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Verizon Wireless: Global Futurist and Trend Expert Jack Uldrich to Keynote Nine Events in May



San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014

Described as "an extremely knowledgeable and engaging facilitator" and "the hit of the show" futurist Jack Uldrich is crossing the country speaking on topics such as The Internet of Things, How to Future-Proof Your Business, and Unlearning.

Throughout the month of May, Uldrich has nine engagements scheduled across the US, six of which are with Verizon Wireless addressing the topic of "How the Internet of Things will Transform Business." Uldrich's keynotes for Verizon's "Connected Technology Tour" will mainly focus on the opportunity, excitement and potential for new machine-to-machine (M2M) technology that will be available in the next few years. Uldrich will also speak on why future trends demand unlearning to the Utility Supply Management Association and the Produce Marketing Association.

Uldrich's current list of May 2014 keynotes include:

May 6: Verizon's Connected Technology Tour, Kansas City, MO

May 8: Marana, AZ: Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies (Property and Casualty Insurance)

May 14: Verizon's Connected Technology Tour, Houston, TX

May 15: Verizon's Connected Technology Tour, Boise, ID

May 19: Nashville, TN: Utility Supply Management Association

May 20: Verizon's Connected Technology Tour, Memphis, TN

May 21: San Diego, CA: Produce Marketing Association

May 22: Verizon's Connected Technology Tour, Nashville, TN

May 29: Verizon's Connected Technology Tour, Los Angeles, CA

Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author who's works include The Next Big Thing is Really Small, Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future and Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow.

His other written works have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, The Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country. A sample of his writing can be viewed in this Forbes article.

A frequent guest of the mediaUldrich has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and as a guest commentator on James Woods "Futurescape."

Parties interested in learning more about Jack Uldrich, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website at: http://www.jumpthecurve.net. Media wishing to know more about the event or interviewing Jack can contact Amy Tomczyk at (651) 343.0660.



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Answer by Kate
no it doesnt im sorry i have verizon and i cant 3 way


Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Black 32GB (Verizon Wireless)

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  • Display: 5.7-inches
  • Camera: 13-MP
  • Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Evolved in its design, both inside and out, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Verizon Wireless is more innovative than ever. The new exterior is a whole new take on the Samsung Galaxy experience. The sleek magazine-style viewing option always keeps your favorite content right at your fingertips. And the S Pen is a better way to control, write, and get more done.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with refined S Pen.

But even with its advanced features, the Galaxy Note 3 is still simple to use. With features like touch-free voice control, smarter file search and a hassle-free way to transfer your existing content -- it's a simplified experience.

The Galaxy Note 3 features a wider 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, yet it's slimmer and lighter than its predecessor (8.3mm and 5.93 ounces, respectively) and has a more powerful and longer lasting 3200 mAh battery. It's also equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and an improved LED flash to help you capture every visual story in your life -- even in low light and active situations.

Running the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system, the Galaxy Note 3 is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. It features 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using optional microSD memory cards up to 64 GB.

Multi Window

Do more with the advanced Multi Window feature. Open two windows of the same app, so you can browse your Facebook feed while you post your vacation photos. Or you can drag and drop an address from an email into a Google Maps search without cutting and pasting, so you can get to your destination faster. (Note that Multi Window does not support all applications.)

My Magazine

Everything that matters to you is just a glance away with the magazine-inspired interface, where you can curate content tailored to the things you love. Get instant updates on your favorite sports teams or celebrities, check a live Facebook and Twitter feed, or get suggestions for the best place to grab lunch down the street.

S Pen

Interact with your phone like never before using S Pen. Handwriting input lets you jot notes, compose emails or write text messages by turning your handwriting into text. You can quickly jot down a number and then automatically add it to your contacts later with Action Memo. And if you use your S Pen a little more creatively, you can share your creation with the world on Pen.Up.

Galaxy Camera

Make memories unforgettable with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's 13-megapixel camera. It uses the same interface as the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Galaxy Camera so you can remove photo distractions with a touch using Eraser or capture every frame of the perfect cannonball with Drama Shot.

Scrapbook

Keep track of what catches your eye with Scrapbook. See artwork that would go perfectly with your newly remodeled living room? Clip it with S Pen and add it to your living room board. You can also clip and pin web pages, videos, text and more. Now you can keep inspiration close at hand.

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Galaxy Note 3, Black

Spec Highlights
  • 3G/4G LTE connectivity

  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system

  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor

  • 5.7-inch touchscreen Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920)

  • 13-MP rear camera (with Full HD 1080p video)

  • Front 2-MP camera

  • 32 GB storage + 3 GB of RAM

  • Memory expansion via microSD cards up to 64 GB

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 + NFC

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5.7-inch Full HD 1080p display.

WatchON

Turn your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 into a universal remote control with WatchON. Plus you can find out what's good on TV with WatchON's reinvented TV guide. You can tell the app what your favorite shows are, and it will let you know when they're on and even recommend other shows you'll love. Have a certain movie in mind? Use one-stop search to quickly find the best way to watch it.

Voice Control

With the new voice control feature, your phone starts listening as soon as you say "Hi, Galaxy." Send messages, make calls and more without ever touching your phone. That's true voice control -- no buttons, no hands, no confusion.

S Beam

There's a better way to send photos, videos, music and documents to friends, family and coworkers. With S Beam, just tap two compatible Galaxy devices together to get content to another device instantly. Sharing has never been this easy.

S Finder

Don't lose track of things on your phone. With S Finder, just one click of the S Pen button lets you easily search just about anything on your device, including emails, text messages, contacts or web history. You can even search for handwriting or symbols. Or browse by date, so you can easily find the note you made after your meeting Monday morning.

Samsung Smart Switch

Now there's no reason to wait, because we've made switching easier than ever. Load your iTunes backup right onto your new phone to easily transfer contacts, calendar events, messages, photos and more. Plus Samsung Smart Switch can automatically find your favorite apps on Google Play and recommend similar ones if there's no direct match.

Easy Mode

Easy Mode is a setting you can use to simplify your home screen with bigger icons and your favorite apps, so you can take your time to discover everything your new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can do.

What's in the Box

Galaxy Note 3 handset; battery; wall charger; USB cable; getting started guide

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with refined S Pen.

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Verizon's 4G LTE Network

Covering over 90 percent of the U.S. population (287 million people across the country), the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network provides average download data rates of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

You'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

With the enhanced security of 4G LTE, you'll be able to maximize productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office with the ability to tap into most VPN networks with less waiting and faster responsiveness. You'll be able upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.

In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS

An even sweeter Jelly Bean, the Android 4.3 operating system's Android 4.3's new restricted profiles feature can be used to limit access to apps and content -- at home with your family and at work. Fast, fluid, and smooth, Android 4.3 offers effortless movement between home screens -- like turning the pages of a book. And it includes faster orientation changes, quicker switching between recent apps, and smoother and more consistent rendering throughout your mobile device.


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Browse and download thousands of free and paid apps from around the world via Google Play or the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Restricted Profiles. Put your tablet into a mode with limited access to apps and content. For example, a parent can set up profiles for each family member, and a business manager can set up profiles that keep employees focused on work.

Built-in Security Protection. Android is designed to keep you and your data safe. Every app runs in its own sandbox, a secure space isolated from other apps. And whenever you download an app, Android can automatically scan it for viruses, checking apps against a database maintained by Google.

Expandable, Actionable Notifications. Android has always put you in control when it comes to staying notified and connected. Just swipe down from the top of the screen to see all your notifications in one place. Late for a meeting or missed a call? Take action in an instant directly from the notifications shade.

Smooth Operator. More reactive and uniform touch responses mean you can almost feel the pixels beneath as your finger moves across the screen. .

Live in the Now. With Google Now, you get the right information at just the right time -- before you even ask. It can tell you today's weather before you start your day, or when the next train will arrive as you're standing on the platform. .

Smarter Keyboard with Gesture Typing. Just glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word. You don't have to worry about spaces because they're added automatically for you.

Beam Photos and Videos. With Android Beam, you can easily share your photos and videos.

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Google Now.



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The Amazon app suite is one swipe from the device’s main home screen. Sign in using your Amazon.com account.

Seamless Access to Digital Content and Shopping with Amazon App Suite

The Amazon app suiteprovides seamless access to Amazon digital content and shopping right from your phone’s home screen. Interact with Amazon digital content you already own, access over 23 million games, books, apps, and songs, as well as shop millions of physical products in a single, fully-integrated, and easy-to-use experience.

All the Content

Get instant access to over 23 million games, books, apps, and songs including all of the most popular Android apps and games, over 20 million songs to download or instantly stream, and over one million Kindle books in the Kindle Store, including New York Times best sellers and new releases.

Seamless Shopping

Instantly access Earth’s biggest selection with millions of physical products available to search or browse with the integrated mobile shopping experience, plus all of the benefits of shopping on Amazon, including personalized recommendations, customer reviews, 1-Click ordering, Prime FREE Two-Day shipping on over 15 million items, and more.

Single Sign In

Enter your Amazon.com login just once to access all of Amazon Mobile Shopping, Kindle, MP3, and Amazon Appstore for Android apps, receive personalized recommendations, and interact with the Amazon digital content you already own right from your phone’s home screen.

"Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere "

With apps available on the largest number of devices and platforms, Amazon makes it easy for you to access your content anytime, anywhere, from virtually any device or platform you choose. You can read and sync your Kindle books across any device with the Kindle app installed, including Android phones and tablets, Windows 8 tablets, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.


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Verizon Micro USB Dual Vehicle Car Charger MICRDUALVPC

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  • Features a built-in USB port that allows simultaneous charge of two devices
  • Smart IC chip recognizes a fully charged battery and automatically switches to a saver mode
  • Phone can be used while device is charging
  • Fits standard cigarette light socket
  • Made of the highest quality materials to ensure long term usage
This unique and innovative design contains a hidden USB port that allows you to charge two handsets at the same time. The USB port is easily revealed with a slide of the button. Rapidly charges most phones in 90 to 120 minutes. The USB port can also be used to charge additional devices such as MP3 players, Bluetooth devices, digital cameras and many more.

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Samsung Galaxy S4, White Frost 16GB (Verizon Wireless)

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  • Display: 5.0-inches
  • Camera: 13-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.9 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is thinner and lighter than the S III, yet it packs a larger 5-inch Super AMOLED display, with durable Gorilla Glass 3. Other improvements include a faster 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera, super-sensitive touch screen, and infrared universal remote control. The S4 can also detect hand gestures over the display and comes equipped with 16GB internal memory, and a microSD memory card slot for additional storage. Other features of this device include LTE high-speed data, 2-megapixel front camera, removable battery, and quadband GSM along with WCDMA modes for international use. Use this device to access thousands of apps, games, movies, books, and music on Google's Play Store.



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The Samsung Galaxy S4 delivers an effortless user experience (view larger).

The Galaxy S4 does what you want and what you didn't know was even possible. Erase a photo's background distractions with just a touch, catch every part of your child's somersault, or capture your view of the city skyline. Preview photos and files or read a news article without ever touching the screen. Use one screen to check Facebook as you catch up on email.

Offering a highly crafted design with a larger screen and improved battery life, the sleek and innovative Galaxy S4 is slimmer yet stronger, with less to hold yet more to see.

The Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED touch-enabled display, a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera with Full HD 1080p video recording capabilities, 2-megapixel front camera, 16 GB of storage plus microSD memory expansion up to 64 GB (via optional card), 2 GB of RAM for excellent multitasking, a full complement of wireless connectivity (including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC), and enterprise-ready security features.

Catch Any Moment, Keep Every Memory

Equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, the Galaxy S4 also boasts a Dual Camera function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. When capturing moments, you can choose from a variety of frame effects that blend the two pictures naturally and also adjust the size of the small picture inside the big one. You can also select from eight different ways to combine the two photos taken by the front camera and the rear camera.

The camera includes 12 shooting modes, including the Drama shot mode that enables you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse and Sound & Shot for storing sound and voice together as the picture is taken. Additionally, the Dual Video Call function enables you to make and receive a video call with friends and family while showing what you are looking at during the call.

Your special moments can be automatically stored in a photo album with the Story Album function. Photos are automatically gathered and sorted out according to your timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album.

And your photos and videos are showcased on the world's first Full HD Super AMOLED display. Its 5-inch screen has a 441 ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density for stunning viewing quality and Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, making it stronger and more resistant to scratches and cracks than ever before.

Bring People Together

More than just a personal device, the Galaxy S4 makes the most of your relationships and enables you to easily share and experience many of life's pleasures together with family and friends, wherever you are. With the Group Play function, you can enjoy music, photos, documents, and games with those around you without even requiring a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. You'll be able to connect directly to other Galaxy S4 users instantly. For example, the Share Music option enables you to have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.

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Spec Highlights
  • 3G/4G LTE connectivity
    (LTE available in limited markets)

  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with TouchWiz enhancements

  • 1.9 GHz quad-core processor

  • 5.0-inch touchscreen Full HD display (1080 x 1920)

  • 13-megapixel rear camera; Full HD 1080p video capture

  • Front-facing 2.0-MP camera

  • 16 GB storage + 2 GB of RAM

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 + NFC

  • 2600 mAh battery for a full day of use

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Slimmer yet stronger, with a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (view larger).

Effortless Experience

The GALAXY S4 ensures that tasks are effortless with innovative features that detect your face, voice, and motions to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation.

  • Samsung Smart Pause enables you to control the screen by where you look. When you are watching a video, the video pauses when you look away and then it starts right up again when you are back.
  • Samsung Smart Scroll allows you to scroll the browser or emails up and down without touching the screen. It recognizes your face looking at the screen and movement of your wrist, and then it scrolls the pages up or down accordingly.
  • Air View enables you to hover with your fingers to preview the content of an email, image gallery, or video without having to open it. You can even see a magnified view on the internet browser, or a phone number saved in the speed dial on the keypad.
  • Air Gesture allows you to change the music track, scroll up and down a Web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand.
  • With S Voice Drive, you can activate commands via voice control for optimization when driving. Once connected with a car's Bluetooth connection, the phone automatically turns into driving mode to convert text to speech so you can easily and safely check messages with no need to look at the screen.
  • Samsung Optical Reader automatically recognizes text, a business card, or QR code information, providing useful functions such as translation, call, text message, and search.

Take it at Your Own Pace

Offering a number of features for first-time smartphone owners as well as those switching from another operating system, the Galaxy S4 has a streamlined start-up wizard so you can begin using the device faster and learn about its unique features from the start.

Originally introduced with the Galaxy S3, Easy Mode has been enhanced by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the settings menu easy to navigate. Once you're more comfortable with the Galaxy S4, you can switch back to the standard home screen interface.

The Smart Switch PC application enables you to transfer contacts, messages, photos, music, calendar notifications and more from another phone to the Galaxy S 4. Smart Switch can identify favorite applications and recommend the same or similar applications within Google Play.

A Smartphone That Makes TV Better

With its infrared sensor (the same technology as your remote control), the Galaxy S4's WatchON feature can change the TV channel from your phone. And you get a custom TV guide that shows you what you like to watch. With Samsung Hub, you can watch more music, movies, and games with one app and one sign-in.

Protect Your Information

Not only ideal for personal use, the Galaxy S4 is also a SAFE-designated device, which means it has additional security features to safe-guard sensitive data and communications. The Galaxy S4 is the first Samsung device to include Samsung's KNOX solution, which provides comprehensive mobile security at the hardware level and enhanced personal privacy for individuals at the software level. It delivers industry-leading mobile security for companies with stringent security requirements, and allows IT managers to access and manage the passcode-protected work information without disturbing the content within an individual's personal space (including photos, emails, music files and social network data).

What's in the Box

Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, 2600 mAh battery, USB cable, wall charger, quick start guide



Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

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With these blazing fast speeds, you'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.

In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.



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The Amazon app suite is one swipe from the device’s main home screen. Sign in using your Amazon.com account.

Seamless Access to Digital Content and Shopping with Amazon App Suite

The Amazon app suite provides seamless access to Amazon digital content and shopping right from your phone’s home screen. Interact with Amazon digital content you already own, access over 23 million games, books, apps, and songs, as well as shop millions of physical products in a single, fully-integrated, and easy-to-use experience.

All the Content

Get instant access to over 23 million games, books, apps, and songs including all of the most popular Android apps and games, over 20 million songs to download or instantly stream, and over one million Kindle books in the Kindle Store, including New York Times best sellers and new releases.

Seamless Shopping

Instantly access Earth’s biggest selection with millions of physical products available to search or browse with the integrated mobile shopping experience, plus all of the benefits of shopping on Amazon, including personalized recommendations, customer reviews, 1-Click ordering, Prime FREE Two-Day shipping on over 15 million items, and more.

Cross-Category Search

Discover Amazon’s full selection of physical products, Kindle books, music, and apps from a single search directly from your phone’s home screen.

Single Sign In

Enter your Amazon.com login just once to access all of Amazon Mobile Shopping, Kindle, MP3, and Amazon Appstore for Android apps, receive personalized recommendations, and interact with the Amazon digital content you already own right from your phone’s home screen.

1-Click Ordering

Quickly and easily purchase new Kindle books, music, apps, and physical products with Amazon’s 1-Click Ordering, which allows you to skip the shopping cart and checkout process by using the default payment method and shipping address on your account.

"Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere"

With apps available on the largest number of devices and platforms, Amazon makes it easy for you to access your content anytime, anywhere, from virtually any device or platform you choose. You can read and sync your Kindle books across any device with the Kindle app installed, including Android phones and tablets, Windows 8 tablets, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

World-Class Customer Service

When a customer shops on Amazon, they know they’re getting Amazon’s world-class customer service. Amazon’s customer service just scored 89 on the ForeSee customer satisfaction score – the highest ever attained by a retailer – as well as the highest rating on the 2012 American Consumer Satisfaction Index, and the J.D. Power Customer Service Champion Award. So far in 2012, Kindle customer service has received a 97.1% satisfaction rate from customers. Customers have been shopping on Amazon for 15 years, and they continue to do so because of the unparalleled end-to-end customer experience.


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Verizon Wireless F256VW Home Phone Connect Device

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  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Antenna
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • User Manual
Standard Battery AC Adapter Antenna Quick Reference Guide User Manual

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Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Slate

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  • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
  • Monitor how long and well you sleep
  • Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
  • LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
  • Slim, comfortable and easy to wear (sold with both large and small wristbands included)
  • *Syncs directly to select iOS and Android devices, see FAQs below for compatible devices
Never stop moving with Fitbit Flex. Wear this slim, stylish device all the time and get the motivation you need to get out and be more active. It tracks steps, distance, and calories burned and shows you how you're stacking up against your daily goals. At night, it tracks your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and wakes you silently in the morning. Access your stats anytime on your computer, tablet or from leading smartphones – both iPhone and Android. Flex is your perfect companion, it's with you everywhere...even in the shower. Plus, it looks good no matter what you're wearing.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What mobile devices are supported for syncing?

The Fitbit Flex can sync directly to select iOS and Android devices. IOS: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, iPod Touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini. Android: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4

How do I charge my flex?

Your tracker battery lasts for about 5 days. To charge it, remove the tracker from the band and place it in the charger until all 5 lights are solid.

If you are having trouble, your tracker's charging contacts may be obstructed by microscopic dirt or debris that prevents them from making a good connection to the charger. Use hand sanitizer and a tissue or dampen a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and carefully clean the charging contacts on your tracker. Do not submerge your tracker in water or use abrasive cleaners. Thoroughly dry your tracker before attempting to charge. Be sure to fully seat your tracker into the charger, with the charging contacts fully inserted into the charging cable enclosure.

How do I reset my tracker?

lf your tracker is not responding, it may be fixed by restarting.

1. Plug your charging cable into the USB port and insert your tracker into the charging cable.
2. Insert a paperclip into the small pinhole on the back of the charger.
3. Press on the pinhole for 3-4 seconds.

Your Flex will now be reset. Take your tracker out of the charger and insert it back into the wristband.

Can the wristband irritate my skin?

The Flex wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer material similar to that used in many sports watches. It does not contain latex. The clasp is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and contains traces of nickel. As with any type of jewelry, some people may experience allergies. Numerous factors can cause an allergy, such as a nickel sensitivity, reactions to bacteria that can accumulate in watch wristbands or other wearable devices, a reaction between the wristband and your soap or perspiration, or an allergy to the material of the wristband. If you notice any signs of skin irritation or experience any discomfort, please discontinue use.

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14 comments to Verizon Wireless: Global Futurist and Trend Expert Jack Uldrich to Keynote Nine Events in May

  • Pro Bush

    probably not…dont waste your money with a pre pay…do the math and you’ll see that you will pay less with a service and get a lot more including free phones (or good rebates on top of line phones). example….i paid 50 bucks for razr when it first came out compared to 250 it was selling for. my monthly bill was about 31 dollars a month. so in total i paid 420 for a whole year including the nicest phone at the time.
    in your case…you will pay at least 100 bucks for a phone + 6 $ 50 phone cards will cost you as much as i paid for a service which includes a million more features and free phones if you break ‘em.

  • Jill R

    Yes Verizon Wireless does have 3 way calling. Prepaid has the capability as well. To use, you call your first person, when they answer, you hit send to get to the “dial tone” to call the second person. When the second person answers, you hit SEND again and it will have all three of you on the same conversation.

    If credit is an issue, then prepaid is the way to go. They work very similar to the postpaid plans $ 50 for a plan that has 350 daytime minutes, unlimited calling to Verizon customers and nights and weekends.

    The downfall is, prepaid only allows you to use Verizon’s towers. So, where postpaid customers will not roam if it’s another carrier’s tower, prepaid will.

    Hope that helps, and good luck!

  • Critical Reviewer
    399 of 416 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I really was reluctant to purchase a Samsung device but then all that changed, October 14, 2013
    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Black 32GB (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    All right here is an honest review about the note 3. It’s something that I will approach from the perspective of someone in the Medical field, who needs to get things done quickly, and efficiently.

    First of all, I received my phone on October 10th, and I had pre-ordered it but DID NOT pay 299. Well initially I did, but there is a promo code of VERIZON30 that drops the note 3 down to 209.99. I bought the Note 3 for myself and the LG G2 for my wife. Needless to say, at the price of 139.99 for the G2 and 209.99 for the Note 3, we returned the G2 for the note 3 despite the G2′s incredible low light camera performance. Here is why.

    Backstory: prior to buying the note 3 I have had the Droid Razr Maxx, which for its time was a great device. Now that apps are becoming more memory intensive, something needed to change. I needed a phone that wouldn’t lag on me, and I really don’t care about gimmicks such as scrolling while looking up or down, or pausing a video if I look away. Who really cares about that stuff? If I want to pause, I tap on the screen, which is less time consuming that looking away and ensuring my phone has paused playing a video. In addition, I really don’t want that front facing camera on unless I am using it. Also, I was always reluctant to buy a Samsung phone because of the plastic build, but you know I always keep my phone in a safe case. I will talk about this a little later.

    Now, right before I let go of my razr maxx, I briefly upgraded to the note 2 for 2 days. I chose the note 2 because I was in best buy and was comparing the HTC ONE which best buy had on sale for $50 and all of a sudden I decided to listen to the note 2′s speaker. I was blown away in comparison to the razr maxx, but blown away which how much more I got in comparison to the HTC one. We are all going to large screens now, and frankly who the heck wants to hold the phone closer to their face? I certainly don’t so I upgraded to the note 2. I really did not fall in love with it until the day I was sitting in my senior human cadaver anatomy course, and realized I had forgotten my Anatomy atlas and my notebook. I frantically searched the note 2 and found an app called S Note. I opened S note and began using it. I was blow away, there are blood vessels that are large and really thing, and I used to be able to only differentiate that on paper. Not this time, with the note 2 I was able to use the thin and thick lines as differentiators thanks to the S-pen. I then made my decision that I would return the note 2 and wait for the note 3 because of the larger screen, and faster processor. In addition, I had a memory intensive Anatomy app running on the note 2 that smoothly ran it, when my HP touchpad running android decided to begin hiccupping.

    Now with all that said, this is why I feel the note 3 is the best choice on the market. First of all, if your going to purchase a phone that you are spending your hard earned money on it, it should be in the most secure and safest cases. It’s an investment, that when 2 years later you sell back, you can almost pay for your new device. Second of all, we will ALL drop our phones at SOME POINT, and its important to protect them. I purchased the Spigen Bounce case despite it being slightly ugly; I got the gray one because Incipio NGP tpu cases are NOT yet available for this phone. That case kept my razr maxx in like new condition.

    Now, I really protect my phone because I have my entire life on it, my class schedule, my hospital schedule, my family schedule, my kids doctors appointments, my appointments, my tests etc. EVERYTHING. So I needed a phone that was behind me 100% and never let me down. It has been the case with the note 3. I have customized it and it still hasn’t hiccupped yet.

    Now the actual review:

    Screen & Productivity: The large display is fantastic. It is large enough to hold a full month calendar on one home screen and 3 days on another. I absolutely love the vivid screen because my anatomy apps, as well as using it to take notes is an absolute breeze. My only recommendation is to add many pages before you begin in lecture or whatever you want to take notes in.

    There are many times where I find inspirational quotes on Facebook (FB) and wish I could save them and tag them to share not via FB but text messages etc. Scrap book has allowed me to do just that, I can share inspirational quotes and pictures with anyone and it’s a breeze to look them up by placing my OWN PERSONAL tags for each photo. I hold the menu button, type inspiration and BAM; I have all my things that are tagged inspirational.

    Sometimes I also need a list of diagnostic medical conditions, and it’s easy to quickly create a scrapbook memo or create a flow chart in S-note. Etc. In fact the other day, I was talking to Verizon and needed to write down the conformational code etc. for my second note 3, and you know what I did? I…

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  • Brad
    148 of 158 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Most amazing Cell Phone Ever…, October 14, 2013
    By 
    Brad (Cincinnati, OH) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Black 32GB (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)
    I have always thought the Note was an interesting concept since the first version. I love my iPhone but with each release I became more and more disappointed that they never increase the screen size. I was worried about moving from my Apple iPhones, but it was time I had to try.

    I have been absolutely amazed by this phone. The size of the screen is terrific. The first few days it felt huge and took some getting used to, but by day 3, it was normal and no big deal. I look at my iPhone and think “Wow, I settled for that tiny screen?”. I figured with this big screen I would have to run from outlet to outlet with a charger, but it lasts all day where my iPhone couldn’t.

    The speed, the image quality, and the functionality of this phone is just amazing. The S-Pen features and Samsung’s spin on the Android platform are perfect. The S-Pen allows for such accuracy on the screen that you can do very detailed work on a relatively small screen. It’s integration with Evernote is great and the Sketchbook allows the average artist an excellent canvas in his or her pocket with Adobe illustrator like features. The keyboard has a top row of numbers making input of passwords and data so much faster. They not only improved the speed of a Smartphone, they improved the speed that a user and work with it, making my iPad and iPhone obsolete.

    I was able to transfer my music with little effort thanks to the Google Play music app including the things I purchased. I used the Note app to sync notes on my Apple devices. The integration between the Note 3 and Evernote offer a solution to this.

    The only negative I can say about the phone is S-Voice is no Siri. I used the location based reminders on the iPhone often for things such as “Remind me when I get home to take out the trash”.. I have yet to get S-Voice to do this, but I understand it’s supposed to be able to.

    I’m almost speechless at how perfect this phone is. If you are interested in a bigger screen are worried about leaving the iPhone, dont be. Give this phone a few days to get used to and you wont look back..

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  • Jason
    58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ordered a lot of chargers to compare and this was the best., February 23, 2013
    By 
    Jason

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Verizon Micro USB Dual Vehicle Car Charger MICRDUALVPC (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    Just got my new Galaxy Note 2, and I ordered 5 different types of chargers on Amazon to compare. This one was the best. I used the battery graph to see which one charged the fastest, and this one won hands down vs. the AT&T one, the Sprint-branded one, the retractable one, and others I had. The difference was so big that I ordered two more of these and threw the others away.

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  • Michael S.
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    good. worth buying, March 18, 2013
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    This review is from: Verizon Micro USB Dual Vehicle Car Charger MICRDUALVPC (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    I’ve bought 3 of these. They are the same exact verizon car charger that I bought in a verizon store. Only difference is they came in a plastic bag. Who cares. Can’t beat the price. Recommended!

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  • Mike "Movie Buff"
    177 of 195 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I’m taking a break from Apple! (hopefully Apple Fanboys won’t attack :) , May 24, 2013
    By 
    Mike “Movie Buff” (Long Island, NY) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S4, White Frost 16GB (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    *4/28/14*

    Still loving my S4. I didn’t upgrade early since the S5 is not significantly different than the S4. I will wait for the S6. I’m debating whether I will join Verizon Edge. Did anyone join it? What are your thoughts?

    The battery still is pretty good. I’ve had no lockups or issues with my phone except when I dropped it one too many times and cracked it. Luckily I had the Geek Squad full warranty ($9.98 per month) since I bought my phone from Best Buy and they replaced it at no charge. I’m allowed unlimited replacements which is fantastic. I tried to get a S5 as my replacement but they didn’t succumb to my personal charm and cuteness :)

    Verizon Wireless released Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat yesterday. You can now move all your apps to your SD card.

    *10/14/13 Still loving my Galaxy S4. My wife wanted to stay with Apple so I got her the 5S. Eh, S4 is better in my opinion :) Still not looking back. Sorry Apple, sorry iPhoners :)
    *Mirroring the Pepsi/Coke 80′s commercial, my daughter looked at the 5S and my phone; played with her app on both phones, then put my wife’s phone down and continued with my phone. Since then, she has eyes for my phone only.*

    *October News*
    Verizon updated Android to 4.3

    I’ve had an iPhone since 2009. When I watched the Apple conference to see the iPhone 5, I really wasn’t impressed. a few years ago when I picked up my 4S and after the return date, I saw the GS3. I was very impressed with it however, I was hesitant with Android since my wife had a Droid Incredible 2 which died a little after a year when she got it. Talking with some people who have the GS3, they said that they loved it, it’s easy to use, and Android has gotten better over the course of time. At that time, the Android market in my opinion seemed like a disaster. Apple did a nice job streamlining everything (app market, itunes etc). Every so often when I had to go to the Verizon store, I would be attracted to the GS3 floor model. Since my upgrade date was coming soon, I thought that it’s time for Apple and I to go our separate ways, be just friends. “We were on a break!!!”

    So to cut this short before I get hate mail for typing a long a$$ boring review; here goes:

    I’ve been with Verizon Wireless since 2005. I also have Verizon FIOS (TV, Phone, Internet). Having FIOS is great since I don’t use any minutes when calling home or when my wife calls me 5 times in a day on some occasions. The record amount of phone calls is held by her, yepp you guessed it, her mom hehe :) tell my wife and I’ll deny it!

    I was slightly hesitant to switching to a GS4 as I’ve read some reviews from Apple owners and claimed that the phone felt weird and they dropped the phone several times. “It’s slippery,” is what I heard. Well, I can say that’s certainly not the case when I picked it up. Actually, it feels quite nice. People complain about the plastic (poly-carbonate casing) being a finger magnet but that’s why they make cases for phones. Also, what phone has a anti-fingerprint casing? Eh, I don’t care. The white casing really doesn’t show many fingerprints and I have a silicon casing around it so, problem solved! The funny thing is that the casing I have on it, doesn’t even have fingerprints on it, so there you go!

    The screen is a thing of beauty! I know the iPhone 4S is older but the 5″ AMOLED screen is gorgeous. I love the edge to edge screen. It seems the lock screen was changed. I remember the GS3 had what looked like a pond and if you tapped it to unlock your phone, it would show ripples. Sadly, it’s not on the GS4. If anyone knows if it is available, please chime in.

    I’m really really shocked at how light and thin this phone is. I would have thought that if I put this phone in my back jeans pocket, it would pull my pants down which would cause a national emergency. Nope! Contrary to popular belief, this phone is still small enough to fit in all jeans pockets and I didn’t have a wardrobe malfunction. Those of you that were thinking and going to if if I did…PERV! ;-)

    The battery is pretty good. I usually wouldn’t be able to last a little more than a half day with my 4S. I love the fact that the battery is replaceable as the back cover does come off. My iPhones always seem to have battery issues after a little over a year of use. Well, this time, I can just buy a new battery! YAY! Under the back cover, you can replace the battery and add storage since that’s where the micro sd card slot is located as well. Right now I have a 32GB micro SD card installed in my phone. You can only place photos, videos, and music on the card. No apps which is a shame. *Note* my battery was almost dead so at 9:05, I plugged it into my desktop computer and as of 11:30pm it’s saying Charging 69%. Wow that battery is huge. It took my iPhone a little over an hour to be fully charged!

    Many will probably call me dumb…

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  • Zain
    80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Samsung Galaxy S4 Thorough Review, May 24, 2013
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    Zain (WI) –

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S4, White Frost 16GB (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    Before I picked up my Galaxy S4, I had the Galaxy Note II. I put my Note II up for sale online before my S4 was supposed to arrive, and it sold around two weeks before the S4 was supposed to be released, so for the two weeks before my S4 arrived, I had been living with a Droid X. Keep this in mind during my review, as my findings may have been slightly tainted by the fact that the S4 is such a massive upgrade from the Droid X, which I can hardly consider to be a “modern phone” anymore. Anyway, I’d like to go through the S4′s hardware (screen, construction, camera, internals) then its software and any miscellaneous things I hadn’t mentioned so far.

    Screen

    The Galaxy S4′s screen is unbelievably high quality. It is a 4.99″ 1920 x 1080 panel, and colors are extremely sharp and vivid. Text looks fantastic, and because the resolution is so high, I haven’t had a problem decreasing the font size to fit more information on my display. The display is 441 pixels per inch; in comparison, the S3′s is 308 ppi, a 43% increase! The screen is a massive improvement from the S3 or the Note II. Super AMOLED HD panels like this one make colors really pop, which isn’t a problem for me, but some people prefer to have a more realistic/neutral panel on their phones. There is a display setting that you can adjust to make the screen more neutral though, which should help alleviate any issues people have with the S4′s standard setup.

    Physical Construction/Phone Exterior

    The Galaxy S3 was said by Samsung to be inspired by nature, so they made it with very curved sides like a pebble. With the S4, this mantra is refined a little bit. There is a metallic band that circles the phone’s sides, and the swooping curves of the S3′s back are straightened out a little. The result looks significantly more sophisticated and “grown up” than the S3. The back of the phone has a “Hyperglaze” finish with a light pattern printed on it, which is interesting but not distractingly so. The pattern is not very easy to see unless you hold the phone close to you or at an angle from a light source. I chose the white S4 because I think white may hide scratches and scuffs better than black, but both colors are enticing. One thing I am happy about is that this phone doesn’t have Verizon’s garish logo plastered right onto the home button like it was on the Note II. Make no mistake though, Verizon’s version of the S4 still has a jumbo Verizon logo as well 4G LTE one on the phone’s back. I would definitely get a replacement back without these ugly logos if I didn’t use a case.

    The volume, power, and home buttons are all substantially upgraded from Samsung’s previous phones. They have a nice satisfying click, they don’t wobble, and they are easy to feel without looking. I especially like the fact that the S4′s home button is in the middle of the bottom bezel, instead of at the bottom like it was in the S3. Speaking of bezels, this phone has practically none. This phone feels like all screen basically, which explains how Samsung got a 4.99″ screen into a body that is actually slightly smaller than the S3′s body (which had a 4.8″ screen), making it the smallest ~5″ 1080p phone in the world! Even though the S4 is larger than an iPhone, it feels much more compact due to the great use of space and tiny bezels.

    A few more things: the S4 feels very light, but the metallic band around the phone makes it feel sturdy. Also, the screen is covered in Gorilla Glass 3 – although you probably can’t scratch it with your keys, I still wouldn’t recommend dropping it a lot. I bought a soft touch plastic case on Amazon from Elago for my S4 and I really like it, as it keeps the phone more protected while not making it look like an ugly brick. I still love how the power button is on the side of the S4 (unlike phones like the HTC One or the iPhone 5), as it feels like a much more natural position for turning the phone on and off when in your hand.

    Internals

    The Galaxy S4 has a quad core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2 GB ram, and in my time so far, I still haven’t seen any of the occasional lag I felt when I tried a S4 out at AT&T (maybe this is what took Verizon an extra month in releasing the S4). The international version of the phone has 8 cores – a low powered quad core processor for idling and a high powered quad core processor for doing more intensive tasks. I’m a little disappointed that the U.S. didn’t get that processor, but the Snapdragon 600 is no slouch. Regardless, I have gotten fantastic LTE service everywhere I’ve visited with the S4 so far.

    The S4 comes with a 13 MP camera (although its set to take 9.6 MP photos by default). This camera is definitely an upgrade from anything else on the market. Not only does it capture a huge amount of detail in photos, but the software has so many useful features too. There are plenty of different modes to take pictures with, but the ones…

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  • MOAR COARS
    101 of 113 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Blows the competition out of the water!, May 23, 2013
    By 
    MOAR COARS
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S4, White Frost 16GB (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    UPDATE#1: The battery life seems great, better than on the S3 even though the screen is larger and has a higher resolution than the S3. When I had my S3, I used to lose about ~3-5% of battery every two hours or so but with the S4, I seem to lose about ~1-2% so that’s awesome. The phone comes with a ton of bloatware and the only way to get a good battery is by removing all the bloatware. I was getting terrible battery life when I first got my phone but after reading online it seems that everyone suggests removing the bloatware for batter battery life. Like I said in my review, the snapdragon 600 uses very little battery when it is not being used so that’s a big plus. I’m a heavy user and when I say heavy user, I mean heavy user. I do pretty much everything on my phone from taking a crapload of pictures/videos, watching YouTube videos, playing 3D games, phone calls and surfing the internet. At the end of the day the phone has about 30-35% of juice left. Also, one thing that I forgot to mention was the speakers on the phone. Samsung decided to move the speakers which used to be at the top near the camera on the S3 to the bottom of the phone which wasn’t a good idea if you ask me. You can block the sound coming from the phone when holding the phone with your hand.

    ———————-

    It’s been a week since I got my Galaxy S4 and this thing is super awesome. My previous phone was the S3 which I loved to death and this time I’m super excited to have the S4 in my hands. I had absolutely zero issues with the S3 but the S4 looks so sexy with the metal edges. I seriously don’t understand why people buy an iPhone because let me tell you that the Galaxy S4 blows the iPhone 5 out of the water and every other phone out there. The Galaxy S4 wins hands down in every category compared to the iPhone 5. I was blown away by the performance of this phone. The Snapdragon 600 is blazing fast and uses far less battery than the S3. I can get through the day with a single charge and still have 30% left at the end of the day. I’m a heavy user so this says a lot about the phone. Even my family who loves the iPhone is blown away by this phone. My family just loves the big screen and the customization that it has compared to the iPhone 5. There are many reasons why I decided to go with this phone over the other smartphones on the market but the main reason is the screen size, camera, storage, processor and the battery life.

    These are some of the things that the Galaxy S4 has over the iPhone 5 and other high end phones:

    Pros:

    -Screen: The Galaxy S4 has a nice 5 inches Super AMOLED HD screen that makes everything stand out when viewing it. The resolution on this phone is a nice 1080 x 1920 (441ppi pixel density) which makes everything look sharp. The Gorilla Glass 3 is also much better at preventing the screen from cracking and scratching. I tried to scratch the screen with my car keys and nothing happened to the screen, impressive. It has a significantly higher resolution than the iPhone 5 (640 x 1136). Also, the iPhone 5 is only 4 inches which is way too small for most people.

    -Android OS: This phone ships with the most up to date version of Android, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) which is the fastest Android version yet. Samsung has added many new features to TouchWiz which is great. I’m not really a fan of TouchWiz but it seems that they have made many improvements to the UI.

    -Design: The design is sort of the same as the S3 which I have no problems with. The S3′s design is sexy and very comfortable to hold in your hand and the same goes for the S4. If you loved the S3′s design then you will love the S4′s design even more, trust me. The phone feels a little bit lighter and thinner which is great. It has a nice feel to it that makes you want to hold the phone.

    -Camera: The primary camera on this phone is 13MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) and the front camera is 2MP that takes some of the best pictures I have ever seen. The front facing camera is great when you are Skyping or even taking pictures of yourself.

    -Battery: Samsung has decided to improve the battery capacity in S4 to 2600mAh that can easily last a full day with a single charge. I can get through a day with a single charge and still have 30% left at the end of the day. The battery life is one of the most important aspects when deciding which phone to buy for me because I travel a lot and I need a phone that can last a full day. My previous phone which was the S3 needed at least 2-3 charges to last through a day. The Snapdragon 600 does an outstanding job at using as little battery as possible.

    -Storage: With the option of an external sdcard, this phone simply destroys the iPhone 5. I can store as many pictures and HD videos as I want and it will never come close to being full. I am the type of person who stores large collections of pictures, videos, and movies and this phone…

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  • Billy K
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great way to beat high landline bills, October 10, 2013
    By 
    Billy K

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    This review is from: Verizon Wireless F256VW Home Phone Connect Device (Electronics)
    The phone connect has worked perfectly so far. You must check your reception with a verizon cell phone before buying as the device will not work well without at least 2 bars. I tried a Magic Jack 1st and returned it after being on the phone with someone in another country for 3 hours. This device does not need an internet connection.I highly suggest you purchase the home phone connect on line ($30-40). That way you do not need to have a commitment with verizon if you don’t like it. Verizon charges $140 for the device or free with a two year contract.

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  • Joanne Costa
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Like New unit not quite functional but the home phone connect plan is a great option, January 31, 2013
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    This review is from: Verizon Wireless F256VW Home Phone Connect Device (Electronics)
    I bought the “Like New” unit for my mom. Physical condition was great but almost continuous complaints from those talking to her (cutting in an out, etc). Didn’t think you could have so many problems with such a simple device. In an event. Verizon was wonderful and patient and in the long run replaced the unit with a new one. Voila! Fairly consistent operation from then on. Highly recommend going this route to replace a land line, but like anything, may not work the first time.

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  • RST
    2,177 of 2,268 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Jawbone UP vs Fitbit Flex — Fight!, May 17, 2013
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    RST (USA) –
    (TOP 10 REVIEWER)
      
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    Several asked my opinion of the Flex after I had compared UP to ONE last fall. I’m more pleased with Flex than expected. This review will be specifically for those comparing the Jawbone UP to the Fitbit Flex. For those interested in my review of the One and Jawbone UP it is located here: UP by Jawbone – Large Wristband – Retail Packaging – Onyx:
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    UPDATE: I uploaded several head-to-head app screenshots.

    UPDATE: I’ve found that I am storing quite a bit of water in the Flex band pouch where the module goes. Even though they say it’s shower safe, I’m pretty sure some funky stuff is going to be growing in there in a matter of time… But the band is replaceable!

    ———————

    My journey with personal monitoring devices/pedometers started a LONG time ago: Before Fitbit even existed, with a device called the SportBrain. It was a traditional belt clip style so old that it plugged into a base that used a dial in phone modem to upload the usage data to a server. It was old. But my interest in devices that can help monitor and tell me about my activity started then, and we seem to be now in a golden age of personal data monitoring devices. Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, all of the Fitbit clip devices and so many more…

    Hardware itself

    The biggest drawbacks I found on the Jawbone UP were that it had no visual feedback about your daily achievement toward your goal and the fact that it had no visual battery indicator. It wasn’t a problem for me personally, but for those who are hardcore driven on a daily basis to compare and achieve this could be a drawback for you. The next drawback about the Jawbone UP is that it does not wirelessly sync. You have to plug it into the headset jack of your phone to sync. If you are someone who wants data and feedback all day long, this would be a drawback.

    The Fitbit Flex does have visual feedback in the form of small white lights: They blink as you’re charging, they have a special blink if you put it into sleep mode and provide 95% more feedback than Jawbone up. Jawbone UP does have status lights in it and they are used, but they could do a lot more with the lights they already have if they chose to.

    If you can throw a snap bracelet on, you can easily put on the UP. I did find myself fumbling a bit with the clip mechanism of the Flex like I do when I have to button my own shirt cuffs. After it was clipped though, it feels secure and I am not one to put on and remove devices like this. I want to set it and forget it.

    Fit & Feel

    The Fitbit Flex feels very comfortable on the wrist. The pictures don’t do it justice. For me personally this is the one defining factor that really makes the Flex shine for me compared to the Jawbone UP. It feels super light weight, doesn’t grab, and doesn’t look nearly as big/thick as the pictures make it look.

    The fitbit flex uses tension to stay on, while the Flex uses a clasp. The UP may have a better sense of solid attachment that wouldn’t come off no matter how hard you fling your arm, but the inverse of that is the Flex: It doesn’t have to monkey-grip your arm to be there and stay. You can have it fit a bit more loosely than UP and be comfortable.

    When typing on at a keyboard, I prefer the feel of the Flex. The rubber is flat and thin so it adds very little against the edge of a keyboard. The UP doesn’t have the big square bump on the top, but it does have a bracelet shape/size all the way around, so it can prove a bit more of an annoyance up against a keyboard.

    The Flex does have replaceable bracelets and colors, which means the device is more convertible and flexible going forward. That being said, it is less visually appealing to me compared to the UP. The UP can be a part of jewelry and most people would never notice. The Flex does have a strange-ish future nerd look to it. I don’t mind that, but some may.

    I wear both in the shower with no issues. I’ve done a lot of swimming pool roughhousing with the UP with no issues, but haven’t tried with the FLEX. A commenter tells me that it is swimming approved, though the data provided might not be that useful.

    Battery Life & Charging

    Both the Flex and the UP charge in very similar almost identical USB adapters. They’re meant to be charged on a computer and in my experience shouldn’t be charged off of a phone USB wall charger. They both charged in similar amounts of time, and the Flex did last about 4 days on a charge. The UP can last as much as 10 days on a new battery, but I found that it has declined some since November. On this case, I say that both do about what they suggest. The UP fits snugly in the charger, while the Flex doesn’t feel nearly as…

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  • D. Graves "Fine Books and More"
    2,924 of 3,054 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Well, if the the Flex WINS the ‘Fight’ over the Up, you’d better read this…, April 16, 2013
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    D. Graves “Fine Books and More” (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) –
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    The Flex is pretty good – IF you understand its limitations. And it has a lot of them. This is a 1.0 version, the first wrist-based tracker Fitbit has produced. Since the positive reviewer claims the Flex clearly wins its ‘fight’ over the Jawbone Up, I strongly suggest you wait for the technology to be refined by Fitbit (and others) before spending $100 or more on this.

    I also suggest that you tune out the 5-star “this is AWESOME!” reviewers. I’ve had the Flex for 6 months now (acquired at CES 2013, long before retail availability) and initially I too was impressed by the technology. However, with long-term use, I think its inaccuracies make it nothing more than a pedometer with sleep analysis added in (and the usefulness of the latter is dubious as well). The IDEA of it all is excellent: to track your activities and see your progress over time via the great software that Fitbit has developed. However, all of this is predicated on the device accurately tracking your movements. If it fails in that aspect – and unfortunately it does, to a moderate degree – then all of the data and impressive charts and graphs are rather useless. The “awesome!” reviewers don’t realize this (yet) and just assume what they’re seeing is real; it isn’t.

    The underlying technological problem, as I see it, is in the placement of the tracker. Up until now, Fitbit trackers were to be placed on the torso. Now, it must be placed on the wrist (yes, the tracker itself can be taken out of the wristband and put into your pocket but all of Fitbit’s calibrations and algorithms are designed for that wrist placement and you are making the problem worse by not having it on your wrist). So, if your wrist movement is ANYTHING other than the usual movement of either running or walking, your step count/mileage is going to be off – often way, way off.

    Fitbit markets the Flex as an “activity monitor”, implying that it is capable of keeping stats on your physical activities. Well, because of the wrist location issue and the basic design structure of using two stride lengths for all calculations (your walking and running stride lengths), pretty much any activity that is NOT walking or running cannot be accurately monitored: the accelerometer senses whether you are walking or running and multiplies the appropriate stride length by the number of steps sensed (and arrives at a mileage distance). Any activity outside of that limited ability of the Flex, your stats are innacurate. This includes stair-climbing, hiking, tennis, golf, biking, working out, and pretty much every other “activity” that is not walking or running. The Flex is not really an “activity monitor”; it’s an expensive pedometer (albeit one with “sleep analysis”, which is actually only a record of how much wrist movement you had during the night: i.e., 2 hours of no movement = deep sleep, an hour of sporadic movement = restless sleep).

    There are, however, aspects of the Flex that are quite good: it does accurately keep track of your walking and running, it does keep track of your sleeping patterns, and it also wakes you with a silent vibration on your wrist at the time you set to get up in the morning. And once out of bed and into the shower, there’s no need to take the Flex off: it’s almost completely waterproof (pressurized water being the exception). But the best, perhaps life-enhancing aspect of the Flex is its ability to keep you focused on your exercise goals (which is the main reason why, overall, I like the device and its software – to a point): if you DO consider it only a pedometer with cool software, which is what I consider it to be, you will not be disappointed (though the price may not seem worth it to others).

    First, there’s the ‘onboard’ function to keep you aware of your progress towards your daily goals (total distance traveled, number of steps taken, or calories burned): each light on the row of 5 small LED lights on the band represents 20% of your goal and a quick glance and a tap on the band will tell you how you’re doing. Secondly, for the actual stats of your progress (or reviewing your daily, weekly or longer stats), you can view them in real time on your phone via the Fitbit App for iPhone and Android, or on your tablet or PC/Mac with the Fitbit ‘Dashboard’. This is where you set your daily and longer-term goals, view not only your stats but see them represented in charts and graphs, and log other information such as weight, weight changes, and food consumed. You can go further, but personally I would feel a bit silly setting goals where I would receive ‘badges’ for reaching them. But that’s just me. Overall though, the software is very good and keeps you aware – along with the band’s LEDs – of whether or not you are staying on track of exercise goals. But, again, just keep in mind that the wrist placement of the device gives the Flex an inherent flaw as to the accuracy of all this data – UNLESS you are using it…

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  • Steven "Steve"
    844 of 925 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fitbit gets it right with the Flex, but there are some minor quirks, May 3, 2013
    My wife and I purchased our Flex bands early at Best Buy like so many others have already done. This is my first Fitbit product and activity tracker, so please keep that in mind. First off, the product’s presentation is stellar and will no doubt be an attractive offer to people checking it out in the store. It comes with two sets of bands (large and small), a USB charging dongle, a USB syncing nub, and the activity tracker itself. One knock I have is the lack of a physical manual that comes with the product. There is literally one piece of tiny paper that just has the setup URL. It would have been nice to have at least a 5-6 page quick guide to how this thing works. Setup is a breeze, just go to the URL listed on the paper, download the software, and sync your tracker with the USB syncing device. It asks you to “double tap” the device to sync, I felt like a neanderthal trying to find a button to press. All you need to do is tap the top with your index finger like you would a mouse button.

    Getting the tracker in and out of the different bands is easy and it becomes obvious when you put it in the wrong way. Actually putting the band on your wrist is a different story. It’s comfortable when you have it on, but it’s difficult to push the clasp together to hold it on. It becomes especially difficult with the smaller band because you have less room to work with. See, you want to have the band on snugly so it doesn’t move around, but in order to do that you can’t have a finger inside of the loop to help push the two ends together. It doesn’t feel like it wants to come off when you do have it on though. Also, I spend a lot of time at my keyboard and it’s very comfortable to type with it on. (this surprised me)

    My wife and I both have Galaxy S3s and the syncing is pretty seamless. It appears that the syncing frequency between devices is at 15 minute intervals. It takes a minute to manually sync devices, but I don’t feel like that’s necessary unless you’re in desperate need of motivation/feedback. My wife and I went on a walk shortly after we got our Flexes and the devices appears to be accurate, but I haven’t really scientifically tested that claim. I read somewhere that these wrist devices sometimes mistake arm movement for steps, but that is not the case here. It’s really a bummer that it doesn’t have a built in altimeter like the Ultra and I imagine that the 2nd generation Flex will have that built in. As for the activity lights, I thought they would be always on, but instead you have to double tap the device for them to show up. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s something to note.

    The sleep tracker/silent alarm function was a huge selling point for me with this device. I’m a little disappointed that the sleep tracking/alarm isn’t as robust as the Jawbone Up’s. See, there is no detailed analysis of the quality of your sleep, but instead it only tells you when you slept and when you got up in the night. I realize that sleep tracking (deep sleep vs. light sleep) is pseudoscience, but it would be a nice data point. The alarm will just go off when you set it, so don’t expect it to wake you up when you’re more “rested” like some phone apps or the UP. (again, more pseudoscience) The silent alarm is really not very silent at all. If you have your wristband up against anything besides your wrist it will vibrate the hell out of it. This isn’t a knock against the product, but just be warned this device will wake you right up! The vibrating motor feels just as powerful as any smartphone. Also, there is no automated nap feature like the UP, but the alarm is easy enough to set for your own nap intervals.

    EDIT: So it appears that there is a device setting on the Fitbit website that allows you to set the sleep tracking to “Sensitive”. This might be more of what I’m looking for as opposed to the binary data of the default setting. (i.e. awake or asleep)

    The Fitbit software is pretty standard at this point and should be familiar to most of you. The only difference is the alarm feature is baked right in. It’s not the most complete set of features, but it gets the job done and is extensive enough for mobile devices.

    PROS:

    - Comfortable (even at a desk!)
    - Stylish
    - Activity Lights for Progress
    - Accurate (this hasn’t been fully tested, but will say it is for now)
    - Adjustable Size Wristband
    - Silent Alarm/Sleep Tracking

    CONS:
    - No altimeter
    - Sleep tracking isn’t as robust as the UP
    - Difficult to put on

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