Posted on 9/25/2009 7:23 EST
Service options, cell phone models, calling plans -- it's enough to give anyone a headache. So here's a blog entry, courtesy of About.com, to help you sort out the cheap from the pricey crowd, and still feel good about your choice.
"While we all have different priorities when buying a new cell phone, there's one that unites us: we always want a good deal and never want to spend more than we must.
Following my list of budget cell phones across various carriers, I'm now helping you find quality cheap phones at your specific carrier..."
Posted on 9/17/2009 17:15 EST
Protect your iPhone now! You've got two cheap choices, according to The Consumerist: buy a cardboard case or make one from a recycled juice box. We kid you not.
"If you think 99 cents is a fair price to pay for the latest fart-simulator or "Are You a Moron?" quiz in Apple's App Store, Case-Mate has a deal for you. The company's Recession iPhone case is made from 100% cardboard, and sells for 99 cents -- with free shipping included. Case-Mate doesn't claim that the case is actually useful in any traditional sense of that word; the FAQ for the product makes it clear that there's no warranty, it doesn't include any kind of screen protector, and that it's flammable "if you light it on fire..."
on The Consumerist
Posted on 9/10/2009 23:37 EST
"The news that Wal-Mart's going to cease cutting paper checks for employees who don't have direct deposit has prompted all sorts of reactions -- applause for reducing paper waste, debates over whether ATM fees are more or less ruinous than check-cashing fees and confusion over why people just don't have bank accounts into which to deposit their checks.
The short answer: Because free bank accounts usually come with strings attached. In poking around bank options in the Bay Area, here are the terms for "free" checking from the big ones..."
on San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on 9/10/2009 23:17 EST
Don't you just love this recession? If you've still got money to burn, Apple is making it easy to part with some of it. According to Mashable, iPod prices are dropping dramatically.
"Guessing what Apple is going to show us at today just got a little easier, as prices for all iPods in its roster have fallen quite dramatically.
The 8GB iPod touch has dropped from $229 to $189; the 16GB model will now cost $249, down from $299, while the 32GB model is a full 120 dollars cheaper, dropping to $279 from $399. Furthermore, the 8GB iPod nano's price has been cut from $149 to $129, the 16GB nano has dropped to $149 from $199, and finally, the iPod classic now costs $229 instead of the $249..."
Posted on 9/7/2009 16:07 EST
Posted on 9/7/2009 15:04 EST
Posted on 9/10/2009 18:55 EST
Enough, already! Smart phones, features phones, just regular phones...How do you decide? Verizon is betting bargain-priced data plans will entice users to sign on for its two new feature phones. Read this report from Sci-tech-today.com.
"Verizon Wireless and Samsung are rolling out two new feature phones with messaging in mind, the Rogue and Intensity. The mobile phones offer a fairly standard feature set for today's market, but analysts said Verizon's data plan for the feature phones gives consumers something to talk about.
The Samsung Rogue is a messaging phone with a full-touch display and a horizontal slide-out, four-row QWERTY keyboard. The phone offers threaded messaging and one-touch access to social-networking widgets, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Photobucket..."