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Echo Frames second-gen now available for pre-order while Echo Loop is discontinued

Last year, Amazon launched its first Day 1 Editions products with the Echo Frames, an Alexa powered pair of smart glasses, and the Echo Loop, a smart ring with Alexa built-in. Day 1 Edition products are akin to a public beta test, where Amazon launches a device, in order to get customer feedback and determine if it’s worth mass-producing.

Since last year, Amazon has learned a lot about what customers like and dislike about the products, and has come to two conclusions. The Echo Frames will continue on, but the Echo Loop will be discontinued.

What that means for consumers is, the Echo Frames are now available for pre-order and will begin shipping on December 10, 2020, just in time for the holidays. While the Echo Loop will cease production and sales, however, users of the Echo Loop will continue to receive updates and support.

In case you’re in need of a refresher, the Echo Frames are a pair of prescription-ready smart glasses featuring a microphone, speaker, and built-in support for Alexa. The glasses were designed to look like normal everyday eyewear while using open-ear audio technology to focus sound toward your ears.

This gives you the power of Alexa while on the go, without looking too conspicuous like with the Google Glass smart glasses. While using the Echo Frames, you’ll have the ability to make calls, play music, control your smart home, hear notifications, and more with the power of Alexa.

During the past year, Amazon learned a lot from users and has made some improvements to the Echo Frames before launching the second-gen version. The all-new Echo Frames now sport improved battery life, and provides you with up to 40 percent more battery life during continuous playback when compared to the previous generation.

There have also been improvements to the VIP Filter, which allows you to set what apps and contacts you’ll hear notifications from. Now, this feature has been extended to support calendars and group messaging.

Lastly, you can now extend your battery life even further by using Auto Off, which automatically powers down the Echo Frames when being placed upside down for three seconds.

The second-gen Echo Frames are now available for pre-order for $249.99 and come in a range of colors, including Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black.

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Echo Frames second-gen now available for pre-order while Echo Loop is discontinued

Last year, Amazon launched its first Day 1 Editions products with the Echo Frames, an Alexa powered pair of smart glasses, and the Echo Loop, a smart ring with Alexa built-in. Day 1 Edition products are akin to a public beta test, where Amazon launches a device, in order to get customer feedback and determine if it’s worth mass-producing.Since last year, Amazon has learned a lot about what customers like and dislike about the products, and has come to two conclusions. The Echo Frames will continue on, but the Echo Loop will be discontinued.What that means for consumers is, the Echo Frames are now available for pre-order and will begin shipping on December 10, 2020, just in time for the holidays. While the Echo Loop will cease production and sales, however, users of the Echo Loop will continue to receive updates and support.In case you’re in need of a refresher, the Echo Frames are a pair of prescription-ready smart glasses featuring a microphone, speaker, and built-in support for Alexa. The glasses were designed to look like normal everyday eyewear while using open-ear audio technology to focus sound toward your ears.This gives you the power of Alexa while on the go, without looking too conspicuous like with the Google Glass smart glasses. While using the Echo Frames, you’ll have the ability to make calls, play music, control your smart home, hear notifications, and more with the power of Alexa.During the past year, Amazon learned a lot from users and has made some improvements to the Echo Frames before launching the second-gen version. The all-new Echo Frames now sport improved battery life, and provides you with up to 40 percent more battery life during continuous playback when compared to the previous generation.There have also been improvements to the VIP Filter, which allows you to set what apps and contacts you’ll hear notifications from. Now, this feature has been extended to support calendars and group messaging.Lastly, you can now extend your battery life even further by using Auto Off, which automatically powers down the Echo Frames when being placed upside down for three seconds.The second-gen Echo Frames are now available for pre-order for $249.99 and come in a range of colors, including Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black.

Motorola brings the deals with $500 off the Razr, $300 off the Edge, and more for the holidays

It’s a week before Black Friday but the deals are already flooding in. If a new phone is on your wishlist or someone else’s, then Motorola has some huge savings for you. Whether you’re looking for something sleek and futuristic like the Razr, or something more affordable with a ton of battery life, Motorola has deals for everyone.To kick things off, the retro Razr with an innovative folding display is getting a $500 discount. You can pick it up from Best Buy or buy directly through Motorola. Plus, it’s 5G ready making it future proof.Next up, we have the Motorola Edge which is dropping down to $399 for a savings of $300 off of retail, but only if you make sure to add a Verizon SIM card to your cart at checkout. Don’t worry though, the SIM card is 100 percent free. The Edge sports a 6.7-inch immersive display that wraps around the, well edges. Not only does it looks stunning, but it also has a 90Hz refresh rate that makes it feel buttery smooth. Pair that with the triple camera setup on the back and 5G connectivity, and you’ve got quite the package.The Motorola One 5G UW is another option for all of you looking to jump onto the 5G bandwagon. This handset is packed with cameras, with four on the back and two on the front, making it perfect for the shutterbugs out there. Even better, you can grab it from Verizon for as little as $5 a month by activating a new line on the Premium Unlimited plan.The hits keep coming with the unlocked Moto G Stylus receiving a $100 discount. Meaning you can pick it up on Amazon for a total of $200 and use it on any network. This is a perfect phone for all of you looking for an integrated stylus, but find the Samsung Galaxy Note series to be too pricey.Last but not least, the Mote E is available from Walmart for $39.88 while supplies last. While it might not be as feature-rich as Motorola’s other offerings, the Moto E excels in offering a value option that won’t break the bank.

T-Mobile is the first major carrier to enable 988 emergency health services

Beginning today, T-Mobile subscribers nationwide can dial 988 to be connected to a network of approximately 180 crisis centers run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The call is 100 percent free, and will connect you with professionally trained counselors when you are in need of mental support.With this announcement, T-Mobile is the first major wireless provider to enable the 988 emergency lifeline for those in needing support with mental health issues. That puts T-Mobile nearly two-years ahead of the July 2020 deadline set by the FCC, and with the current state of the world, it couldn’t come soon enough.According to the latest data from the CDC “15.4 million American adults seriously thought about, made a plan for, or attempted suicide.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, research shows clinical anxiety and depression are on the rise with one-third of Americans showing signs of mental health issues.Additionally, we lose 48,000 lives each year to suicide, with a death occurring every 11 minutes. Our veterans are some of the hardest hit, averaging 17.6 of them taking their own lives every day. Going into the holidays with many of us unable to get together with our families is sure to exacerbate the problem.That’s why T-Mobile thought it was more important than ever to speed up the process and activate this free life-saving service on its network.T-Mobile modified its nationwide network to translate and route 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, updated its billing system to ensure no customer will be charged for using the service and created a bounce-back message so anyone texting 988 on the T-Mobile network will get an immediate response advising them to place a voice call to 988.It has been a rough year for all of us, and if you or someone you know needs help, make sure they know about this free essential service offered through T-Mobile.

Straight Talk Buyer’s Guide (November 2020)

Nearly everyone in the US is at least casually familiar with the names of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Not nearly as many people are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO). How many can you name?MVNO brands license the towers and coverage from the bigger providers but offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service. These carriers might be a viable alternative to the provider you currently use.In this write-up, we will take a look at Straight Talk.About Straight TalkStraight Talk is an MVNO that offers both CDMA and GSM coverage; it uses all three of the major US networks. As a joint-venture with Walmart, the retailer is the only place you’ll find Straight Talk phones and service.As often is the case with MVNO’s or prepaid carriers, there are no contracts with Straight Talk. Moreover, there are no credit checks or hidden fees.What are Straight Talk rate plans like?When it comes to options, Straight Talk has three major nationwide plans with prices unlimited talk and text. Prices start as low as $35 per month and each comes with unlimited 2G data. For high-speed data, here’s what’s available today.$35 includes 5GB of high speed data$45 includes 25GB of high speed data$55 includes unlimited high speed data (may be slowed at 60GB), 10GB hotspot data$65 includes unlimited high speed data (may be slowed at 60GB), 20GB hotspot data, 100GB cloud storageCustomers who sign up for automatic payment each month can save up to $5 per month on their plan.An unlimited international plan is also available which costs $60/month and comes with 25GB of high speed data. The main draw here is unlimited mobile-to-mobile calls to Mexico, Canada, China, and India but there are a couple of other smaller details, too.Those who commit to longer terms with Straight Talk can save anywhere from $5 up to $45 on the unlimited nationwide plan. Options include 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month extended plans.Are any other plans available?Subscribers looking for two-line plans will like the $90 monthly rate which includes unlimited talk, text, and data.There are other options and add-ons available to Straight Talk customers, including global calling cards and extra data. On the low end a “Basic” plan ($30) gives customers 1,500 minutes and 100MB data.What other details should I know about Straight Talk?It’s worth noting that most of the service plans do not include hotspot or wireless tethering. What’s more, video streams at up to 480p, or what’s commonly referred to as DVD quality.Best unlocked phones under $150Best unlocked phones between $150-$250Best unlocked phones between $250-$400Straight Talk customers can earn credits for referring others to its service. Additionally, they can earn them via watching video clips, sharing on social media, and automatic bill payments. The credits can be used toward high-speed data or a free service plan.Are there any Straight Talk deals or discounts?As of today there are a number of deals available through Straight Talk. Currently things are grouped under a “Clearance Sale” with a mixed of instant discounts, last-chance buys, and promotions when mixing phones with rate plans. Customers can also purchase refurbished phones and save extra money.Can I bring my phone to Straight Talk?Customers can bring pretty much any phone they want to Straight Talk as it’s compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.Tell me about Straight Talk’s phone offeringsShould you wish to purchase a phone from Straight Talk you’ll find a range of devices from familiar brands like Samsung, Motorola, LG, and a few others. The current crop of handsets is quite a mixed bag and includes everything from new flagship phones down to models that are a few years old. It also offers reconditioned devices in the event you aren’t looking for something new.The phones are priced outright as well as monthly, with financing options for 24-month and 15-month periods. There are also certified pre-owned models and reconditioned handsets, too.