Smartphone Apps of the Month- April

This April marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, so we’re honoring the annual event, and our great planet, with our recommended apps of the month. This month’s apps help smartphone users find local recycling centers for all types of household items and make it easy to explore our beautiful world from the palm of your hand.

iRecycle: Available on Android and iPhone

irecycleNote: You may remember I recommended the iRecycle app last year. Since then, the app has added new features, and because I find it so helpful (especially for spring cleaning!), Im recommending it again. Happy Earth Day!

Have you ever thrown something away because you weren’t sure if it was recyclable? I know I have. It’s typically easy to recycle soup cans, cardboard and plastic water bottles because many cities and counties around the country collect these items. But what do you do with batteries, paint cans, motor oil or items which are too big for the recycling bin? Are they recyclable? And if so, where can you take them? Thankfully, there’s the iRecycle app which can help answer these and other recycling-related questions.

iRecycle makes it easy to find local recycling centers for almost anything. Clean, simple and easy to use, the app provides access to more than a million ways to recycle over 350 materials—everything from aerosol cans to zinc-carbon batteries. Searching is quick and easy and can be done two different ways.

Browse the recycling directory’s 12 color-coded categories or use the search tool to find your item to be recycled. iRecycle uses GPS to direct you to the nearest facility that accepts the material you’re looking to unload based on your location. (Please note: this will use data from your cell phone plan, so we recommend turning GPS off once you’re finished searching.) The app also lists the facility’s contact information, hours of operation and any other materials they accept.

If you find a facility you want to share with a friend or relative, you can now text or email the facility’s information to them or simply post it on Facebook or Twitter right from the app. You can also find news and articles about recycling in the News & Lifestyle section.

Whether you need to do some serious spring cleaning or just want to help do your part for Earth Day, I recommend downloading the iRecycle app.

Google Earth: Available on Android and iPhone

google earthEarth Day is a time to celebrate and help preserve our world by collecting garbage, planting trees, cleaning up coral reefs and much more. But if you’re not able to participate due to work, weather or other reasons, another great way to honor Mother Earth is to become more familiar with our planet. With the Google Earth app, you can tour the rolling green hills of Ireland, explore the polar ice caps or navigate the streets of Rome with a simple swipe of your finger.

Google Earth uses satellite imagery to fly you around the planet, helping users explore everywhere from your hometown to Honduras to Ho Chi Minh City. The intuitive, easy-to-use app lets you quickly search for cities, popular landmarks and businesses with simple strokes, similar to those used on Google Maps and other map apps. With stunning graphics and the ability to zoom to street level view or browse layers including roads, borders, photos and more, you’ll have fun being a virtual tourist.

One of my favorite features is Tour Guide, which helps you find new places to explore. Simply swipe the tab at the bottom of the screen to bring up a selection of photos linked to the area you’re viewing. Click on one of the images and you’ll be taken to the point of interest and offered Wikipedia information on the people, culture and history. Plus, you can view full-screen, user-submitted images of the area.

If you want to take a trip around the globe without leaving your house, I recommend downloading Google Earth and letting the app be your travel guide.

46 Thoughts on "Smartphone Apps of the Month- April"

  1. Geraldine says

    Just got off the phone with a CC operator. I was having trouble with my Blu 4.0 Advance phone not being able to send pictures to friends. She went over the settings with me (she was very patient) and we discovered that I had left a “/” from the setting. It should have 2 (//) after the https. I was beginning to think that I would have to send my phone back or change carriers. I am pleased with CC and did not want to do that. Thanks CC. Now all I have to do is learn how to use my phone. 😉

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That is great to hear, Geraldine. We are so glad that we could help you, and we hope you enjoy getting to know your phone. If you ever need a question answered, we’re happy to assist at 888-345-5509. Thanks again for sharing with us!

  2. Tina says

    Just wanted to let CC know that I love not having to sign a 2 yr.contract because when you’re in a contract and do not receive good service you’re stuck! Thanks! Consumer Cellular.

  3. Larry Dexter says

    which carrier does Consumer Celluar utilize for Michigan coverage? We are currently with Sprint & thinking about other options. Can we continue to use our 3G Sprint phones & keep our current phone numbers?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for commenting, Larry. We offer service on two of the largest wireless networks in the U.S., and if you give us a call at 888-345-5509, we can look at the coverage in your area. You can absolutely keep your phone number, and most unlocked, GSM phones work well with our SIM card. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the porting process or your phones. Thank you again for reaching out to us.

      • JIM DAVIDSON says


        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Thanks for the question, Jim. Consumer Cellular plans don’t require contracts, and our customers are billed monthly for their usage. This is often known as billing in arrears. With our flexible plans, customers can choose a plan that meets their needs for that month, and change it as often as they like. That way our customers only pay for what they need. We would be happy to talk about our plans and billing options with you over the phone. We’re available at 888-345-5509, and we can even get you signed up for service. Thank you again for taking the time to comment!

  4. Robert Wade says

    Thanks For All You Do. You All Are Wonderful. Robert

    • Stephen B. Scott says

      I need a new phone …mine crapped out

      • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

        We can help you with that, Stephen. We can talk about the best option for you if you give us a call at 888-345-5509. Another option is for you to take a look at our Phones page on our website here. This page will allow you to view all the phones we offer, and even compare them to each other. You can also visit one of our Sears or Target retail locations and view and purchase our phones there. Whichever option you prefer, we can get a new phone on the way to you immediately. Thank you for commenting, and we look forward to helping you find the best phone for your needs.

  5. Mary J. Perry says

    do u offer data for ipad

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for commenting, Mary. At this time, we don’t offer plans for iPad users, but if that should change in the future, we will be sure to let our customers know via our website and social media channels. Thanks again for reaching out to us with your question!

  6. mabel says

    I am an Android user and would like to know if you have new phones coming out in the near future.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Mabel. Our phone lineup is always changing, and we are continually working to provide a variety of phones to meet the needs of our customers. We will announce any new phone options on our blog, our website and on our social media channels. If you have any questions about which phones we are currently offering, we would be happy to assist you at 888-345-5509. Thank you!

  7. Nick Pyne says

    We recently switched over from another company which had horrible customer service. Dealing with the CC customer service rep was a pleasure, they helped us very patiently moving our service over, I am a very happy and satisfied CC customer!

  8. Tommy says

    Is there a MyCC app for iPads? If so, how do I get it?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question, Tommy. We don’t have an app for iPads at this time, but you can download the My CC app to your phone from the App Store or Google Play store, depending on whether you have an iPhone or an Android smartphone. If you ever have questions about your usage, you can dial 611 from your phone (which won’t use minutes from your plan) and we’ll be happy to assist you. Thanks again!

  9. H.Sonny Thorne says

    I would like to know how some agency in New Jersey got me cell phone number to keep calling me about selling my house, I never gave out my number to only my family here in New York,
    Question: can or should I change my number?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question! If you would like to change your phone number, we can certainly help you with that. We can also help you block phone numbers so that you won’t receive calls from that agency again. Just call us at 888-345-5509, and we will get that taken care of. Thank you again for taking time to comment.

  10. Todd Blatnik says

    Hello. I have had cell phones since analog days. CC is the best hands down customer service out there. Keep up the awesome job!!!!

  11. Carolyn Frick says

    How do I transfer pictures from my phone to my computer?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Carolyn. The easiest option is to use the data cable that came with your phone (generally used with your charger). Use the cord to connect your phone to your computer, and the computer should prompt you copy any files from your phone to the computer. We can walk you through it step-by-step over the phone if that would be easier for you. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to help.

  12. william langford says

    can u trade in your old phone for a new iPhone 6 ?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question, William. We don’t currently have a trade-in program, but we do offer an affordable payment plan for our iPhones. With EasyPay, you can get the iPhone 6 for only $50 to start and $25 monthly payments. If you are interested, please give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we can get that started for you! We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us today!

  13. Janet Wels says

    I just upgraded my Samsung phone with one purchased at Sears – Motorola Moto G EXT. Thanks to the ease of online registering and removal of old phone, I am almost ready to go again. Samsung operated on large SIM card (which is where I stored my contacts), however Motorola EXT has mini SIM creating a slight problem. Thanks to customer service rep who walked me through a few steps to try and retrieve those contacts – I, being 65, appreciate the time and effort she took to assist me in language I understood, and if it doesn’t work – I can call them back. I’ve had CC for over 4 years now and family and I LOVE it! Bar the few ‘dead zones and spots’ we run into, I have no complaints that haven’t been resolved. Many thanks CC, you are appreciated!!

  14. Michael Frazier says

    I started not to enter this since it calls for a reply to Janet, not to a new question, but now I notice that what I need to ask is actually quite connected with Janet Wels situation. We just activated our two CC phones, each Motorola Moto G EXT (from Target but we bought the accessory kits at Sears), yesterday. The activation process did have a happy ending.

    NOW, the question is this: should I go buy and put in a larger memory card BEFORE getting much further, such as installing whatever apps from Google Play that may seem worth the cost? Before activating, I noticed that some of my local retailers were offering the maximum 32 GB micro SIMM for me to put into the phone for $22.99 to $23.99. I did notice that there is a detailed instruction about how to install the memory SIMM. I just don’t want to see “out of memory” messages someday later.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question, Michael. The great thing about using a micro-SD card is that you have options. You can add the micro-SD card at any time to your phone to expand the memory that can be used for pictures, videos and more. That way you will save the internal memory on the phone for apps and other programs. If you have any questions about installing the SD card in your Moto G EXT, please give us a call at 888-345-5509. We will be happy to walk you through it! Thank you again for commenting, and have a great day!

      • Michael Frazier says

        Well, we now have a micro SD card in each of our phones. I followed the procedures described in one of the CC support videos! I learned that storage of video recordings seems to be the main reason that such storage would ever be wanted. When I got to Costco, the volatile price for 32 gB micro-SD cards had gone down to $20.99 for a slower speed memory and to $34.99 for better performing faster access time. I also learned later that the phone has about 5gB memory to start with; the micro-SD is only an option. That clarified my concern that the content of an existing, smaller capacity, micro-SD might get messed up during the replacement. It wasn’t a replacement at all; it was just installation of an option. Oh well, at least I will have the ability to store video galore and to move some large files away from the internal memory into the micro-SD card. Finally, by the way, I tried to get the five-year-old micro-SD card out of the prior Straight Talk phone thinking I could just reuse that admittedly small capacity card to save some money but it was going to take much more than fingernails to get the card moving out of the phone. I am done with this; I have merely reported my experience since this may come up for others.

        • Robert says

          If you couldn’t remove the microSD card from a phone, it might be that you only tried pulling on it, but some phones use the latching feature of the micro-SD card shape. Try pushing it farther in. If it moves in, but with some spring pressure pushing back, push it all the way in and then let go. It should unlatch and come right out. Putting one back in uses the same motion. Push it all the way in against the spring and it should latch in place. It is a lot like a retracting ball-point pen. Push to get it in. Push again to get it out. I hope that this is the solution to your problem.

  15. ralph whitney says

    i have had nothing but bad luck in dealing with consumer cellular
    in the short time i have been a member with them. they are most
    always have lines backed up, a waiting period or say call us back
    later, which is the same old story. i would never reccomend them to anyone i know, sorry!!!

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry to hear you have had a negative experience with our service, Ralph. We appreciate the feedback, and I’ve forwarded your comments on to our customer service team. We would like to see if we can resolve the issues you have been having with our service if you would give us a call. We can be reached at 888-345-5509. Thank you again for reaching out to us.


    My time zone is Eastern Daylight Savings Time and I will be picking up a friend at an airport and desperately need this phone and your company to live up to their word….not just lip service.
    PS….I found my older phone, and would rather use it …..but now I have spent extra dollars on the new phone, new headset etc and am thoroughly disgusted

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry for the frustration, Richard. We are available for support starting at 4am PST. Your Doro 618 does come equipped with a 2 way speakerphone option. You can activate it on a call by pressing the right soft key under the speaker “on” function on your screen. If you would like to use your phone while “hands-free” in the car, you would need a set of headphones with a speaker option, or a headset. We do offer a Bluetooth headset that works well with this phone, and we can get one ordered for you. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will get that taken care of. Thank you for commenting, and we appreciate the feedback.

  17. Bonnie Day says

    Consumer Cellular is by far the BEST cellular service I have ever had. The price is unbelievable and the customer service has been outstanding!! They curteously and promptly addressed any issue I had in the beginning. For whatever reason certain phones would not work in my area but they promptly replaced them with the Huawei’s and they work perfect! I will never have any other service and I recommend this to all my family and friends.

  18. Sylvia Helling says

    Hi, mydaughter gave me her older iPhone it has a at/t SIM card which is smaller than the one I have with Consumer Cellular do you have a SIM card that will fit this iPhone . I w ant to stay with Consumer Cellular I hate to see this IPhone not being used its a good phone.My phone is old and just barely works I bought it and the plan with consumer Cellular about four years ago .I really like the plan and prices you have keep up the good work. Thanks !,

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re glad you are enjoying our service, Sylvia. It sounds like your daughter’s iPhone would be a good fit with our service, you would just need a Nano SIM card option. You can find one at your local Target or Sears store, or you can order one online or by calling us at 888-345-5509. We’ll get that on the way to you, and best of all, it’s free! Thank you again for commenting!

  19. Vikki R says

    Just upgraded my old CC phone to your Moto G Ext at our local Target store. I was elated to see that the update performed when purchased took me to Lollipop Android…Love Consumer Cellular.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s great, Vikki! We’re so glad you are enjoying your new Moto G EXT, and that the Lollipop update went smoothly for you. Thank you for the update!

  20. Michael Bryson says

    Just wanted to say Thank You for all you do. Great people for help or questions at any time. I am always telling people to call you and sign up.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for those kind words, Michael. We really appreciate hearing them!

  21. angelo says

    Hi there i would like to know how does the unlock process work i have been a customer for about a month and would like to have my iphone 6 unlocked to be able to know that its unlocked. thank you for your time

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Angelo! We can unlock your phone once you have had our service for 30 days, and as long as the phone has been paid for in full. Then, just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will walk you through the unlock process. That’s it! We hope you have a great day, and thank you again for taking the time to comment!

  22. Anita says

    It is now November 2015. I’m going to start using CC in January 2016. Does CC support the I-pad yet?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Anita. At this point in time, we don’t have a plan specifically designed for tablet use. We’re happy to discuss your plan options with you at 888-345-5509 if you like. We appreciate you taking the time to post today, and we’re excited to see you as a customer in the new year!