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      Fall Fun and Halloween Safety Smartphone Apps

      As children in the area look forward to carving pumpkins, walking the neighborhoods, ringing doorbells and scoring some candy, smartphones are a tool that can be part of it all. With so many new devices and apps available, parents are just a download away from having some fall fun with their kids as well as having some extra peace of mind while their kids trick-or-treat.

      ??Using your smartphone to sketch out pumpkin carvings in the fall is a unique and fun way to use technology to share more family time together ,?? said Josh Beelman, area sales manager for U.S. Cellular in Kirskville. ??We want parents to be aware of the many ways they can use their phones to help ensure their kids have fun while also keeping them safe on Halloween as well as throughout the rest of the year.??

      The following are some fun apps recommended by U.S. Cellular to help you take advantage of pumpkin decorating by using devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4:

      • Before Halloween, apps like Halloween Pumpkin Carver can help you visualize the perfect jack-o??-lantern without ever making a first cut. It??s a perfect app for those that want to explore ideas and little ones that want to try their hand at free-style finger carving for safe, on-screen fun.
      • Just want to have a laugh? Use Pumpkin Maker to create the best Halloween faces! Funny, Goofy, Scary - you can make them all with the huge selection of pumpkin making items that can be shared via email or posted on Facebook.
      For Halloween night, U.S. Cellular recommends the following apps to give parents that extra peace of mind:

      • U.S .Cellular??s Family Protector. This service can help parents keep tabs on their kids through their smartphones on Halloween night. One feature of Family Protector is a location feature. This allows a parent to find a child??s lost phone or monitor their child??s whereabouts. It also includes a child check-in feature, which comes in handy when they are going door-to-door and out with friends. It also includes content filters and communication control features that enhance peace of mind year round, making it a great value a t just $9.99 per month for up to five Android devices, with a 30-day free trial. It??s backed by the 4G LTE network, with speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G.
      • FBI Child ID. Every year, thousands of children go missing. The FBI??s Child ID App can help. This free app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it??s literally right at hand if you need it. You can share it with security or police officers on the spot or use a special tab on the app to quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities.

      About U.S. Cellular: U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network, which has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 61 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and nearly 90 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row.