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Free Classes Teach You How to Use Your Smartphone

Smartphones are a hot holiday gift item. Millions of people will be opening up a new Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid Razr, or some other shiny new device this week, and trying to figure out how to use it. Free workshops from Verizon are here to help -- and you don’t even have to be a Verizon customer.

Today’s smartphones are powerful tools that go far beyond simply placing phone calls. It’s like carrying an entire PC and entertainment system in your pocket. But, in order to take advantage of the features and capabilities, you have to know they exist, and how to navigate to them, and make them work.

Even Santa might need some smartphone 101 this year.
Many things are intuitively self-explanatory. However, many are not -- especially for technology-challenged people like your parents who still have a VCR flashing “12:00” because they can’t figure out how to set the clock, or your cousin that still thinks his flat-panel display is the “computer” and the big box it’s connected to is the “hard drive”, or the elderly couple who didn’t realize they were recording themselves with their webcam.

If you bought a smartphone for someone like this, expect to get some calls with questions like, “What’s an app?”, or “Why does my battery run out before lunch?”, or “How do I upload this video clip to the Facebook?”

Verizon is offering help this holiday season with free Wireless Workshops for Android and the Apple iOS platform. The classes are available to everyone -- Verizon customer or not.

Trained experts lead the Verizon Wireless Workshops, and demonstrate common tasks like sending a text message, watching a video clip on YouTube, or surfing the Web. The Wireless Workshops also cover fundamentals like configuring the security options, adjusting the brightness of the display, and setting the device up to work with a wireless network.

Contact your local Verizon store to learn more, and to find out what the schedule is so you can arrange to attend one of the free workshops. You can probably learn a thing or two to find your way around an iPad or Android tablet, too.

For comprehensive coverage of the Android ecosystem, visit Greenbot.com.

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