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Connecting with Cultura…through phone Apps

Submitted by on December 9, 2010 – 10:50 am6 Comments

This post is brought to you by Sprint, which has new Sprint ID packs with Latino flavor available on some Android telephones.

My life in Nashville can be pretty vanilla despite all my tiki tiki.

Days can go by with barely a Spanish word uttered at home, I go First Wave instead of  Caliente on the XM radio and dinner is regularly steamed vegetables and tofu.

I mean, how much more un-Cubanita can one be?

So, I was thrilled to test out the Latino-focused ID packs offered on some Sprint mobile telephones. They’re basically a mix of ready-to-download apps, wallpapers, games and ringtones with Hispanic flavor. Everything from Univision music videos to Esmas Mujer and Televisa Deportes apps, noticias and games such as the Novelera app I got all addicted to despite my utter failure.

Here’s the thing, because I live in Nashville  it is very easy to lose daily touch with the culture. I can’t tell you how many times I have no idea what my mom is talking about when she goes into Latin American politics, mentions some dictator, or tells of lo que esta pasando with the cubans on Calle Ocho.

Yes, we have Latinos here. Yes, I have Latin friends  – and lots of taco trucks — but if I don’t go searching for the cultura, that non-tofu-eating side of my spirit doesn’t get fed as often.

Hanging out with the Sprint phone loaded with the Lo2Yo Mujer, Lo2Yo Latino and Lo2Yo Futbol (which I didn’t use as much, as you can imagine) gave me instant access to things I either have to go looking for on the Web, or things I stumble upon infrequently.

It also offered a chance to feed my newsie desires and make my 7-year-old — whom I attempt to raise bilingual — listen to me as I read the news aloud. The Spanish news-reading was good practice for both of us because, really, reading bilingual board books offers limited challenges and the not much opportunity to say things like “El Ponchis,” michoacana, fiera and Azcárraga!

Anyway, the packs are customizable, so you can add and remove apps and widgets. I would have deleted Moco Space (really, moco?) and added things like Twitter and Facebook from the Android market. Or, I’d regularly switch between IDs for travel and business and others still to come.

You can watch my video for information on the IDs I used, or watch this one that has more detail on all the packs.

OK, I think I’m going to go fail at Novelera one more time before I have to ship the phone back to Sprint.

Would you be failing at Novelera, too?

Disclaimer: This post is part of a paid campaign sponsored by  Sprint and Latina Bloggers Connect. Opinions are mine.

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