DETROIT (WWJ) – Many of us have smart phones, but are we using them to their full potential? Verizon Wireless says no, and its offering free wireless work shops to help people take advantage of their phones or simply get familiar with the devices.

Verizon representative Michelle Gilbert said the classesare targeted to both new and existing smart phone users.

“These devices that we’re carrying around that are capable of doing so many different things, most of us are not using these devices for nearly as much as is possible.”

The free workshops will cover topics like preserving battery life, downloading apps and using voice commands.

“Whether you’re on Twitter or Facebook, your phone is pulling data down every time one of your friends or the people you’re following is updating. So, if you don’t need to pull that data down, say between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., you can create a setting on your phone so that it’s not doing it at that time.”

Each class will be geared toward a specific brand of phone and you don’t even need to be a Verizon customer to participate.

For a list of wireless workshops and locations, visit


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