Smartphone Apps of the Month- June 2015

I can always use a good vacation, especially this time of year. It’s when I get to spend the most quality time with my family or visit my closest friends. Like anything, it takes some patience to plan my trips, so I can pack in the most fun. I used to depend on travel agents for everything, but now I rely on just a couple apps on my phone. I must tell you about two fabulous ones I’ve discovered.

Duolingo – Available for iPhone and Android

DuolingoBefore I leave the U.S., I give Duolingo for Android and iPhone a workout. It’s by far the easiest new way I know to learn a new language. I find it very encouraging, too. It prepares me as no other travel app can. Bite-sized, step-by-step interactive lessons teach me to read, write, listen and speak my new languages. It’s actually really fun, too.

Duolingo lessons always begin with the basics. Then, you’re quizzed before you progress to the next topic or level. Before you know it, you’ll be listening to, reading and speaking Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish or perfecting your English.

You get rewarded with points and can also compete with friends and see their results on the leaderboard. Use it for a few minutes or a few hours, whichever works best. Duolingo’s gaining quite a fan list, too. I heard that it’s also being used in thousands of classrooms now.

You know the best thing about Duolingo though? It keeps me entertained when I’m stuck in line at the grocery store! Gratzi, Duolingo!!

Postagram – Available for iPhone and Android

PostagramBefore my trips are even over, I use a fun, convenient app called Postagram. It’s a radically better option to buying, writing and mailing postcards. What a pain it was to remember to buy stamps and find a post office when traveling. Well, no more of that. Postagram prints my own images on thick postcards at a sharp resolution, then instantly mails them — all from the app!

Rather than searching for the best postcard on your trip, with Postagram I get to send a custom one of my own. Just open the app, choose a picture, write a custom message and it sends the postcard anywhere in the U.S. for only $0.99. I like being able to snap a shot within the app. Or, I can choose a photo from my phone’s gallery or straight from Facebook. Beat that!

And, no more wasted time handwriting each and every postcard either with Postagram. That’s valuable time away from all the attractions at your destination!

I’ve sent a few Postagrams to myself as keepsakes, too, and don’t worry the images are definitely high quality. Best of all, they’re guaranteed to be delivered or they will send another one for free. Bon voyage, old-school postcards!

48 Thoughts on "Smartphone Apps of the Month- June 2015"

  1. ali abdi says

    I need activation my phone
    Thank you again

    reply to ali

  2. Dick says

    when will we see lolypop on our moto G/

    reply to Dick

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the comment, Dick. At this time, the Lollipop update is only being made available to the Moto G EXT customers. If the update is made available to the Moto G, you’ll receive a notice on your device. We’ll also be sure to let our customers know via our blog and other social media sites. If you have any questions about updates for your phone, just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to help! Once again, we appreciate you taking the time to comment.

      reply to Ashley

      • John says

        What. About the Huawei ascend mate 2 and Lollipop

        reply to John

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Thank you for asking, John. At this time, we don’t have the update available for the Mate 2. The updates are provided by the manufacturers, so we don’t always have insight into the timing and availability. We’ll be sure to alert our customers when it is available. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us!

          reply to Ashley

  3. Mrs. D. says

    Can I buy a case for my Moto G EXT from Consumer Cellular?
    Hard to find one in the store and I don’t like using the internet
    to buy anything with a charge card.

    reply to Mrs.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Mrs. D. We can help you with that over the phone if you’d like, just give us a call at 888-345-5509. We’ll help you select a case and get it on the way to you!

      reply to Ashley

      • Neill Bultman says

        do you have a variety of cases for the MOTO E LTE?

        reply to Neill

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Thank you for asking, Neill. We do offer a flex gel case for the Moto E, and we would be happy to get one on the way to you. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we’ll get that taken care of. We appreciate you taking the time to comment!

          reply to Ashley

  4. EddieP says

    I am looking at Consumer cellular. Is it true that you charge data when I download an app? If I download say, 3 apps, how much data would you asses my account?

    reply to EddieP

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Eddie. It is true that downloading an app may use data if you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi at the time of download. Since the amount of data used depends on the app and how big it is, it is difficult to say how much data would be needed. A good average would be 4.0MB of data per app downloaded. Our lowest data plan starts at just $2.50 per month, and includes 300 text messages and 30MB of data. If you would like more information about our text and data plans, you can check out our Plans page here. We can also answer any questions you may have at 888-345-5509. Thank you again for taking the time to comment, and we hope to see you as a customer soon!

      reply to Ashley

  5. Barbara Hogan says

    Good to find a place where I can ask a question.
    I’ve looked everywhere to set up my voice mail on an iPhone 6+ using my CC number. How do I go about it? I see no FAQs on CC website to explain things like this. Where should I go for help?

    reply to Barbara

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re happy to help you, Barbara. You can setup your Voicemail by dialing “1” on your phone, then following the prompts from there. We have a great video that will walk you through the process, located here. For any support questions or frequently asked questions, you can go to our Support page at ConsumerCellular.com/Support/Knowledgebase. You can search questions by topic, or take a look at your individual phone. We’re also available for support over the phone at 888-345-5509. Whichever option works best for you, our support team is ready to help! Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us!

      reply to Ashley

  6. Michael Frazier says

    Hello Pat and Consumer Cellular, I installed Postagram, sent (for 99 cents) one postcard photo of my favorite cat, and paid $49.99 via credit card to get 280 credits equal to 56 postcards.

    reply to Michael

  7. Eva Honeycutt says

    For 2 days I have been trying to pay my bill on my cellphone. It kept saying that the website is down. I had to go on my kindle to pay my bill. I thought you should know. THANK YOU. 🙂

    reply to Eva

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Eva. We’re glad you were able to pay your bill, and thank you once again!

      reply to Ashley

  8. Betty Watkins says

    I sent an email yesterday regarding a sim card for my apple iPhone, but never got a reply back, my question was, how do I get a sim card that will fit in a Apple IPhone?

    reply to Betty

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Betty. I see that Matthew, our customer service representative, was able to respond to you, and that your SIM card will be arriving shortly. With our All-In-One SIM card, you don’t need to worry about ordering the wrong card. It comes with all three sizes, so you’ll be sure to have the right one on hand. If we can help you with anything else, please give us a call at 888-345-5509. We’re sure you’ll be enjoying your iPhone in no time!

      reply to Ashley

  9. Frank says

    I have had 2 of your phones andboth have had very short battery life.
    The Doro 262 if fully charged is dead and inoperable 5 hours later without any use. The battery has been charged 4 times for 8-10 hours each time. Can anything be done as I like the phone and can’t be limited by the length of the extension cord.

    reply to Frank

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We appreciate you taking the time to comment, Frank. I see that you were able to find a phone that is a better fit for you, and that our customer service representative Valree was able to get a new SIM card on the way to you. If there is anything else we can help you with today, please just let us know at 888-345-5509. You’ve provided valuable feedback, and we appreciate you taking the time to do so!

      reply to Ashley

  10. sclark says

    Do you get a discount on smart phone purchase w/AARP?

    reply to sclark

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking! AARP members get special discounts on their monthly service and usage charges, five percent every month. They also get a 30% discount on accessories, but do not receive discounts on phones. You can learn more about the special discounts for AARP members on our website here. Thank you again for taking the time to post!

      reply to Ashley

  11. scott says

    hello, do you know how id turn iphone 5s into hot spot?

    thanks!

    reply to scott

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Good question, Scott! You can indeed use your iPhone 5s as a hotspot, we just need you to give us a call at 888-345-5509, so we can activate that feature on our end. We do caution customers about using the hotspot feature, as it can result in unexpected high data usage. It’s always best to use another Wi-Fi source if possible. We look forward to helping you with this, and thank you for commenting!

      reply to Ashley

  12. Norma Davis says

    I keep getting UL has stopped working. What is it and how can I fix it.

    With multiple phones on my package I would still like more data. I have one user I have to shut off because he uses almost all 4 gigs. The only other option is to cancel his phone and let him get his own package or buy another plan somewhere else.

    reply to Norma

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Norma. To start, go ahead and turn your phone off, then turn it back on. Sometimes, that can help it reset apps and make a better connection to the towers. If the issue persists, we’re happy to troubleshoot it with you.

      As for your plan, we appreciate the feedback. It can be difficult to manage multiple users, but we recommend setting data limits on each individual phone. That way, the user knows when they’ve hit the limit allotted to them. It looks as if all the users on your plan are using Android devices, so each of you would need to go to Settings, then Data Usage. From there, select the additional menu options (usually in the top-right corner), then select Data Limits. Once the limit is set, data will be turned off automatically once the user reaches that limit. We’re happy to work with you if you run into any issues, just give us a call at 888-345-5509. Thank you for giving us feedback, and we appreciate having you as a customer.

      reply to Ashley

  13. Carol says

    How do I sent a video ,I tried to text it but it said message size limit is reached you cant send video! I still have alot of texts left. Why is it not being sent??

    reply to Carol

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Carol. It sounds like the video file may be too big. This can happen if it is too long, or if it was filmed with a higher resolution. Email works best for longer, higher-quality videos. Try filming a shorter video and seeing if that can be sent via text message. If the issue persists, we’re happy to troubleshoot it with you. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we’ll have you sharing videos in no time! Thank you again for taking the time to comment today.

      reply to Ashley

  14. FayW.C.Moon says

    when I pick up phone, there is no one on line. After about 4 sec.
    there is a beep beep sound & still no-one answers. Do I HAVE to
    press Green to be able to hear whoever is calling?

    reply to FayW.C.Moon

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Fay. I took a look at your account, and I see that you are using the Consumer Cellular Envoy. You do need to press the green button to answer the call. Once you press that button, you will be able to hear the caller on the other end of the line. If that doesn’t solve the issue, please give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we’ll be happy to troubleshoot it further. Thank you again for reaching out to us!

      reply to Ashley

  15. doug says

    this is the worst company there is. Can’t reach customer service, can’t leave call back number, too long on hold,just terrible service,

    reply to doug

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry to hear that you’ve had a negative experience, Doug. We sincerely apologize for any frustration. I was able to take a look at your account, and I see that our customer service team member Sarah was able to assist you with your SIM card issue. We’re glad to see that you were able to activate your old phone, and that this issue has been resolved. Again, we apologize for the frustration, and we appreciate that you brought this to our attention. If there is anything else we can assist you with today, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

      reply to Ashley

  16. Ruth Alberson says

    can i use a larger gig memory card in my Huawei phone.

    reply to Ruth

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Good question, Ruth! I see that you are using the Huawei 8652, which will support an SD card up to 32GB. We appreciate you taking the time to comment today!

      reply to Ashley

  17. Roger says

    The Moto G (1 Gen) Update to Lollipop appears to have been released. When will it be available to CC customers?

    reply to Roger

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Roger. Updates for the Moto G come directly from the manufacturer, so unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when they will become available. The best way to see if your phone has a software update ready is to go to Settings, then to “About Phone”. From here, select Software Update. If any updates are available, you will see them here. We’re happy to walk you through the process over the phone if you like. Just call us at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to assist you. We appreciate you taking the time to comment, and we hope you have a great day!

      reply to Ashley

  18. don rover says

    hi to all is great lil cell extra easy to set up……we just got the dora red type supposed to be 250 min we paid for however due to their prorate plan we did pay for 250 plan but got only 233 min..and still were charged for the full month ..now is that good business …I am sure lots of new costomers have had the same thing dealt to them so you now know wha to expect …..its great for my budget & see I hardly use 100 min a month so this cell just right for my use………anyway life goes on…

    reply to don

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for commenting, Don. I was able to take a look at your account, and confirm that you will only be billed for the pro-rated minutes, which means that you won’t be charged full price for your plan. We’re glad to hear the Consumer Cellular will be a good fit for your use. We appreciate you taking the time to comment, and we look forward to serving you for years to come!

      reply to Ashley

  19. Melody Guess says

    i paid up my bill i need my phone reactivated please.

    reply to Melody

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for commenting, Melody. I was able to pull up your account, and I see that Jason, our customer support team member, was able to assist you and resolve this issue. We’re glad to hear that your phone is working, so please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with at this time. We’re ready to help you at 888-345-5509. Thank you for taking the time to comment today, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  20. Tonya says

    Just connected my daughter to a data plan, already used a lot of data,she says she is using our WiFi but data has added up what might be the reason for using so much data?

    reply to Tonya

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Tonya. If your daughter is connected to Wi-Fi and is still using data unintentionally, it may be due to app updates running in the background. I was able to take a look at your account, and I see that your daughter is using an iPhone. You can disable background data by going opening the Settings app, then going to General, then Background App Refresh. From here, you can disable all, or just disable certain apps.

      You can also remove push notifications, which use data to alert you to status updates or new emails. For these, open the Settings app, then select Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then Fetch New Data, and ensure that Push is in the off position. By doing this, you can greatly reduce the amount of data used from your plan. If we can assist you further, or if we can help walk you through these steps, just give us a call at 888-345-5509. We’re happy to help you! Thank you for taking the time to comment today!

      reply to Ashley

  21. John Sherrill says

    When can we expect to receive 4G service on our Apple 5s phones?

    reply to John

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, John. Your iPhone 5s is capable of using LTE speeds when they are available. I was able to take a look at your account, and I see that you are located in a 4G area, so you should be able to get 4G speeds when available. There has been some maintenance in your area, so please power your phone off, then back on again. This will allow you to connect with the nearest tower with the strongest signal. If you continue to have issues with your service, please give us a call at 888-345-5509. We’ll be happy to troubleshoot it further. Thank you for taking the time to comment today. We appreciate it!

      reply to Ashley

  22. Luba Hermanns says

    Is there an app available for my 12 yr grandson’s phone that I have on my account for blocking undesirable websites?

    reply to Luba

    • Dominic at Consumer Cellular says

      Good question, Luba! I’d recommend searching within the App store for a parental control app. You should be able to find several free options and determine which one best meets your needs. Thanks for asking!

      reply to Dominic

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