Apple announces iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iOS 7

Posted on September 10, 2013 | Apple, Apps, cell phone, cell phone trade-in, iPhone, Mac, smartphone

Apple promised to “brighten everyone’s day” with today’s new product launch, and they didn’t disappoint.

Here’s the ExchangeMyPhone rundown of the many highlights from Cupertino:

The first new feature to be announced was the iOS 7.

iPhone iOS7

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, promised that “iOS 7 will quickly become the world’s most popular operating system.” It will be released on September 18th and Apple is projecting to have 700 million iOS devices sold by the end of the month.
iWork will come free with all new iOS devices along with over 200 new features, including iTunes Radio – Apple’s answer to Pandora.

Moving along quickly, Tim went on to introduce the eager audience to 2 new phone designs (to replace the iPhone5):

1) iPhone 5C
Essentially a plastic and colorful iPhone5 for $99. In the words of Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive, the “iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically plastic.” The phone comes in green, white, blue, pink and yellow.

iPhone 5C

It is more fun and more colorful but “made with all the incredible technology of the iPhone 5.” The phone has a A6 processor (same as the iPhone 5), the same 8-megapixel rear-camera, a larger battery than the iPhone 5 and a brand new FaceTime HD camera on the front (including larger 1.9u pixels and backside illumination). The phone supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.

Apple has also created custom cases with a “soft-feel silicon rubber.” They are $29 each and environmentally friendly.

iPhone5C covers

The next up was the much-hyped…

2) iPhone 5S
Phil Schiller describes it as “the most forward thinking phone anyone has ever made.”
It comes it silver, gold, and a “new space gray” (aka slate).

iPhone 5S

We will get to the wealth of features below but most exciting is the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, “You can simply touch your home button to unlock your phone”. Forget trying to remember passcodes, the iPhone 5S “uses a key you have everywhere you go”.

iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner

The iPhone 5S is also 5 times faster than the iPhone 5 with a new A7 processor that packs faster performance and better graphics. It has the first ever 64-bit chip on a smartphone.

There is also an M7 “motion co-processor” that measures the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope. It can tell apps if you’re stationary, walking, driving, etc and Nike is already taking advantage of it with a new app called “Nike+ Move.”
The battery life is improved, with up to 250 hours on standby.

The phones also sports a new iSight camera, a five-element Apple-designed lens with an F2.2 aperture. When you take a photo, it actually takes multiple photos and picks the best.

iPhone5S iSight camera

The iPhone 5 is gone but you can upgrade to the iPhone4S for free.

iPhones

What do you think?! You can pre-order on Friday September 13th.

If you’re as excited as we are, and want to get your hands on the new iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S, why not upgrade and sell your old smartphone today? www.exchangemyphone.com

Samsung announces the Galaxy S IV smartphone

So, what do you think about the Galaxy SIV smartphone?

Galaxy S IV smartphone

Are you tempted to sell your old phone and upgrade when it comes out in April?

Hopefully we can help you decide. Here’s the ExchangeMyPhone summary of Samsung’s latest unveiling:

As the fourth update of the electronic giant’s flagship smartphone there’s no doubt that Samsung continues to raise the bar for competitors. By super-sizing the screen and packing in even more specialized software the Galaxy S IV is clearly establishing itself as a rival to the iPhone5.

The S IV draws on the design of the S III but the screen is larger (5 inches), the weight is lighter, the resolution greater, the battery capacity higher, the processor faster and the rear-facing camera enhanced with more megapixels.

In the software department, the Galaxy S IV runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the most up-to-date version of Android. Two features we particularly like are the multi-view mode (splitting the screen so you can interact with two apps at the same time) and the Smart Pause. The latter is particularly innovative as it halts a video you’re watching when your eyes dart away, then resumes when you start paying attention again.

S IV smartphone features

We’d love to hear your thoughts – do you think? Are you excited to buy the S IV?

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How to delete data from a blackberry

Question: I want to sell my old Blackberry in anticipation of buying a new one. How can I delete data from a Blackberry for good?

Answer: Erasing data from a smartphone couldn’t be easier. Just follow our simple, step-by-step guide. See our past tutorial on erasing the data from your iPhone.

Before you do anything make sure the gadget is plugged in or has a full battery.

1. Press the Blackberry button on the keypad. It’s located left of the trackball, and it opens the main application menu.

2. Scroll to and select the “Options” icon.

3. Open “Security.”

4. Select “General Settings.”

5. Press the BlackBerry button to open a list of options.  By default, E-mail, Contacts and User Installed Apps are pre-selected.

6. Select “Wipe handheld.”

7. Confirm that you want to wipe the handheld data by choosing “Continue.”

8. Confirm the reset again by typing “blackberry” on the keypad, and then press the trackball.

9. Wait for the phone to clear all the data and to restart. The phone will be reset to default factory form.

delete data from a blackberry

All done! Now that you’ve cleared your Blackberry you can safely sell the phone, send it in for repairs or pass it on as a gift.

One last question – do I have to delete the data myself if I send my phone to ExchangeMyPhone?
Most people want to stay on top of deleting their own data, and we are happy to offer these explanations.  Of course, here at ExchangeMyPhone our standard procedure includes total immediate data wiping for all products received. So, if you are sending a phone to us here at ExchangeMyPhone, there’s no need to worry about doing it wrong or having sent a device with data still on it – we’ll always double-check and rewipe.

If you’ve any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

How To Buy a Cell Phone

Posted on November 28, 2012 | Android, cell phone, cell phone trade-in, mobile, phone, smartphone

With the launch of the Apple iPhone 5, a host of excellent Android handsets, and the rise of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS, choosing the right smartphone has never been more difficult, or more exciting.

how to buy a cell phone

Whether you’re treating yourself to an upgrade or planning to give a new phone to someone on your holiday gift list, it helps to be armed with the knowledge necessary to make smart shopping decisions. To make it all a little less daunting, we have put together this ‘how to buy a cell phone’ guide with all you need to know (from choosing the right mobile platform to picking the perfect model):

Features

Whenever possible, do some easy hands-on-tests in the store to see if the phone works for you:

1) Call quality: These days smartphones are used less and less for making calls, with features such as e-mail and games taking precedence, but we still recommend that you make a test call at the retail location, listen for any static, tinny voices or interference.

2) Design: A phone is such a personal product and you might find yourself strongly drawn to one style or another. If you are trying to decide between a few options, ask yourself some of these questions: Is it comfortable against your ear? Do you prefer a large screen for watching videos and viewing photos or something more pocketable? Do you want something more subtle or more flashy?

3) Operating system: If you aren’t fiercely loyal fan to one platform, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone each have a lot to offer. As very brief rundown, iOS’ strengths are its well-integrated ecosystem and intuitive interface, but you’re locked in to iTunes for content. Android is much more customizable, but each carrier has its own twist, which can make it less easy to just pick up and use. Finally, Windows Phone 8 is building in features that make for good high-end phones, and its fresh, simple interface is appealing.

4) Camera: For many people, their phone has become their to-go camera. If this is you, then you’ll want to pay attention to the phone’s camera specs. Try to take a few pictures in the store to get a clear idea of the camera’s photo quality. The best camera phones out today are probably the Nokia 808 PureView, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC Droid DNA.

5) Battery life: With swelling screen sizes and processors, energy consumption on cell phones has never been higher. All phone batteries will run out eventually but the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, HTC Evo 4G LTE and Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE have the best battery life. For a complete guide to extending your phone’s battery life, check out our “Battery Life Savers” post.

Which carrier is best?

Consider whether or not you want a contract, whether you want a small data plan or a large one and which carrier covers your area best. National and regional carriers sign you on for a two-year contract and offer phones at a subsidy (hence cheaper). They often have the widest coverage, the lowest up-front costs and offer premium phones. However, every national carrier also has a prepaid option. Some, like, T-Mobile and AT&T, offer a different, usually cheaper, range of phones and Verizon lets you buy nearly any phone at retail value and then pay month-to-month. Depending on how you use the services, prepaid service could work out to be cheaper over time. You also won’t have to worry about breaking your contract and paying a fee.

Finally, don’t forget to sell your old phone to subsidize your upgrade! Depending on the age and condition of your old phone you may be able to completely, or at least partially, cover the cost of your upgrade.

If you have any questions on how to buy a cell phone, feel free to ask away in the comments section below.

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5 ways to use your smartphone to get ready for Black Friday

It’s time to prep for Black Friday. I’m not sure about you, but it takes a lot to get me off the sofa and into the stores mere hours after eating far too much pie and turkey. Still Christmas is just around the corner and picking up some gifts for everyone on my list, without breaking my bank balance, seems like a very good idea indeed.

So, at ExchangeMyPhone, we have put together some tips for getting the most of out your Black Friday experience:

1) Sell Your Old Phones

If you have recently upgraded, or are looking to buy a new phone in the Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, don’t forget about your old phone! You can sell your old and/or broken smartphones at ExchangeMyPhone and pad your pockets in time for some serious holiday shopping.

2) Downland Zoomingo

This innovative shopping app lets you track all the holiday sales right from your smartphone or tablet. The app lists all the Black Friday sales from all the major retailers and lets you create a ‘Watch List’ of items you love so they can notify you as soon as they go on sale.

Zoomingo

3) Download Red Laser

If you are into comparison shopping, this app is perfect. You simply use your phone to scan the barcode and you can find out what the item is going for at other local stores or even online. As a bonus, you can discover similar items you didn’t even know you wanted.

Red Laser app

4) Download Mint.com Personal Finance

Does your generosity sometimes get the better of you? If you are one of those people who splurges on incredible gifts for everyone and then dreads looking at your bank balance once the new year rolls around, Mint’s free app is perfect for you. Before you set off on your Black Friday shopping spree just add your bank accounts, credit cards, loans etc so you can manage your budget and track your spending.

Mint.com Personal Finance app

5) Download FatWallet

Sadly, this app is only available on the iPhone but it is a brilliant tool for planning the ultimate shopping trip. You can use this clean, simple and speedy app to shop by specific categories, items or retailers.

FatWallet app

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Use your old phones to help those hit hardest by Sandy!

Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast on Monday, leaving towns and cities flooded and millions without power.

Here in New York, we’ve been humbled and awed by the city’s response – everyone has been doing their bit to help by offering shelter, food, transport and volunteering around the city.

Want to help? Wherever you are in the country, we have one easy way that you can support those in need:

Donate the value of your old phones to one of our featured charities, Team Rubicon, and support their efforts to serve those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Your donation to Team Rubicon will help them purchase supplies, such as chainsaws and gasoline, so that response teams can save those who are stranded and clear debris.

How does it work?

1) Collect old cell phones from your home, co-workers, family, friends etc

2) Get an instant price quote on our website (you can also call us up on (212) 804-7270 or email us at hello@exchangemyphone.com to arrange sending in a large collection).

3) At checkout choose to donate the value of your cell phones to Team Rubicon.

100% of your donations will go to supporting Team Rubicon’s six response teams stretching from D.C. to New York.

Want to know more about Team Rubicon?

Team Rubicon bridges the critical time gap between large humanitarian disasters and conventional aid response. They provide vanguard medical care by fielding small, self-sustaining, mobile teams of military veterans and medical professionals. Since its creation in January 2010, TR has saved and helped thousands of lives in Haiti, Chile, Burma, Pakistan, Sudan and here in the US. TR reaches victims outside the scope of traditional aid organizations, victims on the fringe. One of our favorite parts about Team Rubicon is that 100% of every dollar you donate goes directly to their missions – no salaries, no overhead, no exceptions! We’re proud to support them.

Turn your cell phones into vehicles for good and donate to support the Hurricane Sandy relief effort today!

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Trading up to the next iPhone? Get a jump on all the other upgraders

Are you thinking about selling your old phone and putting the money towards buying Apple’s new iPhone when it comes out in September? If you are, then you may want to act fast.

iPhone trade in

From now until Apple announces the new iPhone (expected to be on September 12th), is the best time to get the highest price for your old phone online. Everyone will try to unload their older iPhones in droves after the new phone comes out. This means that the used value of older iPhones will drop as the new iPhone launch day approaches – so now is the best time to lock in pre-release pricing.

Obviously one rather large downside to selling your phone right now is that you will be phone-less in the interim while you wait for your new iPhone5. We have the solution! To make it as easy as possible for you, we give you 30 days to send in your gadgets after locking in your trade-in price. Basically, you can sell your old smartphone today and ship it to us 30 days later, once you have the new iPhone5 in your hands. Plus, there’s no obligation for you to go through with the trade-in so the whole thing is gamble free.

ExchangeMyPhone iPhone4S 3GS

As of today, we are paying $272 for an AT&T iPhone4S (32GB) in good used condition. That is more than enough to cover a subsidized upgrade from your carrier! If you’re feeling really generous you can even donate the payout to any cause that you care about (we have 765,000 non-profits for you to choose from to at checkout). Either way, you are bound to make someone very happy!

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How to: Clear personal data from your phones

Whenever you sell your phone at ExchangeMyPhone, one of our promises is to clear off all your personal data. Our phone testers wipe all the devices so they are cleared of any personal information before they are given a second life. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet we know that some people like to wipe their phones themselves so we have put together this quick guide for the three phones we receive most often:

iPhones & iPads on iOS Operating System:

  • Press the “Settings” icon on the home screen
  • Select “General”
  • Select “Reset”
  • Select “Erase All Content and Settings”

 

Androids:

  • Choose “Settings” on the home screen
  • Select “Privacy” or “Phone and Storage”
  • Select “Factory Data Reset”
  • Select “Reset Phone”

 

BlackBerrys

  • Open Device Menu
  • Click “Options”
  • Click “Security”
  • Click “Wipe Handheld” or “Security Wipe”
  • Click “Continue”
  • Type “blackberry” as prompted (the erase is now initiated so do not turn the handheld off)

 

Don’t worry, our masterful phone testers will still expertly double check your handiwork and flash every phone we receive!

This post is part of our new Wednesday series of handy tech tips. If you have any questions that you want answered please email Katherine@ExchangeMyPhone.com and she will do her best to address all of your questions on here. If you would rather get in touch with us on twitter just use the hashtag #techtip.

The new look at ExchangeMyPhone

If you have cruised by ExchangeMyPhone.com this week then you’ve already noticed the huge changes that have been taking shape.  Not only have we been sprucing up the appearances of things but we’ve also been hard at work making the site even easier to use and enhancing the capabilities of cell phone recycling.

Here’s how:

1) Easier checkout: You can now check out from any page on our site.  So, whether you are viewing our recycling credentials, or catching up with the world of reuse on our blog, you are only ever one click away from check-out, and that much closer to being paid!

2) Double The Good: We are now your one-stop-site for charitable donations. It is now possible to give the entire value of a phone exchange to any US registered charity of your choice.  That means access to more than 765,000 chances to support the causes that matter to you.

3) Sell your old iPads: We are also now accepting iPads so you can sell you old iPad or iPad2 before the iPad3 comes out and you are struck by iPad envy.

We would love to know what you think of the updates, so don’t hesitate to send your comments to hello@exchangemyphone.com.

And just incase all the change is worrying you, never fear: some things never change like our free shipping for any phone, regardless of value!

Textnology & New York Public Schools

Chances are if you aren’t a high school student in New York City, or the parent of one then the debate raging in classrooms all over Manhattan and its boroughs, probably, isn’t on your radar.  The issue: cellphones.  Along with most personal technologies, cell phones have been banned in the city’s classrooms for the past five years.  However, it has since been a relentless battle on the part of teachers and administrators to enforce the measure.

The only schools that are, in actuality, cell phone-free are those 10% armed with metal detectors which, while keeping guns and other weapons out of schools, also make it easy to eradicate cellphones.   As a result a sort of micro economy has sprung up around these schools.  Each day Pure Loyalty Electronic Storage sends vans to the front steps to act as “mobile coat checks.”  It costs a dollar a day to store your phone safely.  Though cheaper than any other city-storage that adds up to $180.00 a year that the average high school freshman doesn’t have.  A simple solution would be to leave the phone at home.  But if your child went to school in an area that the Board of Education believed required metal detectors, chances are you wouldn’t want him or her walking home without a cell phone.

Even in schools without metal detectors there are compelling arguments to do away with the ban.  In recent years forward-thinking educators have turned to a model that embraces the proliferation of the cell phone and reframes the device as an education tool rather than a menace.  One possible benefit of allowing cell phones would be to strengthen parent-teacher communication, and provide parents with a window into the school day, made possible by applications like WeText or GroupMe.

Academically, there is also room for engagement.  Wifitti places student responses within a digital display and allows for collaboration outside the classroom.  Other experimental ideas involve oral presentation preparation using Google Voice and Voki avatars and share them though podcasts on iPadio.  Group texts also ensure that kids leave the classroom with accurate homework information.

Sound great? Well, like any hot button issue, there are compelling arguments to maintain the ban.  There are philosophic aspects, including the consequences of depending even more heavily on technology, as well as socio-economic risks of further marginalizing children low income family whose monthly budget does not include smartphone bills for their fifth grader.

So, what are your two cents?