Nov 272013

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All thoughts and words are my own.

When I was growing up if you would have told me that some day I would not have a landline phone, I wouldn’t have believed you.  Even though I was an extremely early-adopter of cell phone technology – I’ve had a cellphone for nearly 20 years – I never thought they would replace landlines.  And yet as cellular service has improved in quality and portability, I and many others have switched to using them exclusively.

ZACT Mobile Cell Phone Service at Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores

While there are definite benefits to cutting the line and going cell-only, cost is not one of them.  Especially with the addition of texting and data plans, the monthly cost for cell phones can be a significant portion of your budget.  I’m always on the lookout for ways to keep that bill from getting out of control and recently I heard about a new one called Zact. Continue reading »

May 132013

My search for affordable family mobile unlimited plans has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

I’ve always been, as they say, a “talker”.  There is a picture of me in fuzzy pink footed pajamas, sitting sideways in a rocking chair with my feet up on one arm; the cord of the phone is stretched from the wall to my little hand, and I’m twirling a strand of hair.  I tried to find it to share with you but it may still be in the boxes of photos that my Mom has for me.

I’m not sure whom at the age of 4 I needed to talk to – and so casually – but that clearly was just the beginning bloom to my gift of gab.  As I got older I remember quite a few marathon phone sessions with friends.  Back then texting didn’t exist, so you couldn’t just send three or four words back and forth electronically.  You had to stay on the line to complete a conversation.

Walmart Family Mobile Starter Kit & Phone #FamilyMobileSaves

While I may not spend quite as many minutes (hours) on the phone now as I did then, I do rack up my share of minutes each month.  With my parents living in Maine, not only do I like to check in on them regularly, they also like to talk to Bubbles on the phone quite often, also.  I had always felt like we had a fairly decent cell phone plan – until last summer, that is.  We finally took the plunge and upgraded to smartphones with data plans.  I knew our bill would increase but I didn’t realize by just how much. Continue reading »