Aug 03, 2022
By the end of 2022, all major wireless carriers will have turned off their 3G cellular networks, leaving some mobile users worried that they’ll be left behind. So why is 3G being phased out and what does this mean for consumers?
Technology is constantly evolving -- we only have to look as far as our cell phones to see that evolution in action -- so it's no surprise that cellular networks are changing to keep up with these advancements. Older 3G networks simply can't keep up with the way we use out phones now. By turning off those networks, cell phone companies can use that bandwidth for newer technologies, like 5G, that provide better coverage and reliability with faster speeds.
Wireless companies are investing big in building their 5G networks, and for good reason: 5G can run between 10 and 100 times faster than a typical 4G connection so you’ll see much faster downloads and streaming capacity. T-Mobile was the first wireless company in the US to launch 5G nationwide. And thanks to their merger with Sprint, they have the largest, fastest, and most reliable 5G network, according to the latest independent benchmarks.
If you're using an older 3G device, don't worry! Most providers are offering free phones to replace these older devices. However, experts suggest upgrading to a 5G phone if possible in order to take advantage of the higher quality 5G network.
You may also want to take this opportunity to reassess your phone plan, especially if you're on a limited data plan and are a big streamer. Some providers have plans with amazing built-in benefits. For example, T-Mobile subscribers get free international data roaming and can choose from a variety of plans, some of which include Netflix, in-flight Wi-Fi with streaming, and so much more!
As we shift away from 3G, be sure to research the carriers in your area and check out the new phones and plans to see what’s right for you. You might be surprised at how much has changed in the past 15 years.
Jul 27, 2022
Going back to school won’t be the same for everyone, but what doesn’t change is the importance of returning to the classroom with the right tech.
Tech Expert Andrea Smith helps you move to the head of the class with her top tech recs. From laptops and mobile devices, to learning tools for remote days, she’ll help you navigate the online and in-store tech aisle to help you find what you need to succeed.
May 02, 2022
It’s Small Business Month! A time to celebrate and inspire entrepreneurs to fuel growth with smart and efficient business tactics. Seasoned tech expert Andrea Smith has all the tools to help drive success for owners and employees all around. From the latest gadgets to level up your office space to tips on streamlining the workload, she’s here to help small businesses thrive.
Feb 28, 2022
Did you know that by 2030 the average person is expected to have more than 20 connected devices? The world is rapidly moving to an increasingly digital environment, and now more than ever, we have the power to use technology to assist us in making daily tasks easier and rethinking the way we go about our lives. But how?
From wearable devices and smart phones to office tech and even entertainment, tech expert Andrea Smith highlights the hottest trends in electronics and how you can easily integrate smart devices into your life, making your connections impactful and effortless.
Jan 07, 2022
Whether you're into the New Year resolution hype or not, the start of a new year is always a good time to instill a new habit or two that’ll lead to a healthier, more fulfilling day-to-day life. For many of us, staying on top of new habits doesn't come easy, luckily, some experts say small changes can still have a big impact. Beauty and wellness expert Grace Gold shares products and tips to help you maintain your wellness and make this resolution one that sticks!
Jan 05, 2022
Calling all tech lovers and gadget gurus! Gather 'round for an ultimate inside look at this year’s Consumer Entertainment Show, where innovation is unlocked and the most cutting-edge, breakthrough technologies are debuted.
Tech Expert, Andrea Smith is LIVE from the show floor in Las Vegas to give you a sneak peek at the tech world's most influential event. From the latest smartphones and gadgets to smart home devices and entertainment systems, Andrea gives her take on the hottest innovations you won’t want to miss.
Jan 04, 2022
CES is back and tech lovers around the nation are highly anticipating this year’s announcements. Tech Expert, Andrea Smith, gives an exclusive sneak peek at which gadgets to be on the lookout for ahead of the big debuts. From the latest gaming to smart home devices and entertainment systems, Andrea shares her top picks, discuss top trends for 2022 and where the future of tech is headed next.
Dec 09, 2021
For many, the holidays have snuck up on us once again. And others have simply hit the snooze button on their holiday shopping despite warnings of supply chain issues. Whatever your reason, the fact remains that it needs to get done, and now! Last-minute shopping doesn’t need to be stressful though. Just about everyone is a gadget lover these days, and tech expert, Andrea Smith knows the best tech gifts that are still up for grabs.
Dec 07, 2021
Just as we transition our wardrobe ahead of the winter months, our beauty and wellness routines should also get a cold-weather update. But where do we begin? Lifestyle expert, Grace Gold, has you covered from head to toe. From staying refreshed during this holiday season, to revamping your beauty routines, and even treating yourself to some retail therapy, she'll have you looking and feeling your best as the temperature dips.
Dec 06, 2021
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that can be shared. But as easy it may sound, these crowd-pleasers can be a struggle to track down.
Fashion designer, stylist, and lifestyle expert Heather Thomson highlights the only tech you need this season, fun essentials, and how to find them. Looking for an out of the ordinary gifting experience? She’ll also share splurge-worthy gifts the entire family can enjoy.
Nov 30, 2021
The holidays are quickly approaching, your gift list is growing – and so is the stress. Finding the perfect something for everyone on your list can be daunting, so before the gift giving season turns into last minute shopping madness, it’s time to call in the expert.
Fashion designer, stylist and lifestyle expert, Heather Thomson, shares her top gift ideas and shopping strategies.
Dec 02, 2021
With the holidays fast approaching, you’re likely making your way down the gift list. But when you’re searching out gift ideas for a multitude of people, including one or two that are particularly difficult to shop for, you might be feeling the pressure.
Tech expert, Andrea Smith, highlights the latest in gaming, tablet devices, and at-home tech. Whether you’re shopping for a tech lover or gadget guru, Andrea will share the gift recommendations that even the hard-to-please will love to receive.
Nov 19, 2021
Black Friday deals started earlier than ever this year and extend throughout the season. As online shopping continues to boom, so do the sales. And guess what? They don't disappoint!
Whether you’re on the hunt for budget friendly gift ideas or just want to treat yo’ self to some new gadgets, look no further. Andrea Smith knows how to save on the coolest electronics and the hottest deals of the season. From new devices and wearables, to streaming and more, Andrea’s got something for everyone on your list.
Nov 10, 2021
Finding the perfect holiday gift can be a challenge for even the savviest gift-giver. Luckily, meaningful gifts are out there – you just have to know where to look!
Tech Expert, Andrea Smith, is making holiday shopping easier this year with top tech picks that everyone in your family will love – even the furry ones. Whether you’re looking for gaming devices, mobile gadgets or the latest in home tech, Andrea's tips will help you make sure everyone in your circle receives something special this holiday season.
Nov 04, 2021
Technology is ever-changing and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest in tech trends. And when it comes to finding the perfect gadget to gift, we may be left feeling a little overwhelmed.
Luckily, Tech Expert, Andrea Smith is here to help! Get an inside tips about why it’s important to get a head start on your shopping this year and which hot gifts will be sure to spark your loved ones' creativity this season.
Oct 21, 2021
It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays! When it comes to gadgets this year, you’ll find plenty of incredible products out there for everyone on your list from teens to grandparents.
To help you get ahead of the holiday rush, Tech expert, Andrea Smith, shares an inside look at what’s hot this season. From the most coveted smart tech of the year to the gadgets you never knew you needed; she’s gotten the low down on everything you need for the holiday shopping season ahead.
Aug 20, 2021
Whether in grad school or grade school, tech continues to play an increasingly important role for how students are learning. To help us sort through the latest and greatest, here is some insight on new products and apps from Tech expert, Andrea Smith.
Jun 28, 2021
New tech innovations appear faster and faster each year - and this year is no exception. And as we enter the summer of 2021, it’s important to continue looking ahead and see how technology can help us make the most out of the warmer months. Tech Expert, Andrea Smith, shares her insights on the top trends and devices you’ll be seeing a lot of this summer.
Jun 14, 2021
E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is back for 2021 and as always, is packed with exciting announcements and reveals.
Tech Expert, Andrea Smith, shared with us the big trends in gaming and accessories, and what else we can look forward to this year.
May 03, 2021
According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. And there’s no doubt that technology has played a key role in boosting the growth of small businesses employing millions.
In celebration of Small Business Week, Tech Expert, Andrea Smith, shares her favorite tech tips and tools to help owners and employees alike.
Mar 26, 2021
Whether you’re working from home like a boss, doubling down on home healthcare, or taking your connected home to the next level, staying up to date with the ever-changing tech options can be overwhelming. To help put the fun back in functional, Tech expert, Andrea Smith, shares her top innovative, must-have tech products for optimizing life at home. Afterall, having the right tech gadgets and devices can make all the difference.
Jan 11, 2021
The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry’s annual showcase of the best technology and innovations expected in the year ahead. Giving us an inside look at the newest technology, before the show starts, is tech expert, Andrea Smith.
Dec 04, 2020
Apr 28, 2020
As we all get used to working, teaching, and living entirely at home, it’s increasingly important that we stay connected! Andrea Smith, technology contributor to ABC News, NBC News, Huffington Post and Techlicious, shares her tips and products to increase both productivity and comfort, as you work at home.