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Tuesday, December 8: The Benefits of FiOS

THE BENEFITS OF FiOS

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When: TODAY, Tuesday, December 8, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
5:00 – 6:00 pm PT
Join @TinaSeitzinger and the #FiOSPhilly team at 8 pm ET TODAY as we discover what a reliable Internet, fast connection speeds and great TV programming can do for you and your family!
RSVP and attend the chat for a chance to win a Motorola Power Pack portable battery charger or a Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet!

(Click here  to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)

To RSVP:
  1. Email RSVP@theonlinemom.com (subject line: FiOSPhilly) indicating your Twitter ID.
  2. Spread the word and RT this link on your Twitter feed: http://ow.ly/V4c9x
  3. Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#FiOSPhilly) today between 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET.
  4. Tell your Twitter followers!
PRIZE WINNERS will be announced during the Party!

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Thursday, September 17: Health and Fitness

HEALTH AND FITNESS

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When: TODAY, Thursday, September 17, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
5:00 – 6:00 pm PT
Join the #FiOSPhilly team at 8 pm ET TODAY as we explore how we can turn our home TV and Internet service into a personal wellness partner and finally put those health and fitness goals within reach!
RSVP and attend the chat for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HDX tablet or a Fitbit activity tracker!

(Click here  to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)

To RSVP:
  1. Email RSVP@theonlinemom.com (subject line: FiOSPhilly) indicating your Twitter ID.
  2. Spread the word and RT this link on your Twitter feed: http://ow.ly/SbY0d   
  3. Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#FiOSPhilly) otoday between 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET.
  4. Tell your Twitter followers!
PRIZE WINNERS will be announced during the Party!

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Monday, September 14: Looking Forward to Fall

LOOKING FORWARD TO FALL

#LifeOnFiOS

When: TODAY, Monday, September 14, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
5:00 – 6:00 pm PT
Summer is almost over and that means cooler temperatures, shorter days and helping out with the homework. But it’s not all bad news – the end of summer also means cozy sweaters, football games and the start of the Fall TV schedule!
Join the LifeOnFiOS team at 8 pm ET TODAY as we share what we love about the Fall season, including the return of our favorite TV shows and the highly-anticipated start of brand new series!  
RSVP and attend the chat for a chance to win one of TWO JAWBONE UP3 Activity Trackers!

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To RSVP:
  1. Email RSVP@theonlinemom.com (subject line: LifeOnFiOS) indicating your Twitter ID.
  2. Spread the word and RT this link on your Twitter feed: http://ow.ly/S3uh0  
  3. Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#LifeOnFiOS) today etween 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET.
  4. Tell your Twitter followers!
PRIZE WINNERS will be announced during the Party!

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Back-to-School with FiOS

I always loved back-to-school shopping when I was a child and I probably love it even more as a parent. There is something uniquely satisfying about filling a shopping basket with glue sticks, pens, rulers and Post-it Notes, and that’s before we start putting together the first-day-of-school outfits!

However, back-to-school shopping has changed over the last few years. Now, it’s less about notebooks and binders and more about laptops and tablets. While we may have some regrets that penmanship has given way to typing and swiping, there is no denying our kids’ need to be proficient with computers. Whether it’s participating in an after-school chat group or researching a history topic, the Internet is the new go-to resource and the ever-present homework helper.

And in the same way that smartphones and tablets have created an always-engaged work environment for parents, digital devices are rapidly blurring the boundaries between school and home for students. No longer is it possible to just rely on the computer lab and the school network to complete those projects and assignments. A fast and reliable home Internet connection is now an almost essential prerequisite for academic success.

This past Spring was a perfect example of how the home Internet plays such an important role in the life of a high schooler. As my daughter completed her sophomore year, there were countless hours of home-based test-prep, most of it done online and often with the aid of a FaceTime study group. In addition, we frequently hosted the high school debate team, with up to 15 debaters all logged on to the home network as they feverishly prepped for end-of-year tournaments.

How do you know whether your home network is up to the challenge of a new school year? One way to find out is by taking the Verizon Speed Test. If your home network isn’t delivering upload/download speeds of at least 50/50 Mbps then it may be time for an upgrade. (Yes – with all those chat groups and shared assignments, upload speeds do matter!)

So have fun with those late-August trips to the mall. Those pens and Post-it Notes are still going to come in handy. Just remember to add a fast and reliable Internet to the list – your back-to-school shopping won’t be complete without it!

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It’s Time for an Internet Upgrade

It always surprises me how many people still complain about their home Internet speeds. In an age where most of us enjoy high-speed 4G cellular connections for our smartphones and tablets when we are out and about, it’s strange that we would accept second best in the one place we use our devices the most. What I expect is happening is that a lot of people are eschewing their home Internet connection in favor of their wireless service – a potentially expensive proposition, especially when it comes to data overages.

If you’re unsure just how fast your home Internet is, you can take the Verizon speed test here. The speed test works by sending bursts of random data for 30 seconds. It calculates the upload and download speeds of your connection by measuring how many “bits” of data were transferred during that 30 second timeframe.

Note that the test measures upload speeds as well as download. Upload speeds are becoming increasingly important as individuals and small business share more and more data with the cloud. In fact, Verizon estimates that the level of upload activity on their FiOS network will double by late 2016 and continue to grow. (If you’re still not sure about the importance of upload speeds, ask your kids about “lag” and video game response times.)

If your Internet connection is less than 25/25 Mbps (that’s 25 megabits per second upload and download), then maybe it’s time for an upgrade. At 25/25, you’ll be able to surf the Web, check e-mail, shop online, and watch all those cute cat videos on Facebook without interruption. But if you are going to upgrade, why stop at 25/25? FiOS offers plans all the way up to 500/500 and, while you might not need that kind of speed, there are levels to suit every kind of household or small business.

And if you are a small business, now’s the time to act. Until June 27, Verizon is offering small businesses a free FiOS Internet upgrade. For example, a small-business owner who orders a new FiOS Internet and voice bundle with 50/50 Mbps will pay the price of a 25/25 service for a two-year term agreement.

Today’s smartphones and tablets are built for speed. It’s time to make sure your home Internet can keep up!

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Monday, May 18: Technology for Social Good

Technology for Social Good

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When: TODAY, Monday, May 18, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
5:00 – 6:00 pm PT
Join hosts @GlenGilmore and Monica Vila (@TheOnlineMom) and friends at 8 pm ET TODAY as we share how technology is transforming people’s lives, and explore how a reliable Internet and faster connection speeds can make a difference for everyone!
RSVP and attend the chat for a chance to win a portable Motorola battery charger or Kindle Fire HD!

  (Click here to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)

To RSVP:
  1. Email RSVP@theonlinemom.com (subject line: LifeOnFiOS) indicating your Twitter ID.
  2. Spread the word and RT this link on your Twitter feed: http://ow.ly/N42dO
  3. Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#LifeOnFiOS) today between 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET.
  4. Tell your Twitter followers!
PRIZE WINNERS will be announced during the Party!

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Verizon Introduces FiOS Custom TV

According to media research company Nielsen, the average U.S. home receives 189 TV channels but tunes in to an average of just 17. Wouldn’t it make sense to ditch all those unwanted channels and just pay for the ones that you actually watch? The new FiOS Custom TV package allows you to do just that.

Introduced on April19, FiOS Custom TV features a base set of channels, which include select national and local network stations. Customers can then add at least two ‘Channel Packs’ that match their specific viewing preferences. At launch there are 7 different Channel Packs to choose from: Lifestyle, Entertainment, News & Info, Pop Culture, Kids, Sports and Sports Plus. If you want more than two Channel Packs, you can add others at a cost of $10 per month for each additional pack.

The individual Channel Packs contain all the popular channels that you would expect under the various genres. For example, The Kids pack includes Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Nick Jr, TV Land, and more, while the Sports pack has ESPN, ESPN 2, NBCSN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and more.

This ‘build your own’ approach to providing custom TV packages has been talked about for a long time but FiOS is the first provider to take the plunge and come up with a customer-first option. This new personalized approach comes at a time when many consumers are ‘cutting the cord’ in favor of the growing number of on demand streaming options from services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Even the content providers are getting in on the act, with the stand-alone HBO Now service already available on Apple TV and iOS devices.

FiOS customers who still want to purchase the more traditional TV packages such as Preferred HD or Ultimate HD may continue to do so, and FiOS has retained the Local package for those customers that just want the basics. And, of course, you can still bundle FiOS Custom TV with Internet and Phone to get the most cost savings.

Still worried about all the content you are paying for but not watching? Now you can customize your programming so you only pay for what you watch!

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Get Caught Up with the FiOS Free On Demand Spring Marathon

It would be easy to think that AMC’s long-running series Mad Men was the most-watched show in the history of cable television. The 1960s based drama has just kicked off the second half of the seventh and final series and it’s hard not to open a newspaper or magazine without reading a piece celebrating the hard-drinking, hard-charging denizens of Madison Avenue.

But what if you somehow missed the first six series of this award-winning series? How can you catch up before the season finale is scheduled to air on May 7? Luckily there is a seven word solution for your dilemma: the FiOS Free On Demand Spring Marathon.

This latest version of Verizon’s hugely popular On Demand Marathons kicks off on April 3 and offers 2,000 movies, 170 TV series and a choice of over 70 networks during its 10 day run. Along with Mad Men, you can get caught up on other popular TV series such as Empire, Walking Dead, The Blacklist, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, and many more. The number of TV series is nearly double that offered during the 2014 Spring Marathon, illustrating the heavy demand for so-called binge viewing.

If you prefer a good movie, the On Demand Marathon line-up includes blockbusters such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Fast and Furious 6 and X Men: Days of Future Past. Despite the extensive selection, the On Demand Marathon listings represent just a fraction of the 100,000 titles in the FiOS On Demand library. Many of the On Demand movies are available to rent or own before they are out on DVD or available on Netflix.

Of course with FiOS, you don’t just get a choice of what to watch, you also get to choose how you watch. With the FiOS Mobile app, you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies on your PC, TV or tablet, making that On Demand Spring Marathon even more appealing.

With so much quality programming to choose from, picking just one or two weekly favorites inevitably means missing out on what’s trending or what’s hot. The Free On Demand Spring Marathon will make sure you can join the conversation!

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It’s Time for a New Router

If you recently bought a new smartphone or tablet but are already looking ahead to your next purchase, then you are not alone. With the manufacturers bringing out new devices every few months and the wireless carriers only too happy to accommodate early upgrades, the lifespan of the average smartphone is becoming shorter and shorter.

Contrast this with our approach to another piece of equipment that is equally important to our digital well-being: the router. Yes – I am talking about that mostly forgotten dusty black box that sits blinking in the corner of your office.

The router is one of those devices that only gets noticed when something goes wrong. Like the time your kids finally settle down to do their homework and someone shouts: “Mom, there’s something wrong with the Internet!” You turn the router off and on a few times, move the cables around a little bit, and miraculously everything is restored to normal.

If you consider how much mobile technology has advanced since the last time you upgraded your router, it’s a surprise the device is still working at all. Faster laptops and data-hungry smartphones and tablets are using dramatically more bandwidth than they used to, to say nothing of the myriad of other connected devices in the home, including gaming consoles, smart TVs, DVRs, and even thermostats and security cameras.

Last week I installed a brand new Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway router in my home and it’s difficult to overstate the difference it has made. When you get into the tech specs of routers (not something I would recommend!), you learn a lot about frequencies. The Quantum Gateway essentially gives you two separate frequencies, allowing you to perform both high and low bandwidth activities (such as checking e-mail and streaming movies) simultaneously.

With greater data handling efficiency comes greater speed. The increase in speed is particularly noticeable during the Internet “Rush Hour” – that’s 7 – 11 pm in the evening, when everyone is downloading files, refreshing social networks and searching the Web. Verizon’s dedicated, high-bandwidth fiber-optic connection essentially provides each customer with a fast lane to avoid the increased traffic.

The Quantum Gateway has also dramatically improved network reach, eliminating those Internet dead spots in my kitchen and certain other rooms in our house. The Quantum Gateway also comes with guest access features and a full suite of parental controls, which includes the ability to limit Internet access for individual devices.

So before you think about upgrading your smartphone or tablet, give some thought to upgrading your home network. When it comes to improved data-handling and performance, a brand new FiOS router will make all the difference!

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