Saturday, December 28, 2013

What’s On Your Phone?

I am a US Cellular Ambassador. All opinions are my own.


Many residents use their smartphones for more than just basic communication. With customizable displays, hundreds of thousands of apps and constant new features, the possibilities are endless. However, more than two-thirds of smartphone users say they don’t use their phone to full capacity, according to a recent U.S. Cellular customer survey. Of those, 31 percent said they want to use more of their phone’s features but aren’t sure how.

You can use your smartphone to simplify and enhance your life with some lesser-known features as well as easy-to-use apps. The experts at U.S. Cellular recommend these tips and tricks to use your phone to its full potential:
  • Start the day right: Waking up early can be hard, but customizing your alarm clock is easy. You can select your favorite song to wake you up and get the day started right. By choosing a briefing alarm setting, your phone can provide a weather report, alert you about scheduled meetings and an update the day’s top headlines. 
  • Balance your checkbook: According to the U.S. Cellular survey, less than one-fourth of smartphone users manage finances on their phone. Yet, many people check their bank account and pay bills online. With apps like Mint.com, you can set limits for spending within different categories, track your budget and set up alerts for important notifications, all on your phone. 
  • Find the best price: Of those surveyed that own a smartphone, 39 percent use it for shopping. ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner helps shoppers find the right product at the best price. While at a store, scan the barcode with your smartphone, and it will provide a list of online and local prices for that item to help you find the best price available. 
  • Stay healthy: Sticking to a diet can be challenging because of busy schedules. However, with apps like MyFitnessPal, you can log your meals on the go to count calories and track exercises. By entering your current and goal weight, the app budgets a daily calorie count and lets you tally food consumption for the day. 
  • Have fun: Entertainment is one of the most popular uses for smartphones and 37 percent of U.S. Cellular smartphone customers are playing games, taking and sharing photos, listening to music or watching television on their devices. For example, Words With Friends lets you compete in Scrabble-like word games, and Draw Something is similar to Pictionary. Candy Crush Saga, a game to match candies to earn points and advance to new levels, is currently very popular.
One of the devices that really simplified my life is my tablet from US Cellular. It lets me check things when I can't get to the computer, plus it has all of Mary's games on it.

What are some of your favorite apps on your phone? What are some ones you can't live without?

26 comments:

mmstarla said...

I use Mint on my phone and I have always loved it. I also use my banking apps and it helps keep track of everything,too. Phones are so helpful nowadays!

Janet W. said...

One of my favorite apps to use is the Amazon app. It's so easy to scan a UPC code in a store and check the price on Amazon of that item.

Sandra VanHoey said...

My daughter has about everything on her phone and just yesterday learned she even used an app for GPS to get here on her phone

David Holder said...

I use the alarm on my phone, check emails and read the news.

GossipMoms said...

I thing the gps is is my favorite,

Teresa McCluskey said...

I would say my favorite apps are Amazon, FB, and Instagram! :D

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

I use my iPhone for everything. I just check bank balances though as far as banking, not much else

Lawna Noe said...

I cannot live without the alarm on my smart phone. I don't have an alarm clock so it comes in very handy.

MikiHope said...

I di not have a smart phone (gasp) and actually do not want one (double gasp)--I spend enough time on my computer at home and while I concede that there are many many pluses to owning one--I'd rather be incognito and unreachable. I think all those years of having to answer my cell phone for business did me in!!

Masshole Mommy said...

My husband plays games on his phone & I think he uses it as an iPod. I mostly use mine for social media apps.

Maria said...

I refuse to start playing games on my phone. It's a total time suck when I can be productive instead. My husband however loves playing games on his phone.

Amanda McMahon said...

i actually haven't heard of a few of the apps mentioned, but i used to have words with friends... that reminds me to redownload it for this new phone!

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

Phones are very handy now a days - I normally use it for messages and calls - sometimes using the net, alarm or even checking my bank accounts and balances too.

Lady Lilith said...

I am so with you. I just upgraded my smartphone and now when I turn it on, I see a huge calendar. I like the organizational features.

Theresa said...

My favorite apps are the alarm, Pinterest, and the Amazon app!

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I use my mobile phone for so much! I love the calendar, alarm, stop watch, and of course all the additional apps I can add to it. But I use it all the time and would be lost without it.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I love my Smart Phone it has everything on it a bit of music, some books, the news for some reason I always read the news on my phone. :)

Mommy's Heart said...

I could totally make use of the info in this post! I have a smart phone and still haven't learned to take full advantage of the apps available.

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

Smart phones really have revolutionized everything, making things easier. However I use it for mainly the internet!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I'm one of those people who manages everything from my smartphone. If I ever lost my phone, it would be terrible because I have so much information stored in there.

Jennifer Williams said...

I have had a smartphone for years and well my must have apps are Map My Run and iTunes for music. The camera is why what I use the most. Other than that my 4 yo uses it more than I do.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I really love my Netflix and movie apps a lot. I also love my Google Maps navigation!

Pam said...

My husband and sons use and have fun with quite a few apps both on their phones and their iPads. I am just not that into the whole app thing. I know they could probably make my life easier.

Growing Up Madison said...

I use my phone for quite a few things but mostly for keeping track of my kids. I have a few apps on there just for me as well and at times if the GPS is in another vehicle I use it to find where I'm going. :)

Patricia Woolverton said...

I may be the minority but I do not have a cell phone. It is amazing how many things you can do on them. Maybe one day I will buy one.

Ashley Gill said...

My favorite app is Myfitnesspal.. It helps me stay disciplined and on track on those days when I just want to eat and eat!



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