Essential Apps

Read about the Apps I thought were Essential Apps!


Google DUO explained

picture in picture (Android) and how to disable it

more natural voice for Android GPS

DashClock lock screen widget

T-Mobile – Data Roaming

Setings > [Connections] > More Networks > Mobile Networks > Data Roaming (Connect to data services when roaming)

There is a limit to how much data is allowed while roaming.  Josh at T-Mobile Brookfield told me 50mb however the info page on the official T-Mobile website seems to indicate more – like 200mb.

There are a couple ways to tell when I am roaming – one easy way is to pull down the notification screen and check that WiFi is turned off (though data used with WiFi turned on and active will not be considered roaming!) – then look at the bottom of the screen.  If on the T-Mobile network it will say “T-Mobile” in the middle of the bottom line.

If I exceed my limit for roaming data usage, access is turned off for the rest of the month (which is good since they do not leave it on and bill me extra to use it).  Meanwhile, data usage on the T-Mobile network is not affected!

See the official info on this page:

Customers that are domestically roaming will receive free text message usage alerts for data. If the roaming data limit is exceeded for a Rate Plan, then data service will be suspended from off-network roaming until the start of the next bill cycle or a qualifying change is made to the Rate Plan. This will not impact: (1) voice usage, and (2) data usage on the T-Mobile network.

This chart indicates that with my unlimited data plan I should get 200mb:

Current Rate Plan Full Speed Data Allotment New Domestic Off Network (Roaming) Data Limit
1MB to 199MB 5MB
200MB to 1.99GB 10MB
2GB to 4.99GB 50MB
5GB to 9.99GB 100MB
10GB and above 200MB
How will I know that I am near my domestic data roaming allotment?

You will receive a free usage alert via text message to notify you once you use 80% of your monthly domestic data roaming allotment. You will receive another free usage alert via text message to notify you when you reach 100% of your domestic data roaming allotment. These text messages will contain a link that will allow you to view your real-time usage. You can also view your domestic data usage by using the MyAccount feature on your device while roaming.


Galaxy S4 keyboard settings support page

Galaxy S4 Support Page (official Samsung)

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is available for Galaxy S4

However … my phone is 4.2 and says it is up to date!

Galaxy S4 case at Best Buy – Belkin Grip Candy Case Purple/Jade

Best Buy is dedicated to always offering the best value to our customers. We will match the price, at the time of purchase, on a Low Price Guarantee product if you find the same item at a lower price at a Designated Major Online Retailer or at a local retail competitor’s store.

Here’s how:

  • If you find a qualifying lower price online, call 1-888-BEST BUY and direct a customer service agent to the web site with the lower price, or when visiting a Best Buy store, one of our employees will assist you.
  • On qualifying products, Best Buy will then verify the current price to complete the price match.

Some exclusions apply. See the list of Designated Major Online Retailers and full details.

Belkin - Grip Candy Case for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mobile Phones - Purple/Jade - Larger FrontEnlarge Colors:

Belkin – Grip Candy Case for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mobile Phones – Purple/Jade

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Great case
5.0 out of 5

Posted by: crs4daz
from Lansing, MI
on 01/03/2014

This review is fromBelkin – Grip Candy Case for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mobile Phones – Clear/Gray

Value for Price
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5.0 out of 5

What’s great about it: fits great and stays put
What’s not so great: Wish it was more see through to see my phone color.

Definitely worth the purchase. They matched Amazon’s online pricing and I got it right at the store.

This product has…

  • Attractive design
  • Easily fits in pocket/purse
  • A no slip grip
  • Tough/durable
  • good fit

About me…

  • parent

I would recommend this to a friend!

Belkin SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 Grip Candy Case – Smartphone – Purple, Jade – Plastic


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Power + HOME key = screenshot

Galaxy S4 – to get a screenshot, press simultaneously the POWER button on the upper right side and the HOME button on center bottom