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Microsoft Patents Electric Shocks As Notification Option

A lot of the big technology corporations like Apple, Google or Microsoft have literally thousands of patents that will never see the light of day. Any great idea that they have gets a patent just in case they ever want to use it. So, in the category of weird patents that hopefully won’t become a thing, Microsoft recently submitted a patent that will allow your phone to send a small electric signal to you instead of a ringtone or vibration.

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When is it Okay to Use Your Phone?

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I think that nearly everyone is guilty of using their phone in a social situation. Maybe it was a genuine emergency or something that really required you to pull that device out of your pocket. Or maybe you were just bored and needed a distraction. A new Pew Research study shows that public opinion is starting to change on when it’s acceptable to pull out a phone, and that age is a huge factor.

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Prepaid Faceoff: Boost Mobile vs. Chit Chat Mobile

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With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide.

Today, we’ll look at Sprint-owned Boost Mobile, and MVNO Chit Chat Mobile. Both companies, obviously, use Sprint’s network and both have been around for a while.

Here’s how they compare:

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Wind Mobile Adds Data Share Option

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Canadian wireless carrier Wind Mobile recently expanded its add-ons to include a new data-share option. With this new add-on, customers can share the data from one plan with multiple devices including tablets, laptops and phones. Not to be confused with tethering, this feature allows actual sharing of the plan itself rather than simply using a hotspot.

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Amazon Offers Truly Free Apps

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When most people think about app stores, Amazon is the last on the list. Not only is it only available for Amazon and Android devices, but really the app store doesn’t have anything that Google Play doesn’t. And while the Amazon App Store requires all kinds of hoops in order to download, Google Play is automatically included on pretty much every Android device.

The only thing that really set the Amazon App Store apart was its Free App of the Day, which would offer users a paid app for free every day of the year. Sometimes they were awesome apps and sometimes they weren’t, but it was something no one else had. Well, it looks like Amazon has finally put and end to the Free App of the Day promotion and unleashed a new way for consumers to get free apps–Amazon Underground.

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Why You Shouldn’t Care About Camera Megapixels

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Whenever you see smartphone specs–even here on Prepaid Reviews–one of the things that the manufacturers always advertise is the numbers of megapixels. This phone has 5 MP but that one has 8, so clearly it’s better, right? That seems to follow basic logic, as more in the tech world is usually a better thing.

But there’s a lot more to a good camera than how many megapixels the camera has, so if you’ve been comparing those numbers stop it. Stop it right now.

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Verizon Launches BYOD Program

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One of the most expensive parts of most phone plans is the actually the phone. Whether the price of your device was bundled with your postpaid contract, set up as monthly installments, or one giant lump sum at the beginning, phones are expensive. Verizon customers in the past had little to no options with phones: it was a Verizon phone or it didn’t work. Well, it looks like Verizon is finally loosening up its requirements.

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Galaxy Note 5 Broken Pen Issue

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If you own a Galaxy Note 5 or are considering picking up this rather popular Samsung device, then you should probably be aware that users have discovered an incredibly easy way to irreparably break one of the more unique parts of the device–the S pen.

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Wednesday App Review: F-Secure App Permissions

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I am sure that everyone has, at one point or another, downloaded an app without bothering to really pay much attention to the permissions requirements listed on the download page. Just like the privacy policy or terms of service on pretty much every website in which you have an account, app permissions tend to take a backseat. We just want to download the app, okay? But, what if you miss something important?

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Page Plus Updates Plans, International Calling

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TracFone-owned Verizon MVNO Page Plus should be seeing some changes to its plans at the beginning of next month. Four of its five monthly plans will be getting additional data and one plan will also be seeing some increased minutes and texts as well. International calling options should also be tweaked starting September 1, 2015.

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Get a Free Month of Boost Mobile Service

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Sprint has been working hard to keep its prepaid customers with various promotions during the last few months or so. And it looks like its prepaid carrier Boost Mobile is running a promotion in conjunction with Best Buy which could land eligible customers with a free month of service.

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