7 Ways Your iPhone Burns Data to Keep You Chained to Expensive Phone Plans

Hello, Dear Reader! You may have read my story of how I saved $15,000 by switching from a large cell phone carrier to a prepaid carrier (Mint Mobile).

In this post, I’m going to share with you how I overcame one of my big concerns – leaving an “unlimited” data plan for one that has a monthly fixed amount of data. For me, that’s 8GB of LTE data a month now.

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How I Saved $15,000 (really) by Switching Cell Phone Carriers, and You Can, Too (maybe)

I’ve been an AT&T wireless customer for over 15 years, back when I joined Cingular Wireless in 2003. Cingular got purchased by AT&T somewhere along the way, and my pricing and service quality seemed to stay the same, so I stayed.

I stayed there for so long, I am sure I missed out on all kinds of “new customer” promotions that get offered by other carriers. That’s not why I finally dropped AT&T. Actually, I had more reasons to stay with them another 15 years than I did to leave them.

I’ll get to the part about saving $15,000 (really) soon.

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How to Make Decisions

If you are going to make decisions, you must include all the relevant information.

It’s impossible to make a good decision on purpose if you are missing key information.  You may have luck and end up with a good result, but it’s not repeatable.  People are wary of politicians, sales people, and anyone who is trying to change other’s behavior.  This is smart to be wary – caveat emptor – buyer beware, don’t be deceived.

Buy what if you are the one deceiving yourself?

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Job hunting? They will pay you what YOU think you are worth!

If you are job hunting and unsure of whether to disclose your salary history on the application, read this.

My contract got cancelled.

It happens.  Well, it happened to me, and a bunch of other people I work with.  Everyone is now scrambling to update our resumes, or CVs as I prefer to call them (curriculum vitae – roughly Latin for “the course of my life“), and secure new jobs within the company, or elsewhere.

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How To Know If You Can Really Afford Something

Is it enough if you can afford the payment? How about if you pay with cash? Let’s look at the real answer.

Are you considering a big purchase, such as a new TV or appliance?  Perhaps you just made one.

How do you know if you can actually afford something?

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