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The Top Five things People Wonder about Wireless

Do you use your phone as your alarm clock? What about to check the weather or the news? My husband relies only on his wireless device as our morning wake-up call, and more than half of today’s wireless consumers report using smartphones as a morning alarm, to check weather forecasts and stay updated on news, according to a recent survey conducted by U.S. Cellular.


Five Common Questions about Wireless Devices

Since wireless devices have become an integral part of the daily lives of consumers, there are a number of questions that people have consistently asked. Here are U.S. Cellular’s solutions to some of the most common:

What is the best way to disinfect my wireless device?

The best way to keep your device free from germs, especially if you have a touch screen, is to use a screen protector like PureTek. Then, you can disinfect the protector with a simple alcohol or disinfecting spray. Pre-soaked wipes aren’t ideal as moisture can damage the device. Spray a soft cloth with ethyl or isopropyl alcohol and be sure the cloth isn’t soaking wet. Turn off your device and wipe it down. The less moisture you expose your gear to, the better. Be extra careful around the charging port and headphone adapter.


How can I make my device charge faster?

The fastest way to charge your smartphone or tablet is to turn it off and plug it in. The screen needs the most power, and users often have apps that run continuously in the background. If you don’t want to turn off your device, switch to airplane mode, which will disconnect you from cellular data and Wi-Fi. You also can stop all apps running in the background and reduce screen brightness to conserve the battery.

Can my smartphone read texts and emails out loud to me?

Most of the latest devices have this feature internally, and you can set voice control to your preferences. If your Android device does not have this feature, download the Voice Commands app to allow access to your phone’s core features and control system. Some hands-free driving devices, like the Jabra FREEWAY Car Kit, automatically turn on when you are in the car to enable these services.

jabra freeway

How can I take a photo on a tablet without needing two hands to focus the photo and press the shutter?

Most devices have autofocus and allow users to touch anywhere on the screen to focus the shot. Apps such as Say Cheese Camera also let you use voice control to take pictures, turn on the flash and rotate the camera view. You also can purchase remotes and tripods to take your wireless device’s photography capability to the next level.

My Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with this feature factory installed. I simply say, ‘capture’, and the phone takes a picture based on my voice command.

Can my smartphone alert me to messages other than through sound or vibration?

Most smartphones have LED lights that can flash different colors for emails, text messages and phone calls. On the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, users can enable the LED light flash, which will activate the device’s camera flash to signal an alert or phone call. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has different colored LED lights depending on what type of alert you received.



Don’t forget, keep your kids accountable when using their phone by setting up a Parent/Child Agreement.

Print it, sign it, post it, and remind them! 

parent child agreement

I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade and have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.


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38 Responses to The Top Five things People Wonder about Wireless

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle April 24, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    This is a really cool article. I didn’t know I could do most of these things. Thanks!
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  2. Melissa Pezza April 24, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    My kids aren’t old enough for cell phones yet, but when they are there will definitely be rules set in place to be followed. Definitely.
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  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) April 24, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Yep, these area all questions I have had at some time or another. Especially about disinfecting the phone! All those germs that it can pick up! Yuck!

  4. Christi April 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Wow, I’ve had a cell phone for years and didn’t know about most of the things you’ve mentioned in your post. Thanks for all the great info!
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  5. Dee Mauser April 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    OMG I’m glad I read this post. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. Got it around Christmas and had no idea I could take pics just by saying “capture”. Thanks, that’s a huge help.

  6. Lisa April 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    For any device I have had – it’s always making it charge faster and last longer. Those are the first settings I try to adjust lol

  7. Debi- Travel Blogger April 24, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    I love finding new features on my phone. I need to set my phone to do the capture pictures by voice.
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  8. Anne, Mommy Has to Work April 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    I’m not sure why I dint use my phone as my alarm. I have an old clock radio I still use!
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  9. Bonnie @ wemake7 April 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    I can’t believe I didn’t know most of these. I definitely want to get a screen protector now.

  10. Jeanine April 24, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    All so great to know! I even didn’t know most of this and I’ve had a phone for years now! It’s the little things sometimes you don’t even think about!

  11. michele d April 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    I need to check this out. I’ve need of a new phone for my son. This is great info for me to share with my husband.

  12. Chelley @ AisForAdelaide April 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    My kids aren’t old enough for phones, but one of the best features I FINALLY figured out were the different color flashing lights to indicate different alerts!
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  13. lisa April 24, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    This is a really great list. I am definitely going to have to save the parent/child agreement for when my kids are old enough to have a phone.
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  14. Shauna April 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    I have the S5 and had no clue it had voice command for photos. I am totally looking into that. Thanks so much

  15. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations April 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    This is so interesting. I too have asked about these. My daughter has a Samsung right now.

  16. Shelley Zurek April 24, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    I could so use the pure-tek. My phone is a germ disaster zone.
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  17. Sarah Marturano April 24, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

    Thanks for sharing such valuable information. I will using my voice texting function a lot more now.
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  18. Lori April 24, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    quite a bit of new information here- thanks much. I love the idea of the parent/child contract too.

  19. Aimee Smith April 25, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    Oh I learned so much! That picture tip is super cool!
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  20. Myrabev April 25, 2015 at 12:56 am #

    I definitely need to switch my phones off more, I do use both of them as my alarms. Great post

  21. Mistee Dawn April 25, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    These are all questions that I have asked myself before. Thanks for providing the answers to them!

  22. Echo April 25, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Thank you so much for posting this and answering these questions. Wireless and Cellular service can be so confusing at times.
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  23. Chubskulit Rose April 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    My daughter know more abou0t my phone than me. I learned a lot of things from your article so thank you!
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  24. Chrystal @ YUM eating April 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    I haven’t seen US Cellular mentioned in over 8 years! I used to have them when I lived in OK and they were great. But, they didn’t have service up here in MI so I had to leave them behind.
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  25. Gabriel April 25, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    If you are inthe market for a new device, some support different fast charge standards that will let you get an 80% charge in as little as 15 minutes, it’s great.
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  26. Olivia Schwab April 25, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    That’s a really nice contract that US Cellular has. I didn’t know they had ones like that. Disinfecting phones are so important cause you don’t realize how many gross germs are actually on there. Great post!
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  27. Amby Felix April 25, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    This is really cool info! I’m all about user friendly info. Can be hard to stay up to date sometimes lol!
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  28. Rosey April 26, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    The light indicators are pretty cool. Then you wouldn’t have to run to your phone to see who was calling.

  29. ricci April 26, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Great post and tips!! I am always charging my phone on the go!!
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  30. Krystal April 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    That parent child agreement is a good idea. I need to work on having a better charger! My phone always dies.
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  31. Ashleigh Walls April 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    I love that feature of taking a picture without two hands. I will have to see if my phone comes with that.
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  32. Ann Bacciaglia April 26, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I am going to disinfect all the phones in the house. I will have to see if my phone will read texts to me.

  33. Roselynn April 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    Airplane mode is my friend when it comes to charging. I love charging my phone on the go as well, otherwise I would have a dead phone by the time I had hit noon time.
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  34. Lynndee April 27, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    Such informative post. I didn’t know some of those. I will turn my phone off the next time I charge it for faster charging.
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  35. Erin April 27, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    I had no idea about a few of these things! I think I need to find out how to get my phone to read emails to me, lol!
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  36. Fi Ní Neachtáin April 28, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    Thanks for sharing this article. I actually didn’t know that I could do most of these things 🙂

  37. Alena Belleque May 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    I finally got my first smartphone last fall, and I’m sure I’m hardly scratching the surface of what it can do. I love it, though! Hoping to upgrade to a Galaxy of some sort in the next year. I’m super excited that the newer big name phones have cameras that rival my DSLR!!
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