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Are Your Text Messages Safe?

June 16th, 2011 Comments off
Joe Barbat Founder of Wireless Toyz

Are Your Text Messages Safe?

Text messages that are sent through popular cell phone providers such as AT & T, Verizon and Sprint are not recorded.  They are saved for at least 72 hours so that messages sent in the event of a customer being out of their service area or the phone is simply shut off.  If you happen to delete your messages they are gone forever.  However, if your text messages are saved to a memory card they may be retrieved for a fee using a specialized company.

There is a service available to parents for approximately $9.95 per month from a company called Radar.  Parents can download special software to a cell phone that enables them to view text messages via a website.  Parents may also approve lists of people that are allowed to contact their children via text message so that if anyone contacts the cell phone that isn’t on the approved list the parent is notified.

Emails that are sent to a mobile phone are treated differently than text messages.  Emails are saved by the same types of systems that computers use and are stored in databases.  This means that emails that have been deleted may be retrieved.

In 2009, it was reported by Mike Wendland of the Detroit Free Press, that iPhones were prone to being hijacked.  The virus appeared in the form of a tiny square in a text message and within minutes was able to take over the phone.  The only viable solution was to shut your phone off.  Fortunately, both Apple and Microsoft worked quickly to debug the phones and all users were instructed to sync their phones with iTunes to get the free update.

What have been your experiences with text messages and emails on your mobile phone?  Let me know by contacting me through this website.

Wireless Toyz CEO Joe Barbat Asks “Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?”

June 16th, 2011 Comments off

Joe Barbat Founder of Wireless Toyz

Does using a cell phone correlated with a higher cancer risk?

Does excessive, long-term use of cell phones cause cancer?

The World Health Organization issued a press release on May 31, 2011 indicating that the use of cell phones possibly increases the risk of certain brain cancer and tumors.  The operative word here is “possibly”.

The big worry seems to be about Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation, a form of electromagnetic radiation, being absorbed by the brain causing glioma (a malignant type of brain cancer).  To give you an idea of how RF compares to other types of radiation that you may be familiar with:  RF is low frequency radiation, whereas, X-rays are high frequency radiation.

The articles that I have been reading since this recent release from the WHO all have some very ambiguous adjectives being used in the studies.  I have not seen one article where a doctor or scientist has definitively stated that “yes, cell phones cause cancer.”  The big asterisk here is that cell phones possibly, may be, and could be carcinogenic to humans.  As with anything that “could, may, or possibly” be harmful to us we have a tendency to both take precautions and be skeptical at the same time.

Let’s take a quick look at how we behave under similar circumstances such as protecting ourselves from harmful UV sun rays.  We don’t know for sure that we’re actually going to get cancer if we spend a day at the beach.  So we take precautions such as using sunblock, wearing UV lenses in our sunglasses, and/or using an umbrella to avoid direct sun exposure.

What are some of the measures that we could take as users of a necessary technology to help reduce our exposure to possibly harmful radiation exposure?  Many of us already do this by using a speaker phone feature, a Bluetooth accessory, or by texting instead of direct calling.

The fact is it could take years before a definite conclusion can be reached on whether or not there is a direct correlation between cell phone usage and the development of cancer.

Note:  The studies the World Health Organizations reviewed were regarding cell phone users that used the technology over a 10-year period.  More research and variables will definitely be needed before a conclusion can be reached.

About Joe Barbat

Joe Barbat is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Wireless Toyz, one of the first cellular phone and wireless device retailers to bring together several different service providers under one roof.

Customers at Joe Barbat’s Wireless Toyz franchises are aided in choosing products and service plans by Wireless Toyz wireless experts. Matching customers’ lifestyles or business requirements to the best available options, wireless experts make shopping at Joe Barbat’s Wireless Toyz a convenient and enjoyable experience.

Throughout the company’s record growth, Joe Barbat has emphasized integrity and accountability in his work with Wireless Toyz. Recently, Joe Barbat reassumed leadership of Wireless Toyz after its sale to a private equity firm in 2007. Following a series of setbacks in 2008 and 2009, Joe Barbat returned to his position as CEO in order to lead the company back to national prominence.

Joe Barbat’s many honors include selection as a Crain’s Business Top 40 Under 40.   Joe Barbat has spoken about his success with Wireless Toyz at such venues as the Leaders & Innovators program at Lawrence Technological University.

CEO Joe Barbat Discusses Current Wireless Industry Trends

June 16th, 2011 Comments off

Joe Barbat Founder of Wireless ToyzSome interesting wireless industry products that are trending right now include Near Field Communications (NFC) –which is an emerging technology enabling close range device-to-device interaction.  There are two main technologies with NFC, open NFC and secure NFC.

Open NFC refers to the interaction of two NFC-enabled devices, or the use of an NFC device to read a chip embedded for example, in a card or other print medium. Secure NFC, on the other hand, is about using your mobile device as a credit card or virtual wallet to pay for things by swiping it over an NFC reader.

Currently, NFC is mentioned as one of the most exciting areas in the wireless industry in terms of revenue generation. Projections show that up to 700 million NFC-enabled mobile phones will be sold by 2013.

NFC tags, which cost only a few pennies, offer huge potential for advertisers, retailers, and others to reach, reward and stay in touch with their customers. These tags can be promoted at any location such as a coffee shop, a phone retail store, or even at a grocery store, with immediate and measurable results. The great thing about NFC tag reading is that it requires very little existing infrastructure, other than a mass market of NFC-capable devices out in the industry and recognition from marketers as to the benefit of such tags.

In addition to reading tags, with open NFC consumers can easily connect their NFC phone with another one, simply by tapping the two devices together. In this way, you can easily swap content, such as photos, or play two-player games, without the need for a time-consuming hook up through Bluetooth.

About Joe Barbat

Joe Barbat is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Wireless Toyz, one of the first cellular phone and wireless device retailers to bring together several different service providers under one roof.

Customers at Joe Barbat’s Wireless Toyz franchises are aided in choosing products and service plans by Wireless Toyz wireless experts. Matching customers’ lifestyles or business requirements to the best available options, wireless experts make shopping at Joe Barbat’s Wireless Toyz a convenient and enjoyable experience.

Throughout the company’s record growth, Joe Barbat has emphasized integrity and accountability in his work with Wireless Toyz. Recently, Joe Barbat reassumed leadership of Wireless Toyz after its sale to a private equity firm in 2007. Following a series of setbacks in 2008 and 2009, Joe Barbat returned to his position as CEO in order to lead the company back to national prominence.

Joe Barbat’s many honors include selection as a Crain’s Business Top 40 Under 40.   Joe Barbat has spoken about his success with Wireless Toyz at such venues as the Leaders & Innovators program at Lawrence Technological University.

Joe Barbat on The Benefits of Active Property Management

June 9th, 2011 Comments off

Joe Barbat Founder of Wireless ToyzCommercial property managers are constantly seeking ways to streamline their operations without having to sacrifice the quality of their services.

Active property management can provide benefits such as:

  • a stable and more satisfied tenant base
  • lower maintenance and repair costs
  • improved property values
  • improved safety for tenants
  • greater piece of mind

By being an active property manager, new and innovating opportunities can come to light.  For example, during the recent economic downturn some property managers and landlords have turned to non-direct monetary solutions to assist struggling yet responsible tenants.  By doing so, they are able to mitigate vacancy rates in their properties and sustain a strong reputation for being able to work with a tenant during tenuous times.

Another technique that forwarding thinking property managers can utilize is to work with tenants to develop standard operating procedures designed to reduce energy and maintenance costs and other areas not usually monitored.

About Joe Barbat

Joe Barbat has extensive experience in the Property Management and Investment sector.  His firm, Barbat Holdings, LLC, is a full service property management company for both commercial retail properties and office buildings with a specialization in turn-around investment properties and new developments.

Joe Barbat Hiring the Right Property Management Firm

June 9th, 2011 Comments off
Joe Barbat - CEO of Wireless Toyz

Joe Barbat on how to hire the right property management firm.

When seeking out the services of a property management firm there are several areas that should be evaluated in order to determine the right one for your business or franchisee.

Characteristics that you should look for are:

  • routine property inspections
  • strong customer service
  • strong financial reporting
  • aggressive monthly collection
  • An organized and dedicated approach to business.

Specific examples of services that should be performed on a regular basis are:

  • Execution of Lease Agreements:  preparation of lease agreements for tenants.
  • Regular Property Inspections:  ensuring that the property under management always looks its best.
  • Schedule repairs and maintenance as needed: any property related issues are should be immediately scheduled and addressed.
  • Accounting and year end reports: monthly and yearly statements are immediately available upon request.
  • Monthly financial reporting: easy to read and understand financial reporting.
  • Collections: diligently request payments to be made in a timely manner.
  • Evictions: the ability to process eviction based upon defaults in payment or failure to abide by lease terms.

Joe Barbat has extensive experience in the Property Management and Investment sector.  His firm, Barbat Holdings, LLC, is a full service property management company for both commercial retail properties and office buildings with a specialization in turn-around investment properties and new developments.