Who needs to share?

Although today’s post does not directly address technologies most of you will directly manage in your day to day lives, it is a subject matter that addresses some of the unforeseen risks of doing business with a provider that promises “unlimited” services, a subject I briefly touched on in my second post.

Over the past few months in my spare time, I’ve taken to help support my synagogue in matters most technical. Some of these jobs have involved data management, hardware procurement, support… but the biggest job has been taking on and overhauling their website, which had been static page content up until the beginning of this year, and replaced with a decent, but barebones WordPress install by our worship leader that hasn’t had near the content as the original site since going live. For bigger site development like this, I prefer Joomla over WordPress for a variety of reasons, but that’s neither particularly here nor there.

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Dial C for Canada, eh!

Today is the last and shortest of the posts directly related to the major questions and comments found in the comments from MMM’s Our New $10.00 Per Month iPhone Plans post, and we’ll primarily be focusing on Canadian solutions… but first, a new tool! My friend Yolfer over at Foundry In The Forest has created a spreadsheet calculator for folks looking to figure out if it would be worth switching wireless carriers to a cheaper plan if you’re under contract, and liking the idea (and given the consummate tweaker that I am), I created a stand alone web based version for folks to use. You can find it, use it, and link to it here: http://www.techmeshugana.com/tools/wirelessroi.html

And now, back to our topic…

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Dial V for Virtual Network

I know, terrible title, but I figured since it’s a series of three posts I should carry the theme.

In the first post, we discussed how to reduce your reliance on expensive texting fees, how to avoid the traps of “unlimited” service, the importance of reading your Terms of Service agreement with your new prepaid carrier, and how only paying for what you actually need can save you money.

Today, I’ll be covering the basics of what an MVNO really is, and how prepaid service works and differs from your traditional postpaid account.

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Dial S for Savings

Yesterday, Mr. Money Mustache posted his long anticipated article covering his cell phone savings switch to Airvoice Wireless. It was an excellent article in that it helped inspire a great deal of savings for a lot of people. I also did something that I don’t normally do, which is read and post to the article comments section. Normally, I hang out and keep my assistance contained to the MMM forums as it’s a bit more of a one-to-one exchange of information instead of a bit of a free-for-all, but this was a special occasion.

While trying to help answer what questions I could, I noticed a few themes crop up overall in the comments. The biggest ones being an unhealthy attachment to people’s phones with the illusion of needing “unlimited” service, the misunderstanding of how prepaid service works, and a lot of Canadians wanting options. My first series of posts are going to try and fill in some of those gaps for those people needing it.

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This post brought to you by the letter “B”

Shalom and welcome! Every blog’s gotta start somewhere, so I might as well start this one here through the wild flinging of letters, words and punctuation. Flinging… there’s a fun word, eh?

This blog here was an inevitability, crafted as a companion piece to the currently developing wiki and provided as a platform to better voice my ideas of modern ethical frugality without walking around and sounding a bit crackers to all my neighbors all the time. The origins to this entire project actually go back a way, and to try and provide you with an entertaining story on this the first post, will attempt to rewind you back through to the beginnings…

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