The Ways to Backup iPhone to Computer

It is now more than five years since the iPhone revolutionized the mobile phone and the way in which we communicate. A lot has changed since then; however, the fundamental limitations imposed by Apple against transfer of iPhone data to computer remain. This article examines ways to backup iPhone to computer which circumvent Apple’s restrictions.

Backup iPhone contacts to PC:

With the arrival of the iCloud, it is easier than ever to transfer one’s iPhone contacts between multiple devices in storing iPhone contacts on Apple’s servers. But what if you are looking to create a safe offline backup of your contact list stored away from third-party company servers? How to backup iPhone contacts directly to your PC?

Well, the answer is not that simple at first since there are dozens, if not hundreds, of apps which promise to do some sort of iPhone contact import, export, transfer, or backup. You can use iTunes and sync iPhone contacts to your Windows Contacts. This, however, requires syncing your iPhone with iTunes. If your iTunes library was not previously synced with your iPhone, you run the risk of your iPhone music being wiped away by iTunes.

Very recently, I found several 3rd party programs which offer to manage your iPhone contacts and, among other features, can help you transfer and backup iPhone contacts to another location such as a new iPhone or directly to a folder on your PC.

Here is a quick overview of the first program in action called CopyTrans Contacts.

This program requires you to have a Windows PC, if you are using a Mac or do not wish to use a computer as an intermediary to backup your iPhone data, scroll further below. Connect your iPhone to your PC after which your contacts will show up.

You only need to select your iPhone contacts from the program window and drag/drop them to a folder on your computer. Your iPhone contacts will transfer in the form of a *.vcf files within that folder. You can later use these files and restore them to your iPhone, should you need to or even to another iPhone.

There are a number of alternative ways of transferring iPhone contacts featuring both your computer as an intermediary, or directly through your iPhone device. For instance, My Contacts Backup would send your old iPhone contacts to your email account from where you can recuperate them on your new iPhone.

If you are looking to bringing all your contacts from various online accounts such as your Facebook, LInkedIn, Email, etc, to your iPhone you can use Smartr Contacts.

Smartr contacts will upload your contact data from your various social and online accounts to their servers and display all data combined within their app designed to run on your iPhone.

Syncing contacts and other iPhone data to your Google account via Google Sync

A popular way to backup your online data, at least for those who have a Google account is via Google Sync. If you don’t have a Google account, you can easily open one. Google sync is easy to set up on your iPhone and will sync your Contacts, Email, and Calendars to your Google account.

You can sync your iPhone contacts via iTunes sync by selecting the “Google Contacts” option in “Sync Contacts with” under the “Info” tab.

For those who would like to avoid iTunes sync, the easiest way is to use Google Sync directly on their iPhone. To do so, simply set up an Exchange account by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Microsoft Exchange.

Just follow through the set-up wizard where you would have to enter your Google user name and password in addition to Google’s mobile server (m.google.com).

Syncing iPhone contacts across multiple devices using the iCloud

For those who wouldn’t mind uploading their contact info on Apple’s servers; mind you if you are a privacy freak who keeps their data strictly offline, you might not enjoy this, Apple has developed a rather handy Cloud-based platform for sharing your iPhone contacts, calendars, photos and even music across all of your iOS devices called simply the iCloud.

All iOS devices such as the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad running on iOS 5 + are automatically compatible with the iCloud. In order to enable the iCloud on your iPhone, you would first need to set up an Apple ID. An Apple ID usually requires that you provide your credit card information.

Next, enable the iCloud on your iPhone by navigating to Settings > iCloud and entering your Apple ID and password.

Finally, choose what data you would like to sync between your iPhone and your iCloud account.

These are several easy ways to backup iPhone to computer circumventing iTunes and Apple limitations, depending on whether you want to backup iPhone contacts or transfer iPhone music and aps.

Contract Vs Non-Contract Cell Phone Plans – Captivating Pros And Nasty Cons

There has been a huge debate over which type of cell phone plan is better, contract plans or non-contract plans. I will not share my opinion on which one I think is better. Today I will share with you some pros and some cons to help you make a decision on which one is better.

Contract Plans:

I used to have a contract phone when I was in high school. My mom got it for me because she wanted to keep in contact with me in case an emergency happened while I was in school.

Here are 2 Pros:

1. In my opinion, I believe that you will have better customer service. Although this is not true for every single carrier, in a lot of cases, the customer service agencies are normally nicer and more helpful. After all, you have agreed to a two year deal so it is only natural to keep you happy as a customer. They want to keep you happy so you can renew your contract with them again when it is over.

2. In addition, you also pay less for your phones. Instead of paying 500 dollars or more on a cell phone, you get to pay it at a smaller capacity every month. Not many of us have enough money to just buy a cell phone in cash and walk out, so this is a good option in my opinion.

2 Cons:

1. You are committed, on average, for two years and you will have to pay a huge price in order to leave, if you do not want to stay anymore.

2. Fees: Contract Phones are normally riddles with many fees. People who have prepaid or non-contract plans usually have fewer fees.

Non-Contract Plans

When I was in college, I wanted to have a better phone so I got a contract phone. Its abilities were amazing, and I could do virtually anything on that phone.

Here are 2 pros:

1. The savings are usually bigger. Since you are not obligated to any contracts, you have more power to pay for the things you want to pay for.

2. Flexibility:

If you need to take a break from your carrier, then you can do so easily. Unlike contract plans, you will not have to pay for any termination fees.

Here are 2 cons:

1. You are not the top priority to your carrier. While this is not true for all carriers, some carriers believe that they should put more energy towards the people committed to them. They use less energy towards the consumers that can leave them at any time.

2. In addition, the customer service tends to be a little poorer than the people who are under contract. The reason for this is because of loyalty. Businesses tend to favor consumers who want to be with them for a long period of time.

How To Reduce Your Mobile Phone Bill

Studies show that most people spend more money on their phones than they spend on food. While communication is important, there is no reason you should spend so much to the extent that you have to strain your pocket. The cool thing is that there are tricks you can use to lower the amount you spend on your phone bill:

Ways of lowering your mobile phone bill

Research: Regardless of where you are, you have different mobile phone operators. No two companies are the same. If you have just bought your phone, do your research and find a company that allows you to call across networks at a lower rate. It’s often said that you get what you pay for; therefore, be cautious that you don’t work with a company with poor service.

Use the same plan as friends and family: Most of the companies charge a lower rate for calls across the same network. Also, most companies offer discounts and free calls for calls on the same network. To save money, use the same plan like the one utilized by the people that you call regularly.

Be on the lookout for offers: Now and then a company launches offers to woo more people to the network. Even if you aren’t using the system with an offer, it’s wise that you take a look at it and find ways in which it can be of benefit to you. In most cases, the network will allow free calls or cheaper calls across networks that can see you saving a lot.

Make use of bundles: Bundles are very popular nowadays. The bundles will provide you with internet, calls, and messages at a minimal fee. Since you will be using all the services from one provider, you will end up saving a lot.

Track your calls: Most people complain that the reason they spend a lot of money on their mobile phones is that they don’t realize the amount of time they have been on the phone. To keep your call cost low, track your talk time. The cool thing is that some phones come with a feature that lets you set the maximum time you want to be on a call. If your phone doesn’t have the feature, you can always download an app to make it possible.

Watch out for toll-free calls: Did you know that toll-free calls aren’t free when you make them on a mobile phone? Since most people don’t know this, they spend a lot of time on the call which sees them spending a lot of money. To avoid this, you need to avoid making calls on a mobile phone. If you need to make the call, jot the number down and call from a landline.

Go prepaid: If you aren’t a heavy caller, go with the prepaid option. Shop around for a good plan, and you will spend very little.

Conclusion

These are some of the tricks you can use to lower the amount of money you spend on your mobile phone. Pick the best method and run with it.

Cell Phone – 6 Safety Tips Your Kids Need To Know

As of 2017, kids all over the world have cell phones. While having a cell phone is great, kids need to understand the responsibility they have in order to enjoy all the benefits that cell phones have to offer. Today I will share with you 6 tips that I believe every child with a phone should follow in order to enjoy the benefits of their phones to the fullest.

Do not talk to strangers

When you have a cell phone, in most cases, random people call you. You will have to sit down with your kids and tell them not to talk to strangers. Make your kids aware that annoying marketers may call them and try to get them to buy things that they might not need.

Talk to your kids about cyber-bullying

When kids have cell phones, they are likely to come across cyber bullying. As a parent, I believe that you should have a conversation with your kids and let them know how much you love them and how much they are appreciated, so they will not be hurt if someone attacks them by way of text messages or internet surfing.

Set boundaries

I believe that you should talk to your child and let them know that they can not research or partake in any type of activity once they get a phone. Kids are more advanced than adults when it comes to technology, in my opinion, so make sure to inform your kids on what to research and what not to research on the internet. In addition, make sure you know every single contact your child has, on his or her phone, on a weekly basis.

Knowing who your child is having conversations with on their cell phones can be the difference on whether or not your child goes down the right or wrong path in life.

In addition, some social media sites like for users to “check in” and display their locations. Inform your child to not check in and keep their locations private.

See it as an opportunity to establish some responsibility

Your child may not be of age to work but you can still make them pay for their cell phone bills. The payment can be in the form of good grades or cleaning their rooms and doing chores around the house. This can establish some character and some discipline in your child.

Understand how to use 911

Your child must know how to reach for help in the event they are not able to reach you. They must understand how the authorities work and how to call them on speed-dial.

Understand how radiation works

You must talk to your child about radiation and the harmful effects it can have. Tell them to limit the lengths of conversations they have their phones in order to keep them safe.

Before you use these tips, do some research

Lastly, I believe that you should do some research to find the best plans for your child. Luckily for you, there are experts who offer free information in the form of free reports to help those who are looking for the best deals.

Would You Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

Apple is ready to launch its highly anticipated iPhone 8.

The phone reportedly will have all types of new features and a new design. It will take the device to a new level in look and performance.

The price could also take an iPhone user to a new level. Apple’s 10th anniversary phone could cost you a grand or more.

Some reports indicate the phone will cost $999 with 64GB rising to $1,099 with 256 GB and topping out at $1,199 for a high powered 512 GB device.

Even at its lowest level the phone represents a whopping 40% to 50% increase over the $649 for a base model iPhone 7.

Paying a premium though for an iPhone is not new for many Apple fans. For example, those who purchased an iPhone 7 plus with all the bells and whistles may have already crossed the four figure threshold.

Apple is not alone in the new pricing stratosphere. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also scheduled for release in the next few weeks. Online chatter hints the Note 8 will also approach or exceed four figures.

Why the higher prices? Competition among the major cell phone players is heating up.

Consumers are demanding more features and the manufacturers are willing to oblige them, all at a price.

Such innovations as an edge-to-edge OLED display, water resistance, iris scanning and dual cameras are becoming commonplace. While adding to the enjoyment and performance of the phone, they are also more costly to build.

While the hype for the new phones is creating a huge amount of interest, a recent article in USA Today indicates the price for a premium cell phone has actually remained flat or gone down, not up.

The newspaper quotes a report from researcher Gartner. It reports in the first quarter of 2017, average prices in the premium segment (the highest-end smartphones) were $460, compared to $482 during the same period a year earlier.

The findings in that report are perhaps hidden by how companies now charge for phones, thus now creating a little sticker shock. In the past, wireless carriers would let you pay up front for a phone that was subsidized at a somewhat reduced price. The price was typically tied to a two-year contractual obligation. Some items would have $649 retail price but be listed for $199.

Monthly installment programs also help defer the price of a new high-end device. Some will offer discounts if you trade-in a recent model.

Cell phone companies want to get the phone in your hands realizing you will need to rely on them for cellular service.

Even at higher prices, many analysts expect the iPhone 8 to be in hot demand. Such likely additions as facial unlocking and wireless charging will be welcome by Apple users.

The phone will also run iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and will emphasize augmented reality.

At the same conference Apple is expected to introduce a new 7s and 7s Plus. These phones may lack all the options of the “8” but will surely be priced less than the 10th anniversary model.

Those who want a new phone but can live without the features of the iPhone 8 should have a cheaper alternative with the 7s line.

Why Is My Cell Phone Battery Always Low?

It’s happening again; your cell phone battery indicator is in the yellow, and will soon be flashing red from a low or dying battery. This is an all-too-common scenario for cell phone owners with problematic phone batteries. If this sounds like your phone, it is time to get to the bottom of your reoccurring cell phone battery problems.

There are several obvious reasons why a mobile device battery dies, including failure to charge your phone until it is fully charged, or using up all its battery juice in a 4-hour phone conversation or online video-streaming binge. There are various other reasons why a phone can begin to experience obnoxious battery issues and complications on a regular basis. Continue reading to learn more about phone batteries and the best method for getting rid of a problematic mobile device.

Dead Batteries

Chances are your cell phone battery is made of lithium-ion like most standard mobile phone batteries. These tend to have an average lifespan of two to three years and typically maintain a charge for two to three days at a time. If your cell phone is losing its charge too fast, or not charging up all the way, there could be several reasons why.

Here are some common sources of dead or dying mobile device:

  • Bluetooth App Remains On At All Times
  • Multiple Applications Running At Once
  • Vibration Settings Rather Than Sound for Alerts and Ringtones
  • Overextended Roaming From Traveling or Locating Signals
  • Over-Charging a Phone
  • Extinguishing All Battery Before Recharging It
  • Screen Brightness Set Too High
  • Extensive Internet Browsing or Email Activity
  • Overexposure to Heat, Cold, or Moisture
  • And More!

Most often, low power is the reoccurring complaint from cell phone owners with battery issues. Just remember that running several applications all at once (Bluetooth, internet browsing, video streaming, text messaging, etc.) uses up a phone’s charge very quickly. If you want your phone battery to last longer, set down your device and allow it to rest a little bit in between uses, or simply cut back on overusing.

You can also try to clean up your phone’s storage by eliminating apps you no longer use or need. Furthermore, do not let your phone lose all its power before recharging it, and do not keep your charger connected for more than it needs. If you believe there is a malfunction with your battery, or it may be broken, it is time to look for a new phone.
What To Do With Your Broken Phone
Fortunately, your old mobile device doesn’t have to go completely to waste because you can recycle it for cash on the spot. Use the profit from your broken cell to buy a brand new one. Then use your newfound phone charging knowledge to protect your battery for years to come!

7 Places to Sell Your Used iPhone for the Highest Payout

Where can you sell your smartphone for the highest payout? According to statistics, around 90% of US citizens own a cell phone. Aside from this, the average lifespan of a smartphone is around one year and a half. After the passage of this time period, most people sell their old phone and buy a new one. If you have been looking to sell your iPhone or any other phone for maximum payout, read on.

1. Gadget Gobbler

Gadget Gobbler offers cash for more than a thousand types of small gadgets including smartphones, tablets, game consoles, Media players and cameras, just to name a few. The company also offers different fundraising options via the collection of different electronics. You can get your payment from the company within three business days in the form of PayPal transfer or bank check.

2. Gazelle

This website is popular for its advertisement on TV and Internet. The company offers free shipping, and you will get prepaid envelopes. If all goes well, you will get paid the same day. The payment options offered by the company include PayPal, Bank check, Amazon gift card and many others.

3. uSell

uSell is a marketplace where you can get in touch with a lot of potential buyers. What you need to do is set a price that may work for you. And then you have to wait the company to send you a prepaid envelope. The payment will be made through PayPal or cash. And you will get the payment within 5 business days.

4. eBay Instant Sale

eBay is another big name if you want to sell your phone. Its functionality is similar to that of Gazelle, but the service is complex with 4 quality levels for your phone.

5. Amazon Electronics Trade-In

On the list of big online stores, Amazon has the first position. Amazon is popular for its trade-in programs and gift cards. Like eBay, the store offers free shipping. However, the packaging cost will be on you.

6. Craigslist

Craigslist is one of the best choices if you don’t want to pay any fee. The interface of the site is classic, but it is one of the best places for selling your phone through. However, with CL, you will have to meet the potential buyers in person. We suggest that you be careful and choose a busy place to get in touch with the purchaser. All you have to do is set the price and then wait for the buyer to contact you.

7. Local electronic stores

If you don’t want to sell online, you can go ahead and look for a local store. The majority of electronics retailers offer buyback programs for used electronics. The payment will be made in cash or through store credit. If you are looking for a convenient way of selling your phone, we suggest that you opt for a local store.

So, if you have been looking to sell your phone for maximum payout, we suggest that you check out the 7 places described above.

Cell Phone Company Secrets – Here Are Three Reasons Why Your Cell Phone Bill Is High

Back in the 20th century when the first signs of technology started becoming visible, most people predicted that the costs of using cell phones were going to go down but the mesmerizing fact is that they have not gone down, they actually shot up.

Now, I understand why this can be a cause for concern because there is nothing as annoying as not being able to communicate with your loved ones because you can not handle the bill at the end of the month. But sometimes, before we blame the providers for everything, there are many explanations as to why cell phone bills are skyrocketing and here are some of those reasons.

1. Smuggling of fees

Forgive my choice of words above but that’s what I believe a lot of carriers are doing. A lot of mobile carriers are either increasing their fees in fractions of percentages to the ignorance of the consumers. Over time, this is leading to an increase of fees in general. Some of the costs that were recently introduced and some of the costs that are being added to your bill every month are extra fees, such as early termination fee and contract extension fee.

2. Increase in taxes

In many countries, it is not a secret that the government taxes cell phone companies who then go on to charge these same taxes to the consumer. What this means is that if the government increases the taxes, everything will go up with your cell phone bill and you have to pay for it. Frustrating, isn’t it?

3. Limited Data

Back in the good old days, a lot of mobile carriers used to offer unlimited data plans as part of their packages but that was before they realized the simple fact that a lot of people, especially cell phone users, can really consume a lot of data. The solution? They started capping their data, which means you will have to pay every time your data runs out. I would recommend that you talk with you current provider and ask them how much data you have. I would also recommend that you negotiate whether they have a deal to fit your lifestyle better.

There are more reasons why cell phone bills are high but if you are in search of the top
3 reasons, they are above. You should talk to cell phone experts to see how to erase extra costs on your bill. Fortunately for you, there are experts who offer quality information on how to erase unwanted fees from a bill.

Selling an Old Phone Fairly

When you get an advanced handset, then you may want to sell the old one that you may have. There is always a need to make sure that you dispose your used phone in a very responsible manner to avoid the various issues that are connected with badly disposed electronics in the environment. If you do decide to sell your old phone, then you may very well find a willing buyer especially if the phone is one of the most superior and current ones that someone may have been unable to buy while new.

When a phone is in good condition, getting a willing buyer isn’t hard at all. Selling second hand phones is a common trade and it has been done for a long time. Do not delay selling a phone that you are ready to let go off because you may not get as much as you had desired or as much as it is worth.

Selling online

There are many market places that have been set up over the internet where you can place a phone for sale. One of the things you will notice is the fact that old models usually lose their value quite fast once there is a new entrant in the market. The phone you have could lose up to 5 percent of its worth soon after a new model is introduced. This is something that you should always remember. This means that you shouldn’t take too long to sell a used phone if you want to get the best price for it.

There are places where you can sell the phone directly. Online classifieds are a good way to go as you will be able to control a great part of the whole affair, including the price. You may have to deal with scams and spam, but there are many people who may be willing to buy your phone especially if it is a renowned brand.

There are also mobile marketplaces where you can list a phone that you want to sell. You need to have verification photos. Usually, terms and conditions are set by such platforms.

Credit

There are retailers who can give you gift certificates in place of a payment. It is necessary to go through a process of appraisal and then you can get an offer in credit form towards a brand new phone or any other items that they do sell. There are also websites that offer some trade in programs. The credit varies with the condition and age of the phone that you have at hand. Place and timing are also critical aspects that will determine how much you will get.

Sell to companies

There are quite a number of companies available online which are ready to pay for old phones if you don’t want to go through other methods. There is some information that you may be required to part with before you can get a quote. Such sites scrutinize the information submitted and then offer a quote.

Different Types of Phone Repairs

Everyone has a special attachment to their phone. This has become one of the main modes of communication that most people use and when such a phone breaks down, rectification is a must. Most people prefer to have a phone repaired rather than disposing it and getting a new one. One of the main reasons for this is due to the media stored within the gadgets that are of great importance to us.

Where to repair a phone?

You need to be very smart about phone repair and you need to make your decision as carefully as you possibly can. You need to pay attention to the parts quality. The workmanship is equally as important and you will need to check how long the warranty is. These factors help you determine whether a company is serious or not.

There are lots of stores all over offering phone repair services. Such companies need to have technicians who are certified and trained in the area of phone repair. One of the main issues that the repair companies need to deal with is cracked screens. This happens to all types of phones and the best thing is the fact that these issues can be handled with the right expertise.

Screen repair

The screen is an important part of a phone. When it’s cracked, you may want to have it repaired so as to improve its cosmetic appearance. It may be even embarrassing to take out a cracked gadget out in the public.

Sometimes the damage is very intense and it may interfere with the functioning of the phone. The screen may not sense touch or sometimes writing can be affected. However, with the right kind of expertise, you should be able to get your phone in good shape and functioning well.

The duration of repair differs from one phone to the next. It may take a few hours or even days depending on the intensity of the damage. Sometimes we want phone repairs so as to get our contacts, out texts, and pictures and all sorts of valuable data that we store faithfully in our phone.

Usually, mobile phone repair companies can also be able to handle other device that may have issues like tablets, game systems and laptops. Devices that have issues with cameras, buttons, batteries, charge parts and even HDMI ports can also be handled.

Water damage

Water damage is yet another critical issue that many people face. Water damage is a problem that is quite tricky. Sadly, phone that has been damaged by water can be repaired, but issues may still come up because of issues dealt to the motherboard.

When the damage is too intense, the only thing that can be done is to get the phone up and running for as long as possible to transfer data.

When choosing the ideal company to handle your phone repair, you need to make sure it is versatile. The best companies are able to handle a wide range of issues related to your phone and they should be able to deliver in a timely manner.