Be the best holiday party guest ever with these phone etiquette tips

Ahh, it’s that time of year again, the holidays. Time to take a break from our daily routines and celebrate with those that matter most. From friends to family to coworkers, it’s nice to take a step back and realize there’s a lot to be thankful for.

Whether you’re thankful for them or not, with the holidays come parties — lots of them. Miss Manners herself, Emily Post, says as a guest it’s your job to put your best foot forward. She also advises you to put away your phone. A recent Asurion survey found that’s easier said than done. We surveyed more than 1,300 people about phone manners and we learned that 51% said it’s annoying for others to be on their phone while eating/drinking with friends and family. However, nearly 60% of those same people said they’ve checked their phone in that same scenario.

Whether it’s an office party, a friendly get-together or a family event, here are four guidelines to ensure you’re the most polite guest at the party when you use your phone.

The YouTuber:

Phone Etiquette tips - AsurionYes, phones are great for capturing funny moments: however, just because you have a video of Aunt Ethel standing on the table chugging eggnog does not mean you should share it.

Here’s a rule of thumb for holiday party posting manners – ask before you post.

Yes, it’s funny, but that doesn’t mean it needs to go on the internet. Your life will go on without that one viral video of your coworker at the holiday party snoring on the couch cuddled up with a stuffed reindeer. You won’t be able to quit your job to be a YouTube star, but trust us, they’ll appreciate your discretion.

The Table Texter:

Etiquette tip for your techWe get it. Your phone is your best friend that lives in your pocket. It’s your only life-line to the outside world, but when you’re at the dinner table, it’s best to put it away. Your group chat can wait while you eat and engage with the people around you. Like Miss Manners said, “Your job as a guest is to display enthusiasm, consideration and thoughtfulness” – appearing withdrawn and disconnected is noticeable to those around you.

Tip: Don’t put your phone on the table. Accidents happen when a table of 20+ people are passing the turkey, the stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy… the list goes on and on. While you might like your meal doused in gravy, your phone may not appreciate that extra flavor boost.

The Wi-Fi Asker:

Holiday Phone Etiquette tips - AsurionTo ask or not to ask, that is the hotly debated question. While you want to stay connected without using your limited data, the holidays bring friends and family together from all over and puts them under one roof. Sure, it gets old fielding questions like, “How’s work?” or “When are you and so-and-so getting married?” It’s face-to-face interaction that Grandma Lori wants. If there’s a need for Wi-Fi, there is no harm in asking. Are you in charge of playing music? Were you asked to FaceTime your cousin that couldn’t make it? Are you all playing a game that requires internet access? If so, you’re in the clear. If not, use discretion.

Tip: Don’t ask the host for the Wi-Fi password in a room full of people. Avoid the Wi-Fi frenzy, ask quietly on the side.

Take the picture, call the family member, answer the text, but remember: moderation is key. Enjoy the day. After all, the holiday season only comes around once each year.

The Instagrammer:

Proper tech etiquette for holiday guestsThis is an essential job. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Even though people groan when it’s picture time, capturing these moments is important. You never know what can change in a year and taking photos of joyful times helps keep those memories close. What’s not important is spending time searching for the “perfect” filter. Don’t miss out on the memories because you’re trying to get everybody’s phone numbers to send the group picture out.

Tip: Take the photo. Edit and share after the party.

Throughout the holidays, every Instagram user will see their fair share of snow pics, food pics and present pics – trust us, your friends will still stop strolling to double-tap your picture no matter when you post it.

Be a good guest

Your phone is a fun distraction from awkward holiday moments, but be a good guest! After the party you can curl up at home, put on Netflix and scroll through your timeline to catch up on what you missed.

How Asurion’s employees are making an impact in their communities

Our leaders understand that how we work matters just as much as the work we do. They know that Asurion’s success is dependent upon its employees. Because of that, employee engagement and employee empowerment are a huge part of our company’s culture. One aspect of that culture is volunteerism. From our executive leaders to our tech experts, our goal is the same — make an impact in the communities that we call home.

The start of Compassion Forward

compassion forwardA decade ago, we created a program dedicated to helping employees and the communities where we live called Compassion Forward. The mission is simple: celebrate and encourage community involvement by our employees through volunteerism. Compassion Forward highlights what is truly great about Asurion — our employees coming together to tackle challenges as a team.

Creating opportunities to give back

compassion forward team at asurionWe know our employees’ days are packed with helping our customers stay connected, but we also know helping out in our communities is just as important. Throughout the year, we offer volunteer opportunities and encourage employees to give back during the work day. Creating opportunities to make a difference in the community helps our employees feel more invested in the company, boosts employee morale and improves our overall working environment. In fact, nearly 90% of our employees say they feel good about the ways Asurion contributes to the community.

Celebrating through volunteering

In 2018, we celebrated Compassion Forward’s 10th birthday by offering volunteer opportunities to our employees during our Week of Compassion. From Orlando, Florida at the Boys and Girls Club; to the Samaritan House in San Mateo, California; to serving the homeless in New Brunswick, Canada, our team stepped up in a big way. More than a dozen sites across Asurion logged over 1,500 service hours.

We are “One Team”

While our company is spread out all over the globe, we strive to create an environment where every employee feels valued and believes their talents contribute to our overall company goals. Taking time to recognize the needs of our communities and acting on them is just one way we will continue to reach for our full potential. At Asurion, we are one team.

Spotlight on Asurion’s Las Vegas team

At Asurion, our main goal is to help customers with their technology – and helpfulness is something that our team in Las Vegas exemplifies daily. Home to more than 1,000 of our 17,000 worldwide employees, our technology call center near Las Vegas is one of the few of its kind in the area.

What’s unique about our Vegas office

Tech careers with Asurion in Las VegasLocation, location, location. Located northwest of downtown Las Vegas, our office – which we refer to as our Montecito office – is 20 minutes away from what you first think of when you hear Las Vegas: the Strip. Its prime location is close to the typical tourist destinations and is also just minutes away from hiking at Red Rock Canyon or skiing.

In a city focused on customer experience, Asurion takes it to the next level. We take the customer service aspect of the casino and hospitality industry and add in technology for an overall unique job experience. It’s a fun, high energy, high-change environment with a focus on keeping our customers connected. The office is a modern facility with plenty of natural light and a 360-degree view of the surrounding scenery.

100% “proud, techy nerds”

We believe learning should be fun, and what better, more engaging way to welcome our new hires than gamification? All new tech experts go through our Spotlight on Asurion's Las Vegas teamversion of an escape game that is centered around teaching about products customers could be calling to get help with. The game is the best of both worlds, as it puts the customers first by learning how to help them, all while keeping it fun and current by appealing to the gaming culture.

We love technology, and enjoy working with our customers to help them get the most out of their tech. Basically, as our Regional Director Osmar Blanco puts it, “We are a team of proud, techy nerds.”

Ingredient for success: Strong, engaging culture

Our Vegas office is a wonderful example of what we call our “One Team” mentality. Creating a rewarding and collaborative work environment is part of our focus to ensure employees feel valued, and we do this through a social recognition program called ACE. Our ACE news feed celebrates achievements and allows employees to recognize their peers for their hard work. For our Vegas team, of course, there’s a little bit of casino-flair mixed in. Employees collect Asurion poker chips when they’re recognized, which can be traded in for cool merchandise. There’s an entire space dedicated to Asurion gear, from t-shirts to lawn chairs, and employees love to share their Asurion pride on their sleeve (literally).

Spotlight on Asurion's Las Vegas teamLas Vegas is known for its fun and unique vibe, and that’s something we strive to carry over to our day-to-day office environment. Helping customers recover photos or learn how to use their connected device can be a lot of work, so we make sure to throw a lot of fun into the mix for our tech experts. Our calendar is full of engaging events to look forward to, everything from Hat Day, to Tie and Tiara Day, and – going back to that whole thing we said earlier about “proud, techy nerds” – we have many days dedicated to superheroes and sci-fi appreciation too.

We’re all about having fun and promoting a positive work culture that feels a lot like home, and we also offer employees a competitive salary and great benefits.

Active within their community

From supporting a blood drive to filling backpacks with school supplies, we are always looking for more ways to give back. We also love to get involved in our

Spotlight on Asurion's Las Vegas team

community, doing things like competing in the Las Vegas Corporate Challenge, the largest amateur sporting event in Nevada. During the event, more than 125 companies from around Vegas get together to compete in more than 40 events ranging from sports to trivia. In 2018, team Asurion won first place in Executive Relay; finished fourth in the trivia battle of the brains; and placed 3rd in Corporate Ninja.

Montecito shines bright

So, while you (if you’re an astronaut) can see the Las Vegas Strip from outer space, here on Earth, our Montecito office is a tremendous bright spot representing Asurion. Thankfully for us, what happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas. The impact of our employees is felt throughout the company on a regular basis.

Interested in joining the team? Asurion has over 17,000 employees in 53 locations around the world, with our global headquarters in Nashville, TN. Click here for career opportunities.

Disinfect your tech to keep germs at bay this flu season

We take our phones with us everywhere. From the restroom to the office, to the kitchen to happy hour after work, your phone is there for it all. On top of that, we use the same hands that we hold our phones with to touch door handles, shake hands, flush toilets… the list goes on and on.

Despite washing our hands throughout the day, the moment we touch our phones again, we’re reintroduced to those yucky germs that are hanging out there. And we really like to touch our phones – a recent Asurion survey* polled 2,000 Americans and learned that the average person touches their phone once every 12 minutes.

Unfortunately, flu season is upon us once again, and germs are big fans of our hands (germs particularly liked them last year, when the flu season was one of the worst in a decade). Sure, your first line of defense is to wash your hands with soap and water, but did you know that germs can live on any surface for two hours or more? Don’t let your phone be a bacteria-spreading culprit – check out these tips from our team of tech experts on how to safely disinfect your tech.

Clean germs from your phone to help prevent flu

How to clean your devices:

  1. As a safety precaution, turn your phone or tablet off before cleaning.
  2. Use a microfiber cloth with a cleaning solution (suggested: 50/50 water and alcohol).
  3. Spray the cloth, not the device.
  4. Steer clear of cleaning wipes. Depending on the ingredients they could damage the external coating or the internal makeup.

How often should you clean your devices?

The easy answer is clean your technology regularly.

How often is regularly? Well, that depends. Where do you use your device? If you’re one of the many that take your phone into the restroom, you should wipe it down more often than someone who does not. If you tend to eat while scrolling through your device, a daily wipe down with a microfiber cloth would be a good idea.

A simple solution would be to wash your hands before you eat and not touch your device during meals. However, if that’s not an option for you, the more you clean it, the better.

If a family member, friend or co-worker is sick, try not to share devices. Resist the urge to share photos and watch videos — we know how easy it is, but if you must, — quickly give your device a wipe down.

Prevention is key

There are many ways to prevent the flu from spreading. Keeping your tech clean is one simple step.

Are you interested in learning more tips? If you are enrolled in your phone carrier’s protection and support program, you may already have unlimited access to our tech experts who can help you learn, grow and do more with your technology!

 

*Source: Asurion 2018 Consumer Tech Dependency Survey. Asurion partnered with SSI, an online market research fieldwork provider, to survey 1,000 U.S. cell phone users, ages 18-65. March 2018.

Are you feeling tired? Your phone might be the reason

It’s a fact of life: A good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle.

That said, there’s something keeping many Americans from those necessary hours of rest. It’s not a movie or a book and it’s not a significant other tossing and turning next to you — it’s your phone.

A recent Asurion survey* polled 2,000 adults about their bedtime phone habits. 61% of those surveyed said they’ve stayed up past their desired bedtime because they lost track of time while on their phone.

While our devices may distract us from sleep, for many, putting our phones out of the bedroom is not an option. In fact, the same survey found 65% of Americans sleep with their phones on a nightstand near their bed. Here are some tips from our tech experts to help you put the phone away and enjoy some sweet slumber.

When the sun goes down, switch to Night Shift mode

How to turn on Night Shift mode on iPhone

Did you know the blue light from our phones can keep us up at night? You probably did, but do you know why? Light at night effects your body’s production of melatonin and can throw off your biological clock.

You might lose track of time scrolling on your phone, but don’t let it keep you up at night.

The solution: Reduce the amount of blue light emitted from your phone. It’s simple: on your iPhone, just go to your Display & Lighting settings and select Night Shift mode.

On many Android devices, you can swipe down from the top of your screen and turn on the Blue Light Filter option.

Let Do Not Disturb mode work for you

How to turn on Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Do Not Disturb allows you to focus on counting sheep, not beeps. It disables all sound and visual notifications to allow you to sleep freely through the night. Don’t worry about missing an emergency; a call will come through if the caller calls multiple times.

How to turn on Do Not Disturb on iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb to turn on Do Not Disturb manually or set a schedule.
  2. You can also turn on the Do Not Disturb function by swiping to the Control Center and tapping the “Moon” icon.

How to turn on Do Not Disturb on Android:

  1. Press the volume down button to vibrate and once more for Do Not Disturb. This will set it to only allow Alarms to sound.

New updates to iPhone and Android focus on digital wellbeing

Google began rolling out Android Pie in August and among the many new features is one focused on bedtime. Called Wind Down mode, it slowly shifts your phone to grayscale when it’s time for bed, so you don’t end up mindlessly scrolling until midnight.

Apple just released iOS 12 in September, and with the new update is a nod to tech-life balance. Within Screen Time is a setting called Downtime where you can schedule breaks from your phone. When activated, Downtime grays out all your apps, except for the ones on your Always Allowed list.

 

Want more guidance on how to best use (or not use) your technology? Soluto is the easiest way to get more from your tech.

 

*Random double-opt in online survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in July 2018 for Asurion by OnePoll, a market research company and corporate member of ESOMAR and adheres to the MRS code of conduct.

How to make your apartment smarter

So you want to make your apartment smart, but you don’t know how or where to start. Good news, you’re in the right place.

From high-tech smart home options to simple changes, the options are overwhelming. Our tech experts looked at every option and came up with four tips for you — the renter.

With little-to-no installation, you can make your apartment smart. The best part? When you move out, these devices are coming with you.

First thing’s first: Get your smartphone or smart speaker (like Amazon Alexa, Google Home Assistant or Apple Homekit with Siri) ready to sync to your smart home devices and let the tech magic begin.

Light the room without flipping a switch

Smart lightWireless lighting systems like Philips Hue work well for rental properties. Dim the lights or change the color all from your smartphone or smart speaker. Just switch out the bulbs, no wiring required. Coming home late? Walk in to a lit house without leaving your lights on all day  turn them on from your phone before you walk in.

Control your locks from anywhere

Smart lockSmart locks may seem like an impossible option for renters, but not so fast! Not every smart lock requires replacing the entire lock. Put your landlord’s mind at ease with locks like the August Smart Lock Pro. They don’t require you to replace the entire locking mechanism, just the knob on the interior side of the door.

Translation: The original keys will still work, it is completely reversible and will be more likely to be accepted by building management.

Pro tip: Get your landlord’s permission first.

Once you get the go-ahead, enjoy keyless entry, automatic locking and complete control to lock, unlock and monitor from anywhere.

No DIY required, just change the plug

Smart plug

A smart plug is the easiest way to start the transition to a smart home. You simply plug it in to any wall socket, then plug in any device. You’re in control. For example, plug in a lamp and you can turn it on or off no matter where you are from your phone. You can even set a schedule for the devices to power on and off. Gone are the days of you walking out the door with that pesky coffee maker still on!

When looking for smart plugs, find one that easily interacts with products you already have (i.e. smart speaker).

Stress free security

Smart security

Good news, security cameras like Nest, Canary or Netgear’s Arlo will all work in a rental.

No installation required. Put it where you want it, connect to the internet and that’s it. Sync it up to the app on your smartphone and your worries will fade. Watch live video of your apartment from the HD camera, sound the alarm, or call the police all from your phone.

Congratulations, your apartment just got a little smarter.

Need help explaining why you want a smart apartment to your landlord? Our tech experts are here to help! They can teach you every benefit so you’re confident in your pitch to property management.

How to prepare your iPhone and iPad for iOS 12 update

Are you ready for the new update? iOS 12 brings a lot of performance changes and new features to your Apple devices. The update will roll out on existing iPhones (5S and newer), iPads (iPad Air and newer) and the new iPhone/iPad models. Here’s a complete list of compatible devices for iOS 12.

While you might be ready, your devices may not be. Our tech experts came up with these three tips to help prepare your iPhones and iPads for the new update.

Back up all of your devices before installing iOS 12

There are two places to back up your device, iCloud and iTunes.

How to back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud

  1. Connect to Wi-Fi.
  2. Open Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  3. Tap iCloud Backup > Back up now.

How to back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud

  1. Open iTunes and connect your phone to your computer with a lightning cable.
  2. Unlock your phone and click Trust this Computer (if it appears).
  3. Click the Device icon in the top-left corner, then click Summary. To back up Health date, click Encrypt and create a password.
  4. Under Backups, click Back up now.

Clean your device storage before updating to iOS 12

iOS 12 Tech TIpsBefore downloading the update, you will probably need to make some space for it. Checking storage space availability is a great place to start.

Tap Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

Once you’re there, you can see how much storage you use, what takes up the most space and how much memory you have left.

This is a great opportunity to do a little device housekeeping. Clearing out old text conversations, parting ways with old music, and deleting pictures and videos are all great ways to make some room.

  • Messages – If your texts take up a lot of memory, delete some conversations. Tip: Focus on the conversations with a lot of media.
  • Photos and videos – Both of these take up a ton of storage space. Try and part ways with screenshots, duplicates and blurry pictures. If you don’t want to delete them, back them up on iCloud and then move them off your phone.
  • Apps – Remember those apps you downloaded but never used? It’s time to hold down the ‘X’ in the top right corner and tap delete.
  • Music – Take a good, hard look at your music library and say goodbye to the albums and songs you’re ready to remove from your phone.

How to update to iOS 12

You’re almost there! Before you update, make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi and is charged to at least 75%.

  1. Open Settings > General.
  2. Tap Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and install. Follow the instructions to update your software.

Your device will restart and install the new update. Check out the new features available in iOS 12 here.

Want more tips to help you get the most out of iOS 12? Asurion’s tech experts can help you learn, grow and do more with your technology!

How to set up severe weather alerts on your phone

Natural disasters and emergencies can happen at any moment. September is National Preparedness Month and it’s a good time to make sure you and your family are prepared for anything and everything.

One simple way is to turn your smartphone into a trusted advisor before and during severe weather events. While we can’t (yet) control the weather, we can at least use our phones to stay in the know when severe weather strikes – and, of course, to inform us if we need to reroute our road trip away from a storm.

Our team of tech experts pulled together a few helpful tips to help when the uncontrollable weather comes knocking.

Tip 1: Stay connected to stay informed

One of the most important things to do is to make sure you have enough battery power to keep you connected. This will be especially helpful if severe weather causes a power outage.

How to make your battery last even longer:

  1. Keep your phone out of direct sunlight and away from intense cold.
  2. Turn down your screen brightness as low as you can while still seeing the screen.
  3. Turn off features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi if you’re not using them.
  4. Don’t wait for your battery to completely die. Charge whenever it’s convenient.
  5. Flip on Low Power Mode if the battery is draining too fast.

Tip 2: Set up push alerts to get severe emergency updates

Emergency Alerts are issued through the major cell carriers by the National Weather Service and various federal agencies.

Don’t worry about overlooking these alerts. The loud noise and vibration will definitely get your attention.

Here’s how to get set up weather alerts on your phone:

iOS:

By default, this option is turned on, but can be disabled or verified by going to Settings > Notifications > Emergency Alerts.

Android:

Settings > More > Cell Broadcasts (may be under Wireless Networks section) > enable / disable Extreme Alerts and Severe Alerts.

Tip 3: Download a few apps to stay on top of weather conditions

There’s hundreds of weather apps available that offer a bit of everything including from snow report, UV indexes and live radar. Most of the apps are free and offer push notifications during weather warnings and watches. Many local TV stations offer apps to stream severe weather coverage. We suggest you download a few and find the one that works best for your needs. Here’s a couple to test out to get started:

How to set up severe weather alerts on your phone

Accuweather – This app uses crowdsourcing to keep you in the know by allowing users to share weather conditions others nearby. It also provides minute-to-minute rain forecasts for the next two hours based on your current location.

How to set up severe weather alerts on your phoneMyWarn – Location-based app that constantly monitors the latest tornado, severe thunderstorm and flash flood watches and warnings from the National Weather Service. The app instantaneously notifies you of critical NWS alerts wherever you are.

How to set up severe weather alerts on your phoneMonster Guard – App designed by the American Red Cross to teach kids how to be prepared for real-life emergencies through a fun game.

 

Keep in mind, while our phones are becoming the remote control for our lives, they still can’t control crazy weather. But they are a great first step in staying informed (with very little effort on our part!) in case severe weather strikes.

Want more tips to help prepare your family in case of an emergency or natural disaster? If you are enrolled in your phone carrier’s protection and support program, you may already have unlimited access to our tech experts who can help you learn, grow and do more with your technology!

Five ways your phone can improve your game day experience

Watching a game these days is completely different than it was just a few years ago. Being a fan is not just waving a foam finger and yelling “Defense!” anymore. It’s about checking a rival team’s score, watching highlights of another team’s upset win, texting your friends – all while cheering for your team to pick up the first down. And then there’s social media, where fans hop on in droves to discuss the highs and lows of games as they happen.

These days, the biggest competition to attending live games is a comfy couch. Because of that, teams are trying to outkick the competition by improving the in-game fan experience and tech is high on their list.

So, if you’re one of the millions of fans who love the atmosphere of a live game, but also want to post, tweet or keep up with other scores — have no fear, change is here. Our tech experts came up with these helpful tips to improve your game day experience.

Improved stadium connectivity is on the horizon

Teams like the Minnesota Vikings took the demand for better connectivity to heart. They hosted Super Bowl LII (last season) and more than 67,000 fans witnessed a thrilling Philadelphia Eagles win over the New England Patriots and had Wi-Fi access at U.S. Bank Stadium to chat about it. With improved connectivity, fans got more out of the game than just celebrating a win or moping over a loss.

Digital tickets are in, paper tickets are out

This season your paper tickets will be collector’s items. The NFL is transitioning to digital tickets.

Fans can now use their smartphone to access their tickets through their team’s mobile app (all 32 teams have mobile apps now). The goal is to create a simpler and more convenient way to buy, share and sell your tickets. Also, quicker entry at the gate is always a plus.

Are you trying to get last-minute tickets for the big game? No problem, apps like Gametime or Ticketmaster are great places to check for available tickets. The best part? No printer needed. Just walk up, scan and enter. It’s that easy.

Avoid traffic, park like a pro

One of the biggest gripes about heading to the big game — traffic. Side step that bumper-to-bumper headache with apps like Waze. It alerts you of traffic ahead and provides alternate routes to help you get to the stadium on time.

After you’ve escaped the traffic issue, your next challenge — parking. A parking feature in the Atlanta Falcons’ app shows you available spots and how to reach them. Not sure which spot to pick? There’s a tab titled “Help me find the best lot.” If your favorite team’s app doesn’t have that capability (yet), stick with apps like BestParking or Parker. They help fans find the best place to park, as well as, how much it’ll cost.

Take a timeout: Keep your phone chargedFive ways your phone can improve your game day experience

If you haven’t noticed, a lot of these tips revolve around apps on your smartphone, which is great, but that means your battery can’t die. You might forget your lucky hat or your side dish for the tailgate, but, at the very least, you’ll remember to charge your phone.

Don’t be that person who runs their battery down because you couldn’t stop boomeranging the tailgate on Instagram. While there are solutions to that problem (see fun fact below), your friends won’t let you forget it any time soon.

FUN FACT: Many of the newer stadiums have charging stations placed around the concourse. (So, even if you’re that person whose phone dies because you’re on Snapchat… there is hope.)

One good option: Bring along a portable cell phone power pack. They’re small and can easily fit into the clear bags permitted in stadiums. Check out more tips to extend your smartphone’s battery life here.

Don’t miss the game because you’re waiting in line

How many times have you left your seat before halftime to try and beat the line at the concession stand or the restroom? Every game you try it, and every game you’re reminded that you and 50,000 of your closest friends have the same idea and the line is outrageous.

Teams like the NBA’s Miami Heat decided to improve their fan experience from their team’s app. You can buy tickets, find parking and, here’s the big one, keep up with wait times at concessions, bars and restrooms. You can monitor the length of the lines nearest you and make your plan for the quickest pit stop before you’re back cheering for your squad.Five ways your phone can improve your game day experience

New this season: Carolina Panthers fans can skip the line and order food and drinks from their seats at Bank of America Stadium. All you need is the Carolina Panthers app. It is your one-stop-shop. Once you link your payment to the app, you can scroll through the menu and place your order. When it’s ready, you’ll receive a notification and directions to the nearest pick-up point. The best part? No concession stand line for you.

Finally, sit back and enjoy the game

After your smartphone helped you bypass parking, get in the game, and skip lines, don’t miss the Hail Mary play at the end because you’re trying to take the perfect photo. Easily capture the memory on your phone and enjoy the big win.

Interested in learning more about the crossover between sports and tech? If you’re enrolled in your phone carrier’s protection and support program, you may already have access to our personalized tech experts!