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8 Common Phone Hacks and How to Protect Yourself

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Seriously, how do you keep your phone safe in today’s ultra-insecure world? It seems that nothing can secure your smartphone from thieves, hackers, scammers, and other bad people.

But back up a moment.

We love our phones. We spend thousands of dollars on these devices. Then, we place all our personal information on them.

Just think about it.

Our phone knows where we go, when we sleep, what we browse, who we talk to, how much money we have, our kid’s names and where they go to school. It’s scary stuff!

So it’s no wonder that mobile phones are now the main target of criminals.

So ask yourself this: with so much of your life on your mobile phone, why wouldn’t you secure it?

How Vulnerable Is Your Phone?

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Free Phone Unlocking Canada Guide

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Having an unlocked phone does wonders in many ways, such as being able to use your existing device while you travel anywhere in the world, increasing its resale value, and having the freedom to switch carriers whenever you like.

All major carriers are now legally required to unlock your phone right now, for FREE!

While many indicate that you need to have an existing account with the carrier, in good standing, that’s not the case, we’ll show you ways around that.

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The Ultimate Checklist Before Selling Your SmartPhone – iOS or Android

We get it, not everyone is a GizmoGrind user. Some people want to sell their phone on classified websites like Kijiji or Craigslist, or elsewhere. This guide is for you!

We also made this post to encourage a safer phone trading environment. We hear too often the nightmares of buying a phone that’s locked to a different carrier or has an iCloud account signed in.

If your selling your phone to GizmoGrind, this post is NOT for you. We take care of everything listed here, all you have to do is remove your iCloud account.

Run through this checklist to make sure you’re selling your phone the right way. Feel free to click on the list below to skip ahead.

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The Future of Smartphones

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I remember being obsessed with the mobile phone ever since my father got his first Qualcomm brick with the pull out antenna. He had it holstered on his side. Damn, that was cool. Each pixel was the size of my thumb and the only thing you had was calling, texting wasn’t mainstream yet.

Old Mobile Phone

 

Then 2017 happened. Mic drop…! What’s everyday norm for today would be sorcery not long ago.

Future Generation Smartphones

 

Yet new tech and scientific discoveries are being spewed up at ludicrous speeds. So what’s the future smartphone? Absent an asteroid or Solar flare, you are the smart device of the future.

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How to Buy Used iPhones on Kijiji Like a Pro – Complete Guide

How to Buy an iPhone on Kijiji Like a Pro – Complete Guide

Kijiji is a go-to place for many but some have had bad experiences or no success and choose to give up on the classified site altogether.

Thing is, Kijiji has awesome prices and our research proves it. Here’s the average sale price of a used iPhone 7 32GB on Kijiji vs buying elsewhere.

Price of used iPhone 7 Canada

*Prices taken on November 2017

 

 

We’ve had more calls than we’d like to count, of GizmoGrind users asking for help after a bad buy, so we decided to put together this guide that will help you use Kijiji like a pro.

 

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7 Tips to Prolong Your Smartphone Battery Life

The latest smartphone technologies allow for peak performance and lightning speed. With bright screens, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity among other features, comes crazy battery demands. It gets harder to make your phone battery last longer especially if you are an active user. If you suspect that something is wrong with your battery, you may want to consider getting a replacement fast. But if that’s not the case, then look for ways to prolong battery life.

Are you tired of charging your phone battery every night? If using your phone less is not an option, you can still find ways to reduce your smartphone’s power consumption. We’ll share with you some amazing and practical battery-saving tricks that can help you keep your smartphone running for longer.

 

  1.      Reduce screen brightness

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$50 Unlocking Fee on a $500 Phone?

If you’ve been dying to get your phone unlocked, then I have great news for you. The fees that most services providers would charge to unlock your device is now being banned by the CRTC. The Canadian Radio and Television Corporation announced in June that the fee, considered by many to be the reason most people cannot leave their service providers is going to be banned as of December 1, 2017. The future for Canadian smartphone owners seems bright!

So all new devices will now be sold, completely unlocked. What does this mean for you as a consumer? I’ve done the digging for you. To start, lets look at how we got here.

 

The Truth behind Unlocking Fees:

The cost of owning a smartphone here in Canada is high enough when you take

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Best Canadian Apps for your Smartphone

Best Canadian Apps

If you have a smartphone, then you’re already familiar with the plethora of apps available on the app store. However, it’s a little bit of a different ballgame if you’re Canadian. Apart from the major apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Messenger, there are tons of FREE apps that will be beneficial if you’re Canadian like me.

Transportation:

Getting around can be a bit of a hassle if you’re entirely familiar with how the TTC works, or if you’re always struggling to stay on schedule. Here are three apps that will help you organize your time and find a ride to get to where you want to go.

Transit App:

The worst thing in the world is waiting for a bus or a train in the cold. And

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Unlock Your Samsung Phone Without Unlock Code For Free – A Step by Step Guide

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For us, this hack became apparent after the S6 release. Samsung started free unlocking for all their devices, at least in Canada. Yes, you heard right! Samsung themselves will unlock your device free of charge. Now we’re sharing it with the GizmoGrind community so you can save your cash the next time you go to unlock your phone.

Let’s get the basics out of the way. This is not a root. It’s a 100% legitimate way to unlock your device. Before we brought this to you all, we made sure to test it out thoroughly to make sure it’s totally safe. We found it works 9 out of 10 times and the times it doesn’t, try again the next day,

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Rising Cost of Owning A Smartphone In Canada – InfoGraphic 2017

You know the feeling, that gut turning moment when you get your cell phone bill in the mail. By the way, not opening it for a week doesn’t make it go away. It still sits on your counter, a juicy chunk out of your bank, really out of your life. Canadians are well travelled, comparing price plans abroad to what we pay here, most of us know its exorbitant. I’ll explain how they’re extortionary! You probably also noticed that buying a new smartphone is getting pricey. These two factors are becoming a serious expense for Canadians, and many are slowly getting blindsided by the upward trend hoping it will get better. I hate to break it to you but after this, you’ll see why its just getting started

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