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Chat happens: Your guide to 7 group-chat services

Everyone knows the secret to success — personal and business alike — is good communication. But in what form? If you’re trying to communicate with a group in real time, you’re no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren’t paying attention and somebody’s dog barks intermittently throughout the call.

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How to save on mobile plans: Look beyond the Big Four carriers

Forget everything you thought you knew about buying mobile phone service. Remember the days of the subsidized phone wrapped inside the pricey two-year carrier contract? That’s a distant, unpleasant and expensive memory. Right now, the smart — and increasingly common — move is to buy an unlocked phone outright, then shop it to the carrier that offers you the best bang for the buck.

That carrier doesn’t have to be AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless. Although the Big Four have expanded their offerings and, to varying degrees, lowered their prices, the real deals still come from the smaller guys — otherwise known as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). A few of them are actually owned by the Big Four (we hereby dub them the Little Four), while others merely repackage and rebrand their services. Whatever the arrangement, you can almost always score better pricing by opting for one of these other carriers.

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