How to Activate your new Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless

Ok, after much anticipation, I finally received my Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S3 today.  Unfortunately I had some troubles activating the phone on Verizon's network.

I popped in the SIM card and battery and fired it up.  It jumps right into the activation screen where it sat for the next 20 minutes before displaying an error instructing me to restart and try again.  I tried again. And again.  This went on for an hour and a half.  Arggghhh!


Why buy a magicJack?

For a while there I thought I could make it with just a cell phone.  Once our baby arrived, we started considering a land line in case of emergency or as at least a backup to our cell phones in case the battery dies or its left somewhere.  We looked at a few of our alternatives and decide to try out the MagicJack USB Voip solution. 

The magicJack is a USB device that you connect a phone line into so that you can make calls using VOIP technologies.  Its a small device and setup was quite simple.  Unfortunately, the magic jack was a purchase that I should have passed on.

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Why did I buy the Black & Decker imobile electronics charger?

We just purchased a new vehicle and we started thinking about the future adventures we'd have in it.  It's a 2010 Mazda 5, and somehow having USB ports on the dash wasn't a requirement for me.  Enter the Black & Decker imobile Personal Electronics Charger.

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Why did I buy a 0.67x Macro Lens for my mobile phone?

I read about similar mobile phone Wide/Macro camera lenses on a few different tech blogs and even checked out some of the image comparison galleries.  Priced at around $10, this was an impulse buy I had to make so that I could see the results myself.

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Why did I buy the KX-TG6582?

Its been over 7 years since I've been in the market for a home phone.  I had no idea what new features and standards were available.  I was pretty happy to find a home phone solution that plays nice with my Android powered cellphone.  Behold, the Panasonic KX-TG6582.


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Kenwood KDC-X994 and how it works with Motorola Droid

This Kenwood KDC-X994 was purchased with Motorola Droid in mind.  I wanted a car stereo that would allow me to stream music from my mobile phone.  The KDC-X994 does that and more.


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1 Droid, 3 Screen Protectors, and an entire Verizon store

I recently purchased a Verizon Droid, with it I picked up the package of 3 screen protectors.  The screen itself seemed sturdy enough, but having little experience with capacitive touchscreens I decided it was best to play it safe. 

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I stood in line for my Droid

I waited last year when the G1 came out. I was anxious for Android to come out and shake things up but I didn't want to be an early adopter. I looked forward to participating in an open source mobile platform because as an applications developer and, honestly, because it wasn't an iPhone.  The promise of a better platform was what it meant to me.  A system whose excellence is agnostic of its host.

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Why did I buy this LG Envy

I'm writing this articel after-the-fact.  Truth is the LG Envy (VX9900) wasn't a horrible phone, but I think I had to long to remain satisfied.  The 'P' button broke almost immediately.  The well intentioned 'ENV' orange button in the top right could only be configured to launch one of a small handful of tasks.  Would've been nice if you could set it to launch the Verizon Song ID app, but I guess that was too much to ask.



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