For the foreseeable future, mobile folks will be looking to cut expenses the best way possible. However, that doesn’t mean giving up ““going mobileÃ¢â‚¬Â. In fact, going mobile in economic challenging times might just be a great way to save money and land that next opportunity.
Here are some ideas on doing the mobile thing on the cheap:
- Check out ebay for great deals on used tablets or ultra-portables. Last time I checked, a good TC1100 or TabletKiosk Tablet PC could be had for $400 – $500
- Checkout OEMs refurb specials. Great deals can be had on refurb units.
- Delay buying that new laptop /tablet pc. Instead, upgrade the memory and harddrive in your existing laptop / tablet pc to give it that extra boost
- If you don’t have a mobile computer, consider some of the $400 – $500 netbooks from Dell, HP, Toshiba, Asus
- Don’t purchase Microsoft Office. Instead download comparable solutions from OpenOffice.org
- Utilize some of the free online document creation offerings from Google and Zoho
- Ditch your hosted exchange account, and switch to Gmail or Windows Live Hotmail
- Hang out at some of the free WiFi hotspots like the library, independent coffee shops, bookstores, and more. While there, just get a ““coffee of the dayÃ¢â‚¬Â instead of the mocha. You’ll save yourself $2 – $3 a cup
- Terminate the contract on your dedicated WWAN modem, instead utilizing your cell phone as a modem. Depending on the carrier, tethering options are sometimes cheaper than dedicated data card plans. The early termination fee is sometimes cheaper than the $60 a month you are currently paying. It won’t take long to break even. In addition, consider a family share plan on your cell phone. Now might be a good time to kill that landline and go completely cellular.
- Use a Tablet PC Ã¢â‚¬” save paper and it can double as a fax machine when you use services like eFax.com. While we are talking about the Tablet PC and saving paper, use the included Windows Journal to take your notes Ã¢â‚¬” it is a fantastic program!! When funds start to come back in, check out Evernote and OneNote.
- Utilize the free services of SugarSync, Box.net, DropBox, Live Mesh, etc to store files and share them with co-workers or prospective employers
- Get a free blog at WordPress and post to it frequently using your mobile phone. Who knows, you might launch the next go-to blog during a downturn in the economy
- Use Skype to talk to your long-distance family, friends, and co-workers
- Use video messaging services like Skype, iChat or MSN Messenger to video chat together
- Come up with innovative mobile technology solutions that truly help folks save money and cut expenses. Those will be the folks that succeed during a downturn Ã¢â‚¬” innovators.
- Read free eBooks on your netbook or tablet pc from the Gutenberg Project
What tips / ideas can you think of to ““do the mobile thing on the cheapÃ¢â‚¬Â?