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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

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

Upsides

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

Downsides

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 www.wirelesstoyz.com, 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 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.