Technology A-Z
The Internet
Tech Hardware
Tech Software
Video Games
Protecting Your Children
Getting Help
The Online Mom Network

Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?

The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

Consumers get smart about tech

Verizon yesterday dropped the price on the Samsung Galaxy Tab by $100 to $299.99, although you will still have to sign a two-year contract. That puts Verizon within striking distance of T-Mobile’s price of $249.99, again with a two-year contract.

The move by Verizon comes hot on the heels of reports suggesting that the demand for Verizon’s recently-launched iPhone 4 wasn’t quite what the industry – or the carrier itself – had expected."

The problem, as always, is that today’s must-have, cutting-edge technology is out-of-date almost as soon as you take it out of the box. This is particularly true with the white-hot mobile sector, where new products are coming to market on an almost daily basis.

The long-awaited arrival of Verizon’s iPhone 4 was particularly ill-timed. After 4 years, Apple-watchers have become used to annual updates, and it is perhaps the industry’s worst-kept secret that yet another new version of the iPhone is coming this summer. Thus, anyone purchasing an iPhone from Verizon over the next three months is going to be stuck with an out-of-date model for a minimum of 20 months out of a 24-month lease.

The problem with smartphones and tablets is that the product cycles are now significantly shorter than the voice and data contracts that come with them. If there is going to be a new iPhone every year, wouldn’t it make more sense to offer a one-year contract?

The carriers will argue that if they couldn’t lock you in for two years, then those upfront discounts would start to disappear. However, those discounts are often offset by hefty activation fees and even heftier early termination charges.

Long-term, it will be the consumer who dictates whether the two-year contract remains a staple of the industry. Already, smartphone owners know enough about the pace of change of technology that the carriers practically have to give away a phone if it’s more than a year old. (You can get an iPhone 3G S for $49 and a Droid Incredible for free – both with a two-year contract of course.)

Meanwhile, the industry waits to see the fate of the Xoom, the latest feature-laden tablet from Motorola. With a starting price of $600 and the iPad 2 just around the corner, most people are betting that the discounts are going to come early and often. 

Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Not Sure

© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.