Last month I wrote about the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet which is my current favorite Verizon Wireless gadget. Since that post I’ve been giving a lot of thought to where I’m going to live once my son graduates from high school. Being a virtual assistant allows me to work from wherever I have power (electric) and internet. There are so many beautiful places, why not experience more of the United States?

Depositphotos 6629366 xs 300x199 Living a Mobile Lifestyle with the Sony Xperia Z2 #VZWbuzzOK, I won’t be traveling or working from the back of a camel but in a sense I will be a nomad.

I am most efficient and effective for my clients while working on my MacBook Pro so the tablet will never replace the laptop however there is a compelling reason why this tablet will be an integral part in my upcoming mobile lifestyle. It can be my secure mobile hotspot!

Using the mobile hotspot feature on the Sony Xperia Z2 is wickedly simple and my MBP immediately recognizes it as an available WiFi network.

Other mobile hotspot features and option settings:

  • Use their chosen network name or create your own
  • Chose your desired security setting
  • Use their chosen password or create your own
  • Afraid of draining your tablet battery too fast? No need to fear a dead battery as you can select from six different time options under “Turn Mobile Hotspot Off”

Of course there are two important factors I need to identify in order to fully determine if this is the best mobile WiFi option for my needs:

  • How much data will I need in a typical month?
  • How much will that data cost me?

How much data will I need: Currently I have unlimited data on the tablet so I’m going to do my best to remember to use it as my only WiFi source for at least a full month.

How much will that data cost me: Once I get an estimate to how many GB of data I will need in a month I can easily figure out the cost using Verizon’s calculator for their MORE Everything Plan.

What I pay now:

  • One Smartphone with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text: $90 (without taxes)
  • Comcast Internet 105 mbps download: $87.95 (without taxes)
  • Total Smartphone + Internet Monthly Cost Without Taxes: $177.95 (gulp)

I’ll never be Tim Ferris and a four-hour workday is entirely unrealistic for me. I’m assuming I’ll need at least 15GB of data and it would currently cost me $160/month on the MORE Everything Plan. Not a very significant savings based on my current $177.95/month but every bit helps.

Other things to consider:

  • How will the download speeds compare on the tablet vs. Comcast?
  • Would it be better if I purchased and used a MiFi device instead of my tablet? (It would cost me $170/month). My gut says to go with the tablet because I can do other things on it (watch movies, take photos, record video, browse the internet, etc. I’ll also have a device I can work from while on a plane or other locations where a tablet is more feasible than a laptop.)
  • Using Sony’s myXperia “Locate My Device” feature I’d be more likely to find my tablet vs. a MiFi device in the event of theft or being lost. (I mentioned in my last blog post that the “Locate My Device” feature wasn’t working. It’s working now and it’s eerily accurate with the location.)

Obviously I don’t have all of the answers right now but the wheels are already turning on how I can get what I need, at a price I can afford when I take my business entirely mobile next year.

Stay tuned as I will write a follow-up post on download speeds and data usage as I’m sure there are others out there who would appreciate having some hard figures.

I’d love any tips or other random tidbits of advice if you’re already living the mobile lifestyle!

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As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the tablet (with a line of service) from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Motorola Droid Turbo 231x300 A first look at the Motorola Droid #Turbo #VZWbuzzAre you someone who loves knowing all about the latest and greatest Smartphones that are on the horizon? Take a look at the Motorola Droid Turbo which will be available to purchase from Verizon Wireless on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

A pre-note: My son always gets first dibs on the new phones I get as part of my involvement in the Verizon Lifestyle Blogger program. He’s been using the Samsung Note 3 for about 9 months now and he “passed” on the HTC One M8. Will he want to claim dibs on the Droid Turbo?

My first two Smartphones were both Motorola Droids and I loved both of them. I’ve also been using the Samsung Note 3 since last Thanksgiving. I nearly switched to the HTC One M8 which is a pretty amazing phone, but…read here to find out why I didn’t.

Let’s dig into the set-up process and what my son thinks about this particular device.

Want to pass go? Click here if  you’d rather head straight on over to the specs of the Motorola Droid Turbo MGF.

Set-Up:

  • Easy: Androids tend to be easy to set up since they’re driven by your Google account (and we only had to switch the SIM card over from the HTC One M8)
  • Transferring data from the Note 3: Easy due to Verizon’s brilliance with Verizon Cloud and Verizon Messages
  • Softcard was pre-installed which means several steps were eliminated in the set-up process for that particular app

Features he likes:

  • Voice activated commands: he thinks it’s better than “OK Google” because you don’t need to open anything prior to speaking commands to the phone (it will even activate if the phone is locked and resting). He had fun commanding the phone to text me the word “butts”.
  • Large screen and vivid display: The screen measures 5.2″. and according to the specs the display is AMOLED. (Not sure what that means? I didn’t know either. Here you are!)
  • Start-up: It’s faster than Santa’s Reindeer and plays funky music as it’s starting up (not The Commodore’s type of funk, think more along the lines of what a teenage boy would listen to).
  • There are a metric shit ton of emojis (I imagine teens use those more than most adults do. Who am I to judge?)
  • Battery life and charging: He often forgets to charge his phone so the 48 hour battery life will hopefully reduce some of his “my phone died” excuses. Best of all? You get an 8 hour charge in just 15 minutes!

Droid Turbo Phone 184x300 A first look at the Motorola Droid #Turbo #VZWbuzzSince this fancy piece of tech just landed in our hands today he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to do more exploration.(He does have homework to complete yet tonight!)  At this point he wants to switch from his Samsung Note 3.

While it seems, for now, that he’s put in dibs on claiming this phone as his own I will be running it through some of my own tests and doing a future blog post about that as well. (My “important” things are more practical than emojis and funky start-up music!)

Stay tuned for that future blog post.

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As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Motorola Droid Turbo from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Depositphotos 18939965 xs 300x300 Join this free training event for Virtual AssistantsTelesummits are really hot right now and they are a GREAT way for hosts to quickly add to to their mailing list. And for virtual assistants, managing telesummits is a lucrative skill that will help you gain clients and earn good money. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, you will create a hot mess and lose clients even faster. (and who wants either of those things to happen?!)

Thankfully, these skills are teachable, and that’s why my colleague LeeAnn Webster created her training session – 3 Massive Mistakes VAs Make When Managing Telesummits (and How to Avoid Them).In this training you’ll learn: 

  • The components needed to run a successful event
  • How you (and your clients) make money on summits
  • How to stay on track (and keep your client on track too)

This is information you can use right away with all types of online events.

LeeAnn’s event is this Thursday (Oct. 30th) so don’t delay! CLICK HERE to register now. 

LeeAnn knows what she’s talking about – in the last 18 months, she’s produced over 30 telesummits and helped her clients grow their mailing lists by more than 55,000 subscribers.

So, head back to school with LeeAnn – it’s not as fun as recess, but it will help you make more money!

P.S. Don’t miss out – register today!

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First Thoughts: Review of HTC One M8 #VZWbuzz

by Michelle MangenOctober 21, 2014 Verizon Lifestyle

I received the HTC One M8 the same day I received the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet and it was a toss up on what device I was going to explore first. HTC, I owe you an official apology for neglecting you for so long! Here are some highlights on some of the HTC One M8: [...]

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Text Smarter with Verizon Messages #VZWbuzz

by Michelle MangenOctober 13, 2014 Verizon Lifestyle

Verizon Messages is an easy and seamless way to sync all of your texting across multiple devices. The app is available for both Android and iOS and can also be downloaded to your computer as well. I’ll go ahead and (shamefully) admit that this allows me to multi-task when I’m on a webinar or screen share [...]

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