Follow these seven tips to get the most out of your new smartphone.

There are few more gratifying moments in modern life than ripping open the pristine packaging of a new smartphone. But as eager as you may be to boot up your new device and introduce it to all your jealous pals, bear in mind that your snazzy gizmo is not just another purchase—it’s an investment.

With that in mind, here are some tips to help you maximize the enjoyment of your new phone:

1. Protect that phone!

Life can be full of surprises, including some not-so-pleasant ones like bumps, scratches, drops and spills. Protect your prized investment with a rugged Otterbox® Defender Series® case, with models available for the Droid Turbo 2 by motorola and the Samsung Galaxy S7. The multilayer cases even guard your smartphone against dust and shocks.

If you’re looking for something stylish, the kate spade new york collection of cases for smartphones offers a line of colorful, eye-catching patterns. It has both beauty and brawn: The hard-shell and impact-absorbing bumper will help keep your phone safe.

For even more peace of mind, consider adding Total Mobile Protection. If your phone gets stolen, damaged or is defective, Verizon’s Total Mobile Protection has you covered—even after the manufacturer warranty expires. Sign up within 30 days of your purchase date and pay just $11 a month per covered device.

2. Personalize it

One of the easiest ways to make your phone reflect your tastes is customizing the wallpaper. You can choose a photo you've taken or one that's preloaded to your smartphone. You can also visit an apps store such as Google Play™ and find countless options to download by searching "wallpaper."

3. Reflect your musical tastes

Let callers know what kind of music you love by using the Verizon Tones app to get ringback tones and ringtones.

With ringback tones, if a friend calls, they'll hear a particular song clip until you pick up or it goes to voice mail. You can customize your ringback tones so certain people or groups hear different music.

With ringtones, when your phone rings, you can hear a clip from a favorite song. You can also create different ringtones for each contact, so you know who's calling without having to look at your phone.

4. Move to the beat

Speaking of music, one of the first things you’ll want to do with your new smartphone is invest in a pair of quality headphones from Verizon.

If you’re an audiophile, chances are you’ve heard of the iconic Beats line of headphones. A wise choice for your listening pleasure is Beats Solo™2 Wireless Headphones—the current flagship product of the Beats line. Enjoy a custom-fit feel with its curved frame and ergonomic ear cups, so you can comfortably hear your tunes in high-fidelity sound throughout the day.

5. Back it up to the cloud

With a new phone, you’ll want to make sure you are securely backing up all those contacts, photos, videos, texts and more to the Verizon Cloud.

After downloading and installing Verizon Cloud, you get 2 GB of free storage right off the bat.

6. Sign up for a Wireless Workshop

Let the pros teach you everything you need to know about your brand-spanking new device by attending a personalized, hands-on training session at your local Verizon store.

The free Wireless Workshop sessions cover a variety of topics, from advanced features to cool new apps. You’ll be a smartphone pro in no time.

7. Add some apps to your life

You’ll also want to stock up on some cool apps for that new phone of yours. There’s an app for nearly everything nowadays—whether you’re trying to boost your productivity, get fit, have fun, plan a road trip or just make your life easier to manage. Not sure where to start? Check out some app recommendations here.

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