I like to access my music all the time but there’s one problem. At over 178GB of music, I don’t have enough room on my smartphone. So I want a quick and easy solution to listening. I’m on Google’s Music Beta, waiting for iTunes iCloud, and played with the initial Spotify accounts that were available this week. Google is still forming, iCloud is still coming, and Spotify is cool, but to stream you gotta pay monthly.
While I wait for these various cloud servers to pan out, I’ve found two immediate solutions to my need for tunes: Amazon Cloud Player and Subsonic Music Server. Both services will stream to Android phones. iPhone and Windows Phone 7 offers several Subsonic apps but nothing for Amazon Cloud Player.
Here’s my quick take on both services:
Amazon Cloud Player – Amazon announced unlimited cloud space for free this week. Buy one Mp3 album from Amazon and you can upload your entire music collection to the cloud. The process is easy, but a bit slow when you’re trying to upload over 178GB of music. Visit the mp3 store at Amazon to learn more about their cloud player and to download an uploader for your music as well as an Android app (or Palm or Blackberry app). The cloud player has organizer songs by artist, album, genre, song as well as playlists. You can access your tunes from any computer, some smartphones and hopefully soon the Roku.
Subsonic is a music serve your install on your computer. Unlike some music and/or video servers, Subsonic is not hard to install and instantly indexes your music. I loaded and within 30 minutes was streaming music to my Roku as well as my phone. Subsonic does require a small online donation if you plan to keep using it over time, but otherwise, there is no charge. Then you can access the music on your computer from other computers, devices like the Roku, and your smartphone. Android, iPhone and WIndows 7 have Subsonic applications that you can easily install. There is a minor technical aspect of inserting your computer’s IP address, but the Subsonic directions will walk your through it. For now, Subsonic is the easiest and fastest way to start streaming your music to your phone.
- Doug Floyd
So Big Red has confirmed that it is indeed going to tiered data plans. Some FAQ below for those with questions.
I’m a new customer. Is the $29.99/mo unlimited? - $30 gives you a monthly allowance of 2GB/mo. For 90% of customers, it is more than sufficient for uploading pictures, browsing the web, checking in on Facebook, downloading and using apps, and everything in between.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review by Engadget.
The commercial is old but the Stanley Cup Finals just ended so it seems fitting. Not to mention hilarious.
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Cellular Sales’ South Texas market to open ten new stores by the end of 2011. Its Regional Directors Ty Rankin and Bay Willingham expand the Cellular Sales philosophy across Texas.
“Cellular Sales is expanding in South Texas because of our ultimate goal to achieve the best wireless customer experience in the industry,” said Ty Rankin, Regional Director of Cellular Sales. “This excellent experience is the product of intense sales representative training and a special emphasis on making and keeping our customers happy.” Within the next four months five of the ten stores will be opening. “As a company, we have grown by about 30 percent every year. Our expansion in South Texas is not a one-time event. We have every intention to continue this pattern in South Texas and in all of our markets,” said Cellular Sales Regional Director Bay Willingham. Bay continued, “We love our customers. One of Cellular Sales’ philosophies is to turn our customers into dedicated fans who don’t want to do business anywhere else. We promise to carry that philosophy into all of our new South Texas locations.”
Cellular Sales’ New Locations:
935 10th Street, Floresville, Texas 78114
Open Date: May 14, 2011
3304 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78328
Open Date: June 20, 2011
1712 S. Colorado, Lockhart, Texas 78644
Open Date: June 24, 2011
Harker Heights, Texas
701 Indian Trail, Harker Heights, Texas 76548
Open Date: August 31, 2011
2140 W. Oaklawn, Pleasanton, TX 78064
Open Date: September 9, 2011
Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless premium retailer, opens five new stores in the past two weeks giving Cellular Sales over 400 retail locations.
Chris Keen, a Regional Director for Cellular Sales, says that, “Cellular Sales has grown rapidly because our sales consultants know the products and service plans backwards and forwards. Our main focus is providing excellent customer service to each and every customer who walks in our doors.” Cellular Sales’ innovative approach to customer service is at the core of its approach to retailing. Dane Scism, founder and CEO of Cellular Sales says that, “We strive to treat every one of our customers as if they are our only customer, and we always place a great emphasis on quality customer communication.”
This growth hasn’t gone unnoticed. Cellular Sales has been named one of the nation’s fastest growing retail companies byInc. Magazine for the past three years in a row due its astounding growth. Brian Snyder, Regional Director of the South Georgia Market said,”Cellular Sales’ growth and success is no mistake. With our commitment to our customers and our approach to retailing we will continue to see more amazing growth for years to come.” The most recent expansion has seen new stores opening in Havre de Grace, Md., Grovetown, Ga., Hope Mills, N.C., Lapalco, La. and White Settlement, Texas and relocation in Clinton, Tenn. ”Every store opening brings me excitement because I know that we will bring new customers the best of the wireless retail industry.”
J.D. Power and Associates rank Verizon Wireless highest in satisfaction for small to medium sized business customers. The ranking comes from their 2011 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study. The categories ranked included performance, reliability, sales representatives/account executives, billings, offerings, and promotions. Verizon’s cutting edge 4G network and the nation’s most reliable 3G network played a part in J.D. Power and Associates’ results. Not to mention the amazing lineup of smartphones, to include Android and Blackberry, tablets, Hotspots and USB modems.
Since April 1st Cellular Sales , a preium retailer of Verizon Wireless, has opened eight new stores across the nation.
These stores are located in Tampa, Fla., Margate, Fla., Parkville, Md., Chattanooga, Tenn., Concord, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., Mandeville, La. and Marrero, La. This adds on to Cellular Sales’ total of over 400 stores. Brian Snyder, Regional Director of South Georgia, said, “Cellular Sales is such an amazing company to be a part of. Growth like this, especially in retail, is almost unheard of.”
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Verizon is reaching out to its customers to help them contact loved ones in Japan that have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Verizon is making calls to Japan free to a majority of its customers through April 10th.
All of Verizon Wireless’ post-paid (contract) and prepaid customers will be able to make free calls to Japan from March 11th through the 10th of April. This also includes free text and multi-media messages for the same period of time.
Customers can also make a $10 donation to help support the relief efforts by simply sending a text message. Customers may choose from nine organizations and donate $10 by texting a designated word to that organizations five digit short code:
- ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944
- American Red Cross Relief: text REDCROSS to 90999
- Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555
- GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555
- International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888
- Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383
- Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888
- Save the Children Federation, Inc.: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222
- World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555
- World Vision, Inc.: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222
A customer visited our location in Hiltone Head, SC. They experienced the Cellular Sales customer expereince as brought to then by Ronald Futch. Ronald did such a great job they did a review on MeasuredUp.com. Brian Snyder, Regional Director, stated, “Ronald is a great part of Cellular Sales, and the personal experience is core to our service.”
I had received professional, one-on-one service from a consultant who actually cared about my needs and wants and seemed very knowledgeable about all of their products and services. Ronald said that Cellular Sales of Knoxville takes pride in having that more intimate, personal relationship with its clients.
Read the full review here.
Today when Google and Verizon announced the new Motorola Droid X, they whipped out an interesting statistics (without citing a source):
29% of homes have no landlines at all. They are mobile only.
With even faster Internet connections coming down the pike from all the wireless carriers, the question of whether we need wires in our homes at all is becoming legitimate (for telecommunications, at least — electricity will still need wires for years[?] to come). Will wireless bandwidth ever outpace most consumers’ needs for wired Internet/television? It’s sure looking like it will. Yes, I’m predicting that some day that WIRELESS companies will also bundle home Internet and even television services. They already do to some extent, with broadband Internet modems and Mobile TV.
So enjoy your tiny little wireless bill now, while it only has 4 phones and a wireless modem on it.
-Jay Witherspoon, Director of Advertising, Cellular Sales
Mobile runs over landlines By Larisa Brass Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We may be eating out less, cutting up the credit cards and skipping this year’s spring shopping spree, but one thing we can’t seem to live without is our cell phone. A report last year by the National Center for Health Statistics indicated that in the deepening recession, consumers are tending toward cutting landlines rather than part with wireless service. And carriers continue to beef up their networks, paving the way for new broadband technologies and data services that customers continue to demand.
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Verizon Wireless completed its purchase of Alltel on January 9, 2009. Verizon will upgrade the Alltel network and integrate it into Verizon Wireless’ nationwide voice and advanced broadband network to bring Alltel customers the best wireless experience available and to offer them the full suite of Verizon Wireless services.
The merger makes Verizon the largest wireless carrier in the US, with more than 83 million customers. AT&T, which had held that title, had 74.9 million wireless customers as of September 30. Jose Ordonez, Regional Director for Cellular Sales, said, “This merger is exciting news and we welcome all of the Alltel customers to the Verizon family.”