Sites of the Week: November 29, 2014

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”

– Quaker leader William Penn

Factoid: The average employer-paid health-care premium will jump almost 6 percent next year, to $11,304 per employee. Workers on average will pay another $2,487 in out-of-pocket costs, an increase of more than 8 percent from 2014.

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out two ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.


FreedomPop offers free mobile phone and high speed Internet service (4G Wimax and 4G LTE mobile broadband networks). FreedomPop offers 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages and 500MB Data for FREE and no contract. But wait… there’s more. You may even be able to use an existing phone. You can also purchase their Freedom Premier service which offers unlimited voice and text for $10.99/month. Voice mail is extra. Additional plans offer unlimited voice, text and larger data plans. Not free, but still a pretty good deal. Now, the caveats. First, you will be automatically enrolled in their Freedom Premier plan after the first month if you don’t opt out. Secondly, if this interests you, it may be wise to hurry. FreedomPop doesn’t have its own network. Instead, it resells airtime from Sprint which is currently in talks to acquire FreedomPop.


Last month, I set up my iPhone 6 for Apple Pay. Since then, I’ve only used it once. The problem is presently very few merchants accept payment by Apple Pay. That’s where LoopPay comes in. It works on many popular Android as well as iPhone models and is accepted at over 10 million store and restaurant locations. That’s because LoopPay requires no special equipment to accept payments with a LoopPay enabled smartphone or device. The LoopPay solution consists of two components: a LoopPay device (keychain fob, LoopPay card or LoopPay CardCase) and the free LoopPay app for your phone. LoopPay is safer than carrying a wallet because your data is encrypted and the app is locked by PIN and password.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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