Have you finally reached the end of that oppressive (and expensive) two-year contract with your mobile
phone carrier? Time to start shopping for cheaper alternatives.
It's a common misconception that you have to stick with the same service provider after your contract
expires. But there's a very good chance you can indeed shop around, as a number of upstart prepaid
carriers now offer similar (and in some cases better) service for considerably less money.
I'll use myself as an example – or, rather, my daughter. She has a hand-me-down iPhone 4 that's
currently part of our AT&T Family Plan. But her phone is out of contract, so we're under no obligation
to stick with AT&T. (My wife and I will be out of contract as well come October, so this will be a great
chance to test the waters with another, cheaper, service.)
You already know what it's like to pay for your smartphone.
(And how!) Wouldn't it be nice if your smartphone could pay you for
It can, if you stock it with a few special apps. Just by going
about your daily routine -- shopping in stores, watching TV, and so
on -- you can earn points good for rewards, prizes, or even cash.
In most cases it costs nothing for the app or the service that
provides it. Your only investment is a few minutes of your
Get paid to shop
The only thing better than finding a sale? Getting a reward
every time you set foot in a store, buy something, and/or point
your camera at a product.
CheckPoints, for example, rewards you for scanning
product barcodes, checking in at various stores, and completing
offers on your phone.