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Backup Your Data with Verizon Cloud

As we load up our smartphones and tablets with more and more contacts, documents, photos and other media files, the prospect of losing all that data becomes more of a concern. After all, smartphones are not like laptops. They fall out of pockets, the get left in restaurants, and they spend an unusual amount of time in bathrooms! Sadly, most smartphones are an accident waiting to happen.

Given the important place that mobile devices now have in our daily lives, it makes perfect sense to have a back-up plan – except that’s what we have been saying about our laptops and computers for years without much to show for it. Fortunately, backing up a smartphone takes a lot less effort.

While there are lots of third-party cloud options, the option that makes the most sense is usually the one provided by your carrier. Verizon recently introduced an updated and upgraded Verizon Cloud storage service, which allows customers to sync and save important contacts, photos, videos, music, documents, and even text messages.

Verizon Cloud allows you to sync across multiple devices, so your content is accessible from both your smartphone and your tablet. You can also manage your content on the Web via a laptop or computer. You can even stream songs and movies from Verizon Cloud without the need to download. Best of all, you can schedule backups to take place automatically so there’s no chance you’ll forget.

You can download the Verizon Cloud app and get 5GB of storage free of charge. If you have a More Everything plan, that free Verizon Cloud allowance increases to 25GB. That’s enough storage for thousands of photos and songs, with still enough room for all your favorite movies. If you still need more storage, then you can buy additional space low monthly rates.

The Verizon Cloud app walks you through all the steps you need to set up your account and it will even delay uploads until Wi-Fi is available so it doesn’t impact your monthly data allowance. Don’t risk losing all your important data. Get the Verizon Cloud app and you’ll have one less thing to worry about!

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Time to Sync Your Mobile Lifestyle

When people ask me what to look for when buying a mobile device I always say choose your carrier first. After all, it’s no good having the latest smartphone if you don’t get quality service. After picking a wireless carrier, there are lots of other things to consider: operating system, screen size, camera quality, built-in apps, and, of course, price. Of all these other considerations, the phone’s operating system has arguably become the most important. That’s because the choice of OS is no longer just about the device you are currently buying – there are implications for every other device you own as well.

Consider what happens when you first set up an Android smartphone. The first question you are asked is do you have a Google account. Once you enter your e-mail and password, your Gmail address book is automatically synced, your Google+ account is updated, your Google Music is all there waiting for you, and even Maps and YouTube have all your preferences stored and ready to go. That’s because Google is using your account and its cloud services to sync your mobile lifestyle and make switching between devices as easy and as convenient as possible.

Of course, this ability to sync between devices is not restricted to Google and Android. Apple has its own ecosystem with the iPhone, iPad and the many variations of its Mac desktops and notebooks. Microsoft has used the launch of Windows 8 to pull together one of the most tightly integrated ecosystems. And even niche device manufacturers like Amazon have woven together a software infrastructure in the hopes of promoting additional brand loyalty.

And make no mistake, brand loyalty is the goal. While the device manufacturers and software providers want to make switching between devices as seamless as possible, they also want to make it as hard as possible to leave the cozy confines of your chosen ecosystem. If everything you do is based around a single operating system, why would you want to abandon that system and start over someplace else?

However, while we may like the convenience and security of a unified ecosystem, most of us also like choice. If we see an amazing new smartphone or tablet with a different operating system from the one we are used to, it would be great to know that we can give it a try without a huge drop-off in productivity. That’s where third-party cloud services and your wireless provider can make a difference.

Third-party cloud storage options like Dropbox and JustCloud are agnostic when it comes to operating systems but allow you to store all your documents and media files and access them from anywhere. Verizon customers also have the luxury of MyVerizon and Verizon Cloud, which can also be used to store files and backup important data.

Now, we can share data across all our mobile devices, as well as sharing and syncing our contacts and content. All the pieces are in place to build your own tech ecosystem but make sure it’s the ecosystem you want and not one that you stumble into!

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