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Have You Optimized Your LinkedIn Profile for Mobile?

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Whether you’re a College Student,  a young Professional or a industry master – we’re sure you have a LinkedIn profile, but have you ever thought about optimizing it for the mobile phone? More than half of all internet traffic comes from mobile devices. Even more, over 50% of LinkedIn users use the mobile app. It’s safe to say that recruiters will look at your LinkedIn profile from a mobile phone at some point. But have you looked at your profile from a mobile? If not, the risk is that you’re going to find unwanted truncation and that some information isn’t even showcased on the mobile.

LinkedIn Recruiter App

Before we go into how to optimize for the phone, we want to emphasize the importance of maximizing your mobile visibility. Earlier this year SocialTalent listed the top five apps for recruiters and LinkedIn Recruiter made it to the top of the list. LinkedIn has about 400 million members in their network which you can tap into with this app. The lite version is free, available on both iOS and Android. The app allows recruiters to stay up-to-date with candidates editing their profiles and new applicants for a job position. It’s also possible to save searches, share them with a co-worker and get updates based on new hits on the search terms. Once a recruiter has spotted an interesting candidate, a direct message can be sent. The free version includes 30 InMail messages per month.

Optimize for Mobile

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When optimizing your mobile LinkedIn profile, move from the top to the bottom of your profile.

  • Check that your photo has the right size and resolution to fit the circle
  • As with everything on the mobile, the banner (the red square in the picture) is small so really think about what you want the first impression to be
  • The headline will only display the 58 first characters, which is why you have to get to the point quickly on who you are and what you do
  • Only the first education entry will be displayed, so choose the most impressive one
  • The visible summary is 78 characters long so take advantage of these characters. Here’s your chance to shine!
  • If you have published posts they take priority. Remember you want good looking posts
  • Finally the top one or two activities will be included above the fold. This one can be hard to keep optimized but be conscious about what you like and comment upon on a regular basis since it’s another way for people to get to know you.

When you make these changes, you can do it on the desktop version but make sure that the changes show up on both the desktop and mobile.

Checklist for Students

We have a soft spot for students, which is why we them a free SIM card, and why we continue with tips specific for students. We get that you may be struggling with what to fill your LinkedIn profile (especially if you don’t have work experience) but we hope that this gives you some guidance:

  1. Post a profile photo – a photo makes you human and is another way for a recruiter to get you know you better (this goes for all LinkedIn users)
  2. Include course work and extra curricular activities – if you lack a lot of work experience, this will help you build your personal brand.  Also,things like President of a club or team captain help exemplify leadership skills and commitment
  3. Visualize your work – include images and videos of your projects, especially if you’re in the creative field
  4. Ask for recommendations – professors and classmates could add another angle to your profile, endorsing your work or special accomplishments
  5. Grow – build your network of classmates, and colleagues; having more connections makes it easier to get recommendations for other people, and for jobs
  6. Engage – saw an interesting news story about your field? Share it! Engage with your connections by sharing your own content and engaging with your theirs

We hope these steps help you no matter what stage of the job search or talent search you’re in. Now that you have an extra app, we have some tips on how to save battery as well.

See something you like? Drop us a comment below!

Everything You Need to Do on Your New Phone

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Getting a new phone can be exciting, especially when you just got the deal of a lifetime on it. While we don’t want to rain on your parade, we do want to make sure you’re taking the right steps to making sure that your phone is covered for the next few years.

Track Your New Phone

At some point you will inevitably loose your phone, whether you left it in your car, or someone stole your phone having options to find your phone will become very handy.

Whether you have an Android or iPhone we recommend Prey. Prey is a lightweight theft protection app that helps you track up to 3 of your devices. Where it stands out is when your phone is stolen, as Prey can take screenshots of what’s being seen on the phone and access the front camera to take a selfie of whoever is using the phone.

iPhone Alternative- Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone is Apple’s built in tool for finding your iPhone. To enable it simply:

  1. Go to your Home screen
  2. Tap Settings > iCloud
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Find My iPhone
  4. Slide to turn on Find My iPhone and Send Last Location

To test this service, go to iCloud.com sign in with your Apple ID, click on “Find My iPhone” and a map will appear with your phone’s location.

Android Alternative- Android Device Manager

Similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone, Google created Android Device Manager to help people find, ring, lock, and remote wipe their Android phones. To use it, you’ll need to make sure your location settings are turned on and enable Android Device Manager by doing the following:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app
  2. Tap Security
  3. Under “Android Device Manager,” switch Remotely locate this device and turn Allow remote lock and erase on

To test the service, go to the Android Device Manager website, sign in with your Google account, click the arrow next to the device name to select the device and Android Device Manager will show the location of that device.

Secure Your New Phone

Another important step to keep your phone away from prying eyes and thieves is to set a password, PIN, pattern lock, or fingerprint lock. For both Android and iPhone we found that fingerprint locks were the quickest and most secure lock options.

Android

Head over to Settings > Security > Screen Lock. Note that some Android phones may have this nestled under the Lock Screen option in Settings.

iPhone

Head over to Settings> Touch ID & Passcode. Here you can set your fingerprints to unlock your iPhone, for Apple Pay, iTunes and the App store. You can set up to 5 different fingerprints for use.

Float Into the Cloud

Many services like Google Photos, and Amazon Prime Photos offer unlimited photo backup, which backs up all the photos you take with your phone’s camera to the cloud. This will certainly help save space on your new phone both now and in the future. You can also save all of your files with Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or Microsoft’s OneDrive.

Save Data

If you have an Android phone, Google’s Wifi assistant will help to make sure you’re always on Wifi when there’s an open network nearby.

Regardless of what phone you have,  suggest that  after a week or two of using your phone, you take a look at how much data you used. This will help you figure out how much data you really need.  You can also learn how to save data on Facebook or check out our various plan options.

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Is Xiaomi’s Mi Mix the Future of Phones? US Mobile Review

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Guess what?! Our CEO managed to get his hands on the brand new Xiaomi Mi Mix! Of course we had to tell you all about it. We have to warn you- this phone is pretty awesome but unfortunately US Mobile won’t be selling it, and as far as we know it can’t be used on all American networks. However, it is GSM compatible, so we popped a SIM in and found that the frequency bands supported US LTE. But even if we can’t sell it, we sure can review it!

Super busy? Here’s the quick review:

This is one of the most advanced phone we’ve ever seen. The huge edgeless screen makes for a rich user experience. While the mind-blowing setting specifications make it a powerhouse. We were surprised by the native integration with Microsoft apps, and overall ease of use.

Want to know more? Here’s the full review:

When we first saw the specifications on this phone we let out an audible “WOW.” We can’t remember the last time that we’ve ever said that for a phone since maybe the introduction of the iPhone 3G. Holding it in your hand makes you feel like we’ve finally entered into the future. A phone of this caliber is might not something you’d expect from Xiaomi, but rather more from Apple or Google.

Screen Takeover

What makes the Mi Mix so special is that it features a 91.3% screen to body ratio with a 6.4inch edgeless display, making it the leader in the new push for all screen phones. Competitors such as Samsung have taken note. Less than 1 week after Xiaomi’s October press release for the Mi Mix, a Samsung engineer hinted that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could have a 90% screen to body ratio, and is expected to launch February 2017.

Technology That Packs an 18-Carat Punch

The Xiaomi Mi Mix comes in two models. One has 128GB of memory and 4GB of RAM, while the other comes with a whopping 256GB of memory and 6GB of RAM. It’s remarkable to see that we’ve come to a point where the Mi Mix has the same amount of storage as the Apple Macbook Air!

The Mi Mix has a beautiful 6.4 inch edgeless display, a 16MP camera that can shoot 4K video, a hefty 4,400 mAh battery which can power the phone for over 12 hours, and a powerful Snapdragon 821 processor (by comparison the iPhone 7 has a 12MP camera and starts at 32GB) and the entire phone is encased in a black ceramic.

In order to keep the bezel as small as possible Xiaomi nixed the proximity sensor, and the speaker. Instead they decided to use a ultrasound sensor behind the display to detect motion, and replace the proximity sensor. To replace the speaker, they created what’s called a “piezoelectric ceramic actuator” that combines with the ceramic body, and metal frame to deliver voice calls to your ears.

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The Mi Mix also comes with a palm rejection software to prevent your palms from interfering. It’s also travel friendly as it is a dual nano-SIM phone.

As if all of that wasn’t enough the 256GB Mi Mix (dubbed the “Exclusive Edition”) features as 18-carat gold fingerprint reader, and camera rim on the back, and both models come with an authentic leather case.

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We were impressed by the strong build quality for a phone like this, and loved the way it felt in our hands. While there is a massive screen, the Mi Mix felt like it could be used with ease.

Miui App Store and Virtual SIM Card

Like all phone sold in China, the Xiaomi Mi Mix does not come with any Google applications pre-installed. Instead they have their of the Miui App store where you can purchase applications. We found that not much had changed in the Miui app store since the Mi5, but it was still simple to use. What was surprisingly native though was Microsoft’s suite of applications. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Cortana are all pre-installed with the phone and run seamlessly with various features of the phone.

Another cool feature of the phone was a “Virtual SIM Card” the ability to operate the phone without a traditional SIM card in the tray. Since this isn’t a technology available in the US we weren’t able to connect to any networks. However, we when we popped two US Mobile SIM cards into the phone we were able to choose which SIM we wanted to prioritize.  While SIM 1 was able to get 4G LTE, we only saw 3G available on SIM 2. This led us to think that LTE will only work for the SIM placed in the SIM1 slot.

Mi Mix Battery Life

One of the things that differentiates Chinese phones from Samsung and Apple phones, is their ability to cram larger batteries into their phones. The Mi Mix is no exception because the 4,400 mAH battery it has means that you can leave home at 9am use it all day and still have 50% at midnight! By comparison using an iPhone 7 Plus doing the same exact tasks would lead to a 15% battery by midnight.

A Magic Mirror To Tell You How Old You Look

So the age guesser was a little off.     Some of us never looked better.

Despite it’s awkward position in the bottom right of the phone and only being 5 megapixels, the front facing camera packs quite a punch. Our team had fun taking selfies, and playing around with features like an age detector that automatically shows the age of the person in the picture, a “magic mirror” which gives you a personal rating, and group shot mode which gives selfies a wide angle effect. Take the results of these features because Kevin, US Mobile’s Content Manager, is definitely not 30, and Ahmed, founder of US Mobile, is definitely a 10.  While these may not be deal breakers for buying this phone over another, they sure were fun features, and got everyone in the office interested in the phone.

As far as the rear camera goes, we’ll let the below photos taken with the Mi Mix (above) and iPhone 7  (below) of the same thing, speak for themselves.

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Trade-offs

While this is definitely a phone of the future, there are some relatively small, but still noteworthy trade-offs. One of the biggest challenges with this phone is that since it’s all glass front and ceramic back, any slip from your hand will most likely end with a cracked screen. Not to mention without the leather case, the phone’s ceramic backing makes for a fingerprint magnet.

While the “piezoelectric ceramic actuator” is pretty cool, we found call volume sub par to phones with traditional speakers. Also, despite it’s futuristic technology, the phone is still not water resistant like the iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7.

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Price & Availability

For everything that is mind-blowing about this phone, it only comes in at 3,499 yuan or approximately $510 for the 128GB model and approximately 3,999 yuan or $590 for the 256GB model.

If the Mi Mix were available in the United States is would clearly be Android’s best competitor to the iPhone 7 Plus. However, the Xiaomi phone is currently only available in China, and made in small quantities as this is still considered a “concept” phone. Our hope, of course, is that the Mi Mix will eventually launch in the US!

What is Video Throttling? How Do I Know If My Data Was Throttled?

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Are you up to speed  on video throttling? It’s not a new concept but it’s usually mentioned in a a more general term, i.e. data throttling. To throttle means to intentionally slow down, have a cap or restrict something. It’s fairly common especially among carriers offering unlimited plans.

For example, Sprint has an Unlimited Freedom plan which costs $60 per month. However, if their customers want to stream video in HD-quality, there is an additional fee of $20 per month.  While at US Mobile we don’t throttle, ever (it’s just not our style). You get the speed you have been promised throughout the data plan, at the same low price that you were promised.

Video Throttling as Video Streaming Increases

Streaming videos is becoming increasingly popular, which causes challenges on the networks. The demand for bandwidth is unfortunately larger than the supply networks have. We hope that 5G will offer a solution since it works on higher frequency bands utilizing an untouched spectrum. Since having a widespread 5G network is a few years away, video throttling has come to play. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have recently announced that they will offer voluntary video throttling to their customers in order to reduce data usage.

As a part of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, enacted in 2015, data throttling and paid fast lanes should no longer be allowed. That means that carriers cannot automatically downgrade the speed of unlimited data users once they’ve used a certain amount of data each month. However, many questions remain on when exactly to enforce these rules. Not to mention the possibility that the recent change in government could change them all together.

In recent blog posts we have offered some tips on how make the most out of your current data plan;  how to check data speed, how to save data and in particular how to save data while using Facebook.

 

How Much Data Do I Really Need?

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A good place to start when figuring out how much data you need is to find out what you’re currently using. You can do this either by checking your phone bill or directly on your phone.

Find Your Data Usage

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  • Android: Go to “Settings,” then “Data usage.” You’ll see your total usage for a given date range, which you can change to match up with your billing cycle.

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  • iPhone: Go to “Settings” under “Cellular.” If you haven’t set a date range, it shows your total usage since activating the phone. Click “Reset Statistics” to start tracking your usage from a specific date.

Data Translation

In order to give you an idea of how much data an app is using, Nerdwallet has a good break-down of usage for popular apps:

100MB of Data translates to either:

  • 1 hour scrolling through Facebook and Instagram
  • Less than 5 minutes of streaming YouTube videos
  • Roughly 2.5 hours of jamming out to Spotify
  • 6 hours of Web Surfing

250 MB of Data translates to either:

  • 2 hours scrolling through Facebook and Instagram
  • 10 minutes streaming YouTube videos
  • Roughly 6 hours of jamming out t0 Spotify
  • 17.5 hours of web surfing

500MB of Data (Half of 1GB) translates to either:

  • 4 hours scrolling through Facebook and Instagram
  • 20 minutes streaming YouTube videos
  • Roughly 12 hours of jamming out t0 Spotify
  • 35 hours of web surfing

If you’re still uncertain on your data needs, Wirefly has a neat Data Plan Estimator. Which gives you a ball-park figure on how much data you need based on how many emails you send, how much you stream, upload and download etc.

Lastly, don’t worry if you don’t get the right plan right off the bat. At US Mobile you can top up anytime during the month without any surcharges and you can change your plan from one month to another in order to optimize the plan according to your usage.

And if you’re looking to save even more data, check out our last blog post on how to Save Data on Facebook with a Few Simple Clicks.

We Don’t “Throttle”

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Don’t get fooled by other carriers’ data claims. Many carriers throttle your internet speeds after you go over your the cap on your data plan. For example with carriers like AT&T, once you go over your data limit of say 10GB of data, you’re throttled to speeds as slow as dial up.

Not only that often times you’ll see that your data speeds fluctuate. One day you’re streaming YouTube videos with no problem, and a few days later all you see is the endless loading wheel. We suggest you use a tool like Ookla Speed Test to monitor your data speeds.

At US Mobile we don’t throttle your speeds. What you get at start of your bill period and what you get until the end of your bill period is consistent. If you reach your data limit your data is shut off, but you are given the chance to top up your data plan for the next 30 days. This way if you think you’re going to go over your data this month you can add more data, without having to commit to a higher data plan every month.

Data-Only Plan

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