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Oct 18

Why I Switched from Sprint to Virgin Mobile

I’ve debated whether I should post this here or on Reviews by Cole, but I’ve ultimately decided to post it on Her Realm because I’ve already review Virgin Mobile’s service over there.  I made the decision to move to Virgin Mobile shortly before my move, but I had the funds to buy a new phone more quickly than I expected, so I took the plunge. The reason really comes down to one thing:

price.

Ultimately, there’s no way I can spend more with Virgin Mobile than I do with Sprint. Over a year, I’ll save around $360. Even if I decide to talk a whole lot and upgrade to V Mo’s unlimited plan, I’ll still save over $200. That’s a lot of dollars, you guys.

It’s not just that, either. There’s no way I can even get a 4G network up where I live. I bought a WiMax phone, and now Sprint is going with LTE. They’re tying hard to deploy it quickly, but I don’t live in an area that will see it soon. I’m getting the same exact service because Virgin Mobile use’s Sprint’s towers.

Plus, I have a new phone. And I can buy a new phone whenever I like without signing up for a new contract because there is no contract. This is so important. I can go back to Sprint if Virgin Mobile doesn’t suit my needs. I can switch to any other carrier if I move. I can switch my plan at any time, in the middle of the payment period. If I talk more than 300 minutes, $10 per month gives me an extra 900 minutes. If I talk less next month, I can switch my plan before I top up. That’s effing convenient.

I’ll probably replace my phone more frequently with Virgin Mobile because their prices are so damned good. So maybe all the money I’ll have saved will go to a new phone or some other device, but at least I’ll feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth. When I’m paying a super-discounter $75 per month for a phone with the same features and service, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

I was so worried about switching to Virgin Mobile, but it ultimately makes much more sense than paying more with Sprint.


Jun 30

3 Cool Kickstarter Projects

I don’t browse those crowdsurfing websites frequently. I don’t have the money to offer, but I like the idea. Some pretty cool products have become available because of sites like IndieGoGo and KickStarter. I usually only see tech items, because of the blogs I see. However, I was browsing today and found three pretty cool options. I’d fund them all if I could.

  1. Remee — the REM enhancing Sleep Mask
  2. L8 Smartlight — lights up to notify you of things happening on your computer. Awesome!
  3. The Pocket TV — turns any TV with USB port into a smartTV

The Ninja Block is also your super cool bonus entry  on this list.


Apr 04

The Girl With a Fire

I bought myself a Kindle Fire. When I realized that taxes weren’t going to be as much as I thought, I decided I needed to treat myself. I rarely do. I’m always trying to save for something that doesn’t exist and fretting about every dollar, but once I made the decision to get a Kindle Fire, there was no going back. I loved it in the store, and it far surpassed the Nook Tablet, which was the only other option I was really considering.

I’ve already gotten so much use out of it. I’ve acquired over 20 books, I’ve borrowed two from Amazon and I’ve used my free Prime membership to purchase from the store. Some apps, like Angry Birds Space, just work so much better on the screen. I’m finding the screen super easy on the eyes and the thin profile is just so preferable to actual books, especially clunky hardcover ones. In fact, I think my Kindle has made me realize that I hate physical books. Le gasp, I know.

I just want to read and read and read and read.


Mar 22

I Want a Kite

I’ve never gone kite flying so I decided that this would be the year. I will buy a fancy kite or a kite that strikes my fancy and head to park on a windy day and try–or fail–to fly a kite. It doesn’t matter. Meaning is in the journey and all that. So here I am browsing the Internet for kites, figuring I’d find some pretty diamond one but, no, they all blow my damned mind!

Astro Star Rainbow Space Shuttle Kite Flying Spinner DragonDouble Vision Delta Ray Fish Vision Cool


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