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New Year's Savings Resolutions

by Logan Abbott on Thursday, December 29, 2005

A few ways to save money... perhaps $1,000 or more.... in 2006, without changing your lifestyle in any way:

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Cingular Global Packages

by Logan Abbott on Monday, December 26, 2005

Cingular recently announced new pricing and packages for those customers who need international service. If you are a Cingular customer, contact 1-866-CINGULAR to add these to your existing service. If you want to get Cingular service, start here to compare domestic rate plans.

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Who's the Thinnest?

by Logan Abbott on Monday, December 26, 2005

With the arrival of the Samsung A900and the CDMA version of the Razr V3c, we thought we'd check to see who was the thinnest.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates, Prime Rate to Follow

by Logan Abbott on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

For the 13th consecutive meeting, the Federal Reserve today raised the Fed Funds rate 1/4%. This will translate into an increase in the prime rate to 7.25%, almost double the 4% rate when these increases started.

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Gathering around the Phone to Watch TV??

by Logan Abbott on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

It seems almost daily that deals are being announced for TV content on iPod or on cell phones. Saw a press release today for Amp'd Mobile (a soon-to-launch new wireless reseller targeting young people). They are going to offer clips from CBS shows like CSI: NY and The King of Queens.

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A Cell Phone Option for Younger Children

by Logan Abbott on Friday, November 18, 2005

The Firefly cell phone is now available from Cingular. This is a simplified phone designed for children under 12. The Firefly has just a few buttons, including Mom and Dad call keys, and a 911 assistance button. It also offers a 20-number phone book. All the preceding are parent-programmed.

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T-Mobile Cuts Prices

by Logan Abbott on Tuesday, November 01, 2005

This year has seen a number of 'stealth' price increases by the largest wireless carriers. The stealth part comes in because the way the carriers have done this is by reducing the number of plan options. For example, Cingular & Verizon have nothing between 450 and 900 minutes.

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Woohoo --- $2.50 Music Downloads for your Phone

by Logan Abbott on Monday, October 31, 2005

Okay, I'm not the sharpest axe in the toolshed so maybe I'm missing something, but I'm a bit skeptical of this new music download service being announced by Sprint-Nextel today. This is conceptually a good idea --- why carry two devices (a phone and an MP3 player), when one can do both. However, as with the recently launched iTunes Phone, it is poorly executed.

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Dwelling on Insurance

by Logan Abbott on Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Got my annual homeowners bill from State Farm the other day, with the annual 15-20% rate hike. My bill has doubled over the past 7 years, even though I've never made a claim. I guess they can afford to be "Like a Good Neighbor" if all you ever do is send them money...

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Fight Back Against $3.00 Gas

by Logan Abbott on Sunday, October 16, 2005

Here's a good credit card offer that will help cut your gas bill and with holiday purchases. It's the Chase PerfectCard. Benefits include a 6% rebate on all gas purchases at any gas station during the first 90 days, and 3% thereafter. Additionally, you'll pay 0% interest on purchases or balance transfer for a year. There is also no annual fee.

==UPDATE -- 10/31/05==

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