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Net10

This post brought to you by Net10. All opinions are 100% mine.

Net10 is a pre-paid and pay-as-you-go cell phone service that eschews contracts, unlike big-name competitors like Verizon and Sprint. Now, I don’t really like phones generally speaking, and I have been suspicious of Net10-type companies before, so my quest to see the Light went about as could be expected.


Still, Net10 seems to have a lot to offer over other companies. There are no contracts and no credit checks. The company offers nationwide coverage and only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, and Samsung (among others). They have a series of interviews with real NET10 customers who all swear by their cell phone reception and the low cost to themselves. Net10 Unlimited, for example, is a great deal: nationwide coverage and unlimited talk, text, and data, for $50 a month.

The spokesperson (at least as far as I can tell) for Net10 lays it down with a side-by-side comparison of two phones and how to get them (via contract, with another company… or not, with Net10) in his segment what Rob has to say. They offer a range of phones—from basic to smartphones.

I have never used any cell phone service except Verizon, so I can’t comment on how good Net10’s coverage is, or how they handle complaints, or anything like that. Another real NET10 customer said, “Unless Net10 decides to get into a different business, I’ll never go to another service provider ever again.” If there’s a serious fan of Net10, it’s him.

If I had a friend who raved similarly, I might give the company a serious look, but as it is right now, I’m skeptical. I mean, how can they stay in business offering the same service and charging three or four times LESS than their competitors? I feel like they must be cutting corners SOMEwhere, right? I guess… I need to see it to believe it.

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Asbestos Surveys

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Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals exploited commercially for their desirable physical properties. While the inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, such illness is linked primarily with long exposure to a high concentration of asbestos. (Asbestos actually exists in the ambient air at low levels, which itself does not cause health problems.) It was a popular building material in the 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to heat, electrical and chemical damage. Since then, however, developed nations have banned its use in building because of its extreme negative effects on human health. (Learn more at Wikipedia by searching for “Asbestos”.)

In looking at the Assist Asbestos Surveys page, I didn’t actually learn too much about how a survey is performed. I can only assume that a certified inspector comes to your residence or place of work and thoroughly checks your building for asbestos. Maybe a phone call to the company will provide you with more information, but I didn’t go that far because I don’t live in the United Kingdom and calling out-of-country is seriously expensive.

DISCLAIMER: I was hired by PayPerPost to talk about asbestos surveys. However, the opinions I have shared are my own. See also the sitewide disclosure.

Bungalows

Bungalows

During my third grade year (in February, my dad tells me), my family moved across town to a larger house. The kids (my sister, brother, and I) were allowed to finish out the school year at the elementary school, but for fourth grade, I was moved to a new school in another school district. At the new school, the entire fourth grade was housed on the lower playground in Temporary Classrooms, which we called “bungalows”. Didn’t seem any different to me than any of the other, more permanent classrooms, since the bungalows were well made and, I mean, what fourth grader would complain about literally having the playground right outside the door?

Valentine’s Day gift giving

Since the beginning of February, I’ve been looking at valentines roses online to give my parents and friends on St. Valentine’s Day. Roses are usually a romantic thing, but I usually give my parents a couple dozen yellow roses (in honor of the Rose of Texas) and my friends some combination of red, yellow, and white roses. I like other types of flowers, too, but St. Valentine’s Day seems to have dibs on the rose market, and really, who doesn’t like getting flowers, no matter the kind or the occasion? (Well, receiving flowers in sympathy or with condolences might not be the greatest, but at least you know the person who sent the flowers cares, right?)

Anyway, I like roses, and I like giving them to close friends when the opportunity arises, and what better day than St. Valentine’s Day? I especially like the two dozen multicolored roses pictured here (click picture for information to buy). While scanning the 1-800-FLOWERS.com website, I also used their live chat feature, which I found to be very helpful. I was looking for a dozen roses: four red, four yellow, and four white. While speaking with Tearesa, one of the customer service representatives, I learned that custom orders can be placed by purchasing a similar florist-designed and delivered bouquet (she suggested the Rose Eleganceā„¢ premium long stem assorted roses for me) and then chatting with a representative on the website or by phone and having them put a notation in the order for specific rose color(s).

If you’re thinking about roses or other flowers for your sweetie for St. Valentine’s Day, be sure to place an order soon!

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DISCLAIMER: I was paid to write about 1-800-FLOWERS.com in a positive light. However, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Ever been paintballing? part 2

Anyway, the whole point of my telling that ropes course story was so that I could mention that, although I’ve never been, the Women’s Retreat also offered paintballing—something I definitely would’ve signed up for if I hadn’t had this dream of climbing The Centurion.

I think, for the non-sportsman (or non-sportswoman), paintballing is a lot like snow skiing, snowboarding, surfing, or water skiing—you should probably do it at least once in your life, just so you can say you did it. And who knows, you may really enjoy it, right? And for the person who really gets into it, there are some great places to buy paintballs [link removed, see below], guns, and other equipment.

I think maybe I should put paintballing on my list, since I’ve checked off The Centurion. What do you think? Have you ever been paintballing? Want to take me next time you go?

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EDIT 31 January 2011: Long story short, the advertiser didn’t like this post, so I’m removing the link to their website since I’m not going to send them traffic from here for free. Tough luck, suckers.

Payday Loans 2

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m skeptical of instant payday loans or such “quick fixes” of any kind. These three websites all follow to the same primary domain name, “https://www.online1hourloans.com/?cid=greenspot”. They each have the same image at the top of their page. The image also links to the primary domain and underneath there is what seems to be a blog post of some kind to… make the page seem more legitimate? I don’t know.

One of the payday loans no faxing sites reads, “With these tough economic times, it can be hard to make ends meet. Many of us live paycheck to paycheck, and when you have a lot of bills to pay, it can be hard to wait until you get paid again when your paycheck is all gone.” My response to that is: “Yes, but if you get loans online (or anywhere else), you’ll have spent your paycheck before you even get it.” And what kind of solution is that? There has to be another way.

Then again, maybe not? I don’t know. Like I said before, I’ve never received a payday loan and I don’t really know how they work. Is there anyone who’s had good exposure to payday loans online who can speak to their experience?

Payday Loans

In reviewing three payday loans websites (actually six, as you’ll see in the next post), I noticed a few things about each site. Honestly, it seems as though each of the sites is a replica of the others, and that’s not a good thing. Maybe they all go to the same institution? But if that were true, why use so many different website domains? The websites look different (well, sorta), but they give basically the same information and encourage the reader to take out a loan if times are tough.

But really, aren’t times always tough? I don’t know; maybe I’m biased. I’ve never taken out any payday loans, so I don’t know how they work, but I’ve been warned that they’re so close to loan sharks that they’re not worth it, even if you’re desperate. There must be another way. Then again, I’ve never heard any good stories about payday loans so I have nothing to which to compare.

Two of the three websites have the same top photo, and they all say roughly the same thing in a different format. “Once you fill out some personal information as well, such as name, address and social security number, you will receive your money either overnight or within 24 hours,” one of the payday loans sites says, and my first thought is: “No! Never, never give out your social security number to someone you don’t trust!” Or, at least, have no way to vet and make sure is a good company and won’t run off with your information.

In fact, all three websites link to the same primary domain name, “https://www.online1hourloans.com/?cid=greenspot”. There is a lot more information about the loan process there and readers can check to make sure their information isn’t just going into a pile of stolen identities. The main website seems more legitimate, but I can’t speak for the authenticity of of the three starter sites.