The world is going mobile, trading in its laptops and computers for cell phones and tablets. There are lots of promising reasons to do so, not in the least because it’s more affordable and more convenient. Think of going mobile like going off the grid, and find out how you can become a member of the WiFi world as well.
Ditch Your Landline
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This one might seem a little odd, but the first step in going mobile means ditching your landline. It’s costly and it’s not really necessary. A growing number of people use their cell phones in place of traditional phones anyway. After all, your little cordless wonder doesn’t do you any good when the power goes out, but you can still call out on your phone and you can probably still connect to the Internet too, right? So ditch it. Keep your modem, but the phone’s one less bill you’ll have to pay and one less thing you’ll have to charge.
Upgrade Your Connections
While your landline is obsolete, you do need to make sure you can get online and stay online. To that end, there are dozens of accessories that can help you; you just have to choose what suits your needs best. At a basic level, you simply have to make sure you have a strong wireless signal throughout your home. Having a good phone is important, but without a steady connection, it can only go so far. Upgrade to a wireless router or bridge that gives you strong WiFi, and if you need to, get a booster for that sucker, too.
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Wouldn’t you love it if you never had to upgrade your computer or worry about your laptop again? How about never having to wipe down the screen, dust the tower, or replace your mouse when it inevitably starts going haywire? Just trade up and forget about your traditional computer. Get a good phone and invest in a tablet. It’s an expensive one-time purchase, sure, but in the main, it costs less than constant upgrades on operating systems, software, new screens, virus protection, and all of that. If you need something, keep a small netbook around, but make that your backup.
There’s an App for That
There’s an app for everything. Like to shop? Most big-name stores either have an app or mobile-friendly sites. There are apps for music, games, blogs, businesses, photo editing, and pretty much everything else you can imagine. Odds are, if you have a smartphone, you already rely on those more than you rely on your computer. Take a look at all the apps available for the things you enjoy doing online or for promoting your web presence, then think about the ease and convenience you’ll enjoy if you can do all those things on your phone or lightweight tablet.
Get the Right Accessories
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If you still feel the need to type on that keyboard or listen to your music and videos through speakers, no problem. Just as there’s an app for everything, there’s also an accessory for everything. Get some wireless speakers, you’ll never need your computer or even your stereo again. There are even easy-to-use little keyboards that plug right into your phone or table but they’re mercifully quiet, so you’ll never have to deal with the clack and rattle of a thundering keyboard again. Your partner thanks you, by the way.
Embrace Mobile Games
Every game you can think of has an app or a mobile platform. In fact, many of them are exclusively mobile, allowing you to play them on train rides, during long waits, or while you’re standing in line at the DMV until the end of eternity. It doesn’t matter what you like to play, whether it involves matching precious jewels, operating on patients, or playing cards. Check out the Spin Palace mobile casino, for example, or do a simple search for the games you enjoy most.
Get Wireless on Social Media
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Whether you’re taking your web presence fully mobile for yourself or your business, social media is essential. Success depends on a strong social presence, even if you’re just trying to become a FarmVille champion among your friends. The good news is that every social media giant, from Facebook to Twitter to Tumblr, has a fab app just waiting for you. In fact, many of them have several. Whatever phone you have or platform you prefer, you can still share pictures, status updates, videos, and up-to-date news. These apps let you update wherever you are, so your business always stays live.
Make Your Business Mobile Friendly
In fact, by taking your business mobile, you’ll actually increase your chances of success. Begin by making sure that your website has a responsive design, so that it looks great and works well on mobile devices too. If your business lends itself to the concept, you should also think about designing an app for it. Even the most popular blogs have apps that keep fans updated about the latest posts, so it’s definitely an option. If you accept money straight through your site, you also have to take that to the next level. Fortunately, paperless pay options are quickly growing.
Make Your Money Mobile Too
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Through your mobile device, you can pay out, take in money, and even keep up with your funds. See if your bank has a mobile app; you might even be able to deposit checks by taking pictures of them and uploading them to your bank. If that’s not an option for you, either change banks or rely on something like PayPal instead. Having access to your funds is crucial, but using mobile banking also keeps your customers safe, especially if you can easily track packages or transactions. Your reputation will only benefit from your ability to keep clients and customers in the loop.
More and more people rely on their web presence not just every year, but every day, with sales on smartphones and WiFi-ready tablets soaring. Have you thought about the ease and efficiency of taking your life online?