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Waterproof electronics?

On November 12, 2012

Water and electronics just don’t mix. Rice and heat may help save your device but it doesn’t always work. New devices are pouring into the market that may wash away your worries. Should you consider one this holiday? Companies are offering after-market solutions that waterproof your electronics. It’s still a new venture, so the companies offering this service are limited…

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Sprint lets you choose a nickname for your phone number

On October 9, 2012

Do your friends have a hard time remembering your phone number? Sprint is offering a service called StarStar Me, allowing you to replace your phone number with your name, nickname, or unique word. While this sounds great, there is a fee and limitations on your phone number length. I’d want my number to be **JENN or **5366. However, that doesn’t work….

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Say goodbye to spam text messages

On April 27, 2012

I am so tired of my phone buzzing, only to find a text message telling me I can win an iPad or $1,000 cash.  Some even use local phone numbers to make you think it’s a legitimate text from a local business. The good news – there is something you can do about it. 

Consumer News

Shock alerts so you don’t go over your data limit

On April 23, 2012

The government is cracking down on those unexpected charges that appear on cell phone bills for going over your voice, text, or data plan limits. The government estimates one in six cell phone users have experienced what’s known as bill shock. That’s when unexpected charges appear on your bill. Cell phone carriers and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are working…

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Wireless companies work together to protect your stolen phone

On April 10, 2012

So many people can’t live without their smartphone. If you ever stand on a street corner, you’ll see one person after another talking, texting, or scrolling through emails. That $2-300 device you have in your hand, wallet, or purse are wanted by thieves. In major cities across the country, 30-40% of robberies involve cell phones. Now, the Federal Communications Commission…

Consumer News

Department of Justice tries to stop AT&T / T-Mobile merger

On August 31, 2011

First, consumers sounded off telling the Federal Communications Commission how they felt about the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Now the Department of Justice is speaking saying this merger could hurt consumers. The DOJ filed a lawsuit to block the merger. For NewsChannel 5, I reviewed the FCC filings made by Ohio residents. I found 94% of Ohio comments…

Consumer News / Tech

Survey says Verizon tops in cell phone marketplace

On August 30, 2011

Can you hear me now? How about now? Are these familiar questions? According to a J.D. Power and Associates survey you may not be asking these questions if you have Verizon wireless. J.D. Power released its second Wireless Network Quality Performance Study of the year. The study found the performance varies widely depending on the type of activity you’re doing…

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AT&T and T-Mobile merger

On July 15, 2011

The potential merger of the second and fourth largest wireless carriers would change the wireless landscape if it went through. AT&T would catapult to the largest wireless carrier, and combined with Verizon the two would control 75% of the market. I wanted to know what Ohio consumers thought about the merger, and analyzed comments to the Federal Communications Commission.  More…