Mobile Phone Comparison

When searching for a mobile phone contract it is vital that you shop around and do not sign up to the first deal that you “think” is this most suitable, it may be that some of the smaller mobile phone websites are offering better deals than the big mobile phone websites. Another benefit of shopping around on the internet for you mobile phone deal is that often the tariff supplier will offer a discount for an online application, this is due to the fact that they are not having to pay an advisor to process your sign up. Mobile comparison sites are also a great source of bargain handset deals, one huge benefit of these portals is that you can often find companies offering the same handset only one will add a free gift.

Anther great tip for securing the best mobile phone contract is the make a note of all best websites you visit, how often have you trawled the internet for products only to forget where you saw that first fantastic deal. Hitting the “add to favorites” button is both a time saver and money saver. The best mobile comparison sites will offer a search facility of some kind, this will enable you to pick a handset manufacturer such as Nokia or Apple and match it to the monthly pay plan of your choice. Also make sure the website you are using to compare your contracts uses a 24 hourly updated tariff system, many websites on the net used old handset data and are useless for obtaining the best deals.

The best comparison sites will offer the ability to compare a number of tariff providers and match them to your chosen phone, a site that offers just one contract provider will give you a very limited choice and the chances of obtaining that bargain will be slim. Searching by specific design is also another great asset of the comparison site, nowadays you can search for specific products such as Qwerty phones or wide screen phones which eliminates the models and mobile designs you are not interested in.

The best mobile comparison sites will also give you a list of the top selling mobile phones, this is superb for those non-techy customers who may not be up to date with the latest handsets and designs. Fast access to the best designs is a blessing and can greatly assist your search for the ultimate phone and package, also you will find that the better sites will have the added addition of text details for those who are looking for mix and match bundles. In general the longer the contract the better the deal on offer, by committing to a monthly pay plan the mobile companies will offer you more for your money and may even throw in some free texts.

Many mobile phone contracts will come with free handsets, if though you are searching for a top of the range design then it may be that you have to pay a slight surcharge. Usually those persons paying for the top phones the price will still be within a fair range, phone companies are getting more competitive as the years roll by and the bargains on offer are outstanding.


Accounting Software Only Sounds Boring

Most business owners I know think that accounting software is boring. Not as boring as say, sitting through the movie “Watchmen.” Or waiting in line at Starbucks while some idiot discusses what flavor of tea he should choose (it’s TEA for God’s sake). Or listening to NPR.

But accounting software can be fun. Fun, I say!

Jason has lots of fun with his accounting application. He’s the owner of a 20-person firm that distributes party supplies. His company’s all about inventory. He’s spent the time to make sure that inventory is tracked in great detail by his accounting software. This is not an easy task as he’s got over 10,000 items. Oh, and a lot of helium for balloons. Now, that’s fun.

Jason’s completely obsessed with quarterly cycle counts, weekly spot counts and semiannual physical counts. His warehouse is cleaner than my kitchen, but that’s only because I have teenage kids who specialize in home destruction. Jason’s inventory records are even cleaner than his warehouse floor.

A lot of business owners ignore inventory management in their accounting software. Some don’t like keeping detailed records because they don’t want to reveal too much to the tax guy. But using these features can keep this asset under control and therefore save lots of money. Now that’s fun.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Jason’s big into alerts. So when certain inventory levels get below a minimum his purchasing guy gets an e-mail alert to order more. If a ship date passes the current date then his customer service person gets an e-mail alert. If an inventory item hasn’t been counted recently his warehouse manager gets an alert. Jason takes alerts even to his receivables systems too. His controller gets email alerts when invoices go past 30 days. And if helium inventory levels are high then Jason takes care of that too. He has a lot of fun doing that.

All of this is done by his accounting software. Most popular accounting applications do this stuff today. And most major databases, like Microsoft’s SQL Server allow you to write “triggers” which are the same as alerts. Knowing things before they happen is fun. Finding out after the fact isn’t. Just ask the people who invested with Bernie Madoff.

Want more accounting software fun? Ask Susan.

Susan is a partner at a 10-person law firm. Sure, as an attorney she likes to eat puppies and beat little children. But there’s another side to her too. A fun side. She’s a penny pincher, running a business. Susan doesn’t have to worry about inventory. But she can still have fun with her accounting software.

There’s a lot of stuff she needs to know about every day. Like unbilled time that needs to be billed. And pending client work that needs to be assigned. And client projects that are running up against their limits. Susan’s not an accountant but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to use her accounting software. She gets flash info.

Every day there’s a Flash Report on her desk. This report is a one pager with key information about the firm. The flash info. Plus open receivables and open payables. She’s not waiting for the end of the month to get her information. She’s getting it immediately. She’s taking advantage of the daily reports that her accounting system offers. Like alerts, most software today generates dashboards and flash reports and daily status information, in addition to the detailed financial stuff that accountants like to know.

Like Susan, Ellen’s another owner who has fun with accounting software.

Ellen sees her accounting application as a sales tool. She runs one of those annoying franchise kiddie-tumbly-gymastic places. The ones that hand parents two Advil and a shot of Jack Daniels when entering. Every time Ellen sends out an invoice she plays with the message on the bottom. She advertises upcoming classes. She promotes her summer camps. She highlights a great staff member. Her invoices are like mini-tweets (there, now I’m cool because I just referenced Twitter). Ellen looks at her invoices not just as a bill for services, but as a communication with her customers. Fun!

Another fun thing I’ve seen good penny pinchers do: They beat up their accounting software partners. They have them come in, or get online, and demonstrate to them new features, add on applications, and better ways to use the product they have. They torture them with questions and try to soak some free training from them. The software vendors think they’re going to sell upgrades or more licenses. Boy, are they na├»ve.

See? For some penny pinchers, accounting applications can be fun! And profitable too!


The Most Commonly Used Smartphone Applications

Smartphones are being spotted in the hands of almost everybody who can afford it. There’s a plethora of brands that cater to almost all types of smartphone customers in the market.

Sensing that the popularity of smartphones would surge northwards in the coming years, software companies are introducing new applications at frequent intervals, not to mention the several ones that are already there in the market.

Here are some of the most popular smartphone applications.

The Weather Channel

Getting to know about the day’s weather, in earlier times, simply involved reading the newspaper. The Weather Channel software is now available to smartphone users who can check the weather and the forecasts for any place across the globe via a simple click on the button. The application offers text views and map views as well as a screen shot of the weekly weather forecast. Whether you are watching an amazing storm video which has been captured on film or have a fetish to know about the latest weather, The Weather Channel is gaining popularity with each passing day. It’s compatible with several popular smartphones and even some cheap smartphones as well.

Pandora

Pandora is an automatic genome music system which creates music recommendations based upon the personal listening preference of the listener. Besides playing music continuously, the software also inserts new music to the play-list, that’s likely to interest the listener. The application analyses the songs being heard by the listener and determines his genres and choices. It then matches its results with other songs or artists. The user is able to continually morph his selection of music either approving or disapproving the music selected by the software. The best part of Pandora is that the first 40 hours of listening, every month, is free. Following the expiry of the free limit, a listener can continue using the application by paying a small fee.

NeatCall

NeatCall is a fantastic application which can be used to organize your profession or career. Even small businessmen, starting off sans any substantial knowledge of the application, love it. The basic package of the application is currently available for free but one has to pay a monthly fee to download additional features and gadgets. With the simple click of a button, the application determines the best time slot for your conferences and meetings. It even follows up the event with appropriate attendees. There’s no more any need to make additional phone calls or send lengthy emails for confirming the scheduled appointment. In fact, the application not only determines the correct time for your calls and meeting, it also updates your calendar by inserting the necessary information. In the event you chance to look on the calendar, you’ll be instantly reminded of your appointment. NeatCall stores all the information in its server. It’s easy and can be installed on several smartphones, including cheap smartphones.

There are hundreds of useful smartphone applications that you can download and install on your handset. But before everything else, always install good anti-virus software and keep harmful viruses at bay.