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Mobile Hack: DIY Smudge-Free Screen

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You want to snack on greasy food, but you also want to text. What’s a fella to do? Easy. Follow these steps to put together your very own smudge-free screen get up. It’s super easy.

What you’ll need:

  • Rain-X
  • Screen protector
  • Paper towels
  • Microfiber cloth

 Step 1: Pour Rain-X on a wad of paper towels.

Step 2:  Put screen protector* on phone. DON’T put the Rain-X directly on the screen.

Step 3: Seriously. DON’T DO IT.

Step 4: Wax on.

Step 5: The screen protector will look fogged up. It’s ok. Relax.

Step 6: Wax off with the microfiber cloth.

Step 7: Go grab a bag of chips, Daniel son. You’re done.

*Don’t forget about the $5 off accessories coupon available right now on our Facebook page. Grab it and go, you mobile whiz, you. 

MHS Purple Reign Reunion at New TCC Store in Marion

Marion High School’s famed 1985-1987 starting line-up to sign autographs and present charitable donation to Boys & Girls Club of Grant County

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MARION, Ind. (Feb. 18, 2014) – The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announces today the opening of its new store in Marion, Ind. Located at 3248 S. Western Ave., in front of Walmart, the new store offers guests the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices and accessories.

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On Friday, Feb. 28, TCC will hold a grand opening event for the Marion community with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. From 4-6 p.m., Marion High School’s famed “Purple Reign” will be in attendance at the event. Lyndon Jones, Kyle Persigner, Daric Keys, and Jay Edwards —four of the the 1985-1987 starting line-up who won three consecutive state championships—will be giving away autographed basketballs and five pairs of tickets to the Marion Giants basketball game that evening.

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The players will also be present at the Giants game to sign rally towels and assist TCC in making a charitable donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Grant County during the half-time show.

“If you went to Marion High School, then you know who the ‘Purple Reign’ players are,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “We are excited to be opening our new store with the help of some of the greatest basketball players to come through Marion. We look forward to seeing local residents at the event.”

Featuring TCC’s “Rockstar” layout, the new store is designed as a destination for guests to get hands on with the latest wireless devices. The back half of the store is a lounge area with couches and chairs, giving guests a comfortable place to play with devices and accessories.

The new store offers dedicated areas specific to a variety of home solutions, including audio systems, TV programming and home phone services that work with the customers’ wireless plans as well as the latest accessories and add-ons for mobile devices.

TCC’s long-standing relationship with Verizon Wireless coupled with its buying power allows the company to make its services more accessible to customers while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive pricing. The company sets itself apart from the many other cell phone retailers today by offering superior customer service. At big box stores, customers are just the next person in line. At every TCC location, customers get personalized, one-on-one attention.

TCC was recently ranked No. 79 in the second annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing private businesses that have generated the most jobs during the past 18 months. The listing comes on the heels of TCC also being recognized by Inc. as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the fourth consecutive year.

To learn more about TCC, visit www.ecellularconnection.com. Consumers can also find more information about the company at http://www.facebook.com/tcctalk  and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.

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About TCC

TCC is the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S. with more than 900 locations across 28 states. Founded in Marion, Ind., in 1991 by Steve and Phyllis Moorehead, TCC owes its success to its ability to hire top-notch professionals who understand the meaning of customer service. For media inquiries, contact Megan Lawler at 317.202.2280 XT. 13 or email her at megan@dittoepr.com. To learn more about TCC or to find a location near you, visit http://www.ecellularconnection.com.

 

TCC opening first store in Sterling, IL

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Largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer makes charitable donation to Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center in celebration of new “Rockstar” location

STERLING, Ill. (Feb. 17, 2014) – The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announces today the opening of its first store in Sterling, Ill., marking nearly 70 locations for the company across the state. Located at 4204 E. Lincolnway, across from Walmart, the new store offers guests the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices and accessories.

Featuring TCC’s “Rockstar” layout, the new store is designed as a destination for guests to get hands on with the latest wireless devices. The back half of the store is a lounge area with couches and chairs, giving guests a comfortable place to play with devices and accessories.

On Friday, Feb. 21, TCC will hold a grand opening event for the Sterling community with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. The company will be giving away gift bags to the first 25 guests who attend the event. They can also register to win a free Bluetooth headset among a variety of other prizes and promotional items. For a limited time, TCC is offering $50 off the LG G2 smartphone and $10 off select Braven Bluetooth speakers.

In celebration of the new store, TCC will make a charitable donation to the Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center.

“Our Sterling customers can expect no less than the best in personalized customer care as well as our team’s continued dedication to keeping up with the latest wireless technology trends,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “We’re eager to open our doors to the community.”

The new Sterling store offers dedicated areas specific to a variety of home solutions, including audio systems, TV programming and home phone services that work with the customers’ wireless plans as well as the latest accessories and add-ons for mobile devices.

TCC’s long-standing relationship with Verizon Wireless coupled with its buying power allows the company to make its services more accessible to customers while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive pricing. The company sets itself apart from the many other cell phone retailers today by offering superior customer service. At big box stores, customers are just the next person in line. At every TCC location, customers get personalized, one-on-one attention.

TCC was recently ranked No. 79 in the second annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing private businesses that have generated the most jobs during the past 18 months. The listing comes on the heels of TCC also being recognized by Inc. as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the fourth consecutive year.

To learn more about TCC, visit www.ecellularconnection.com. Consumers can also find more information about the company at http://www.facebook.com/tcctalk  and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.

 

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About TCC

TCC is the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S. with more than 900 locations across 28 states. Founded in Marion, Ind., in 1991 by Steve and Phyllis Moorehead, TCC owes its success to its ability to hire top-notch professionals who understand the meaning of customer service. To learn more about TCC or to find a location near you, visit http://www.ecellularconnection.com.

The Cellular Connection to Donate 3500 School Supply Packs to Teachers

Nation’s largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer giving school supplies to 10 pre-selected teachers at 350 participating stores.

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The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, announces today that it will be donating school supply packs to 3,500 teachers across the country through its Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway.

The Cellular Connection will be taking part in the donations by supplying packs filled with glue, pencils, pens, markers, erasers, paper, tissue boxes and more, to 10 pre-selected local teachers.

More than 350 participating TCC stores across the U.S. have pre-selected 10 local teachers who will come to the store to receive the packs on Feb. 23 between 6-7 p.m. (local times). The packages—valued at $80 each—will be filled with supplies, including glue, pencils, pens, markers, erasers, paper, tissue boxes and more. For every teacher reached, TCC is impacting 30 students.

Residents in the community of each participating store have also joined the cause by rounding their purchases up to the nearest dollar with the difference going directly toward the Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway. If the participating store raises more than $500 through customer contributions, they will use that money to purchase additional supplies for the teachers.

“Every year, teachers spend an average of $1.3 billion of their own money on school supplies, and on top of that, budget cuts continue to lead to less support for our teachers,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “At TCC, we believe teachers deserve more. We believe that teachers rock. This is one more way we are giving back through our Culture of Good, and we’re proud to be able to do it.”

The Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway is taking place 6 months after TCC’s donation of 60,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children across the U.S. through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative.

TCC was recently ranked No. 79 in the second annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing private businesses that have generated the most jobs during the past 18 months. The listing comes on the heels of TCC also being recognized by Inc. as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the fourth consecutive year.

More information about the Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway is available on YouTube. Supporters of the cause are encouraged to use hashtag #TCCRocks on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word. To learn more about TCC, visit www.ecellularconnection.com. Consumers can also find more information about the company at http://www.facebook.com/tcctalk and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.

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Four Things to Do on Your Snowday

If you’re in the Midwest like me, then you have a pretty substantial blanket of white outside your window, freezing temperatures, and “emergency-only” travel conditions. And, you know what that means:  SNOWDAY! You should be sitting at home if your employer was thoughtful enough to give you the day off (if not, you need a new job). Here’s four things you can do today while dreading the return to work tomorrow.

 1) Binge on Netflix from your phone to TV

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If you don’t have a game system but want to stream Netflix to your TV, you can play it on your phone and watch it on TV. All you need is an HDMI cord and a HDMI to MHL adapter. Get the app for iOS or Android.

2) Finally beat level 65 of Candy Crush

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EFF that level.

 

3) Snapchat

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Become a snapchat artist and take ridiculous photos and videos to send to friends.

4) Catch up on some eReading

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When the weather outside is frightful, curling up with a good book and a snuggie is delightful. If the holidays have left the cash tight, download some of the free ebooks out there Free-ebooks or at Project Gutenberg. If you need a solid reader and don’t like Kindle, MoonReader is great for Android and iBooks is good for iOS.

BONUS! #5: Sleep

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The best thing about a snowday is sleeping in! Download the Sleepy Time app if you’re having trouble sawing logs and let the soothing sounds of campfires, beaches, or whatever makes you sleep, lull you away into a blissful snow-induced nap.

 

Here’s $100 worth of reasons why you should finally switch to Verizon


Switch to Verizon Wireless at a participating TCC location December 20, 2013, through December 24, 2013, and get $100.  You can even keep your same number. EXCLUSIVELY at TCC!


You’ve seen the maps:  Verizon has the largest 4G LTE Network in the country. You’ve been considering switching, but haven’t had enough of a reason to do it, especially if you’re currently locked in with another carrier. That’s where The Cellular Connection (TCC) steps in. We will give you $100 for switching over to Verizon. Port your line over, activate a new line of service, and the $100 is all yours.

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Here’s how it works

Visit your local TCC location and mention that you heard about this exclusive TCC offer online.  For FOUR DAYS ONLY, if you port your number over to Verizon at any TCC location, we will give you a $100 credit directly to your Verizon Wireless bill. And, there is no better time to switch. We have so many great holiday promotions running right now that you can get a new high-end phone for cheap AND get this $100 bill credit all in one warm and fuzzy visit.

Already a Verizon customer?

You can take advantage of this, too! Refer a friend and get $25 to spend in-store at any TCC location. With over 800 locations across 28 states, we are sure to have a store near you. All you have to do is make sure your friend puts your email address as their referring friend on their rebate form and we will email you your $25 code. Simple as that.

So switch to the nation’s largest 4G Network, and tell your friends too. You could all be $100 richer.

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Finally, an Affordable 4G Tablet: Enter the Verizon Ellipsis 7

Verizon Ellipsis™ 7 will quickly become your go–to tablet for entertainment and productivity. Perfectly designed to grab and go, it features a 7–inch HD display, ample battery life and a powerful processor that lets you easily switch from e-books to games to email. It’s exclusive to Verizon and its fast 4G LTE network. Whether you’re getting work done or simply heading out for a day of shopping, the Ellipsis 7 tablet empowers your life in many ways. Stay entertained with apps for playing games, reading books, streaming movies and more.

Immerse Yourself in an HD Screen

Movies, photos and web browsing will come to life on this tablet’s 7–inch HD display. It delivers crisp images, accurate colors and sharp text, all in a portable design that is easy to admire.

Get More Done Quickly

Enjoy top performance from a fast 1.2 GHz quad–core processor, which quickly switches from games to e–books to emails so you can keep up with your fastpaced life. A 4000 mAh battery keeps you going for hours.

Get More from Android™ Jelly Bean

Android Jelly Bean helps guide you through your day with features such as Voice Search and Google Now™, which learns how you use the tablet and proactively provides meeting and event alerts and more.

Portability is Key

The Ellipsis 7′s portable size means navigating, multitasking, surfing the web and more can easily be done on the go.

Wallet-Friendly

You can get this awesome tablet for a mere $149.99 with new 2-yr activation.

Check out the full specs here: Verizon Ellipsis 7

 

Is Google Maps Draining Your Battery?

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The battery on my Android doesn’t seem to last as long as it used to. I noticed that Maps is using up most of my battery power. It’s the Google Latitude service that does it. That neat part of the Google Maps app that lets your friends know exactly where you are.

 All that updating of your location takes its toll on your battery. You may want to consider disabling it.

Open Maps, then select Menu > Settings. You can change a bunch of things.

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If you’re serious about saving battery power, disable any setting that grabs your location.

Do Not Update Your Location setting

Under Location Reporting, you can set Maps to not update your location.

Now if you’re like me, you now have a problem explaining to your significant other why you turned off this service. The sacrifice has to be made though, when my phone battery only lasts about 6 hours.

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TCCRocks 60,000 Backpack Giveaway

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We want to give away 60,000 high-quality backpacks to the kids who need them the most. So in a joint effort with our customers, we are giving away 60,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies through our TCCRocks School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative.

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It Can Wait: Stay Safe Behind the Wheel


Tempted to just send a quick SMS saying you’re on the way? Don’t. No text is worth your life. Take the pledge. Don’t Text and Drive. #itcanwait

Taking our eyes off the road and our hands off the wheel to send or read a text, email, comment, post, tweet, is an unnecessary risk. The Department of Transportation has sobering statistics that reinforce the message, and they have compiled a summary of all the state laws about hands-free calling and texting while driving.

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