Is owning a smarthpone smart if the monthly bills put you in
the poorhouse? Not so much.
Thankfully, a growing number of upstart carriers are trying to
make smartphone pricing cheaper and more manageable.
If there's one monthly bill I hate more than any other, it's my
Like many folks, I'm locked into a two-year contract that costs me
around $80 per month -- money I pay even if I don't use my
allotment of data or minutes. Most months, in fact, I use a whole
That's why I'm enamored with a couple companies that are shaking up
the way smartphones are sold and serviced. If you're more
interested in saving money than owning a state-of-the-art phone,
one of these options might be just what the accountant ordered.
How does $19 per month sound? That's the tantalizing deal offered
by Republic Wireless, which takes an ingenious,
why-didn't-someone-think-of-this-before approach to mobile
Believe it or not, that price includes unlimited talk, texting, and
data, with no overage charges whatsoever.
CVS, Safeway, Kroger, Blockbuster, Costco, the Library...
What do all of these locations have in common? They all require
some kind of membership, loyalty or reward card in order to
checkout. If all these cards are clogging your wallet or key chain
you'll want to check out CardStar.
CardStar is an iPhone app that allows you to load all your card
information into one place and easily retrieve it whenever you need
it. Sure there are other similar apps out there but here's why I
They have more than 400 participating merchants.
Advanced options allow you to easily add cards not included on
the master list.
Barcodes can be scanned directly from the screen at most
The app is easy to navigate.
Best of all: It's FREE!
Stop forgetting your cards. Quit carrying around a mess of a