Sunday, November 24, 2013

Easy Holiday Shopping with Your Mobile Device - #HelloBetter

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According to Mobile Commerce Daily, on Black Friday last year alone, mobile shopping accounted for 16 percent of online sales and that number is expected to exceed 20 percent this year, and a recent U.S. Cellular survey showed that 39 percent of smartphone customers use their smartphones for shopping.

Whether you like to shop from your couch or relish the chaos of visiting all of the stores during busy shopping times, smartphones can assist in ensuring you are efficient in your purchases, leaving more time enjoy the rest of the season’s offerings.

To assist in the bargain hunting, U.S. Cellular has some strategic tips on how your smartphone can become your best shopping pal. Here are some ways smartphones are helping users survive these sale shopping days without breaking a sweat or the bank:

In order to find the best deals around, the Black Friday App is one app to have at your fingertips. This free app is the ultimate Black Friday survival guide, enabling users to browse "leaked" and verified ads. It also allows users to price compare against the best online prices or find a store’s nearby locations with a tap. Using this app saves time and helps determine where to get the lowest price.

Let your smartphone also make the checkout process hassle free with CardStar. Get rid of the store rewards cards you may have dangling from your keychain or filling up your wallet by loading them into this app and you’ll never lose time or savings searching for the card you need again. After the cards are stored, you can access them right from your phone and the cashier will simply use the barcode stored on the device.

With Amazon Mobile, users are able to zip through their shopping from home on their smartphones and tablets and spend more time with family and friends.

In addition, U.S. Cellular now offers the iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and the iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet. U.S. Cellular also offers iPaid Air with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to its fast 4G LTE network with speeds up to ten times faster than 3G. Both new iPhones, along with the iPad Air are being touted as some of the "hottest tech gifts" this shopping season.

Will you be Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping this year? I will not be shopping Black Friday because I'll be at work, but I plan to use my mobile device to help me find deals and compare prices for Cyber Monday.


AMY said...

I'll do a little shopping on both days.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I'm still not quite sure if we plan on going Black Friday shopping or not, but I'm definitely going to see if I can take advantage of some Cyber Monday deals :)