Verizon iPhone: Three important steps before you upgrade
In less than 24 hours, Verizon customers can pre-order the iPhone. Tempted? Here are three tips for making the transition to a Verizon iPhone.
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If your phone doesn’t support Visual Voice Mail, you can have an outside service transfer your voice mail to a CD or MP3 files. The idea of paying an outside service might scare you away, but check out the rates: $18 for three voice mails saved to cassette or disc, or $10 for the first voice mail and $5 each for additional voice mails saved as MP3 files.Skip to next paragraph
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If you decide to splurge and spend the $2.99, where is the link to sign up? Not on any of the support pages explaining that you need the service. You have to do it from your phone. Go to the Messages menu and select Visual Voice Mail. Here’s how the process works.
- You turn on Visual Voice Mail.
- Select a voice mail message.
- Listen to it (you can stop it during play if you know what you want to do with it).
- Under Options, select Archive.
- You can save to a memory card or to My Sounds.
Then you can copy the memory card onto your computer or send your saved sound files to another phone. Simple? Not really. Worth it? You tell me.
If you’ve found an easier or less expensive way to do this, please leave a comment below.
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Keep your photos
What about those pictures or videos you took with your cell phone? Pictures have never been particularly easy to move off your phone, with the exception of texting them to another phone. Of course, that can be an expensive and time-consuming task. But to prepare for your move to the iPhone, you need to get the pictures off your old phone. Verizon offers an application called V CAST Media Manager. You’ll need to have QuickTime installed on your computer. If for some reason this won’t run on your PC, you can also wirelessly connect your phone to your computer using Bluetooth. There are a number of steps, depending on which mobile phone and what kind of computer you use. The gist: Dig through menus on both devices until you've turned on Bluetooth sharing. It does work and you can use this method to move your pictures and video files. Simple: No. Cost to you: Free.
Once you take all your important information off your old phone, you should be ready to go!