Cell Phones

August 20

Up to 84% Off iPhone 6 Adventure Time Cases – Only $1.27 & Free Shipping @ AliExpress

Posted by on August 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Up to 84% Off iPhone 6 Adventure Time Cases   Only $1.27 & Free Shipping @ AliExpress

So many of my friends LOVE the TV show Adventure Time! If you are one of the ardent followers of this fantastic show, then you need to pick yourself up an Adventure Time themed iPhone 6, 6S, or 6 Plus case. The Lumpy Space Princess was $6.63 and is now only $1.27. Even better, the Finn and Jake case was $7.93 and is now just $1.27 today only. Each case qualifies for free shipping at AliExpress.

The same Lumpy Space princess iPhone 6 case costs $8 + $5.54 shipping from marketplace sellers on Amazon. While I could not find this exact Finn and Jake case in the Amazon Marketplace, all Finn and Jake cases I did find started at $8.99. Note: you choose which iPhone version of case you want (iPhone 6, 6S and iPhone 6 Plus) in the ‘colour’ option. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 15

Walmart Canada: 80% off Fuse Cell Phone Cases – Now $3 (FS to CP)

Posted by on July 15, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Walmart Canada: 80% off Fuse Cell Phone Cases   Now $3 (FS to CP)

If you haven’t heard, Walmart is attempting to crash Amazon Prime’s party with their own stellar deals. In the USA they are advertising it as prime deals without paying for a prime membership. Here in Canada, the move takes the form of a huge clearance sale! While looking at all the sweet deals, I found a selection of cell phone cases on sale from $14.98 down to just $3. Receive free shipping to your local Canada Post with no minimum. I usually have to pick up all my parcels from there anyway.

So many of us do not own the latest cell phones from Apple and Samsung because our previous versions are still in fantastic condition and do the job. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 7

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

Posted by on July 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

I know right from the beginning of this blog post many of you are going to think I am crazy. Why in the world would anyone consider cutting off their smartphone bill? Your cell phone can do so many things including text, connect you to your bank, play your music and much more. According to an article at CBC.ca, Canadians are paying some of the highest cell phone bills in the industrialized world. In the same article, they detail that basic plans can cost $37.92 per month, but depending on where you live can cost $62 to $92. Taking the lowest number of $37.92, you are spending $910 over the course of a two-year plan. If we take the higher rate of $92, your two-year plan can cost you $2,208. Those numbers just include the plan and do not include the device. That is a large chunk of change to spend when you look at those cold numbers.

You may look at me a little sideways to discover I do not have a regular functioning cell phone and most of the time no one is the wiser. That does not mean I avoid Facebook or miss the latest games. Being smartphone free just means I am not connected online all of the time. Below I have detailed the measures I have put into place so most of the time I can enjoy being smartphone free without feeling much impact.

Use Another A Portable Device

My device of choice is an iPod Touch. This device retails for about $250 on the lower end and does not require a data plan. The real secret is the iPod Touch when connected to wireless can do almost everything an iPhone can do. In fact my iPod is so versatile I often call it my phone without thinking. Free wireless is available at more restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and even shopping malls. I regularly hop onto hot spots to check in with my messages. While I highly recommend the iPod Touch, a small tablet could also perform most of the same functions a smartphone can perform.

Sending Messages

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

Many of my friends and I chat through Facebook. When we are making plans, we use the messenger program, Facebook events or email to discuss our plans. Before I head out, I check my messages one last time to make sure there were no last-minute changes. Much of the time, everything runs smoothly.

If I am meeting someone and they do not arrive, I eventually find somewhere with Wi-Fi to check my messages. Every Tim Hortons and McDonald’s comes fully equipped with free Wi-Fi. Sometimes I can access it simply by parking near the building to check a quick message. There has been a few times where I needed to connect with someone quickly and had no access to the internet. Each time I politely borrowed a phone and called. If you are at a Wi-Fi spot, you can also send an e-mail as a text message by typing in the person’s number and their carrier’s specific e-mail format. Check out the e-mails for most of the Canadian cell phone companies at Techwyse.

Emergencies

Emergencies are always one place where I have had others look at me strangely. What would happen if you were not connected and your family cannot reach you? The reality is I spend much of my time around the internet. Whether it is at work or at home, I am often connected to the Wi-Fi, and thus can connect to family and friends.

If you are concerned about driving, you can pick-up an inexpensive prepaid phone for as little as $45 at Best Buy Canada. A little phone like this can ensure you can make an emergency call or text if needed. I am fortunate that I can use my old phone as a pay as you go when I need it for longer distance travel. Some phones charge a small charge monthly to keep the phone activated, so research your options thoroughly to best fit your needs.

GPS

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

I realize some people also use GPS on their phone so they feel like they are saving money not purchasing a separate device. I thought the same before I ditched my smartphone, but I figured out a few ways to work around it. GPS devices for your car generally range from $150 to $250. I am lucky as I currently have a GPS that was gifted to me. Despite being directionally challenged, I survived a year and a half without that portable GPS and did not have a smartphone. Before I left for somewhere new, I would map my directions on my iPod and take screen shots of the turn-by-turn directions. Then as I drove, I would simply flip through the photos. A few shots of the map around the final destination also helped me a few times when I was confused. If I get lost, I swing into a Tim Horton’s and hop on the Wi-Fi to sort it out. You can do the same, or simply purchase an inexpensive GPS for your needs.

So if we add up the devices I mentioned:

  • IPod Touch: $250
  • Prepaid Cell: $45
  • GPS: $150

The grand total is $445 invested to function similarly to having a smartphone.

The average low smartphone contract for two years (not including the device), as quoted from above, is $910.

I realize this idea is not for everyone. Smartphones have so many amazing features. Some of us end up places for long stretches of time without Wi-Fi and need the mobile connectivity. Besides being a frugal choice, I find that being disconnected for short bursts of time can be liberating. Instead of checking Facebook during my daughter’s dance lesson, I read a book or get to know other parents who are waiting also.

Bargainmoosers, would you ever consider getting rid of your smartphone?

(Image Credit: Tarkan Rosenberg, kimubert, Jimmy_Joe)

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July 2

Microsoft Office: Free Word, Excel, Powerpoint, & Outlook Apps

Posted by on July 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Microsoft Office: Free Word, Excel, Powerpoint, & Outlook Apps

My dear Moosers! Long have we awaited the arrival of decent word processing software for our mobile devices. Well, wait no more as Microsoft is now offering the entire Microsoft Office Suite as FREE apps that you can download individually.

Previously, you received these apps with your Microsoft 365 subscription. However, Microsoft is now offering the apps free of charge for all Android devices, iPhones, Microsoft phones, tablets, and 2-in-1 computers.

You can download the entire suite, or download each app individually. While I usually use the Apple apps on my phone, as I already purchased them, my computer is a PC and I use Word, Excel, and OneNote on it regularly. It is exciting to think that I can get the same apps on my phone now.

The Microsoft Office suite includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Outlook

Click the arrows beside each program (through the link above) to just download that program. The entire office suite is available through the larger download button.

I have linked directly to the android version, but you can download Office and its applications for tablets and Apple devices. Merely scroll to the bottom to change your device.

I just downloaded Word as it is a program I use every single day on my computer. From my understanding, the free version has limited functionality but should still be able to open and edit documents, as well as create new ones without the 354 subscription.

While not included in the Microsoft Office bundle, you may also download these other Microsoft Apps free of charge:

  • OneNote
  • Lync 2013
  • OneDrive
  • Skype
  • Yammer
  • OneDrive for Business (iPhone)
  • Office Lens (Microsoft phone)

I already use Skype – even though it is a major power hog – and just downloaded OneNote. Out of all the other programs that Microsoft uses, I probably use OneNote the most. It is excellent for jotting down quick note, doing calculations, creating tables to keep track of spending, time, etc. It is, essentially, Excel for dummies when you take advantage of its calculation abilities.

As is to be expected, these apps are quite large and require a lot of space. While the entire Microsoft Office bundle is popular, I would only download the individual apps you need to retain as much open memory as possible. With only a 16GB phone, these apps really take up room.

Note: you will need to create a Microsoft account to use these apps.

(Expiry: unknown)

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June 28

LG G3 Smart Phone Only $20 w/ 2-Year term & BONUS $300 Cash Card & FREE Car Charger @ Costco.ca

Posted by on June 28, 2015 at 2:30 PM

LG G3 Smart Phone Only $20 w/ 2 Year term & BONUS $300 Cash Card & FREE Car Charger @ Costco.ca

At Costco Canada you can get bonus Costco Cash Cards with select phones on a two-year contract. When you sign up for a two-year Gold or Platinum plan with Virgin Mobile – with the LG G3 phone – you will receive a bonus $300 Costco Cash Card and a bonus car charger. The phone will only cost you $19.99.

You need to get this promotion in-store at Costco Canada. When you click through the link above, select your province and then open the tab for Virgin Mobile. While you do receive bonus cards at the other three cell phone carriers, the Costco Bonus Card with Virgin Mobile is the highest value.

LG G3 Smart Phone Only $20 w/ 2 Year term & BONUS $300 Cash Card & FREE Car Charger @ Costco.ca

Now, this deal may not be available for all provinces but it was available for all the ones I checked including Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec!

I think this is the only time lately that I have wished I was a Costco Canada member. I do not often blog in-store phone deals, but this is a doozie and I am very impressed. I am also a fan of Virgin Mobile as they have some of the best plans in Canada. Both my parents are with Virgin Mobile and I just got a dear friend of mine to make the switch from Telus to Virgin Mobile as well.

Now, the phone! I am not too familiar with the LG line of phones but I do know this brand has been around for a while. LG is well respected in the electronics world. This phone has

  • Android 4.4 OS
  • 5.5-inch quad HD display
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 13 MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization

CNET reviews this phone favourably. With a 4/5/5 star rating, CNET celebrates the phone’s features:

The LG G3 has solid call quality and LTE data speeds, a great camera, a brilliantly sharp display, a snappy quad-core processor, and a flat UI that makes Android 4.4 look good. LG’s flagship has also improved on the previous model — the new G3 comes with a removable battery and microSD card slot, both things the G2 lacked.

The primary negative is related to battery life: the QHD display is quite the power hog. Overall, this is quite a solid phone and well worth picking up especially with such a fantastic offer from Costco Canada.

(Expiry: unknown)

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June 18

Jet Set Travel Large Leather Phone Wristlet Was $98 | Now $58 & Free Shipping @ Michael Kors Canada (EXPIRED)

Posted by on June 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Jet Set Travel Large Leather Phone Wristlet Was $98 | Now $58 & Free Shipping @ Michael Kors Canada (EXPIRED)

I love the look of a sleek leather designer case. Check out the Jet Set Travel Large Leather phone case. This compact wristlet was $98 but you can grab it now for only $58. Grab that sleek look now in a bright colour that is perfect for your summer vacation.

Stylish and sleek, this leather wristlet is chic. This wristlet is made from soft and supple Saffiano leather. This wristlet will fit your phone plus a few other small important items such as a credit card, some cash, your ID and your lipstick. This wristlet is compact enough you can easily carry it on its own when you need just the essentials, or throw it in your handbag to keep your essentials easily accessible. Make sure you click over to the colour mandarin to see the best deal. The default-featured colour when you click the link is a blue and navy version, but it is was $98 and is now $73.

Michael Kors wristlets are not sold everywhere, but I did manage to find a few other places where you could purchase a similar wristlet. Beyond the Rack has the exact same wristlet in mandarin for $94.99. Over at Shop.ca, I found leather Michael Kors wristlet designed to hold your phone in red for $125.64. Amazon.ca carries a similar leather wristlet in a peanut colour for $135 that is fulfilled by Amazon and qualifies for super saver shipping.

Shipping is now completely free at Michael Kors Canada with no minimum. This is fairly new and exciting that now Michael Kors is shipping directly to Canada free. You will not have to worry about any duties, this product ships from within Canada.

If you like options, you may want to check out the great deal on the Jet Set Travel Large Phone Wristlet for IPhone and Samsung. This wristlet is available in a bright yellow colour called Sun was $98 but is now $58.80. There are some other colour options available, most at full price. The cheery yellow is by far the best deal, but you could also snag the same wristlet in a tan colour called peanut for $73. The Jet Set Travel Colour-Block Leather Phone Case in a mandarin and white colour scheme with a brown luggage accent was $108 but is on sale for $64.80. This large wristlet with a bold colour block pattern that resembles wide stripes is also available in navy or a nude motif. These additional colours were $108 but are on sale for $81.

Grab your favourites now. These wristlets are perfect for everyday use for a look that is stylish and chic. I also love that a wristlet in a larger handbag can help to keep you organized. I need all the help I can get to stay organized, and with this wristlet I can look sleek at the same time!

(Expiry: Unknown)

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June 9

Wind Mobile: $100 to $150 in Free Service Credits

Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Wind Mobile: $100 to $150 in Free Service Credits

If your cell phone contract is coming up for renewal or you got out early because of the three-year cancellation policy, give Wind Mobile a try. They are offering $100 in service credit when you bring your own number to WIND.

Wind is also offering $150 in service credits when you bring your own WIND compatible cell phone to their network. I assume that these offers cannot be combined, but I would check with a Wind representative just to make sure.

$100 Port-in Offer:

Bring your own number to WIND mobile to receive a $10 discount for the next 10 months on your cell plan. Pair your imported number with one of WIND mobile’s unlimited data, talk, and text plans starting from $35/month.

This offer is only valid with the following Pay After account plans: Smartphone 35, Smartphone 40, Smartphone 45, Smartphone 50, or Cross-Canada 49 plan.

The number you are importing must not have been on the WIND network in the last three days. For all the fine print, see the website.

(Expiry: 14th June 2015)

$150 Bring Your Own Phone Offer:

This offer is a bit different. You must bring your own unlocked AWS (1700/2100) compatible phone and activate a new Smartphone 35, Smartphone 40,
Smartphone 45, or Smartphone 50 plan. The $150 worth of credit will be applied to your account in $10 increments for 15 months.

There is a catch.

The monthly credit is applicable only for monthly add-ons and pay per use charges and is not valid toward your monthly plan fees (that is, the $35/month, $40/month, $45/month, or $50/month plan fee), the cost of devices, or accessories.

(Expiry: Unknown)

Given that catch, I think that the $100 credit offer is superior to the $150 credit offer as – it appears – that the $10 per month for 10 months (total $100) can be applied towards the monthly plan fees. There is nothing in the fine print that says it cannot be.

These are just two of the sweet little offers that Wind Mobile has on right now. You can view all their offers through the first link above. Some of them cannot be combined. Thus, it is best to read all the fine print and to talk to a WIND mobile representative if you are unsure.

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June 5

Microsoft Canada: Yezz Billy 4.7 Unlocked Was $179 | Now $119

Posted by on June 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Microsoft Canada: Yezz Billy 4.7 Unlocked Was $179 | Now $119

Are you looking to save money on your cell phone bill this year? As of June 3rd, you can now get out of your three-year cell phone contract for only a small admin fee and upgrade your phone and your plan. For a new phone, I suggest purchasing the Yezz Billy 4.7″ unlocked cell phone that was $179 and is now $119 with free shipping.

First, this cell phone is unlocked so you may take it to any carrier that supports these phones. This means, you can negotiate the best plan per month and transfer companies at any time when a competitor comes out with a better cell plan. Here are a few carriers this phone is and is not compatible with:

Billy 4.7 is compatible with the GSM carrier Rogers, also compatible with HSPA+ carriers; including Bell, MTS, SaskTel and Telus. Phone will not work with Vidéotron, Wind, EastLink, Mobilicity or any other carrier that use AWS HSPA+ Band

You should contact your desired phone carrier before purchasing this phone.

The Yezz Billy features a huge 4.7″ IPS HD display. There is a built-in 8MP camera and 8GB ROM/1GB RAM. The phone comes preloaded with Windows Phone 8.1 software. I do not have much experience with Microsoft phone software, but it would integrate very well with any Windows 8 software on your computer. One reviewer said:

This thing is smoking fast… It runs as fast as an iPhone 6! And it looks like and iPhone 6 – only slimmer and lighter… Microsoft Canada: Yezz Billy 4.7 Unlocked Was $179 | Now $119 In terms of hardware, this is a super star. The drawbacks come with software naturally… Not all apps are available and some are made really poorly..

The plain truth of cell plans and phones is buying outright will save you money. While you may get a discount on a shiny new cell phone when you sign up for a two-year contract, the plans cost more than monthly cell bills when you bring your own phone.

I just encouraged my mother to pay outright for a smart phone – $150 – and go on a month-to-month plan. Her month-to-month plan costs $53, while the same plan on contract would have cost her $80 per month. With that savings of $27 per month, the value of her new cell phone is paid off within six-months and then she starts saving money. The Yezz Billy only costs $119, so it will easily save you money in the end.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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May 19

Xtremeguard Coupon: 90% off & Free Canadian Shipping! * HOT *

Posted by on May 19, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Xtremeguard Coupon: 90% off & Free Canadian Shipping! * HOT *

A few times in the distant past, both Avigayil and I have written about Xtremeguard, the US based site which specialises in screen guards and accessories for phones and tablets. Right now, they’ve just released a super-hot coupon code for a 90% discount site-wide (on top of sale prices), plus there is free Canadian shipping too! Super-sweet!

Click here to use the Xtremeguard coupon code online now

  • Coupon Code: Hot85
  • Discount: 85% off
  • Expires: Unknown
  • Coupon Code: 90off1
  • Discount: 90% off
  • Expires: Unknown

When I first spotted the above coupon code, I tried it out on the Apple iPhone 6 4.7″ Screen Protector – FULL BODY + Free Install Kit which was originally priced at $12.99. When in cart and with coupon code, it drops to only $0.98!!!

As I proceeded through checkout to find out about Canadian shipping fees, I was pleasantly surprised to notice that their free US shipping also applies to Canada orders. Just make sure to choose the free option at checkout. It says it may take 18 to 32 days which is a little slow, but you cannot complain when you’re getting 85% off as well as free shipping.

Xtremeguard caters to all sorts of devices, from iPads to iPhones, from Galaxy Notes to Nexus 5s. And since I have last been on their site, they’re also selling more accessories, such as these:

The prices are fantastic, overall, but more so for the screen guards themselves:

I’ve no idea how long the coupon will last, so get in there fast if you are interested. Happy shopping!

Remember, you may be liable to pay extra duties and customs fees if your order goes over $20 – maybe place separate orders if you want a few things.

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April 28

Wind Mobile: $35 Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data

Posted by on April 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Wind Mobile: $35 Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data

I see cell phone deals being advertised all the time, so I hunted down the best unlimited cell phone deal for your buck right now. Wind Mobile offers an unlimited talk, text, and data plan with voicemail included for just $35 per month.

This plan includes:

  • Unlimited Data (2 GB full speed allotment) 
  • Unlimited Canada-wide Calling
  • Unlimited Canada-wide Texting
  • Unlimited Canada/US-wide Picture/Video Messaging
  • Up to $150 in Bring/Buy Your Own Phone Credits or WINDtab
  • Voicemail+
  • Call Control (Caller ID, Missed Call Alerts, Conference Calling, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting)
  • No Hidden Fees, System Access Fees, or Activation Fees

Now, the unlimited data has a 2 GB full speed allotment, at which point your data speed will slow down. However, everything up to 5 GB is fair game according to the fair usage policy. You can buy more expensive plans for a higher full-speed allotment. However, this $35 plan is the cheapest plan you will find that allows a full 5 GB of data (at any speed) with unlimited Canada-wide talk and texting.

Now, I did some comparing to make sure this was the great deal I figured it for. Telus and Rogers are simply not contenders in cell phone plans these days. Fido unlimited plans start at $60, so they were a non-contender. Koodo has an unlimited talk plan for $45 with 1 GB of data. The plan is simply more expensive and has less data so i do not understand what the big hype is over it. The closest deal was Mobilicity’s $35 per month plan. The plan includes everything Wind mobile’s plan includes – except you only receive ‘light data’ at Mobilicity. Light data is limited to social networking and email.

Wind Mobile does not care what kind of data you use – your data type is also unlimited with this plan. I rarely use more than 1 GB of data per month, so this plan would serve me quite well. I sometimes get near the top of my data allotment so the extra 1 GB of full speed data would be awesome. However, even if I go over that, I know that there are no extra fees until I pass 5 GB. Now that is peace of mind and a great price per month.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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February 26

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

Posted by on February 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

I love my tablet and phone, but  I do not like paying extra for all of the nifty accessories. While I feel strongly a good case is important to protect my device, I try to limit my accessory purchases. No need to do without those holders and chargers, hack it together instead. Here are some great DIY Accessories for your tablet or phone that you can make much cheaper than buying.

Wood Charging Station

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

This unique handmade docking station will look super chic in your house, or is fancy enough to give it as a gift. Check out this hack from Scarlett Words to create a simple charging station from a slice of wood and a lightning cable. A handmade docking station like this one would run $50-$80. This hack could easily be adapted to charge any device. Attach a small portable speaker and you can also jam to all your favourite tunes.

Tablet Holder For Your Kitchen

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

I do not use paper recipes very often anymore. I am always consulting my tablet or phone for new recipes to use in the kitchen. Check out this solution to spilling the flour on your iPad from Mamie Jane’s. This beautiful tablet holder made from an upcycled wood cutting board, a child’s block, and a scrabble tile holder is just my style. Beautiful and chic, no one will know you made it yourself instead of spending $40-$50 on a similar holder.

Bling Case

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

Love the look of a case covered in bling? I hate that $25-$50 price tag that usually goes with it. Use the tutorial at Crafting Rebellion instead to create a super shiny case on a budget. Pick up a less expensive case at the dollar store and let your glue and jewels do the magic.

Touchscreen Compatible Gloves

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

Picture this, you are out in the snow and something funny happens. You whip out your phone and your hands freeze as you try to snap the perfect shot. Rewind that scenario and turn your favourite gloves into tech gloves with this cool hack from natalme on Blogher. With a needle, metallic thread and your favourite pair of gloves, in just a few minutes you can make any gloves touch screen responsive. This blogger suggests special conductive wire, but it is possible to use any conductive metallic thread. Test the thread in a shop by holding one end of the skein while brushing the other end on your phone to see if it responds. A cheap pair of super thin gadget gloves will cost about $10-$15. A nicer pair that will keep your hands warm all winter can easily cost $40-$80.

Tablet Mount For The Car Headrest

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

Blackcabbit has a great solution to turn your iPad or other tabler into a movie theater for your kids on long trips. Using some elastic and a few other small items, this dad creates an entertainment system that stays put. This is perfect if your kid falls asleep during movies on car rides. Most commercial headrest mounts range from $25-$40. I made a similar mount for my daughter before our last road trip and it worked perfectly.

Trick Out Your Earmuffs

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

If you spend some time commuting in the cold, you need to make these tricked out earmuff headphones from Brit+Co. These earmuffs do require some basic sewing skills, but even a novice sewer like me should be able to complete these. Make yourself a pair in any style instead of splurging for a $20-$65 pair.

Project Photos and Videos On Your Wall

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

I can remember sitting down in my grandfather’s living room while he proudly showed off his slides from years ago. Impress your friends without a pricey digital projector by displaying your photos on the wall. This projector from Photojojo will only cost you a single dollar. While the image may not be perfectly clear, a crisp digital projector will cost you $75-$200. Project movies on the wall for a fun movie night.

No Sew Phone or MP3 Player Holder For Running

8 Accessories To Make For Your Tablet or Phone

I love those armbands for running that securely hold my device while exercising. Each one can easily cost $30 and I am a fickle about keeping up my exercise program, so I am always hesitant to buy them. Enter this creative no-sew arm holder from Wonder How To. With a placemat, some strong glue and two hair ties you can make your own quick holder. For a more adjustable version, make the armband a little longer and add some velcro strips.

Bargainmoosers, what tech accessories would you love to have?

(Image Credit: ebayink)

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February 8

Wind Mobile: Unlimited USA & Canada Mobile Plan only $39

Posted by on February 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Wind Mobile: Unlimited USA & Canada Mobile Plan only $39

Hello snowbirds and fellow border-hopping Canadians! Wind Mobile has an extraordinary offer for anyone who needs both US and Canadian cell data on a regular basis. Sign up for the Unlimited Canada & USA plan for only $39 per month.

I seriously love this deal. To even find a Canadian unlimited cell plan for under $40 these days is rare, as prices have been going up. Add on nearly unlimited use in the USA as well and I am drooling. Here is what your package includes:

  • Unlimited Canada & USA Text
  • Unlimited Canada Data (fair usage policy applies)
  • Unlimited US Roaming: Unlimited Data, Text and 2400 minutes of CA/US-wide Talk
  • Unlimited Canada-wide Talk
  • Call Control (Caller ID, Missed Call Alerts, Conference Calling, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting)

This is a impressive package, especially as it includes unlimited US roaming as well. Roaming fees can really add up (I have been hit with them before). All the unlimited US features are from anywhere on Wind’s partner networks in the United States.

The WIND 39 plan may be activated with the WINDtab. You can put up to $150 value on your WINDtab. The WIND 39 plan is also eligible for Better Together Savings, so if your combine select mobile phone and mobile internet plans, then you can save extra money as well. However, the WIND 39 plan cannot be combined with the Bring/Buy Your Own Phone offer. That does not mean you cannot bring your own phone (you still can) you just cannot take advantage of the special offer they have for it.

Now, if you are already with Wind and want to make the switch to this plan, then you need to know a couple things.

If you are upgrading then transition is simple. Phone in or visit your online account control to migrate your account. However, if you are downgrading from a larger plan then you must pay a $25 fee along with one month of the promotional plan’s cost. You can migrate your account on the phone or through your account online. Current WIND customers cannot migrate their account in store.

For all the fine print details, please see Wind Mobile. I hope these give you a sense of how good this plan is and what loops you need to jump through to get the plan. If you sign up for the WIND 39 Unlimited US & Canada plan, let us know!

(Expiry: 31st March 2015)

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January 20

Microsoft Store: $200 Off Nokia Lumia 1020 – Now $349

Posted by on January 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Microsoft Store: $200 Off Nokia Lumia 1020   Now $349

The Microsoft Store is offering an unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 for $200 off its retail price. Originally $549, the phone is now on sale for $349 with no contract.

This phone comes with two colour options: black or yellow. The black is already out of stock, but could be restocked as this deal goes into February. While the yellow is a bit flamboyant in terms of colour, that has its benefits. First, it will be a lot harder to misplace your phone. In addition, if you do misplace your phone, it will be easier to find a bright yellow device than a black phone.

The Nokia Lumia has a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen with the phone being slightly larger. The 41-megapixel camera will take good quality selfies and pictures of your cat while the 32 GB storage will handle all the apps you can load on it (along with a good supply of pictures). The phone is Windows 8.1 ready. That means it comes with Windows 8 and you need to run the update when you receive the phone.

Reviews are mostly positive, with a few negative and mediocre thrown in for a good mix. One reviewer said:

love this. wanted an alternative to android that performed well. got it in this beauty. the photos are amazing and the item is not as complex and fast as a lot of other phones, but it delivers reliable and beautiful service to windows users.

Some people have experienced issues with the battery. Several reviewers say that the phone can eat through 70% of its battery on days of heavy use. That appears to be the primary complaint from the few people who were very dissatisfied with the phone. However, most reviewers actually love the phone. 19/28 reviews are for a full 5/5 stars and even with the negative reviews, the phone still averages a 4.1/5 star rating.

While yellow might not be my first choice for a phone – oh wait, it would match my car! – this is still a very good deal on an unlocked phone with no contract. Take this phone to your favourite carrier and feel free to move carriers when you see a better deal. That is what I do with my phone.

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(Expiry: 13th February 2015)

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December 7

Blackberry: Trade up Phone for Up to $600 towards Blackberry Passport

Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Blackberry: Trade up Phone for Up to $600 towards Blackberry Passport

Blackberry has introduced a trade up and save program towards their new Blackberry Passport. Trade up your current Blackberry or other phone towards the Blackberry Passport and receive up to $600 towards the Blackberry Passport.

The $600 actually breaks into two amounts. You will get up to $400 black for your phone depending on make, model, memory, and condition. On top of that, you will receive a top up of $200 from Blackberry towards the trade in. Together, that equals a maximum of $600 towards the Blackberry Passport.

I did a demo run with my iPhone 5 16GB. Oddly enough, they list almost every other cell phone carrier in Canada you could possibly have except Fido. Why is there no Fido? I chose Wind instead. They calculated a $120 trade up value with a $200 Blackberry top up for a total value of $320 towards a new Blackberry Passport.

Now, the one catch is, you must purchase your new Blackberry Passport from Blackberry Canada. There is a ton of fine print so I am going to try to summarize it for you in a few paragraphs but you will need to consult the website for all the details.

You need to buy your Blackberry Passport between December 1st and February 13, 2015. Then you send your phone in for the trade-in program along with relevant documentation from the Blackberry Passport itself. You will need a copy of the order confirmation AND a cut out of the IMEI number (serial number) on the Blackberry box.

Now, the phone you are trading in must be in working condition. If it is not in working condition you will not receive the trade in value and you do not get the phone back either. The phone needs to be unlocked (no-pass codes) and have the ‘kind my phone’ feature taken off the phone. As for payment:

Individual consumers will be paid via a Visa Prepaid Card from MetaBank and mailed to the address you provided on your quote 6 weeks after the Trade-in Center receives both eligible device(s) and a valid proof of purchase(s) and confirms your eligibility for the program.

I highly recommend reading the rest of the FAQ to familiarize yourself with the process.

This is a funky offer from Blackberry. I felt it worth mentioning because the Blackberry Passport costs $699 to $799 so this credit for old phones can really make a difference to your bottom line.

(Expiry: 17th December 2014)

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December 3

Mobilicity: Holiday Plan – $29/m Unlimited

Posted by on December 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Mobilicity: Holiday Plan   $29/m Unlimited

Sure you can save money on the odd gift or household item, but it is better to save money on everyday expenses. Enter the new holiday plan by cell provider Mobilicity: receive unlimited Canada-wide talk and text as well as North American long distance for only $29 per month.

Mobilicity had this offer back in August for back to school, so if you missed it then this is your opportunity to take advantage of it now. The offer is valid for available new activations only. Your plan will include unlimited of the following:

  • Data
  • Canada-Wide Talk
  • Text
  • North American Long Distance
  • Global Text
  • 30 Minutes North American Voice Roaming
  • Voicemail, Caller ID and Call Features

Now, after pouring over the fine print because that is where all the land mines in an agreement will be, I discovered this plan has to be on an automatic monthly payment authorization for you to get the $29 a month rate (regularly $45). If you want a monthly rate with no contract, they jack the price up to $40 a month (stupidly ridiculous in my opinion). That is still $5 off the plan’s usual $45 per month retail cost, but I find it a crappy ploy to get people to sign contracts.

They also have this little fine print bit about how “all unlimited features included in each plan/add-on, including unlimited talk, text and data features, must originate and be used within the Mobilicity Unlimited Zones”. To clarify what unlimited zones are, I have copied the following excerpt:

According to their website:

Mobilicity offers unlimited coverage within our 5 unlimited coverage areas in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. In addition to our unlimited coverage areas, we also offer nationwide coverage, covering up to 95% of the Canadian population.

Therefore, unless you live and plan to stay within those five cities for the majority of your cell use, this plan may not be worth it. However, if you do live in one of these cities – you may just have found the ticket to reducing your cell phone bill by 1/3rd, which is no small amount when you add it up each month.

I have never tried Mobilicity before, have you? If so, then leave us a comment letting us know what you think of their service.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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