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Joe Barbat Review of Lumia 900

May 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Nokia Lumia 900 SmartphoneNokia recently released its new Lumia 900 smartphone to the market on April 8 through AT&T for $99.00 with a two year contract.  Jason Gilbert of the Huffington Post describes Nokia’s latest phone, “With an eye-catching display, attractive design and perhaps the most intuitive interface available for a smartphone with the Windows Phone OS, the Lumia 900 is a new top-tier option on AT&T, joining the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II as the best phones available on that carrier.”

Nokia Lumia 900 Core Specs

  •  1.4 GHz processor, 4G LTE, Bing, Internet Explorer 9, HTML5, Wi-Fi.
  • 4.3″ AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen, one-piece polycarbonate body, excellent antenna performance.
  • Carl Zeiss optics, 8 MP main camera, dual LED flash, Auto Focus, 1 MP front camera, video calling.
  • All day battery life, up to 7 hours talk time.
  • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, Chat, SMS.
  • 16GB internal; no MicroSD card slot.
  • 1.4 GHz single-core cpu.
  • 5.64 oz total weight.

Thank you to Nokia for these specs!

Important Specs For Web Browsing

  • DOM Level 3
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • DOM Level 1 and 2
  • SVG
  • Internet Explorer 9 Mobile
  • Hardware Graphics Acceleration


All reports indicate that the phone has an excellent screen for viewing, a powerful processor, and is very affordable for the smartphone community.


Quite a few of the online reviews of the new Nokia Lumia 900 claim that the phone is cumbersome because of its size, that the casing for the phone can at times make handling it difficult and causes it to be slippery, and the camera is mediocre.

About Joe Barbat

Joe Barbat founded Wireless Toyz and the company began franchising in 2001, following the success of the company’s first store. By the end of 2004, Joe Barbat had helped to establish 62 Wireless Toyz locations. Today, Wireless Toyz has 72 locations across the country. Joe Barbat attributes Wireless Toyz’s success to its innovative business model, which allows customers to compare several service plans and products side-by-side.

IOC Launches Online Olympic Athletes Hub

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently launched what it calls an Olympic Athletes Hub where fans of the Olympics can connect with their favorite athletes from the past and present.

With less than 100 days until the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, fans are stirring with excitement of the build up to what many believe will be one of the more impressive opening ceremonies.

The Olympic Athletes Hub offers a searchable directory of both past and present Olympians that includes posts from their Facebook and Twitter accounts, photos, videos, training tips, and much more.  So far, over 1,000 Olympians have joined the site and are contributing content with the number increasing daily.

When the Olympic Games begin this summer, visitors to the site will have the ability to conduct live-chat sessions with the athletes living in the Olympic Village.

TechCrunch is offering to give away 2 Samsung Galaxy Tabs as a thank you to the IOC for creating the site.  If you would like to enter the contest visit their site for instructions.  Ways of entering the contest include Liking TechCrunch on Facebook or re-tweeting their posting on their website.

Wireless Solutions Enhance Business Bottom Line

January 27th, 2012 Comments off

Wireless Toyz, a premier multi-carrier national wireless retailer, offers small business owners a variety of services and support in honor of National Small Business Week (April 21 – 25), recognizing the more than 25 million small business owners in the United States.

With a possible recession on the horizon, many small businesses are seeking ways to increase profitability and cut costs.  Wireless Toyz is extending the nationally recognized Small Business Week to a month-long event packed with special promotions and other offerings to help small business owners save money, time and increase productivity in their businesses.

“As small business owners ourselves, Wireless Toyz understands what challenges a slow economy can bring to operating a business,” said John Corcoran, a franchisee and wireless expert. “During this tough economic time, we can offer small businesses wireless advice, tools, products and plans to run their operations more efficiently and productively –ultimately saving time and money.”

Mr. Corcoran recently saved a Tampa-area business $16,000 annually on their 14-line cell phone plan. Wireless Toyz’ wireless experts regularly work with businesses to save them money.  Another expert recently saved a Sacramento-area company $3,360 annually on their multi-line cell phone plan.

Here are three ways small businesses can save now on wireless costs:

  • Provide employees their own company phones

This might be counter-intuitive to most business owners, but according to a survey by In-Stat, the time an employee spends on paperwork and related tasks surrounding cell phone reimbursement exceeds the cost a business might pay on personal calls made on a company-provided phone.

  • Analyze company’s current phone plan

Wireless Toyz has been helping small businesses navigate the complex world of wireless – from monthly minutes to data packages. The retailers work with a local businesses to evaluate their monthly bill and was help save them money. Wireless Toyz has an in-store bill analysis tool that allows them to evaluate monthly cell phone bills (regardless of carrier plan or service provider) and provide personalized tips on ways to save money.

  • Consider going to an unlimited wireless plan

 As people do more with their phones (e.g. emails, text messages, web access, and music / game downloading, etc.), the monthly costs can quickly get out of control. This may also be of interest in light of the new “unlimited” calling and data plans being offered by Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and other wireless service providers.

In addition, throughout the month of May, participating Wireless Toyz retailers will offer special discounts and incentives to local small businesses.

  • Make an appointment for your business with a Wireless Toyz expert and receive a free Bluetooth® headset
  • Wireless Toyz’ certified wireless experts will analyze your business’ current wireless plan and develop a customized solution to save your company money on its monthly phone bills and discuss your ongoing account management
  • If your small business activates five wireless lines or more, you’ll receive a free PDA handset.

To find a local Wireless Toyz retailer, visit, or request that you be contacted by a Wireless Toyz Expert to schedule an appointment at your business’ location to discuss your wireless options.

About Joe Barbat

Wireless Toyz Founder and Chairman Joe Barbat pioneered the retailing concept of offering wireless communications from multiple carriers in a single store.  He is responsible for building the organization from a stand-alone kiosk at age 18 into a multi-million dollar company with 200 retail locations in 24 states.

Barbat’s success has led to his recognition as an Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Central Great Lakes Award Recipient, one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2005 “40 Under 40” and the Chaldean Detroit Times Man of the Year in 2005. His business acumen has also earned Wireless Toyz repeated recognition in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held U.S. companies, Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” and “Fastest Growing Franchises,” and acknowledgement by Crain’s Detroit Business’ as one of Michigan’s “Private 200” and “Fastest Growing Companies.”

Wireless Toyz Customer Expectations

August 8th, 2011 Comments off

Wireless ToyzWhen Joe Barbat founded Wireless Toyz, his mission was simple: to establish an outlet where customers could gain access to mobile phones from all major providers, along with an assortment of popular accessories and service plans. The realization of Joe Barbat’s goal means walking into a cozy location with a slew of options, so many that some customers might feel overwhelmed. Let us take you inside a typical Wireless Toyz location for an overview of the excellent service and wide variety of hardware that Joe Barbat and his employees provide in 15 states.

All for One and One for All

These days, who has the time to visit the separate locations of major cell phone carriers such as Verizon and AT&T? Every Wireless Toyz store presents a union of carriers: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. All are represented in the form of the latest mobile hardware such asJoe Barbat Recommends the BlackBerry Tour the popular Motorola Droid, Blackberry Tour and Curve, Samsung Instinct HD, Palm Pixi, and more. Looking for something that is less smartphone and more bare essentials? Joe Barbat’s Wireless Toyz stores can service that need, too.

Quality Customer Service

If you were to visit the store of one carrier, would you expect them to convince you that the competition is better? Of course not. At Wireless Toyz, no such competition exists. Under Joe Barbat’s leadership, Wireless Toyz features hardware and service plans from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Metro PCS, Cricket, AT&T, and Boost, among others. No matter what you want, Wireless Toyz employees will recommend the best carrier, phone, accessories, and service plan to fit your needs.

Feed your Bluetooth

Looking for ways to style and profile your cell phone? Every Wireless Toyz store offers a broad range of accessories for the many types of phones. Leather pouches snugly fit phones and conveniently snap onto belts or waistbands, silicone cases add flavor and color, car chargers keep you talking throughout your travels, and memory cards exponentially augment your phone’s built-in storage capacity so you can store even more videos, tunes, and games.

Location, Location, Location

With over 100 Wireless Toyz locations throughout 15 states, Joe Barbat is rapidly succeeding in his endeavor to make his one-stop cell shop as recognizable as Starbucks. Rather than hunt for particular carrier stores, visit and punch in your zip code to pinpoint the Wireless Toyz outlet nearest you.

WIRELESS TOYZ: Joe Barbat HTC Status Review

July 15th, 2011 Comments off

HTC Status Courtesy of

HTC Status Courtesy of

The Basics

The Status uses HTC’s Sense 3.0 software, but a heavily modified version, tailored to the small screen.

The lock screen offers the same Sense 3.0 shortcuts to apps such as the phone, mail, camera, or messages. Grab them and drag them down into the circle to go straight to those applications. Alternately, drag the circle up if you want to go to the home screen.

Out of the box, the home screen packs a lot. It has the typical HTC clock widget at the top, with a small Facebook widget squished below it. This widget displays the latest Facebook status update from your cadre of friends. These two widgets are flanked by six app shortcuts. Last, there is a button to access the main menu and HTC’s Sense customization tools. This main home screen feels very cluttered with apps, widgets, and controls and feels too busy. Also, these are all tiny, making it easy to press the wrong one if you’re in a hurry. Thankfully, much of it can be altered and/or rearranged with Sense 3.0′s settings.

There are five home screen panels active out of the box, but you can add up to two more. The rest of the panels are populated with the usual bunch of HTC widgets, such as FriendStream and Facebook chat.

HTC has modified the main Android app menu. When you dive in, you’ll see all your apps in the main menu. There are 12 apps visible and scrolling up or down jumps to a new set of 12 apps. On the right, HTC has added a sliding tool that lets you sort through your apps. Users can customize a list of favorite apps and reach them quickly with this tool rather than scrolling through the multiple pages of apps in the main menu. The main menu can also be heavily edited, viewed in list format, and so on.

The settings tools work as they do on any other Android device.

Messaging Features

The messaging tools available on the Status mirror that of other Sense 3.0 devices. The Status offers the same Gmail, email, GTalk, SMS/MMS, that appear on every other Android device. There are no surprises here.

HTC’ FriendStream application/widget is on board for catching all your social networking feeds in one place. FriendStream’s performance has improved dramatically over the years, and the version on the Status feels speedy and consistent.

The Status also includes the native Twitter application out of the box.

Thank you to Eric Zeman at

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.

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.