Looking for a deal better than "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday"? Well here's one that's available all the time!
Joan and I recently moved up to "Smart Phones" (in the cheapest way possible). We put together a package through Virgin Mobile - available at Radio Shack. Buy your phone outright ($95 - $250). . . that gets you a very nice phone. Suitable plans run $35 to $55 per month per phone (no contract). Includes "Unlimited Text",
"Unlimited data" and "Talktime" / ($35per mo = 300min / $45per mo = 1000min / $55per mo = Unlimited)
Believe me, there is a whole new world out there accessible through Smartphones.
"Cartwheel" is a new smartphone"APP" offered by Target. Using their program you add discounted offers to a list within the app. Then, when you check out, you open the app, a barcode appears which is scanned at the register giving you an additional 5% to 20% off items purchased on your list
There is also a "Facebook App" for your Smartphone. Take a picture of that beautiful fall scene with your Smartphone and post it on your Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.
Navigation . . . Ask your phone (Voice command available on Google & Siri) to Navigate to an address you provide and you're on your way with Visual turn by turn and verbal directions to someplace in town or across country. Works just like your GPS only more up to date.
Purchase Amazon "Prime"($100 per year) add Amazon "Instant Video" app and you have access to thousands of movies and documentaries (they can be watched on your cellphone, computer or Smart TV)
Add the "Kindle App" from Amazon, buy a book on Amazon and you can swap reading between your iPad, computer, Kindle or smartphone. Purchase the "Audible" counterpart and now your phone will read the book to you as you travel in your car.
Add the "Weatherbug" APP to your phone and you have todays weather report, a 10 day forecast and active radar profile that will let you see exactly when that rain is going to reach you
Already belong to Netflix? Add the "Netflix" App to your phone and now you can watch movies on your phone while you wait at the airport or bus stop.
Oh, did I mention you can make phone calls on the smartphone? You can also "TEXT". And this is what the Grandkids were excited about. "Oh Grandma, now we can "Text" you!!! Will you Text me back???
Here's the first Text from my Granddaughter Caitlin (13 years old). It's Saturday evening 8:17PM September 25th.
Caitlin Hi what's up?
Me Nuttin Honey!
Caitlin :) (smiley face)
Me :) (smiley face)
Caitlin :D (laughing face)
Me Nite Nite (8:22PM)
Smartphones will become more and more a part of our Kids and Grandkids lives. You may be certain that it will become an important factor in our lives too!
Paying for things with your cell phone will gradually become the method of choice. Early check in at hotels which include a scannable key for your room are just ahead (Mid 2015 latest).
Consider getting one if you don't have one already. They're a little complicated at first but lots of fun. Good Luck!!
Oh! If you think smartphones are too "techie", look below to see what else is just on the horizon! Soon you will be able to point your phone's camera at a menu written in french (or any foreign language) and read it in english on the phone's screen. Cool huh?
Till Next Week