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How to Buy an Unlocked Smartphone

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Last Update: 3/2/2015

Samsung Galaxy S4 Unlocked Smartphone

What is an Unlocked Smartphone?

Unlocked Smartphones allow you to use a cell phone on any compatible cellular network, you are no longer locked to a single carrier or stuck in a 2 year contract! You can sign up for low cost no contract plans from $30 a month.

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Verizon Edge Upgradeable Smartphone Plan Review

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Last Update: 2/26/2015 - Updated for Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, Installment plan, More Anything changed to More Everything Plan. Prices have fallen!

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Verizon created a new wireless plan called Verizon Edge to address the needs of customers who want to upgrade to the latest and greatest Smartphone every year. Normal Smartphone plans in America require shoppers to commit to a 2 year contract. People cannot change phones during this time unless they want to pay an expensive early termination fee (ETF), for cancelling their contract.

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When is the Best Time to Buy? – Smart Shopping

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Smart Seasonal Shopping The Best Times to Buy - Save Money

As the 1960’s American folk rock song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” covered by the band The Byrds, reminded us: “To Everything There is a Season.” Originally written almost entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, the catchy hit song instills the principle that there is a time and place for everything.

Who knew that this truth also applies to shopping?!

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50 Funny Wi-Fi Network Names

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Let’s face it - manufacturer assigned WiFi Wireless Router network names are simply boring. Every time you need to connect one of your devices, you probably see a long list of names like Belkin04621, Linksys1019014, netgear, linksys etc. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Show your neighbors you have some personality by updating your router’s name to something utterly awesome and watch the party invitations roll in.

So how do you change your router’s name? First, don’t panic - it’s not complicated and you don’t need to call in the Geek Squad. Second, find your router’s web address on the bottom of your router or from its manual. It’s generally 192.168.1.1 (or 192.168.0.1, 192.168.2.1.), but could be something else entirely. Just enter the numbers into your browser: http://192.168.1.1

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The Best Store Return Policy and Refund Policies

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REI has a well established and lenient return policy - in general, they will take back anything within a year, as long as it is not damaged in any way. 

In the past, REI had an even more generous return policy - in a nutshell, they would accept any return, regardless of use or condition. Word of this policy spread, and they earned the nickname "Return Every Item." 

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After Christmas Sales 2014 – Top 10 Deals

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The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and December is usually a month long sales-fest. And while that may sound like an awesome deal for consumers, retailers expect an increase in sales this year - and not because the economy is recovering. Rather, they are counting on an endless onslaught of offers - everything from free shipping to holiday countdowns, to wear people out to the point of just grabbing the first good deal they spot as they enter a store.

The truth is this: many products you see on sale during the Christmas rush will be offered at significantly larger discounts after the holidays. Sure, you probably don’t want to be passing out gifts after Christmas has come and gone, but if you happen to be shopping for yourself, we’ve put together a list of tips and strategies for stretching every last dollar in your budget after the holidays.

Confirmed After Christmas 2014 Sales

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AT&T Next Upgradeable Smartphone Plan Review

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Last update: 12/20/2014
Updated phones. Installment plan vs 2 year, data changes and price decreases.

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AT&T created a new wireless plan called AT&T Next Installment to address the needs of customers who want to upgrade to the latest and greatest Smartphone every year. Normal Smartphone plans in the USA require shoppers to commit to a 2 year contract. They cannot change phones during this time unless they want to pay an expensive early termination fee, for cancelling their contract early.

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How to Find the Wii U in Stock

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The Wii U represent the latest video game consoles to hit the market in many years. This game console is extremely popular. Titles such as Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart have propelled Nintendo back into the lime light. In fact, Wii U hardware sales for the week of Black Friday 2014 were only beaten when the system launched way back in November 2012. It has sold out in most stores and is on the way to becoming the number one gift for the 2014 holiday season.

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New BuyVia 3.0 iOS Shopping App Update

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BuyVia 3.0 iOS

The BuyVia team is pleased to announce the release of our latest version of our iOS app, BuyVia 3.0

Since we launched in November 2012, we’ve welcomed feedback and have monitored how our users get the most value from the BuyVia app. The 3.0 version includes a lot of exciting new features based on user requests. Finding the best deals is now easier than ever.

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Christmas Holiday 2014 Shipping Schedule and Deadlines

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By now, most of us are used to ordering our stuff online - but there is still a stigma about ordering online for Christmas. What if the store doesn’t ship in time? Will my recipient think less of me for ordering online rather than facing down the crowds in the mall? What about free shipping? How late in the month can I order and still be certain my gifts will arrive in time?

That’s where BuyVia.com comes in. Not only do we scour the web each day for the best possible deals on a large selection of products, we also have compiled a handy shipping guide for all the major stores. Our team scraped much of this information from each retailer’s website, but also called into customer service (so you don’t have to) to clarify when information was missing or conflicting.

This chart will be updated throughout December 2014, so check back frequently.

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