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It’s that time of year for new smartphone models from Apple and Android brands. This fall’s new crop of phones include improvements in speed, battery life, and cameras that take better pictures in low light conditions. 

But consumers are now holding on to their phones an average of 4+ years, putting pressure on retailers to find creative ways to sell their latest models. Here are steps to consider if you decide the time is right for a new phone. 

Creative uses for your current phone

  • Set it up as a security camera

  • Use it as a baby monitor

  • Make it your alarm clock

  • Set it up as a TV remote

  • Convert it to a digital photo frame

  • Use it as an e-reader

  • Make it your car’s GPS or FM radio

  • Set it up as a security camera

  • Use it as a baby monitor

  • Make it your alarm clock

  • Set it up as a TV remote

  • Convert it to a digital photo frame

  • Use it as an e-reader

  • Make it your car’s GPS or FM radio

Before you part with your phone

  • Back up the phone’s data to a computer

  • Sign out from accounts including Apple Music, Gmail, and the browser

  • Under "settings," perform a factory reset to completely erase the device

  • Remove the SIM Card, if the phone has one

Consider ways to save money

  • Pay cash for a phone.

  • Decide which features you can live without.

  • Buy an older flagship model that’s still supported by retailers.

  • Buy a refurbished model (no more than two years old) from a trusted online source like Gazelle or Best Buy.

Decide how much storage you need

  • To store lots of high-resolution photos, get a phone with 32 gigs of memory or more.

  • For storing lots of music or many apps, get 64 gigs or more.

  • To hold high-quality videos, get 128 gigs or more.

Estimate your data usage

  • For those who use WiFi frequently or stick to web browsing, email and Facebook, begin with 2 gigs of data per month.

  • For those who stream video or do live gaming, begin with 5 gigs a month.

  • For heavy users who access the web with cellular and WiFi, 5-10 gigs are usually enough.

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Sources: CNBC, Consumer Reports, Android Authority

In the upcoming edition of Cybersecurity News from Zander ID Theft Solutions:
October Cybersecurity Month coverage continues with
the biggest misconceptions we have about cyber safety. 

October 2019 c • Edition #80

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