Ringtones - Issue 6
The Year Behind, The Year Ahead
As you may already know, the month of “January” is named after the Roman god Janus, the doorway god famous for having two faces: one looking forward, the other looking back. We’ll soon be closing out the calendar year, so we thought it was as good a time as any to take a cue from Janus and reflect on what just transpired as well as talk briefly about what’s ahead.
Here at Consumer Cellular, 2009 has been truly a transformative year. A few highlights include:
What’s coming in 2010? Without revealing any competitive secrets, the next year looks even more promising. We have some fantastic plans, so keep your eyes focused on that doorway. You may be surprised. As always, if you wish to learn more about us or have questions, call 1-888-446-6133.
Star of the Month
A Consumer Cellular client since June 29, 2006, Debra Daniel is the general manager of a popular hotel in Dewey Beach, Delaware. For Debra, the hospitality business runs deep. Previously, she lived in Las Vegas where she worked at the Excalibur and opened up the Luxor and the Monte Carlo hotels. Eventually, she traded in her corporate hospitality attire for more relaxed flip-flops and shorts when she assumed her current general manager role.
Debra’s career choice might sound relaxing, but it’s far from stress-free. From
April through September she works seven days a week and is always on her cell phone.
She uses the same Motorola flip phone she received from Consumer Cellular three
years ago when she started. “When I signed up, they gave me the phone, for free,
and mailed it to me, for free. I’ve never had a problem with the phone. The battery
is still like brand new and I’m on it all the time,” said Debra.
“Meet the Family” Goes to Las Vegas
You probably talk to these folks every now and then. So we thought it might be nice to introduce them to you. With that in mind, each issue will feature a different Consumer Cellular employee.
If you stopped by our booth at the recent AARP convention in Las Vegas, you had a chance to meet several members of the Consumer Cellular family. We received a steady stream of curious and excited visitors, who were greeted not just by friendly staff members but by a giant cell phone mascot as well. Booth visitors received a “goodies” bag, tried out phones and had a chance to ask questions from our experts.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. We learned a lot at the convention, which will enable us to provide even better service. To see more photos, click here. And plan to join us next September 30-October 2 for AARP’s Orlando@50+ event
Your Question Answered
In each issue we ask our Support team to recommend—and
answer—a commonly asked question about our products or services. In this issue,
we have three short Q&As.
A: We’re glad you let us know which phone you’re using since the directions vary depending on the phone’s manufacturer. The below instructions are for the Doro only; if you’re using a Nokia or Motorola phone, please see the Support section of our web site for phone-specific instructions.
To hook up your headset and Doro phone, first start with the headset:
Now we’ll set up the Doro phone to work with your headset:
The phone sends you a confirmation tone to let you know it has been paired with the headset. You’re ready for hands free conversations!
For more quick answers to your questions, go to our Support section. Or call us at 1-888-446-6133.
What’s purple or orange, or maybe even sometimes dark blue or gray, and slides? It’s not a frequently traded second baseman. It’s the Nokia 2680, a slide and dial phone that combines convenience and simplicity with a solid set of features.
Opening the 2680 is a breeze - just slide … and dial. Answering a call is even easier - just press the green phone on the outside and talk away. Taking a picture? Slide it open and use the built-in camera. There's room for 1,000 contacts in the phonebook. And Bluetooth® technology lets you talk hands free. The phone comes with a FREE accessory combo kit. All this and for only $20*. The Nokia 2680 is a great value, simple to use, and easy to master. Slide rules!
* Phone price after instant rebate, applied at time of purchase. Requires $35.00 activation fee. Phones are limited to stock on hand and may not be available in all areas.
Click here to learn more about the Nokia 2680 or call 1-888-446-6133.
Bluetooth® technology, first developed in Scandinavia, enables electronic devices to communicate wirelessly; put another way, Bluetooth replaces cables. The word "Bluetooth" is taken from the 10th century Danish King Harald Bluetooth, who was known for uniting warring factions and, if the legend is true, for a smile the color of blueberries. One hopes he had a good dental plan.
For cell phone users, Bluetooth is becoming increasingly important because it facilitates hands-free cell phone usage. Many states currently ban driving while talking on a handheld cell phone, most notably the states of California and New York. Eighteen states ban text messaging for all drivers. Clearly, hands-free legislation is making its way across the nation
With the exception of the Motorola W259, all Consumer Cellular phones support Bluetooth technology. We also offer accessories, such as the LG Electronics HBM-760, an affordable, easy-to-use mono Bluetooth headset for hands-free communication. Even our Doro phones have Bluetooth!
To recap, Bluetooth technology is very handy and enables you to make and receive calls without doing much more than talking. It frees you from dealing with traditional headset tangled wires. And it makes conversations more audible. Best of all, Bluetooth, when applied to cell phones, can help reduce distracted driving and make our roads safer—or even just walking around the house.
Click here to see your phone accessories options or call 1-888-446-6133.
In The News
Consumer Cellular Presents at UCLA Conference on Technology and Aging
Consumer Cellular co-founder and CEO John Marick was a guest speaker at the recent
UCLA Conference on Technology and Aging. John participated in a panel discussion
about developing products designed to accommodate the special needs of the senior
community. He shared several Consumer Cellular insights, including how seniors desire
to use technology, prefer a contemporary look and style, are drawn to affordable
solutions, and expect slight modifications to accommodate their needs. He also discussed
key issues for seniors, from eye-sight and finger dexterity to hearing and adequate
support. Joining John on the panel were principals from firstSTREET for Boomers
and Beyond, an Internet marketing company specializing in products for seniors,
and MyGait, computers designed for the 55+ user.
Doro PhoneEasy 410 Earns “Very Good” Rating
CNET recently tested the Doro PhoneEasy 410 and gave it high marks, assigning it
a “very good” rating. The Doro 410 ranked higher than the Jitterbug J as one of
the best senior-friendly phones on the market. The full product review is available
The NY Times Covers the Doro Phones
In the category of the hits keep coming, “Gadgetwise,” The New York Times personal
technology column published some very nice words about the Doro phones as well in
their November 3, 2009 column.
John Marick’s Blog Published on AARP Site
Did you know John Marick is a regular contributor to the AARP Wireless Forum? His blog contains useful tips and tricks for seniors using cell phones. To see his latest comments, visit his blog.
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