Motorola’s Updated Moto G: Buy This Smartphone, Stupid!

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When I think about the old way of buying a smartphone, I want to throw up.

Traditionally you’d have to spend a couple hundred bucks on the hardware, then spend the next two years locked into a contract that could easily cost you $80, $90, even $100 per month.

Thankfully, the days of the contract are nearly over. But if you want a decent unlocked, unsubsidized smartphone–I’m looking at you, iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5–plan on paying anywhere from $500-700. Ouch.

But guess what? Motorola just took the definition of “decent unlocked, unsubsidized smartphone,” put it in the blender, and pressed Screw It. The company’s new Moto G is the single best deal in the history of smartphones.

Does It Pay to Fly Spirit Airlines?

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I fly a lot.

In the past seven months I’ve flown Qantas to Australia, Icelandair to Iceland, JetBlue to Florida and … drum roll, please …Spirit to Denver.

In case you’ve missed the news recently, Spirit isn’t exactly a luxury airliner — nor are they No. 1 in customer service. In fact, they’re dead last — drawing complaint rates that were more than three times higher than the second-place airlines from 2009 to 2013.

Here’s the thing though: The price was right. The available times worked out … and I had yet to read all the awful reviews the company consistently racks up. (And, for the record, has chalked up to simple misunderstandings.)

So, was it worth it? In my own personal opinion — yes, and here’s why.

You’re Probably Not a Good Tipper

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You may think you’re always a great tipper, but you’re lying to yourself. I guarantee you’ve been a bad tipper in at least one of these situations. You probably don’t even realize how bad your tips are. That’s the worst thing about it. You’ve been going all over town thinking you’re a tipping champion of the people when really everyone thinks you’re a low tipping d-bag.

Don’t be a jerk. Tip people what they’re worth.

Happy Hours and Groupons
What You Should Tip: 20% of the regular price
What Bad Tippers Tip: 20% of the discounted price

Why Did I Buy This? with Grant Pardee: Drone Wars

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Drunk dialing Amazon is a real problem. Sometimes you make purchases in the heat of the moment and then forget the transaction ever happened until the mail comes and you have a mysterious package waiting for you from Amazon that bears your name on it. Recently, I discovered that I had apparently purchased a consumer drone from Amazon. You can see my review below.

WhistleOut Helps You Compare Mobile Phone Plans

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Got your eye on a shiny new HTC One M8? Looking for a new carrier for your out-of-contract iPhone? Want lower rates for your family’s four lines before they run you into the poorhouse?

Tricky stuff. Between the Big Four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) and the 20-plus little-guy offshoots (from AIO Wireless to Zact), you could spend days hopping around to different stores and sites, trying to find the best plan for you and/or you family.

Guess what? There’s a search engine for that: WhistleOut. Actually, it’s a “comparison engine,” designed to show you mobile plans based on your requirements.

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