Some people might think there's a catch when they see an offer for a free cell phone, but it's really just a matter of knowing one key piece of information: Wireless providers such as T-Mobile and Verizon make the vast majority of their money on monthly service rates - not on the phones they sell.
For example, if you pay $59.99 a month for a basic calling plan with T-Mobile, that adds up to about $720 a year (far more than the one-time price of a new phone)! Compare that to a new cell phone priced at around $200 and it's easy to see where they make their money - monthly subscriptions... not phone sales.
Can you see now why they're so willing to hand out free phones?
When considering where to look for free cell phone offers, you can go directly to a wireless service provider or look for an authorized wireless reseller.
Wireless service providers like T-Mobile make a lot more money from your monthly subscription than from the sale of a phone - so much so that they're always running promotional sales on brand new phones, complete with free shipping.
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Answer: My kids have tons of Webkinz too, and so do all of their friends. They even gave one to their 5th-grade teacher for a Christmas present this year!
Webkinz are completely safe, and are one activity that I am completely comfortable with my kids doing online. Believe me, I checked it out thoroughly and had them walk me through the things you can do online with their Webkinz.
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Answer: Before you go out and buy a new system, consider this: your computer's hardware hasn't changed (the processor, the memory, the hard drive, etc), so it's not likely the cause of the performance problems you're experiencing - which is good news because I'm sure you'd rather not shell out several hundred dollars for a new computer.
Chances are good that you have a virus that has infected your system and is slowing down performance.
How to find out if your system has been infected with a virus:
If you're experiencing performance problems and in particular are seeing weird behavior such as programs freezing or the system locking up, then it's time to scan your system for viruses (even if you have Norton or McAfee already installed - those programs are notorious for not knowing about the latest viruses).
I recently found a program that will scan your system and remove viruses for free. It's called AVG Free, and here's the download link: http://free.avg.com/
Here's what it found when it scanned my system: