technology is running at extremely fast pace and driving costs down to an affordable level.

Who’s using the panels?

As mentioned, it takes a change in the purse strings to see a marked change in a consumerâEUR ™ s behavior. With a technology and paradigm shift on the order of solar panels it requires a solid leap forward in panel efficiency, costs of panels, associated elements and an increase in existing costs of fuel. When these factors reach critical mass solar panels start to show up, not at the consumer level, but at the corporate and industrial level. This is simply because business moves its money where the costs-over time-are less. This is just good business. Solar panels are now, as in this past two years, become more cost effective for industry to use then to not use them over time.

Why solar panels now?

Solar panels are now being used primarily because fuel costs are just too high to ignore in favor of a new technology that is worth checking out. Companies have available empty roof space and the choice of trying something on a larger scale to see if it works versus continuing to pay higher fuel bills and environmental costs. The whole concept is extremely self serving. There is no environmental consideration involved. If the company doesnâEUR ™ t use solar panels they have to pay fuel costs and air clean-up expenses along with variable fuel charges. They try out the solar panels and see if they work now. If they do, the company can; commit to a full solar panel program with even more efficient solar panels, significantly reduce fuel costs and almost eliminate air cleaning needs along the way. There is little environmental about it. ItâEUR ™ s just good business. After industry gets rolling, solar panel costs will drop like a stone and the consumer will jump on board becauseâEUR ¦ it’s just good business.

Using Your Ipod for Low Cost Wedding Reception Music

An important decision you’ll make during the course of creating your perfect wedding is that of wedding reception music. What’s a wedding reception without music? Do you hire a band, hire a DJ, or just throw on some tunes for everyone to dance to? The choice is all up to you from what type of music you want at your reception to how it’s delivered.

Keep in mind that you can use your ipod to render your wedding music. You don’t have to pay for a DJ to play music. This is just another low cost way like others discussed at the Marriage Notary.

One possibility that a number of people opt for is to hire a band to provide their wedding reception music. A lot of working “cover bands” (musicians that specialize in performing spot-on renditions of popular songs) are available to work wedding receptions. The cost for hiring a band varies according to the experience and popularity of the band itself. A band that is highly skilled tends to be highly sought after and therefore more expensive to hire. A live band brings a certain level of excitement to the party atmosphere of a wedding reception and your guests are sure to enjoy the interactivity that comes along with live wedding reception music.

Some couples forgo the band in favor of hiring a DJ for their wedding. The advantages of hiring a DJ as compared to a band are threefold. Of all, a DJ tends to cost much less to hire than an entire band does. In addition to the monetary savings, the DJ will have access to original recordings of popular songs. Your guests can shimmy to Baby Got Back or The Locomotion by the original artists rather than a rendition performed by an unknown singer. Additionally, the DJ will have access to a far greater number of recordings than any band is likely to have in its repertoire. For these reasons many couples enjoy hiring a DJ to supply their wedding reception music.

Another option is to simply supply the wedding reception music yourself. Armed with a computer that is equipped with a CD burner you can create CD’s full of.mp3 files to play at the reception. Nearly ten hours of music can be squeezed onto one CD because of the.mp3 file compression. You can choose exactly what songs you want, place them on the CD in the order that you like, and just pop it in to play at the reception. This is possibly the most cost effective option as it will cost very little or nothing at all to compile the CD. The downsides are that you’re left with just a group of songs and no live interactivity whatsoever and you must have a specific type of CD player in order to play a disc full of.mp3 files. You will also need to provide a decent sound system unless the reception hall happens to come equipped with one.

There are a number of options available for providing music for your wedding reception. Choosing which one is right for you is merely a matter of deciding what you want and what you can afford.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Do not buy this!

Read this article in the Washington Post here;

SEOUL, South Korea — Yonhap says Samsung has temporarily halted production of Galaxy Note 7 after replacement devices catch fire.

This is a gift to google because of the upcoming Christmas season…

“Samsung is a crucial Google partner for its Android mobile operating system. Indeed, Android and Samsung have become almost synonymous for many consumers these days — something that Google may not particularly want for its open mobile operating system. So perhaps to shift that perception, Google is trying to stake its own claim to being the premier Android brand with its recent introduction of its Pixel and Pixel XL.”

“The fallout has been clear: Slightly more than a third of Samsung smartphone owners said they would not buy another phone from the company after the Galaxy Note 7 recall, according to a survey from brand consultant firm Branding Brand, which conducted the poll before the replacements started catching on fire.”

Bottom line, Save your money and buy an alternative product.

Benefits of Purchasing the most up to date Digital Gadgets Online, as…

Benefits of Purchasing the most up to date Digital Gadgets Online, as well as How You Can Get It prior to Anybody Else

Everyone prefers to see and also try out the latest digital devices. For somebody that is normally hard to purchase for or a person that similar to upgrade or add to their collections, buying an innovative new gizmo will please their interest and also passion. Some devices are not useful or always beneficial, yet they all have a distinct feature.

Electronic gadgets are not just for techie or children. There are such a wide variety of gadgets since any age will certainly be able to get use from a gizmo. The next generation will always be trying to find amazing brand-new gadgets as well as accessories.

Why Get Online

Buying digital gadgets online offers you a possibility to obtain it before anyone else. Finding brand-new items as they come out would certainly take a lot of time in driving around to different shops, along with the expense of taking a trip. It is much easier and less difficult to shop right from your office or home computer.

Taking time to check out various web sites will certainly provide you a possibility to contrast products and costs. As opposed to spending time mosting likely to a number of stores to check, you can spend less time considering a large range of web sites. Saving time will certainly additionally help you to get it prior to anyone else. And, surfing sites will certainly provide you several terrific gift ideas.

Discover New Products and also Get It Before Any individual Else

Locating new items is less complicated online since you can examine sites as typically as you want, on a daily basis or more, and also it simply takes a few mins. Book mark the sites that interest you one of the most as well as they will just be a click away.

Some sites provide cost-free shipping on orders of a certain quantity. This would certainly conserve the cost of delivery or fuel if you had to drive to a store to buy it. If you find an unique item on a web site, you might buy promptly and get it before any individual else.

Shop Around Online

Most internet sites have on the internet magazines where you can browse the different items they offer on the website. This gives you a possibility to examine a large choice of products that typically is not available in retailers. You could search by subject or enter a key words for a certain item that you desire.

Discovering the lowest prices as well as best offers is easy. It is so hassle-free to benefit from their info and remarks. Some websites include clients’ e-mails and also comments. You could have a look at an item prior to you get and also make a decision if you want to get it before anyone else.

Several websites permit you to sign up a wish list. This way you could keep an eye on just what you are watching for on a certain page. Additionally, some websites allow you place in requests for a product or topic you are interested in searching for.

Take advantage of contemporary technology and shop online. There are many needs to shop online. The ease and the quantity of selection offer you a large jump on various other consumers. Start surfing for gizmos now and also get it before anyone else!

T Mobiles New Data Plan for September

tmobile announces new data plan

T mobile is debuting a new data plan in September. They plan on doing way with data limits on plans and offering “unlimited
data instead for more money.

A good article discussing this is on Yahoo Fiance. Its starts off by saying,

“Sprint and T-Mobile want to sell you unlimited data for less. But don’t start celebrating just yet.

Getting more data at a lower price should be good. But wireless broadband differs from wired broadband in one key way: scarcity. It’s hard to provide reliable wireless service if everyone is maxing out their connections at once.”

The problem with this new data plan is that it is going to severely limit tethering, or hotspots. Now I use my hotspot a lot and in fact pay extra ($30) a month for 14gb. The new plan structure is going to limit you to 2G not 4G. Thats a problem. As Rob the author put it,

” To test that, I set my Android phone to connect to T-Mobile via 2G, tethered my laptop and tried to load Yahoo Finance’s home page. Four and a half minutes later, my MacBook Air’s Chrome browser gave up after loading just seven stories, two thumbnail pictures, some stock quotes and a logo or two.”

Apparently though T-Mobile is not going to do away with their old plans just yet. T-Mobile verified that they are going to keep existing plans just as they are.

My advice? Don’t switch just yet. Let the fallout happen first and the bugs get worked out. Once you switch you are trapped in the plan.