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Androidify Yourself!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Not too long ago you heard me sharing the great news of Android being the highest selling cell phone operating system.  Well, Andorid continues to impress, this time with an adorable application for your phone  Called Androidify, it allows you to take their Android logo and customize it to look just like you.  Below is an alteration of yours truly.  Check it out on your Android phone!

We're An Exclusive AT&T Authorized Cellular Retailer

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

AT&T at Abt

Beginning September 1st, Abt will become an exclusive AT&T authorized cellular retailer. “We’ve been selling cell phone for a number of years, but want to focus on one carrier to provide the best customer experience possible” said Brian Rozycki, Abt’s cell phone department manager.

Stop by tomorrow to see which AT&T phones we will have in stock (supplies limited). If you’re looking for a new cell phone provider or looking to upgrade your phone and contract, our knowledgeable sales staff can assist with both.

-Jennifer A.

The Samsung Vibrant Demo This Weekend

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

T-Mobile & Samsung Vibrant at Abt

Today, T-Mobile and Samsung unveiled the new Samsung Vibrant, their latest Android cell phone, in our mobile showroom.  This weekend only, you can come to Abt and have T-Mobile and Samsung specialists answer your questions about the latest Android phone either at their tent camped outside the front of our store or in the T-Mobile RV (which is packed with their entire cell phone line and some accessories).

T-Mobile & Samsung Vibrant at Abt

To celebrate the arrival, there are giveaway prizes available both days, and today they had Mustard’s Last Stand hot dogs on hand to feed hungry visitors.  Another promotion available this weekend only is that you can trade in any working iPhone for a Samsung Vibrant and receive $100.  If you’re interested in demoing the new phone, stop by tomorrow or you can try it anytime at our store.

-Jennifer A.

How Do You Use Your Cell Phone?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Pew Research Center

In May, the Pew Research Center conducted a study about how Americans use their cell phones. Some conclusions were expected, while others were a surprise.  It wasn’t a shock to know that six in ten adults go online with either a cell phone or laptop with wireless internet connection. Also, it was not a shock to know that Americans have increased going online through their phone and using internet based applications (internet, email or instant messaging) with compared to last year’s data. What did surprise me was that 38% of this group used their phones to get on to the internet, while 34% played games on their cellular devices. I thought that more people would use their phones to access the internet. It was not a surprise that 76% use their phones to take pictures and 72% use it for text messaging. What do you do on your phone? Do you browse the web, take pictures, play games, text or use it to call people?

-Jennifer A.

Do You Have E-Waste?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Do you know what e-waste is or how to dispose of it? Well, like a lot of people, I thought that it was email, spam, and the like. I thought that it was easy to get rid of by hitting delete. I was wrong. E-waste is quite tangible and is causing huge disposal problems in many places all over the world. South Africa, China, and India are probably suffering the worst.

E-waste or electronic waste can be anything from old computer monitors, old cell phones, or basically any other unwanted electronic. China produces the world’s second largest amount of e-waste, the US produces the most. Unlike the US, China has a much less structured recycling method. So-called backstreet recyclers take the e-waste and melt it down for its valuable properties like gold and minerals. The downside, the methods the recyclers use to melt down the e-waste is highly toxic to the environment.

The UN Environment Programme met in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday and discussed e-waste, among other environmental topics. At the meeting it was reported by 2020 China and South Africa’s waste from old computers alone could quadruple, in China the waste from old cell phones could increase seven-fold, and the cell phone waste from cell phones in India could be an astonishing 18 times higher.

Technology will keep moving ahead at a lightning speed. There will always be a newer and cooler gadget that will replace the last coolest and greatest gadget. As consumers, we need to be conscious how we dispose of the old technology and utilize responsible recycling methods.

Abt recognizes the necessity for responsible recycling. We have a recycling center on-site, and do our best to reduce our carbon footprint. “When we leave customer homes, they are greener than before we got there. We bring energy efficient appliances and electronics and recycle everything that we remove from the home,” said Bob Taylor, director of operations.

How do you reduce your carbon footprint? Send me your best recycling tips and I can post them before Earth Day!

-Kelly B.

Introducing "The Ace" From The Aliph Jawbone ICON Collection

Monday, January 18th, 2010

We are all aware of the dangers of talking on a cell phone and driving; and in many places it’s considered so dangerous, it’s illegal. There are a myriad of headset options on the market to combat the dangers of holding a cell phone while driving. One of the best on the market is the Jawbone Bluetooth by Aliph. They just introduced their latest line of headsets – The Icon.

One of the newest Jawbones from the Icon collection, the Ace, will be available in a few weeks. It has some cool features like NoiseAssassin Voice Activity Sensor. It detects a voice and turns on and off, eliminating the outside noise. The Ace is light and stays on with or without the loop that fits around your ear. One of the features I like the most is the ability of the headset to toggle between calls and answer call waiting.

For more information on the Jawbone Prime or Jawbone Ace, contact an Abt sales specialist. Or you can read Engadget’s review on the the new Icon series. Abt currently sells the Jawbone Prime and Brian R., the buyer for cell phone accessories, let me know that we will be getting the Jawbone Ace very soon!

-Kelly B.

The Nexus One – Google's New Flagship Android Device

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Yesterday, Google announced the long awaited Nexus One. This phone could be the first to give the iPhone a run for its money.

Nexus One operates on an updated version of the Android operating system. It has a 3.7-inch touch-screen, a 5-megapixel camera for video and photos, GPS, stereo Bluetooth connection for headphones, LED flash, Wi-Fi, and a noise cancelling mic for clearer conversations. The wow-factor? The Nexus One has speech dictation, eliminating the need to type. Users can speak and compose e-mail without touching the keyboard.

The Nexus One will retail at $179 with a two-year contract with T-Mobile or $529 with no contract. In the Spring of 2010, Verizon and Vodafone (a European wireless carrier) service will be also be available.

-Kelly B.