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Last Chance for the Spring Promotion!

It is your last chance to take advantage of our spring promotion, as it is only valid through May 31! This is truly a deal you won’t want to miss. Let Great Plains Communications help you increase your speed and watch your bill drop. Read below for the multiple ways you can save this season:

  • Add or upgrade Internet and receive up to a $50 bill credit + FREE Installation
  • Sign up for Cable TV or Phone service and receive FREE Installation
  • Bundle your services to save up to 37% each month

As the need for speed continues to rise with multiplying devices in the home and bandwidth requirements from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, make sure you are keeping up with your family’s speed needs. If you aren’t sure what that might be, take our What Speed do you Need quiz here on our website.

The clock is ticking on this great deal! If you are interested in signing up or learning more about the promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

Summer Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Summer break is quickly approaching and that means an abundance of free time for the children in your life. While there will be plenty of time spent outside, it is good to keep in mind some Internet safety topics to discuss with children to ensure their online experience is a positive one.

  1. Internet usage guidelines

Rather than telling them all the things they can’t do, have a conversation with your child about how long they are allowed online and what type of sites are OK or not OK. While you make the ultimate decision, show that you are listening to their opinions. Also discuss how to behave towards others when chatting, gaming, emailing, or messaging.

  1. The importance of privacy

While this depends on the age of the child, a simple rule for younger children could be that they should not give out their name, phone number or photo without a parent’s approval. Older children should be advised to be selective about what personal information they include on social networking, such as not including their address or telephone number on sites such as Facebook.

  1. Meeting online “friends”

The Internet can be a positive place for children to interact with other young people and ultimately make new friends. By discussing it ahead of time, your child is more likely to recognize if they’re talking to someone they shouldn’t be. This is a good way to keep the dialogue about Internet interaction between you and your children open.

Remember that the positive aspects of the Internet outweigh the negatives and that it is a wonderful educational and recreational resource. Let your child show you what they like to do online and discover it with them.

Spring Social Giveaway

We are throwing it back with our retro video game themed spring promotion, looking to help you get the high score with our high-speed Internet and watch your bill drop with up to a $50 bill credit! Along with this great deal, we are also doing our best social media giveaway to date.

Spring Social Giveaway

Enter to win a gaming package, including:

  • 1 Nintendo Switch™
  • Mario Kart Deluxe 8
  • Joy-Con Wheel (set of 2)

With this prize, you will be able to take the entertainment wherever you go, with the capability of a console gaming system and portable device all in one. Entertain the whole family with the classic Mario Kart team and feel like you’re really on the track with the Joy-Con Wheel as it simply snaps around the controller.

HOW TO ENTER

All of this sounds fantastic, but how do you get your name in the running? It is simple:

  • Go to the Great Plains Communications Facebook Page
  • Like our page
  • Find the post with the header “S O C I A L G I V E A W A Y”
  • Like the post
  • Comment on the post what is your favorite video game of all time

The giveaway will run until May 16, 2018. We will announce the winner here on our blog on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

To find out more on how you could receive up to a $50 bill credit, go to our website or call 1-855-853-1483 and tell our representatives you would like to learn more about the current spring promotion.

Increase Your Speed – Watch Your Bill Drop

Score big this spring with high speed Internet from Great Plains Communications. This is one promotion you won’t want to miss as you can increase your speed and watch your bill drop in price! Find out the multiple ways you can save this season, below:

  1. Add or upgrade your Internet service and receive up to a $50 bill credit + FREE Installation
  2. Sign up for Cable TV or Phone service and receive FREE Installation
  3. Bundle your services to save up to 37% each month

As the need for speed continues to rise with multiplying devices in the home and bandwidth requirements from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, make sure you are keeping up with your family’s speed needs. If you aren’t sure what that might be, take our What Speed do you Need quiz here on the Great Plains Communications website.

If you are interested in signing up or learning more about this amazing deal, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

Introducing ESPN+

Today, April 12, 2018 Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International’s BAMTECH Media in partnership with ESPN, launched their new subscription streaming service, ESPN+. This service is targeting avid sports fans on a broad and niche basis, offering subscription streaming access to thousands of additional live sporting events, original content, and an on-demand video library. Some examples of programming would be: 180+ Major League Baseball games, 180+ National Hockey League games, 100 days of coverage of PGA Tour, and year-round boxing matches. It is subscription based and separate from the ESPN TV Everywhere that fans receive as part of their cable subscription as well as being completely separate and a distinct product from ESPN television.

How and Where is it Offered?

ESPN+ will be integrated into the updated ESPN App. The new app will be available on iOS and Android products, as well as the web, FireTV, and additional devices starting today. If you already have the ESPN app, it will either update automatically or prompt you to update it. Once it has done so, you can elect to purchase access to ESPN+.

What Does it Cost?

An ESPN+ subscription will cost $4.99/month or $49.99/year. ESPN+ does not come with your Great Plains Communications cable subscription, but is an additional purchase directly from ESPN.

 

If you have questions about the new ESPN App or ESPN+, go to support.espn.com or call 1-888-549-ESPN. If you already have the ESPN app, you can also utilize the ESPN App Live Chat Feature.

Online Tax Tools

Tax Day is just about here, as April 17, 2018 quickly approaches. While filing taxes is never a super enjoyable task, it is something we all must do. Great Plains Communications wants to make the process a little easier for you, with a few online tool options.

TurboTax

You can find the TurboTax Federal Free Edition software online to file your 1040 EZ and 1040A federal returns as well as your state returns. While the federal filing is free, state might cost extra. The software is very user friendly, as you can either upload your W-2 as a file or even snap a photo and TurboTax will auto-fill the right fields.

H&R Block Free File

Using H&R Block’s Free File program, you will be able to file both federal and state tax returns for free. If you have used another software in the past and are looking to switch to H&R Block, you are able to import tax returns from any competing software, upload tax documents and start filing.

TaxAct

Through a Q&A format, you can file your 1040EZ and 1040A federal returns, as well as your state returns for free through TaxAct. However, importing past year’s returns will cost an extra $5. They have both a desktop and online version of their software.

 

Choosing the right tax filing software depends on your specific needs. Luckily there are many options available and you can file from the comfort of your home with the convenience of online programs.

Helpful Online Pet Resources

According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of U.S. households, or around 85 million families, own a pet. This staggering statistic is abundantly clear when spending time online. Pet videos are scattered throughout newsfeeds as the pet parents show off the lovable antics. We’re pampering our pets and looking for more ways to better their lives and that information doesn’t strictly come from your veterinarian anymore. Great Plains Communications has found a few online pet resources to assist in traveling with pets, pet care, and even an app to help stay on top of pet appointments.

Traveling with Pets

The thought of traveling with your pet can be nerve-racking, from figuring out the flight plan to finding a pet friendly hotel and any additional transportation needed. Below are two websites that will shorten your searches and help throughout the entire planning process.

Pet Travel – pettravel.com

“We have over 35,000 pet friendly hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals as well as businesses that service the pet industry in our database. We are constantly adding pet friendly hotels, dog parks, pet sitters, and fun things to do with your pet. Pet owners who travel worldwide with their pet can find pet import rules for traveling to over 240 countries on Pet Travel.”

Trips With Pets – tripswithpets.com

“Our goal is to ensure that pets are welcome, happy, and safe in their travels! From booking pet friendly lodging & finding pet friendly things to do, to reviewing pet policies for airlines and care rentals – when it comes to traveling with your pet, we’ve got you covered!”

 

Pet Care

Amazon.com Pet Supplies – https://www.amazon.com/pet-shops-dogs-cats-hamsters-kittens/b/ref=nav_shopall_ps?ie=UTF8&node=2619533011

Choose from dogs, cats, fish & aquatic pets, birds, horses, and more. From there, you can find products ranging from food to bedding, gates and grooming supplies. You can even create a profile for your pet to receive additional coupons.

BarkBox – barkbox.com

You may already have a monthly make-up subscription or food delivery, but BarkBox takes the fun of a monthly surprise and delivers it to your dog. Starting at $20/month, each month you will receive a box full of themed goodies – multiple all-natural treats and creatively designed toys your pup is sure to enjoy.

 

PetDesk App

This is a free app accessible to both iOS and Android users helping you stay organized with your pet’s needs. From your vet, groomer, and boarder, you can connect through the app to request appointments, receive reminders and have all your pet’s information in one location. Find more information at petdesk.com.

2018 Tech Resolution Tips

It is 2018 and people are setting goals. While according to Statista.com, ‘Save Money’ and ‘Lose Weight’ are still the top two resolutions for 2018, people are also starting to consider that like a healthy eating balance there also needs to be a healthy tech balance. More people are setting goals such as, “Monitor Phone Use” or “Improve Cyber Security”. Great Plains Communications wants to help you succeed with some tips.

 

Monitor Phone Use

How often do you find yourself turning on the television to watch a show and end up missing over half of it because you were scrolling through your newsfeed or playing a game on your phone? If you are looking to cut back on the time you stare at that small screen, a first step could be to figure out how long you are currently on it. Apps such as Moment (iOS) or Quality Time™ (Android) help to not only track how long you are in specific apps but will also give you alerts when you have been on for a specific amount of time. You can customize the alerts to your goals and schedule.

 

Improve Cyber Security

There are many ways to improve your cyber security, but we have listed two main areas as a starting point: Password Management and Apps Management.

Manage your Passwords

Passwords are the lock and key to some of our most personal and sensitive information. Not only are we protecting financial information, but contacts and photos as well. If you are looking to better manage your passwords, work on changing them more frequently and always using unique passwords for different sites. We realize there are now passwords for everything and it becomes increasingly harder to remember all of them, especially if you change them often. Programs such as LastPass and KeePass work to remember your passwords, while also keeping them secure.

Manage your Apps

Do you have an app graveyard on your phone? Maybe you hit Candy Crush hard for a good two months then burnt out quick and haven’t played since. Or maybe you still have an app for that grocery store down the road from the apartment you lived in…three years ago. The kicker question is, have you still been keeping them updated or is that red bubble always above your App Store? You don’t use them, so why keep them updated? Well, all these things can actually leave you exposed to hackers gaining access to your information. But there is a simple solution; delete all those apps you aren’t using. Then taking it one step further and check your apps permissions for the ones you keep. For Apple users, go to Settings > Privacy and check what apps have access to things like your contacts, photos, and microphone.

Wifi Christmas Social Giveaway Winner

Help us in congratulating our Wifi Christmas Social Giveaway Winner, Sara Nichols of Eddyville, NE!  When asked why she shops online, she responded, “I shop online because I hate dealing with large crowds and I like finding the best deal while sitting in my chair rather than searching the stores.” A feeling we can all probably relate to. By sharing this information and liking the Great Plains Communications Facebook page, Sara has won a $250 Amazon.com gift card.

Sara Nichols with her husband and three children

Sara Nichols with her husband and three children

We may have only been able to choose one winner, but there is still another way to receive an Amazon.com gift card this season. By adding Great Plains Communications high-speed Internet service, you could receive a gift card and FREE installation. Bundle your services to earn the maximum gift card benefit! To find out more, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 before the offer ends January 5, 2018.

Again, we want to congratulate Sara Nichols, and thank everyone who entered our Wifi Christmas Social Giveaway!

 

Some restrictions apply, residential customers only. Services must be maintained for 6 months. Failure to do so will result in an early termination fee equal to the amount of the gift card received. Speeds and availability may vary by location.

I’m Dreaming of a Wifi Christmas

The turkey leftovers are finally starting to dwindle. You swap recipes for Amazon wish lists and smile at the thought of 2-day shipping. You notice Disney’s The Santa Clause trilogy is coming to Netflix December 12 and set a reminder in your calendar. The Internet has become a helping hand through the holidays. From Cyber Monday deals you can do in your pajamas, to streaming a crackling fireplace on your television because it has become a tradition the kids look forward to each year. The more we lean on that helping hand, the more bandwidth we demand and higher speeds are needed.

Make sure all your electronic devices operate smoothly this Christmas season by adding Great Plains Communications high-speed Internet service. In addition to receiving the top speeds in your area, we’ll include an Amazon gift card and FREE installation! Bundle your service to earn the maximum gift card benefit!

 

Not sure what speed is right for your family?

Click Here to take our interactive test.

 

Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to learn more about what’s available in your area.

Some restrictions apply, residential customers only. Services must be maintained for 6 months. Failure to do so will result in an early termination fee equal to the amount of the gift card received. Speeds and availability may vary by location.

*Restrictions apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal

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