Jewish Journal

Good Deals on Phones

by Annie Korzen

October 17, 2011 | 2:29 pm

Whenever you buy the latest thing in electronics, you can be sure that it’ll be smaller, faster, and cheaper six months later.  I pity all those suckers who slept in the street the night before the first Iphones hit the stores.  A superior, less expensive version hit the market within the year.

I’ve never had a Smart Phone.  It wasn’t really necessary because I work at home and am on my computer and land line all day.  But last year I was going on a book tour and would need the benefits of a modern cell.  Amazon was having a special sale for AT&T users: an HTC Aria for $50.  I ordered it, and then discovered all kinds of kinks in the design that made it difficult to set up.  I complained to customer service, and got a $20 refund so the $300 phone cost me thirty bucks.

www.Dealcatcher.com often has good offers on phones.  Today I saw
Motorola Q Silver Verizon Wireless Cell Phone – Refurbished $39.99 original price $249.99
Mwave has this refurbished Motorola Q Silver Verizon Wireless Cell Phone on sale for the best price we can find after instant savings.  Shipping is free.  Features include bluetooth, Windows Mobile 5 OS, 1.3 megapixel camera, miniSD memory card slot and more.

A lot of people I know are giving up their land lines and just using their cells, to save money. I’m all for saving money, but the reception in many homes sucks, and I am not willing to walk out the door and halfway down the block every time the phone rings. Also, corded phones are more reliable in blackouts so here, in earthquake-land, fear wins the day. 

SKYPE is a a great way to make calls for free. We put a twenty-six dollar webcam on my computer, and our Danish family did the same. We can now call Copenhagen, see how the kids are growing, and speak for hours at no cost. The only fly in this ointment is that now I feel obliged to get dressed and made-up before phoning.  http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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