Posts Tagged ‘mobile phones’

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

HELP! My Kid Wants a Cell Phone!

Mobile phones play an enormous role in society today. It’s hard to find an adult that doesn’t own a mobile phone of some sort. So as it goes, kids are wanting to get in on the action. However, once your child or teen has a phone it is important to teach them to use it responsibly. So we are sharing some of our tips for responsible child and teen mobile phone use.

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According to Nielson, the first age for kids to have a mobile phone is between 9 and 10. Once you’ve bought a mobile phone for your child or teen, they use it to send, on average, 2,272 text messages a month!

However, not every child, or parent, is ready to let that happen. So we’ve compiled a list of a few tips to help you promote responsible mobile phone use for your child or teen.

  • Before buying a mobile phone for your son or daughter ask yourself, “Do they really need a phone?” With young children especially, the first consideration should be safety, not socialization.
  • Discuss the cost of “extras” (excess texting, ringtones, apps, web access). Explain that cell phones are expensive, and set up consequences for running up a large bill.
  • Create guidelines for mobile phone use. No phones in school or during meals and a set “turn-off” time at night are great starters.
  • NO texting or talking while driving for teens. Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens, so keep the distraction of mobile phones out of the picture.
  • Make sure they answer when you call. You bought them the phone as a means of communication, and you’re paying the bill, so they can answer when you call.
  • Buy a ZOMM to make sure your child doesn’t lose his or her phone (even if it does seem to be permanently attached to their hand). Plus, 911 will always be one button-press away.
  • Establish consequences for breaking any of these rules – and stick to it!

Do you have rules set for your child’s mobile phone use? Share your tips in the comments section below!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

BusinessWeek Features ZOMM

“Help for Lost Cell Phones”

Certain technology products are unintentionally irritating. The Zomm and Phone Halo—two new gadgets aimed at preventing you from losing your cell phone—are irritating by design. With some 285 million mobile phones in use nationwide, the number of phones that go missing each year is about 30 million, according to Nashville-based cell-phone insurance provider Asurion. Zomm and Phone Halo seek to protect users from the annoyance of having to rush back to the restaurant they left 45 minutes ago.

The Zomm, which costs $79.99, is a circular gadget about an inch and a half in diameter. Once you pair it with your phone via Bluetooth, its large central button flashes every five seconds to reassure you it’s still within range. Walk more than 30 feet away and it begins to flash more rapidly, vibrate, and emit an alarm that commands attention. Its center button also operates as a panic button when held down for 15 seconds. First it emits an alarm, and then, if not released, it summons help to the location of your phone. Zomm also incorporates a speakerphone that allows you to answer incoming calls. The sound is fuzzy for regular use, but it’s better than fumbling around a large bag for a ringing phone.

The Zomm works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, but the $59.95 Phone Halo—about the size of a rubber eraser—is currently limited to users of BlackBerrys and phones using Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system. (The company says iPhone compatibility is in the works.) Setup is more involved; you first have to download and install the appropriate app on your phone, then configure it. In addition to its audible alarm, you can set it up to e-mail you, or, if you don’t mind the embarrassment, to tweet a lost-phone message to your Twitter followers. You can use the Phone Halo in reverse by attaching it to some other object you don’t want to misplace, like a briefcase. Separate them too far, and the phone is preprogrammed to play the karaoke favorite (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me.

Of the two options, the Zomm does more things and is easier to set up. For iPhone users, the $20 difference is a small price to pay compared with the agony of separation from their beloved gadget.

Read the original article here

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Mobile Phones – USA’s Biggest Time Consumer?

Do you really realize how much time you spend on your mobile phone? Probably not. Most of us have become so accustomed to using our phones that, at the end of the day, we don’t even realize just how many minutes (or hours) we’ve spent absorbing mobile information.

In 2009, online media was the primary time-absorber for US consumers, at a little over 4 hours a day. (Not surprising) In comparison, consumers said they used their mobile phones for just over an hour each day.

The big news here is that during 2009, every form of media consumption DECREASED, except for mobile phones.  Mobile phone use actually increased by 39%. That means you are turning off the TV, putting away your laptop, unplugging the radio…and playing with your mobile phones. (Stats courtesy of

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So you use your phone a LOT.  We’ve already established you’d rather be using your phone than watching TV, listening to the radio or browsing the Internet. So where would you be if you lost your phone?

Let’s make sure we never have to find out.

With ZOMM, the world’s first Wireless Leash™ for mobile phones, you won’t ever have to worry. After pairing it with your phone via bluetooth, (no software or apps to download) ZOMM will alert you if you get more than 30 feet away from your phone. Sound like something you need to have? Visit the ZOMM online store to get yours!

Okay, now get off the Internet and get back to your mobile phone. We know you want to.

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Friday, July 23rd, 2010


Ready, set, road trip!
10 accessories to keep your summer trip rolling

The Fourth of July fireworks are over and Labor Day will be here before you know it. And since no one knows what the economy’s going to do, you might as well pack up the gang and hit the road.

The 10 accessories below can help keep you on track and, perhaps, provide a little fun along the way.

Remember Gray Powell, the Apple employee who accidentally left that prototype iPhone 4G in a bar a few months ago? Too bad he didn’t have a Zomm ($80). Essentially a Wireless Leash™, the Oreo-sized, Bluetooth-based unit beeps, flashes and vibrates anytime you and your phone get more than 30 feet apart. It also works as a speakerphone and panic button — and will surprise the heck out of the most brazen pickpocket.

Read the full story

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

iPhone 4 + ZOMM — Syncing Multiple Bluetooth Devices — Video

Hey iPhone 4 users! You spent a lot of money on that brand new, state-of-the-art smartphone—so you better not lose it. What better way to prevent losing your phone than with ZOMM, the world’s first wireless leash for mobile phones?

With the new operating system in the iPhone 4, you can sync multiple Bluetooth devices to your phone at the same time. ZOMM CEO, Henry Penix, shows you how  in this video:

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

AutoWeek Magazine includes ZOMM in their Father’s Day Gift Guide

“ZOMM is the perfect gift for the absentminded dad who just can’t keep track of his cell phone,” according to AutoWeek.

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Monday, June 7th, 2010

TulsaWorld – “ZOMM is a high-tech phone leash you can love”

Work on the ZOMM wireless leash has finally wrapped up, and Henry and Laurie Penix’s creation is shipping out across the nation.

The basic idea behind the ZOMM's keystone function — pair the device with your cell phone via Bluetooth and it sounds an alert if the two become separated — is brilliant; it’s one of those “why on Earth didn’t I think of that” concepts that are simple yet tremendously useful.

But how does it work in reality? I’ve carried one with me for a week and put the Tulsa creation through its paces.

The ZOMM is meant to be carried with your keys or purse at all times so you’ll get a reminder if you wander off without your phone. It’s the size of a poker chip and right at half an inch thick, so it fit comfortably in my pocket without taking up much space at all.

A single button on the device’s face controls every function, but since it’s slightly recessed I never accidentally set it off with my butt.

Pairing the ZOMM to my iPhone was a quick and painless process, and it should be the same for any other Bluetooth phone. Once activated, the ZOMM will occasionally flash slightly to let you know it’s active.

The alert kicks in when you leave Bluetooth range, which for me was about 50 feet. First the ZOMM will pulse, then it will flash brightly, then it will sound a somewhat loud alert. It’s not ear-splitting, but the alarm will definitely get your attention unless you’re at something like a rock concert.

Once the alarm goes off, you can silence it with the click of the ZOMM's button. Thankfully, the device automatically re-pairs with the phone once you get it back with a quiet, subtle chirp, so there’s no need for a complicated reset and no wondering whether it’s re-paired.

The ZOMM's second function is as a remote speakerphone, so you can answer your cell while driving without having to dig through your pocket or purse. One click answers the phone, two sends the call to voice mail. And yes, the ZOMM will ring along with your phone.

While driving on the Broken Arrow Expressway, I found the speakerphone volume was just loud enough for me to hear it over the roar of the road, and my callers could hear me fine. Thanks to some impressive noise canceling, the people I talked to didn’t hear the driving noises at all.

In fact, when I talked to one of my editors while going from full speed on the BA to a complete stop at an exit, he didn’t hear any of it. That’s on par with any of the best noise canceling tech I’ve used.

The sole drawback to this function is that the ZOMM will ring fairly loudly every time your phone does. If you have to put your phone on silent, you’ll have to remember to turn off the ZOMM as well.

It was easy enough to test the panic alarm; just hold down the button long enough and it’ll go off. The panic alarm is much louder than the ZOMM's other functions and sounds like a police siren, so people from well over 50 feet away will know you’re in distress.

Finally, hold down the button even longer and the ZOMM will have the phone dial 911. The phone has to be active for this to work, though you can of course use the ZOMM as the speakerphone.

The ZOMM's instructions will direct you to “activate” it via your computer, but for now the registration only works if you’re using OS-X for Mac or the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Henry Penix said support for other operating systems is coming, but I was able to use the ZOMM's functions just fine right out of the box even without activation.

But that and the need to remember to mute the ZOMM, both minor annoyances at worst, were the only drawbacks I could find. The device is easy to use, unobtrusive and very handy. I’m sure plenty of people outside of Oklahoma will come to love the ZOMM.

Read more from this Tulsa World article HERE

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The “WellConnectedMom” Reviews the ZOMM

Have You Joined the Loser Club?
by Lori Cunningham

{For a chance to win a ZOMM, see the end of this post}

You may recall from my CES 2010: Great Technology Products for Moms article in January, that the ZOMM, was my #1 favorite product from CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The Zomm was created by a mom, Laurie Penix, whose three children were constantly losing their cellphones. ZOMM stands for Zac, Olivia and Madison’s Mom. The ZOMM is a keychain you attach to your keys that connects wirelessly, through Bluetooth, to your cell phone. Should you leave your house, a taxi cab, a restaurant, the gym, etc. without your phone, the ZOMM, will set off an alarm to alert you that you are leaving your phone behind. I had the opportunity to talk with Laurie at CES as a member of the press.

Click here for the giveaway details and to read the full article

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Unveiled Feature

ZOMM Coverage begins at 2:45 and takes over the rest of the feature!

See the original clip here:

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Company Backgrounder

ZOMM is the world’s first Bluetooth® wireless leash for mobile phones, with call notification, speakerphone functionality and personal security. It is the brainchild of Laurie Penix, a mother of three, who kept hearing her kids and friends complain about their lost mobile phones. Together with her husband, Henry, they created ZOMM.

Before being unveiled to the world, ZOMM won a “best of innovation” award from a prestigious panel of judges from The Consumer Electronic Association.

The award will be accepted when ZOMM is unveiled to the world at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, January 5th, 2010. This momentum will propel ZOMM to a global brand and household name.

Past award winners include industry leaders such as: Sony, Nokia, Samsung, Panasonic and others, giving ZOMM instant credibility.

ZOMM is one of those products that makes everyone who hears about it say, “I should have thought of that”.

It is that simplicity; coupled with such a vast need among 2 billion Bluetooth enabled mobile phone users worldwide that will make ZOMM a global “must have” for every Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

To create an award-winning product, you must have an award winning team. Some of the world’s leading professionals have been assembled to create a world-class user experience with ZOMM. From England to Hong Kong and Seattle to China, ZOMM’s dream team has compiled thousands of hours in bringing a smart, stable and highly marketable product to market.

ZOMM is not a gimmick, but fills a need in one of the most aggressively expanding markets in the world… mobile phones.

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