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Four FREE Deals That No Student Should Pass Up

Regardless of what culture or society you were brought up in your parents, if anything like my own, did their best to teach you the importance of education; oftentimes calling it “priceless.” But as we grow up, we realize that education in many countries does indeed have a price, and a steep one at that. So it’s needless to say that students like myself are always keeping an eye out for great deals in order to offset the price of higher education.

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Macs Aren’t Customizable? TinkerTool Disagrees.

One of the first things that Apple critics told me when I purchased my MacBook Pro in March of this year was that Mac OS X, the flagship operating system that Apple develops and runs on all of their computers, was very limited in terms of customization options. Personally, though, the thought of being locked into a simple user interface didn’t bother me in the least; even if the rumors were true.

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AT&T’s Free MicroCell Campaign Is Awesome.

It’s not often that I’ve been known to praise AT&T for anything, but this time I think they deserve some recognition.  The other day, I received an email from AT&T stating that I was eligible for a free MicroCell.  What is a MicroCell you ask?  A MicroCell is essentially mini cell phone tower for your home/business.  It promises up to 5 bars (I have consistently had 5 bars at all times) at all times and so far in my experience it has delivered just that.

It connects via your Internet connection over ethernet and is designed to support up to 4 simultaneous devices at once.  If you were to buy one, the device costs $130.  There’s no additional monthly fee, all phone calls use your existing minutes on your cell phone plan.  The AT&T MicroCell will only work with AT&T 3G phones and can be configured to support specific phones using the phone number associated with that device.

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T-Mobile Giving Away Free Smartphones Tomorrow and Saturday

There’s no doubt that the mobile industry has been one of the busiest and most newsworthy industries in the last couple of months.  It seems as if every time we blink our eyes we are flooded with new announcements, unveiling, rumors, and overall mobile innovations.  With this level of innovation in the mobile industry and the great deal of profit that stands to be made as a direct result of it, it isn’t really a surprise that the mobile industry is one of the most competitive ventures to be in right now.

With today being the first day of availability for the Verizon iPhone and AT&T stepping up their game with inter-network unlimited mobile-to-mobile messaging, the spotlight is definitely on the mobile industry.  However, with “larger” entities like Verizon and AT&T stealing the spotlight, one can easily understand how smaller franchises can easily be left in the dust.  At the same time, there’s one word that always grabs our attention – no matter how much coverage an industry is getting.  Free.

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Best Buy’s Smartphone Sales Event Will Include the iPhone 3GS Today Only

While the Apple iPhone 4 has a number of features that are new to the iPhone family (such as Facetime, the retina display, etc), the iPhone 3GS still isn’t a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination.  The 3GS can still run the latest version of iOS relatively well, can still handle multi-media, and can still help you organize your life and stay connected on the go.

If you have yet to catch-up with the smartphone craze, Best Buy is going to be offering free iPhone 3GS handsets (8 GB) to new and qualifying existing AT&T customers during their “Free Smartphone Sales Event”.  However, unlike the other smartphones that are being offered through the program, the 3GS is only being offered today.

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The Future May Revolve Around “Freemium” Products

In one of Jeff’s previous articles he expressed antipathy about the company LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM), because the vast majority of its users opted only for the free service. At face value, it seems like he’s right: 10% monetization doesn’t look like a large number, not when physical products have numbers like 100%.

The thing is, that 10% is out of 70,000,000. Even if they only charged a dollar, that would net them $7,000,000. Not too shabby, assuming that the 10% of 70 million is an accurate number. (This is only an example. I’ve seen a stock chart that puts the price/earnings ratio of LogMeIn in the negatives, which isn’t a good sign. I’ve also seen charts that put it in the positive, which is a good sign. I’m not saying you should go and buy up their stock.) The point I’m making is, you can’t just jump at a number. Even in online industries people are slow to come to grips with the new business models that are coming out.

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Google Prepares For Google Voice

Last month, Google grabbed 1 million phone numbers; a move that implies we may soon see the availability of Google Voice.  The service from the internet giant “lets users unify their phone numbers, allowing them to have a single number through Google Voice that rings a call through to all their phones.”  There has been much speculation that the service will be open to the public very soon.

In 2007, Google acquired GrandCentral for $45 Million.  The result was the still-anticipated Google Voice service.  The Google Voice homepage lists the following features:

  • Call screening – Announce and screen callers
  • Listen in – Listen before taking a call
  • Block calls – Keep unwanted callers at bay
  • SMS – Send, receive, and store SMS
  • Place calls – Call US numbers for free
  • Taking calls – Answer on any of your phones
  • Phone routing – Phones ring based on who calls
  • Forwarding phones – Add phones and decide which ring
  • Voicemail transcripts – Read what your voicemail says
  • Listen to voicemail – Check online or from your phone
  • Notifications – Receive voicemails via email or SMS
  • Personalize greeting – Vary greetings by caller
  • Share voicemail – Forward or download voicemails
  • Conference calling – Join people into a single call
  • Call record – Record calls and store them online
  • Call switch – Switch phones during a call
  • Mobile site – View your inbox from your mobile
  • GOOG-411 – Check directory assistance
  • Manage groups – Set preferences by group

The best thing of all, though, is that the service is completely free.  As of now, it is only open to GrandCentral users, but that is soon to change.

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