Fun Videos, Valuable Websites, Yummy Recipes, Easy Crafts, and Handy Apps
Fun Videos, Valuable Websites, Yummy Recipes, Easy Crafts, and Handy Apps
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  April 2021  
JUST FOR YOU
ImOn Event Survey

Download Images to View At ImOn, we like to give back to our customers by offering special customer events and giveaways. Unfortunately, over the last year, the Coronavirus has limited our ability to hold in-person customer events. So, we would like your input on some possible virtual events we could offer our loyal customers in the future. We have created a quick survey asking what types of events you might be interested in and would appreciate your input! To take the survey, click here.
ImOn is Planting it Forward!

Download Images to View In the span of 40 minutes, the August 10th Derecho destroyed almost 70 percent of the city's tree canopy, including many of the city's older trees that have graced the landscape for decades. Long-term effects of this loss include increased energy costs due to the loss of shade, more stormwater runoff, and loss of habitat for many animals and insects.

ImOn Communications is committed to helping regrow our community after the Derecho by planting hundreds of trees around the Corridor. And we want to give you, our loyal customers, a chance to add some green back to your yards. ImOn will be giving away 15-gallon Swamp White Oak trees to 10 lucky ImOn customers this month! To participate in our free tree giveaway, just fill out the entry form at www.MyImOn.com/Trees. We will select ten lucky winners on April 15th and will deliver the trees to their homes later in April. 
Download Images to View April ImOn Calendar Photo

Here is a look at the beautiful photo adorning the ImOn Customer Calendar for April. This photo was submitted by ImOn customer Carl Bracken and shows a starry night with the illuminated remains of an old country church outside of Ridgeway, Iowa, in Winneshiek County.

The FREE 2021 ImOn Customer Calendar is still available for customers to pick up in the lobby of ImOn's headquarters at 101 3rd Avenue SW.
Download Images to View ImOn Calendar Photo Contest

As you can see above, we have had some great photos in our 2021 ImOn customer calendar, so we are kicking off the photo search again! Join ImOn in celebrating the beauty of Eastern Iowa with our annual ImOn Calendar Photo Contest. Help fill the pages of our upcoming 2022 ImOn customer calendar with photos showcasing the beautiful places ImOn serves. We are looking for photos that capture breathtaking landscapes, area events, holiday fun, and vibrant culture.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the entrants of the winning photographs selected to be in the 2022 ImOn Customer Calendar. For more information and to submit your photos, visit go.ImOn.net/Calendar.
MUST-SEE VIDEOS
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Sweet Girl, Surprising Twist
This "cup of cheer" video is sure to bring a smile to your face. We won't say anything more so as not to spoil the fun.
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Annual Orange Tree Shake
Like a shimmying dancer, watch an orange tree shake its stuff in Valencia, Spain, thanks to a harvesting machine.
NEWS AND VIEWS
Meet the ImOn Team

At ImOn Communications, we believe that the people behind our company are just as important as the company itself. Our team is full of great people working hard to deliver the reliable service you deserve. So we wanted to introduce you to some of the friendly and local faces behind ImOn.

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ImOn Tech Tip

Did you know you can adjust the text size (zoom in and out) on a webpage to make it easier to read? Just use these simple keyboard commands.

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Download Images to View Call Before You Dig!

Whether you are planting a tree or installing a new fence, digging without knowing the location of your underground utility lines can be dangerous. That's why you should call 8-1-1 a few days before starting any digging project.

When you call, simply tell the operator where you are planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing. Local utilities will then be notified and they will send someone out to your property, free of charge, to mark out the existing underground utility lines with either spray paint or small flags.

When you start your project, you should avoid digging within 18 to 24 inches from these marked utility lines. This will prevent damage to gas, electric, telecommunication, water, and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions in your neighborhood, serious injuries, and costly repairs.
April 25th Is National Telephone Day

Download Images to View On April 25th we celebrate National Telephone Day. Alexander Graham Bell introduced the first version of the telephone in 1876 and it emerged as one of the most successful products ever invented. However, as smartphones have become more and more popular, landline phones are rapidly losing their popularity. According to Statista.com, in 2004, more than 90% of U.S. households had an operational landline phone. That has now fallen to 37% in 2020. So, in honor of National Telephone Day, we wanted to share some of the advantages of keeping a landline phone.
  1. Emergencies (911): In the event of an emergency, your landline is the best way to call 911. Even if you can't speak, the dispatcher knows your address and can quickly send help. While cell phones can track your location through GPS, it can only track you to the nearest cell site, which could waste valuable time in an emergency.

  2. Dependability of service: While a landline phone does limit your mobility and where you can use it, you can't beat its dependability. Even in today's highly mobile world, there are still cellular dead zones and areas with spotty reception. Plus, you don't have to worry about whether your battery is charged or how many minutes you have left.

  3. Quality: Consumer Reports found that sound quality on a cordless home phone was better than any cellular device available. This is something to consider, especially for those individuals who may be hard of hearing.

  4. Alternative Number: Many people don't want to give their cell phone number out to just anyone. So, a landline could be an alternative number that could be used instead of giving out your cell number.
If you find yourself wishing you had your old landline telephone again, ImOn is here to help. Adding a home phone line doesn't cost much and we make the process easy and painless. Plus, you can get several call features including call waiting, caller ID, voicemail, call forwarding, call blocker, and more.
Recycle Your Devices for Earth Day

Download Images to View Earth day is April 22nd, and what better way to help the Earth than to recycle or donate some of the old electronics that are just sitting in your closet gathering dust! Old, unused electronics make up one of the fastest-growing kinds of trash in America. By recycling your old electronics you can help reduce the amount of raw materials mined and the energy used to produce and ship new ones. In fact, for every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. Here are a few helpful links to learn more about donating or recycling your old electronic devices.
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A slow Internet connection can be frustrating — videos buffer, downloads take forever, and websites do not load. Most of the time, the blame is put on your Internet connection and Internet service provider for the issues. But there are a lot of things that could be affecting your Internet speed, like the website you're visiting, the device you are using, or your Wi-Fi connection. So, if you are experiencing a slower than normal Internet connection, the first step is to do an Internet speed test. Here are a few tips to help ensure you get the most accurate speed readings possible from your Internet speed test.

Download Graphics to View Restart Your Modem and Router Before Starting
Yes, we know you are probably tired of hearing us ask, "have you tried restarting it?" While we know this can be frustrating to hear over and over, there is a reason why this is often our first suggestion. Most modems and routers are constantly running day and night. This can lead to them getting overloaded or overheated which causes their performance to decline. It is recommended that you reboot your modem and router at least once a month. This ensures they get the latest network and security updates, along with clearing out the memory and resetting tasks that may have gotten stalled and are slowing down your connection.

Download Graphics to View Use a Wired Connection
When doing an Internet speed test, always connect your device to your modem using a wired Ethernet connection. A wired connection always offers a more accurate and consistent Internet experience than over a Wi-Fi connection. That's because a Wi-Fi connection can be impacted by several different things in your home that have an effect on your Wi-Fi signal strength and reliability. For a full list of the things that can negatively impact your Wi-Fi signal, click here. If you cannot use a wired connection for your speed test, just know that using a Wi-Fi connection will automatically cut your Internet speed by almost half.

Download Graphics to View Get Everyone Off the Internet
Before performing any speed test, make sure everyone in your home is off the Internet. If others are using the Internet, it will automatically slow down your speed test. Make sure to remember to shut off your wireless security cameras, smart speakers like Amazon Echo, hot spots, and mobile phones that connect to your network through Wi-Fi. Turning these devices off or to airplane mode will ensure they are not using the Internet during the test.

Download Graphics to View Clear Your Cache
Since you will be using a website to perform the Internet speed test, it is a good idea to clear your browser's cache before starting. Your browser's cache contains temporary Internet files your computer automatically downloads every time you visit a website. Having these files on your computer will help the page load faster the next time you visit it. Sometimes though, old saved cache information can cause problems with websites or slow down your computer. To quickly clear your cache, when you're on a website, simply click Ctrl+Shift+R. This shortcut will reload the webpage with a cleared cache.

Download Graphics to View Run Multiple Tests
Run multiple speed tests to get an average reading. While speed tests won't tell you an absolute Internet speed, they will give you a good approximation over time.

Once you've started collecting accurate speed test results, you'll be able to identify patterns or issues, troublesome devices, and Wi-Fi dead spots in your home. As always, the ImOn Customer Care Team is here to help. If at any time you have questions or concerns about your Internet connection, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

We hope you found this Tech Talk topic informative and useful. If you have a tech topic you would like to learn more about, just email your ideas, or questions, to TechTalks@ImOn.net and you may see them featured in an upcoming edition of Tech Talks.
SITES OF THE MONTH
A Fun Place to Learn  
A Fun Place to Learn
This isn't your grandma's encyclopedia! Check out the fascinating videos, trending quizzes, and cool word games.
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Yay! Time to Play Ball!  
Yay! Time to Play Ball!
Major League Baseball returns on April 1st, so step up to the plate to see schedules, attendance guidelines, and more. Learn more...
Low-Cost Patio Upgrades  
Low-Cost Patio Upgrades
Home improvement pro Bob Vila offers tips for making an outdoor living space look like a million with just a few dollars. Learn more...
CUSTOMER ALERT
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COOKING DEMO
Cooking Demo 1 - Download Graphics to View  
Grilled Cheese, 15 Ways
April is Grilled Cheese Month, and this video's mouthwatering recipes feature unique twists on the classic sandwich.
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Unforgettable Chopped Salad
Chop, chop! Start making this flavorful salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, pecorino cheese, and balsamic glaze.
POPULAR APPS
LinkedIn  
LinkedIn
Here's the faster and better way to access LinkedIn and search for jobs, keep up with news from your network, and stay in touch.
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Paperama  
Paperama
Folding paper is the ultimate Zen experience, as you'll discover with this unique and relaxing adventure to the origami world.
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Cairn  
Cairn
This app will help you get home safely from outdoor adventures. It offers safety tracking and alerts, cell coverage, and navigation.
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CRAFTY IDEAS
Crafty Demo 1 - Download Graphics to View  
Button Up Your Craft Skills
It's super easy to take colorful spare buttons and turn them into earrings, bowls, bookmarks, and candle holders.
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Tree-mendous Twig Monogram
You'll love the rustic beauty of this wall décor, and Mother Nature supplies most of what you need in your backyard.
FAQ/TUTORIAL
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