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Tech Gifts for Grads and Dads



Whether you’re focused on Father’s Day or Graduation Day, it’s time to reward that special person in your life. And what better sign of appreciation than a little tech. Even if your dad or grad is all set with his or her smartphone or tablet, there are still dozens of great accessories to choose from.

Here are just a few of our favorites. They can all be purchased through the Verizon Wireless web site and all come with free shipping!

LG Tone Bluetooth® Stereo Headset

The LG Tone Wireless Stereo Headset brings you the high quality audio experience of stereo sound with the convenience of Bluetooth technology. Up to 10 hours of listening/talk time keeps you connected to your music and social life whenever you need it. Wear it at work, at the park, lounging at home, or working out at the gym. The LG Tone has multipoint capability, allowing you to stream music from your phone or computer and switch seamlessly to a call on your mobile device all from the neck band controls. And LG's free BT Reader app for Android devices lets the LG Tone read your incoming text messages. In addition to up to 10 hours of talk and music playing time, the LG Tone offers up to 360 hours (15 days) of standby time.

Price: $69.99



MotoACTV Bluetooth® Smart Health Tracker & Music Player

The MOTOACTV is a cutting-edge fitness tracker and smart MP3 player packed into a small, sweat proof and stylish device. Accusense™ technology and GPS track your workout data, including time, distance, speed, calories burned and heart rate. You can monitor your performance for running, cycling, golf and over 40 other activities directly on your device and online at the MOTOACTV Training Portal. The smart MP3 player stores hours of your favorite songs and actually "learns" what tunes motivate you the most.

Price: $249.99



Jawbone® JAMBOX™ Bluetooth® Speaker

This revolutionary device can act as a smartphone speaker or as a stand-alone speaker for music and other media. The Bluetooth technology allows for easy wireless connection and portability, and it’s powerful enough to fill a room with its crystal clear hi-fi audio. The JAMBOX automatically recognizes devices after it has been connected just once, and Jawbone’s MyTALK online platform allows you to download software upgrades and a variety of add-on apps. Comes in a choice of 4 colors, including red, black, and blue. And if your dad or grad is looking for something a little more powerful, Jawbone has just released the BIG JAMBOX!

Price: $199



Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation™

If your smartphone is always running low on battery, then the Mophie Juice Pack is a life-saver! The rechargeable 4000 mAh external battery can recharge a typical smartphone up to 4 times on one charge. The Juice Pack is specially designed to provide a high output that allows for rapid device charging, and it can switch between 500 mAh, 1 amp, or 2.1 amps, which makes it compatible with virtually any USB-charged device in the world. It can also simultaneously recharge itself while charging another device.

Price: $79.99



Plantronics Marque™ M155™ Bluetooth® Headset

The Plantronics Marque M155 is a stylish in-ear Bluetooth headset that’s compatible with the iPhone and most Android smartphones. There is a simple 2-step guide to pairing with each device. Voice recognition software means there are no buttons to press – you just have to say “Answer” to connect with an incoming call. With the Plantronics Marque M155, you can also stream music, listen to podcasts or get driving directions. There is also a free 1-year subscription to Plantronics Vocalyst voice and text services for managing e-mail, updating Facebook, and more.

Price: $59.99



This article first appeared in Family Buzz, a VerizonInsider blog on the exciting and ever-expanding world of mobile technology.



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