This post is part of a sponsored conversation on behalf of U.S. Cellular, all opinions are my own.
I use my phone all the time when I’m shopping, AJ and I use Google Keep to keep an in sync shopping list, I love coupon apps, and shopping online, well it sure beats long check out lines and cramped aisles. Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought something online while standing in a store. I’m completely guilty of this. During this busy time, smartphones, such as iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S8, are tools that can be utilized to simplify and enhance lives while also maximizing time and budgets when holiday shopping using U.S. Cellular’s reliable network.
Make the most of your time this holiday season by using smartphones:
- Research before purchasing. Gone are the days of thumbing through thick catalogs for ideas. Smartphones make researching online and accessing customer reviews easy while on-the-go. Many apps offer rich visuals, videos and content for brainstorming. For example, YouTube gift guides are a popular and effective way to get quick ideas, Amazon has millions of product reviews, or users can search and create gift idea lists on Pinterest.
- Avoid long check-out lines. The mobility of smartphones is one of their key benefits. Many consumers want to physically see and touch what they’re going to purchase, so visit stores to find a product, but actually make the purchase online to avoid long check-out lines. Many stores even allow for an item to be purchased online then picked up at the store for free.
- Keep great lists. Nearly 70 percent of people are totally undecided or considering multiple gift options when starting holiday shopping, according to a 2016 Google Consumer Survey. To be more organized while out browsing, utilize the notes feature on your device or take photos of what you want to purchase for a loved one. We use Google Keep to share our lists with each other.
- Keep cybersecurity in mind. It’s estimated that 64 percent of smartphone owners use their phone to manage finances once a month or more, according to U.S. Cellular’s consumer survey. Smartphone users should ensure phone security by using secure passwords, using familiar and secure websites and being wary when using public Wi-Fi to conduct holiday shopping online.
¹ Between Nov. 10-17, 2016, a total of 701 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.