Rabu, 26 Maret 2014

Tracfone Deals and Sales for April 2014

Great Deals, Discounts and Sales for April on Tracfone Phones

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Deals and Discounts for Tracfone Phones
There are always lots of deals going on around the internet but it can be very difficult to try to keep up with them. So we have for you some of the better deals currently available on Tracfone Cell Phones.

Tracfone is a prepaid wireless cell phone provider that offers low cost phones, and prepaid cards/plans for use in America.

Tracfone recently started selling Android powered smartphones as part of their offering. You can read our reviews of these phones on our Cell Phone Reviews page.

We have collected here for you several great deals, so let's get to them!

Deals, Discounts and Sales on Tracfone Cell Phones

Here are 3 deals we have found and would recommend if you're in the market for a new cell phone:

Hey, we just finished a new post with the latest deals and discounts for May 2014! so go check it out!

1. Motorola EX431G - QWERTY Keyboard for less than $10!
The Moto EX 431G comes with a full QWERTY keypad for fast texting and typing. It also has a 2MP camera, MP3 player and all the other features Tracfone's usually have.

At just $7.99 on Amazon, this phone is a steal. It could serve as an inexpensive backup phone, or a great primary phone. So check it out, and see what you think.

2. LG Optimus Dynamic II (LG L39C) - Newest Android for $90
The LG Optimus Dynamic II is Tracfone's latest offering for Android Smartphones. The Dynamic II comes with a large, 3.8" screen, Triple Minutes for Life, and Android 4.1.

Currently on sale for $89 on Amazon, this phone is filled with great features, not to mention the potential of all the apps available through Google Play.

You can read up on the Specs and other Information for the LG L39C in our recent post.

3. ZTE Valet with 600 Minutes Bundle for $60
Buying a new phone bundled with minutes is usually a great deal, and this deal with the ZTE Valet is no exception!

The ZTE Valet comes with Android 4.1, a 3.5" screen, and Triple Minutes. It is one of 5 Android powered smartphones Tracfone recently release . You can see our full review of the ZTE Valet for all the details.

This deal for the ZTE Valet plus 600 minutes for $60 on Amazon is a great bargain because the 600 minutes would normally cost $40 - making the phone only $20!

These are some great deals, but also have two more bonus deals we want to share with you. These deals were posted on the de9w2dsl Facebook page (follow us for all the latest deals, updates and promo codes!)

Moto EX 431G with 2000 minutes for $79 on HSN
Need a ton of minutes? This is a great bargain for all the minutes, and you get the MotoGo to top it off!

ZTE Valet for $50 from BestBuy.com
If you're just looking for the ZTE Valet phone, this is about the lowest we've seen it without a minutes bundle like the one listed above.

We hope you find these deals useful, and most importantly that they help you save money!

Find a deal? Post it below or on our facebook page for others to see it!

Don't forget about our Tracfone Promo Codes page, which we keep updated for each month!

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to share with a friend to help them save money shopping for a phone!

Senin, 24 Maret 2014

How to handle Downloads on your Mac...

The Mac operating system, OSX has many great features built into it, so many that I could write a blog on it!  In today's blog, I want to focus on the Downloads folder.  Now if what I'm writing seems like a no brainer to you, congratulations, you are ahead of the game.  For many of Mac users, the Downloads folder is a scary place to visit.  A place where not just one version of a file exists, but multiple versions (I've seen Download folders with 10 copies of the same file!).  How does this happen?  Well it's actually quite easy.  Here's a great example.  You get an email from your work with an attachment, perhaps an Adobe PDF file.  You click to download it, only you don't realize where it goes, so when you come back to the email either later that day, or perhaps in a few days, you click to download the file again because you have no idea where it went, or what actually happened to it.  Sound familiar?  You are not alone!  Email is not the only culprit to a fattening Download folder.  Have you ever downloaded something from the internet?  Once or twice you say...:).  Well folks those files also contribute to an overburdened Download folder.  So how does one manage this beast?  I have some ideas you may wish to consider.

Not to be a bragger, but this is what my Download folder looks like.

There is one file in my downloads folder (it belongs to my son).  The only reason it's there is because I need to see if it's a file he needs (otherwise it's to the trash!).  Now I'm not saying your Downloads folder needs to be as empty as mine, but I recommend emptying it out, often, so it doesn't fill up. Another reason to empty the Downloads folder, is that Finder has a place for your all your files.  If you are familiar with Finder, you'll recognize that there are numerous Folders.  A folder for Documents, the aforementioned Downloads, Movies, Pictures, Music and a few others (my finder has folders for Box Sync, Copy, Dropbox, Google Drive.  These are all cloud apps that sync directly to my Mac via Finder).  If you use any of those cloud drives, your Finder may have those, or other folders.  

Now if you think about the types of files you are likely to have on your Mac, they probably fall into one of the following file types that have existing folders.  For instance if you download a document (Microsoft Word, Pdf, Pages, Excel Spreadsheet, Keynote presentation), it should come as no surprise that I would recommend to move those files to the Documents folder.  Similarly, if you download a picture or movie, those files should go into the Pictures or Movies folders.  

Quite often lately I've happened  upon clients with Download folders that have multiple versions of the same download.  As I mentioned earlier in the blog, this happens when you download the same file multiple times.  What happens is your Mac adds adds a number to each subsequent download.  So if you take my Downloads folder (above).  If I had downloaded the FinalPersonalReflection.pdf file multiple times I would have the original (as it is), then if I were to download it say 2 more times I'd have a FinalPersonalReflection 1.pdf and a FinalPersonalReflection 2.pdf.  Make sense?  So my advice to you is this.  If you think you've already downloaded a file, check your Downloads folder before you download another (unnecessary) copy of the same file.  If you have multiple versions (or copies) of the same file, delete them, no reason to carry more than one copy of the same file.  When you've deleted the duplicates, make sure you Empty your trash!  A great way to help speed up your Mac is to remove unnecessary files (like duplicates in your Downloads folder), and to Empty your trash.  

I hope this helps, and this is a lead in to my next blog, where I provide ideas on how to manage your files within their respective folders.

I hope this help you out, and until next time, best to you and your devices!

Sabtu, 15 Maret 2014

iPhone 4 and 4S coming to Tracfone BYOP? CONFIRMED

It is Possible to use the iPhone 4/4S with Tracfone - Here is How:

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Use an iPhone 4 and 4S with Tracfone service

First, here is some back story on the iPhone coming to Tracfone:

We recently (a few months back now) got a tip from a visitor that Tracfone may be accepting iPhone 4 and 4S for use with their 'Bring Your Own Phone' program which already allows users to bring CDMA smartphones to use with Tracfone service.

If you visit the following link, it appears that the iPhone 4 and 4S will work with Tracfone service:

iPhone 4/4S with Tracfone Service

We have since received significant feedback confirming that both the iPhone 4 and 4S (Verizon) will work with Tracfone's Bring Your Own Phone program. See the comments below for more information.

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So, it is possible to use an iPhone, like this CDMA iPhone 4 on Amazon with Tracfone service. Just remember that it must be a used CDMA iPhone that is setup for use on Verizon,.

Many Tracfone users are already reporting that phones like the Motorola Droid 3,  or HTC Incredible (but maybe not the Moto G (Verizon)) are working with Tracfone's BYOP program, so it is exciting that they will be expanding the phone options to Apple products.

Just remember that for now, phones need to be Used Verizon CDMA to work with Tracfone.

We have now confirmed that iPhone 4 and 4S (Verizon) will work with Tracfone. If you are wondering where to find a phone, Amazon has a number of used iPhones for under $100!

How to Add Your iPhone 4 or 4S to Tracfone BYOP

Here is a simple guide for those interested in using an iPhone 4 or 4S with Tracfone, but are unsure of which phone to get, and how to navigate the process.

1. You will need to find a used Verizon iPhone 4 or 4S. Here are some links to places where you can get a used phone:

Take a look at the options and find the best phone or price for you. The iPhone 4S is a little newer than the 4, comes with Siri and a few other upgrades, but is also a bit more expensive.

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How to Use the iPhone 4 with Tracfone
2. You should look into Verizon service in your area (before you buy the phone) and determine if it will work for you. If you already have a CDMA phone that works, you should be fine.

You can also use the MEID from the iPhone with your zip-code to check if it will work (but this isn't always possible if you're buying it online). To do this, go to Tracfone's BYOP page and enter the information.

3. Once you determine that a Verizon iPhone will work in your area (or are at least willing to give it a shot!), go to Tracfone.com and follow the instructions for activating a new phone. You can also do this over the phone by calling Customer Service. You will need to purchase a $10 network activation card.

Some people have reported a seamless transition to their new iPhone while others have faced a run around for some reason. The quirks of Tracfone's BYOP program are still being worked out, so some patience may be necessary.

To track your minutes and service days, you can download the Tracfone app, or simply visit the Tracfone website and sign into your account.

Please share below in the comments your experience with adding an iPhone to Tracfone, or your questions relating to it.

Can anyone confirm that the iPhone 4 and 4S with Tracfone have Triple Minutes? Thanks!

If you're not so interested in trying to figure out whether a phone will work with Tracfone, consider the newer LG Optimus Dynamic II, which comes with some great features, and under $100.

Also, for those who still have a regular Tracfone, check out our updated Tracfone Promo Codes for May 2014 or you might be interested in our Top Sales and Deals for May 2014 on Tracfone Devices

Thanks for visiting!

Kamis, 13 Maret 2014

Using Skype, Viber, KaKao and Factime.

Spring is almost here...and it couldn't come soon enough!  With spring comes spring break!  Perhaps you or your kids are traveling to other countries this spring (or summer) and you want to keep up with the folks back home.  You have a number of options.  First, if you are communicating to another iOS device you can simply use the Messages App or FaceTime to communicate.  If you are communicating between device platforms (iPhone to Android, or iPhone to PC), then you'll need an App like Skype, Viber or KaKao Talk.  

The Skype platform has been around the longest.  It's a great tool that allows you to communicate with others using Skype across platforms.  You can Skype with someone from a PC to a Mac, or an Android to a PC, or a Mac to an Android.  You get the picture.   It also works on the iPhone and iPad.    Skyping is free, so long as you are connected to a wireless network.  If you try and Skype from an iPhone in Mexico to an iPhone in Beijing, and neither of you are connected to wireless, your data charges from your carrier may not bankrupt you but they will be costly!  So make certain that you are connected to a wireless network, so when you Skype with someone, anyone, anywhere in the world, its FREE!  Now Skype also let's you call land lines anywhere in the world.  There are charges for that, and I recommend you visit Skype.com to make yourself aware of those charges.  

Ok, moving on.  The next App I'm going to discuss is Viber.  

Viber is a popular app with the younger crowd (teens and 20-somethings).  Viber provides basically the same service as Skype.  It's a cross-platform communication app (tool).  It let's you communicate to other Viber users for free, IF you are on connected to a wireless network.  If you are using your 3G or LTE connection, you WILL have data charges for using Viber.  Again is you are going out of the country, PLEASE make sure prior to using Viber that you have connected to a wireless network.  Otherwise your data charge(s) will be considerable, and your parents will get upset with you!    

KaKao Talk is another in a line of communication Apps, offering the similar services as Viber and Skype.  For the younger crowd it has some cool emojis that you can use.

All of these Apps are great tools to communicate across platform.  If you are communicating within Platform (Apple), I highly recommend using the Apple tools:  iMessage (Message App on your iPhone/iPad) and FaceTime.  iMessage offers end to end encryption for messaging, and FaceTime offers crystal clear video and now audio.  iMessage and FaceTime CAN be FREE (between countries), if you are in a wireless network.  They are ALWAYS free within the United States (wireless or data).  

Real life story...Last summer my daughter was in Israel.  While on a Kibbutz (and connected to their wireless network) she FaceTimed me (many times).  You know how much it cost me?  ZERO.  How awesome is that!! A video call, between countries for more than 20 minutes, for FREE!!  Because she listened to dad, turned her cellular off and connected to wi-fi...good kid!

So parents you have some good options to communicate with your kids while they are out of the country this spring break (and anytime for that matter), you just need to make them aware of shortcomings (not using wireless).  

Enjoy the warm weather, enjoy spring break, keep the kids (and yourself) on wi-fi while out of the country!

Until next time, best to you and your devices!

Rabu, 05 Maret 2014

Tracfone Promo Codes for March 2014

New Tracfone Promo Codes - March 2014

Listed below are new Tracfone codes for March for all minute cards. These codes are valid through the end of March and are provided by de9w2dsl for your convenience.

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Tracfone Promo Codes for March 2014 below!
Tracfone is a prepaid wireless cell phone provider that sells phones and minutes. When refilling your phone with a prepaid minutes card, you can use these promotional codes listed below to get 20-250 extra minutes for free.

To use these codes, simply enter them when adding your card when asked if you have any promo codes.

This list of codes are just the ones guaranteed to work for March. Be sure to view our Full Tracfone Promo Codes page where we post many more codes.

Here at de9w2dsl, we strive to make these codes easy to get, and easy to use. So we hope you find this useful! Leave a comment with any questions or thoughts.

Now, lets get tot he promo codes for March 2014!

Tracfone Promo Codes for March 2014

These codes are ordered by refill minute card, and remember that promo codes will work for a specific card, and any card of greater value. (example: a code for a 60 minute card will also work for 120, 200 etc. minute cards).

60 Minute Card - use code 84464 and get 30 bonus minutes

120 Minute Card - enter promo code 47026 for 20 bonus minutes (or use 84464 for 30 bonus minutes)

200 Minute Card - code 33081 will give you 40 bonus minutes

450 Minute Card - use 93528 for an extra 50 bonus minutes

400 Minute/1 Year Card - enter promo code 43431 or 40843 for 250 bonus minutes (may expire March 20th)

Those are the promo codes for March 2014! Hope you enjoy the free minutes!

Remember that you can also visit our main Tracfone Promo Codes page for all these codes and many more if you are looking for more options.

Thanks for visiting, you may find our recent posts on Tracfone Deals and Sales or The Best Tracfone Cell Phone interesting and useful.

Be sure to leave a comment with your questions, and what codes are working for you!

Senin, 03 Maret 2014

Great iPhone and iPad devices

Not to be outdone by our sister post, the February App of the week, here comes the February Device of the week blog post.  February's devices covered a couple of different areas.  There were two devices that helped you keep track of things, Tile and the Tagg Pet Tracker.  There was what I consider may be the Device of the year, the Lacie Fuel which provides much needed storage wirelessly to your iOS devices (and computers too!).  Then finally there was the Jawbone UP, a great tool to help you keep up with your sleeping, eating and overall health.

Now my first device, the Tile, is not out yet, however it's completely SOLD OUT it's pre-orders.  To the point where close to 50,000 Tile's have been pre-ordered to date!  Not bad.  So what is Tile?  Let's find out...

Tile is a tiny square device that attaches to stuff you don't want to loose.  Could be a piece of luggage, a child's back-pack, a set of keys.  Here's what it look like.  In the screen capture below, it's attached to a keyring.  So you can see, the device is quite small.

The Tile App lets you find your Tile(s) anywhere they may be.  You can have up to 10 Tiles on one account, and you can share access to your Tiles with friend or family members.  If triggered, an alert is sounded.  If you can hear the alert, you can find the Tile.  Another cool feature, your Tile App remembers where it last saw the Tile, which should help you find it if you can't remember where you left it...

Some other cool features:  The App lets you know when you are getting "warmer" to your Tile.  There are no batteries needed, the Tile lasts 1 year, and  you'll get a reminder when it's time to order your new Tile.  For more info, or to order your Tile device, head over to

Keeping with the previous theme of helping you find things, the next App I want to highlight is the Tagg Pet Tracker.   The Tagg system is very cool.  It lets you to track your pets location and activity from your computer and you iOS device as well.  Your can see where your dog is, and monitor it's activity levels as well.  The tracker is lightweight, and it easily attaches to your pets collar, and if your dog swims, it can even be worn while swimming...Nice!  The tracker basically turns your pets collar into a GPS device, awesome!
For additional information, or to purchase this great device for your pet, head on over to http://www.pettracker.com.

Ok, switching gears from our tracking devices, here is a device that I'm nominating for Device of the Year.  The Lacie Fuel.

Ok, so what is the LaCie Fuel?  It's a 1TB (that's 1 TerraByte, or 1000 giga bytes) of wireless storage!  Now, I know what you are thinking, it's a 1TB hard drive, right.  So what's so special about this one, there are plenty of 1TB hard drive out there, right?  Well Yes, there are plenty of 1TB hard drives available, but how many of them have wireless capability, and how many of them connect to your iOS device??  As far as I know, this is the first, and coming from LaCie, a company that makes some of the best external drives available, that makes it awesome!  You can share the Fuel with up to 5 devices, at once! It even works with the AppleTV.  How does it work?  The Fuel creates it's own wi-fi network!  Get this, you can stream HD movies to three devices at once!!  How awesome for a family vacation!  You'll also download the Seagate media app to all the devices that you wish to access the Fuel.  

This is just tremendous!  It turns your 16GB iOS device into a 1TB iOS device.  
The Fuel cost $199, consider it priceless for the extra storage it gives your iOS devices.    

Ok, wrapping up my February devices, the Jawbone Up.  

The Up is way more than a device, it's a personal health tracking system.  The Up has a companion iOS app that syncs what the Up captures, and displays for you.  So what exactly does the Up track you ask?  Many things...:).  For one, it tracks your sleep.  You set up your sleep goals, and the Up then tracks how long you slept, how long you were in light sleep, deep sleep, how long it took you to fall asleep, and even if you woke up!  How cool is that?!?

You can also set goals for your steps during the day (my goal is 10,000).  The Up tracks your steps, then you can sync the Up to your iOS device to enter your steps.  I Sync my Up periodically through the day.  Some people sync once a day, it's totally up to you!

The most challenging part of the Up system is tracking your eating.  The device won't do that for you, that is a manual process, but with the App, you can scan in your food and it captures all the information about what you just ate!  So if you are looking for a way to help yourself keep track of your health, check out the UP.  I've been using it since Valentines day, and I love it.  It's helped me monitor things I never thought of, and can help you as well!

Ok, there's your more in depth breakdown of the February Device of the week postings.  I hope you've found the breakdown helpful, and I hope you check the devices out.

Until next time, best to you and your devices!

Minggu, 02 Maret 2014

Great iOS Apps.

Well I sure am glad we are out of February, it was ridiculously cold!  Hopefully that didn't stop you from checking out the great apps I highlighted last month on The MacMentor's Weekly posting on Facebook for the App of the week.  My goal with the app of the week postings is to make you more aware of the great tools out there for your iOS devices.  Then at the start of each new month, give a more in-depth review of those apps with these blog posts.

Ok, so the 1st app highlighted this past February was a cool note taking App that is a nice companion to Evernote.  The app is SwiftKey.

SwiftKey uses what it calls predictive technology, to advance the keyboard by learning how you write to better provide autocorrect and smart next word predictors or predictions.
SwiftKey Note gives you a cool new way to capture your thoughts, in an easy to use, beautiful app.  

SwiftKey is like Artificial intelligence for your iOS device.  The more you use it, the smarter it gets.  Even better, it connects with your EverNote account to further personalize your experience by making predictions based on your EverNote archive of notes.  Below you see screen shots from the SwiftKey app.  Under the +, you see the Elephant Head icon, which is the EverNote icon.  So you can create a note using SwiftKey, and store it in Evernote.   

One of the best features of SwiftKey is that it gets smarter as you use it more, and learns to adapt with you over time.  You can track your typing stats in settings, and watch your typing and productivity get better and better!  

Ok, for the week of February 9th, I choose the new app from Facebook, Paper as that weeks App of the week.  Facebook has been one of the top 50 iOS apps since it came out some six years ago.  But honestly, the app is tired and has needed a facelift for quite some time.  Well Facebook finally gave itself that needed facelift, sort of.  The Facebook app hasn't changed, but they did create a new one, called Paper, that is fantastic, and provides a much better user experience.  

One of my favorite features in Paper is the ability to Edit Sections.  Sections provide you with the ability to view things that the original Facebook app did not offer, sort of like news sections from different Sections of life.  The different Sections offered range from Pop Life, to Flavor, to Planet, to Family Matters.  

To get to Edit Sections, from the your page, or section (which is your home page, screen capture 1 below) take your finger, and swipe down on the screen.   That takes you to the Facebook Section (2nd screen cap below).  On that page, take your finger and swipe down

 Now you are taken to a page that will look similar to the one below.  

Next, you'll click on the Edit Sections field which takes you to a screen similar to the one below.  The lower portion of that screen let's you pick what will be displayed on your "Paper".  It's a cool concept, and adds some much needed life to what was an incredibly dull, boring Facebook experience on your iOS device.  

Once you've added the sections you wish to view, you click done (upper right corner of your screen), and you are taken to what is your Paper home screen.  From there you swipe along the lower portion of your screen to view the posts of your Facebook friends.  If you wish to view a post, you tap on it.  Notice below, the post in the middle that reads "Happy Independence Day".  I tap on that, and it full screens (2nd screen cap below).

So, all in all, Paper is a very cool, much needed update to the Facebook App.  If you visit the Facebook App on a regular basis, I highly recommend downloading and using the new Paper app instead!

Next up, an App that I use regularly to keep track of my to-do's.  It's called, Wunderlist.  

Wunderlist is flat out awesome!  It not only tracks your to-do's, but lets you create numerous to-do lists.  It's super easy to use interface lets you get up and going very quickly, and it's companion apps for the Mac and PC make it that much more lovable (not to mention, Wunderlist can also be accessed via the web!).  

When you open Wunderlist on your iOS device it looks like the screen cap below.

If you want to add a list, notice in the screen cap above the "+Add a list...", simply tap that and you can create a new list.  To create a new to-do, simply tap anywhere on the right side of the screen, and it brings you to a screen that looks like the one below.

Next, type in the name of the new to-do (I've typed "Create new blog" in the field).  Next, click the Done button.  It brings you to an editable screen (like the one below).  

From there, you set your to-do's Due Date.  If you wish to be reminded by Wunderlist, you can have it Remind you.  You can add a subtask, and finally any notes you wish for the particular to-do.  I've added screen caps below to take you through the process.  

All in all, Wunderlist rocks.  Oh yeah did I mention its FREE!  That doesn't hurt either...So if you want an App that gives you a bit more than the Reminders app that comes with your iOS device, go and download Wunderlist.  It's ease of use, and cloud syncing make it an A-list App!

The last App that I highlighted in February is "Keeper Password and Data Vault".  I've had many many clients and friends say to me, "how do I keep track of my numerous passwords, it's getting overwhelming"!  I absolutely agree.  Most of you probably have anywhere from 5-20 different passwords (maybe even more) to access everything from your AppleID, to your email, to your bank account, to countless other sites you access on your iOS device as well as on your computer.  There are endless App options out there to store your passwords, I choose Keeper because it gets fantastic reviews, it's works across platforms, it's easy to use, and its free!  

For obvious reasons I'm not going to show screen caps of my Keeper.  Some important things to know are:

Keeper uses work-class encryption technology, including 256-bit AES data storage.  PBKDF2 encryption keys (what are those you ask?   It's really great encryption technology is what you need to know!).  They also use Double encrypted syncing, and what's called Two-factor authentication.  If you don't understand that, just know it's great technology to keep your passwords safe!  

So, I hope you enjoy checking out and using the Apps that I highlight each month.  If you have a suggestion for the App of the week posting, by all means, don't hesitate to share it with me.  I love finding new apps to share!  

Till next time, best to you and your devices!