Erica Tyler, SmartyGirl Associate Editor for Entertainment and Travel, gave a consumer tech review last night. If you are shopping for tech this holiday shopping season, read about Erica’s solution. Disclaimer: We have not been paid to endorse any company, brand or product.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol and Friends at Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run|
Associate Editor Erica Tyler and Editor-in-Chief Renee Marchol have been friends since 1998 when they met in a summer college class at UC Davis taught by Dr. Andy Jones. Dr. Andy is known for his radio show “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour”. Erica would invite Renee over to her college apartment so that she could grade papers late into the night for the Computer Science and Engineering Department as a Reader. Erica currently lives in the OC and Renee works in San Francisco. Comment below about your own experiences with wireless cable modems, wireless routers or your fave PMS snack!
Q: Why are you getting rid of your landline before 2013?
A: I was frustrated with AT&T service. I don’t use my landline often and the landline was a part of the AT&T internet package.
I have been without internet access for my laptop for 5 days and customer service hung up on me. Sure I use my iphone but not having internet for my laptop made me mad.
I spoke with more than one AT&T representative and both told me that the problem was on my end. I went to Best Buy to buy the type of cable modem they recommended but I still did not have internet.
Q: What’s the difference between a wireless cable modem and a wireless router?
A: Well, with a wireless cable modem, I can cancel my services with AT&T. I can also skip the features I don’t want such as landline and cable services. Who wants to wait for AT&T repair when the window for arrival is 8A.M. to 8 P.M. That’s ridiculous!
Q: How did you weigh the cost of switching?
A: I evaluated the opportunity cost of waiting around for a repair person for a 12 hour day and 5 lost days of internet access. My time is valuable. With a wireless cable modem, the hardware is in my hands and I control it.
A wireless cable modem does the job of two devices. For example, it does the job of both a cable modem and a wireless router. This means, that it’s portable and I can take it from place to place if I move. I don’t return it to a company when I end a service contract. I bought my device at Frys because they honor competitor coupons for wireless cable modems. I just showed them an online ad that was $2 less for the same item.
Q: How did you choose the brand of wireless cable modem?
A: I chose the On-the-Go Internet with Clear because it fit my budget and it gives me my own personal “hot spot”.
Q: Can you give the SmartyGirlHome Readers an idea of how you make consumer tech purchases as a SmartyGirl?
A: I’m super-frugal but I want quality. I am patient. I try to work with an existing service until it seems that the service provider and I are at an impasse. Recent example? AT&T. I also use coupons and I’m not afraid to bargain.
To give an illustration of how I save money for entertainment is that I use the free features of Netflix rather than pay for a subscription. I also borrow DVDs from the library. I’m all about making smart purchases that fit with my long-term goals. These habits and others helped me buy my own home as a single SmartyGirl in 2009.
Q: What are you going to do with the $2 you saved? This was a win! You are free from a service provider who did not treat you well as a customer.
A: You know Limon chips? They’re so salty and crunchy! What? You got to treat yourself sometimes too!
Q: I’m a Takis fan when on my my period. That’s my PMS snack. Have you tried cutting up corn tortillas to make your own chips? I’ve heard that they are amazing freshly fried and sprinkled with a bit of lime juice and salt.
A: Stop teasing me! I do make my own kale chips but I’m not making these. Limon chips are my favorite.