In the old days, Businesses paid a bundle for their own Private Branch Exchange for the reasons below. A funny thing happened, although none of the traditional or on Premise IP companies are laughing. In fact, several prominent ones have filed Chapter 11. Others have teamed up with third parties to offer Hybrid or Cloud services. Dr Wireless has partnered with RingCentral because they are regarded as one of the absolute best in class and only one of two Cloud solutions that can boast of HIPAA compliancy. RingCentral built their own solution from the ground up and own it 100%. This means unprecedented scalability and support with no surprises.
Once you watch the video above, you begin to understand how simple this really is. Dr Wireless can build a web based virtual cloud PBX solution for your business. Amazingly, the cost of these systems is generally far less than the Traditional and IP PBX systems our clients were previously using. Dr Wireless specializes in seamless changes with no inconvenience or loss of inbound calls. Call my office at 310-540-6480 to hear the RingCentral System in action, or make an appointment for a FREE presentation. RingCentral is the Club Med of Cloud Phone solutions since they make all of their features inclusive and don't play the ala carte game most others do. How can you not afford to do this? Each user gets a main business line with up to 12 extensions, a dedicated fax line, a dedicated personal number, and the ability to share your screen with or without video conferencing. All for under $50! Contact Dr Wireless for more information.
Before going to an Apple store, calling your carrier to complain, or pulling your hair out, try the following...
For all radio frequency related connectivity issues (cellular, GPS, BlueTooth, Wifi etc...)
Most people will turn off their device and then turn it back on. This will solve many problems but takes forever. The smarter move is to first try putting your device in airplane mode. Simply slide your finger from the bottom of the screen upwards to open the quick menu. Press Airplane mode at top left for 10 seconds. Then take it out of airplane mode. All radio settings are disconnected and forced to immediately reconnect, often solving the connectivity issue.
For the dreaded "Black Screen of Darkness"
Don't do a master reset, simply do a soft reset to restore your device back to normal. This does not erase anything and is easy to do. Press and hold the Home (SIRI) button and the Power button simultaneously. The phone should wake back up.
When your battery seems like it is dying too quickly
Try double clicking the Home (SIRI) button and then scrolling from left-to-right. This will reveal all of the windows that you left open. Simply swipe each one up to close them. Open windows use up the battery quickly. If you're not using BlueTooth, Location Services (GPS) and Wifi, temporarily disable them.
When you're in an area that has weak cellular service but has wifi
Under settings>Phone, make sure you enable Wifi calling. This is a feature T-Mobile has offered for nearly 10 years but is brand new with most other carriers. If you do not see this option, you're probably an AT&T subscriber and need to call them to enable it. This feature allows you to make calls from your IP instead of cellular carrier. Another big advantage of wifi dialing is being able to call back to the US from anywhere in the world for FREE over wifi networks. This has saved Dr WIreless subscribers tons of $ in global voice roaming costs.
How to quickly "Turbo" Charge an iPhone with low battery
If you are not expecting any calls, simply put your device in Airplane mode and charge it. If you do need to receive calls and messages, turn off BlueTooth, Wifi, GPS and Location services while charging.
Ask SIRI to do all the Math for you
The quick screen also has a calculator but who needs it when you can ask SIRI to do it for you. Try asking her to do a mathematical problem and you'll be surprised at how quick she gives you the answer.
When noticing Applications that "Disappeared".
Check to see if they were moved by accident to the Utilities or productivity folders. If not there, go to Application store and re-download them. As this is cloud stuff, nothing is lost except the icon.
Ask SIRI who won a ballgame, when your team is playing next, or to send a text or e-mail for you
SIRI is one of the most amazing features yet so few people take full advantage of "her". I strongly recommend pressing the Home (SIRI) button and then asking, "What Can I say". She will show you everything and you should get in the habit of talking to her instead of typing. It's much safer
Message Time Stamps are beside each message.
The trick is you must swipe right to left to see them. This is helpful when you need to know what time it came in.
Ask SIRI where the nearest gas station, restaurant or other land mark is.
Obviously, it is necessary to have location services on for this. SIRI will launch the MAP application if you ask her for directions. Remember, SIRI can launch applications and send sms and e-mail by voice command. To find out everything you can say to her, simply ask her, "What can I say"?
Avoid Dangerous open wifi networks
Why take chances on using wifi at Starbucks or any other "FREE" network. It's not that the establishment is doing anything malicious. It's the fact that anyone can name their network anything and get people to log on. Since all of the better wireless plans offer 10GB of mobile hotspot these days, that is a much more secure option.
Turn on Wifi Dialing
I'm not sure why T-Mobile has offered this for nearly 10 years while AT&T and Verizon just began supporting wifi dialing recently, but very quietly. This feature accomplishes two things. It allows your phone to default to your home or office internet provider to make phone calls instead of your cellular carrier. Why would you want this? First, it will allow users with little or no reception to make calls. Secondly, savvy wireless travelers know that they can make free calls from anywhere in the world back to the US when using wifi dialing.
If all of the above fails to solve the problem, you may need a one week vacation to Corky's Mexico Surf Adventure.
That works for me!
Joel "Dr Wireless" Saltzman has been activating SmartPhones for small, medium and enterprise sized businesses for over 20 years. He also activates personal accounts. As a professional independent unbiased carrier consultant, Joel can provide unvarnished advice because as he is paid by all of the carriers. It doesn't cost any more to deal with Dr Wireless, versus the retail stores or the internet. The difference is with Dr Wireless, we make sure you make all the right choices and get and maintain the best possible wireless deal and experience.
For a FREE Wireless Plan consultation, contact Dr Wireless.
Here's a remarkable deal for Android users. Get an UNLIMITED 4G LTE Plan for two and only pay $100. That's because T-Mobile is the only carrier on the planet that pays their subscribers fees and taxes. If this wasn't crazy enough, they have a Buy One, Get One FREE offer on the best androids out there, the Samsung S8 and S8+ models .
Dr Wireless can seamlessly move your numbers over to T-Mobile to take advantage of this limited time offer. For more information, contact us.
Anybody who has seen any of the recent wireless carrier ratings would have noticed an interesting development. Previously, there were two classes of wireless carriers - The first was the two 800lb gorillas (Verizon and AT&T), who T-Mobile's CEO, @johnlegere affectionately refers to as Dumb and Dumber. They both had a reputation for big coverage and big monthly bills.
The 2nd tier, the "Cheap" carriers had been battling it out for number three. They lacked the coverage and 4G LTE blazing data speeds of the big boys, but had the great pricing. Well, last year TM spent well north of $400 million in bandwidth. This year they were the biggest winner at the FCC 600mHZ Spectrum auction. Eight billion dollars later and T-Mobile blew by AT&T. They are now locked in to a tie for first place as best carrier.
I would personally give TM the nod as they do a couple of things that their subscribers really appreciate that I don't see coming from Big Red anytime soon. As an international traveler, as soon as I take my Smartphone out of airplane mode, it locks on to the local provider automatically. In over 140 countries, I get totally FREE data and texting. Granted, data speeds will be slower, but this is totally FREE. There is no need to calendar adding and removing those annoying bolt-on daily roaming packages.
Does anyone out there actually like paying taxes and fees? T-Mobile pays them for you on most of their new Unlimited ONE plans. In fact, For a limited time, I have T-Mobile's Unlimited family ONE plan for as low as $35 per user for four users, out the door. What are you waiting for? I can seamlessly move numbers over from any carrier. Ask about our additional incentive programs.
What’s New: iPad Pro 10.5" and 12.9"
This is the best and most powerful iPad ever. Combine it with T-Mobile's Unlimited 4G LTE and you get a Win/Win.
If you own an iPhone 5c, 5, 4s, 4 or earlier. Get rid of it ASAP. Apple is already beta testing iOS 11. They have already confirmed they are withdrawing support for these models as they are only 32 bit compatible. All of Apple's newer models are 64 bit. All applications that previously operated on 32 bit will no longer work with iOS 11. There will be no upgrades or further support. Obviously, the devices will still work as phones.
Now is a great time to bail out before these devices are totally worthless. Many carriers are offering Port-in promotions and Buy Out offers. Ask me for details.
You can move to another carrier anytime you want. They will all buy out your current service immediately.
In the past, there were competing wireless standards which caused the device makers to build different models for each carrier. Today, the global standard is 4G LTE and there are about 23 different frequency bands. Previously, device manufacturers would offer "North American" models, "Asian" models, "Middle Eastern" models etc. Each had specific frequencies and very often, added "bloatware" specific to the carrier. Until Apple came along, it was the carriers that told the device makers what they wanted and didn't want included. I remember Cingular Wireless having NOKIA build them an E-62 model because Nokia's E-61 model had wifi dialing, SIP calling, and text-to-voice conversion, all features that were intentionally removed at Cingular's request on the Nokia E-62, a model bastardized specifically for them.
Thanks to Apple for deciding to simplify things and build one model that will work for any carrier, anywhere. From the iPhone 6 forward, you can now move your SmartPhone from one carrier to another, without even having to reset anything or losing any of the current content. In fact, if you have a Verizon iPhone, or purchased one from Apple, they're already unlocked. If your device was purchased from an AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile store, it is locked to those carriers, until the device is fully paid off.
Remember in the old days where all of your contacts and SMS messages were stored on your SIM card? Not any more! Today, it's only carrier settings. That means changing the SIM card only changes the carrier setting information, not any of your other personally stored content on the device.
Whether you plan on moving to another carrier or not, you should immediately contact your carrier once your device is payed for. By law, they must unlock the device once it's paid for. Unlocking it will not effect the performance of the device with the current carrier. What it will do is increase the resale value by at least $50, as once it's unlocked, it can now also work on any other carriers network. Often times, when requesting an unlock, the carrier may mention off sheet retention programs thinking you are getting ready to bust a move to another carrier.
Dr Wireless specializes in seamlessly moving business and enterprise accounts from carrier-to-carrier with absolutely no downtime or inconvenience. Since we are business solution partners with all of them, it's very simple for us to orchestrate moving lines between each. For more information, please contact us.
Our friend, Chris Mills of BGR.com did a wonderful assessment of T-Mobile's newest summer deals. Here it is...
Verizon vs everyone elseThe first thing you have to understand is that there’s two separate deals going on here. The first, called GetOutOfTheRed, is for Verizon customers who have an iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or 7 Plus, Google Pixel, or Pixel XL. Anyone who is currently paying off one of those phones to Verizon in monthly installments can port their number to T-Mobile and get a prepaid Mastercard in the mail 15 days later for all the remaining payments on the phone. Long story short: switch to T-Mobile, and you’ll have your iPhone or Pixel paid off for you. Even if you hate T-Mobile’s network, you can switch back to Verizon once you receive the prepaid card, and you’ve spent one month on T-Mobile in return for a free phone.
There are still a few terms and conditions attached. You have to have had the phone for at least 60 days already, and you have to buy T-Mobile’s $15-per-month insurance initially. You can cancel the insurance plan once your prepaid card has come in the mail. You’re also not eligible if you were previously a T-Mobile customer who took advantage of a similar deal in the past to have an early termination fee paid off. Other than that, restrictions are virtually non-existent. There’s no limit to the payout, so you can port four lines with iPhone 7s you bought in February, and get every single remaining cent paid off.
Other phones and carriers
For every carrier and device that doesn’t qualify under the plan above, T-Mobile has a different deal, called Carrier Freedom. The biggest difference between the Verizon GetOutOfTheRed deal and Carrier Freedom is that Carrier Freedom requires you to buy a new phone on T-Mobile’s network with a device payment plan. You still get your old phone paid off, and you still get to keep the phone. Most of the same conditions apply — you need to have had the phone for at least 60 days, you have to port your number, and you have to activate a new T-Mobile One plan. But you also have to buy a new phone on T-Mobile’s network. The good news is that it doesn’t specify which phone.
So, you can still get your $750 iPhone 7 paid off, but you now have to buy some kind of phone on T-Mobile’s network. The most popular option seems to be the Samsung Galaxy J3, which is $150 retail or just $6 per month. If you go from paying $30 a month for an iPhone 7 to paying $6 a month for a Samsung J3 (which you can also just resell on eBay), it’s really not a bad deal.
Also just announced is a FREE iPhone SE BOGO offer. Also, anyone who wants the iPhone 7/256GB for the cost of the iPhone 7/128GB can now get this deal. TM is discounting their 256GB model and selling for the price of the 128GB model. You can never have too much memory and this also increases resale value.
Why would you want to move to T-Mobile? You don't see any more of those Verizon coverage maps comparing their service to T-Mobile's for a reason. There is no longer any difference. You don't hear about speed comparisons because in many cities, T-Mobile is the fastest. What other network offers free data and texting in over 140 countries? What other network pays all the fees and taxes on your phone Bill? When you're tired of your carriers BS and want a better experience for much less $, Dr Wireless can seamlessly move your number over. Contact us!
Starting June 2, and for a limited time, well-qualified customers who purchase a new iPhone can get an iPhone SE (16GB or 32GB) for free! Need more memory? Customers can also get $400 off after rebate on the 64GB or 128GB iPhone SE. Get a Smartpicks device for FREE? That’s a screaming good deal! Unleash the full potential of your iPhones with T-Mobile ONE and get 4 lines of UNLIMITED talk, text and 4G LTE data for only $35/line per month. Did we mention that is 2 lines for the price of 1? Also, only T-Mobile pays all fees and taxes for their users.
The iPhone SE is a remarkable device for several reasons. Aside from the smaller iPhone 5s series screen size, I personally like the feel of that device in my hand and pocket far more than the bigger, skinnier models. The SE is actually like an iPhone 5s on steroids. Think iPhone 5s, but with the superior camera, processor and guts found on the iPhone 6s/6s+ series. This model normally retails for $399.99 ($16.67 x 24 months) so it's a $400 value.
Also starting June 2, and for a limited time, new and existing customers can get an iPhone 7 256GB for the price of an iPhone 128GB with free express shipping. Contact Dr Wireless to take advantage of the above deals.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.