Billshrink Helpfully Suggests How I Can Spend More Money

Billshrink Helpfully Suggests How I Can Spend More Money

Billshrink is an incredibly helpful service that lets you know when you could be spending less on a service that you use. But when things go wrong, it’s a little silly and not helpful at all. Ben reports that he keeps receiving these notices about how he could spend more money on his Verizon Wireless bill. [More]

Sprint Also Making Upgrade Program Suck More

Sprint Also Making Upgrade Program Suck More

Not wanting to be left out of the party, Sprint became the latest carrier to announce it’s going to make it more expensive for customers to upgrade. [More]

Billshrink: iPhone 4 Is Best Value Among Latest Smartphones, If You Watch Data Usage

Billshrink: iPhone 4 Is Best Value Among Latest Smartphones, If You Watch Data Usage

BillShrink compared the new iPhone 4 to the Droid Incredible, the Evo 4G, and the Nexus One to see which one is the cheapest in total cost of ownership, and the results were somewhat surprising given the iPhone’s reputation as a money gobbler. If you opt for the cheapest data plan AT&T offers, the TCO for the iPhone 4 is the only one of the four devices that comes in under the $2,000 mark. But beware! That “cheapest data plan” conditional is a pretty tricky one. [More]

BillShrink Shows You How To Save On Cable Bills

BillShrink Shows You How To Save On Cable Bills

This morning, BillShrink delivered a karate chop to the cable cabal with a new service, currently in beta, that shows you how to get the best cable/tv/satellite/dish package for the best price. [More]

Facts And Myths About Cutting Gas Costs

Facts And Myths About Cutting Gas Costs

BillShrink writes in with some tips on how to cut the costs of fueling your car. Just as valuable as the tips to cut costs are the way the email shoots down myths about gas-saving methods that don’t really work. [More]

5 Ways To Save Money On Your Cell Phone Bill

5 Ways To Save Money On Your Cell Phone Bill

Taryn from BillShrink writes in with some helpful tips that can cut your cellular costs: [More]

What Do You Do When Your Credit Card Has Been Armed With An
Interest Rate Trap?

What Do You Do When Your Credit Card Has Been Armed With An Interest Rate Trap?

Harry’s got a problem: the Bank of America card he’s had for years is paid off, but now it’s been set to explode in Harry’s wallet if he ever uses it again because the variable APR will jump to 29.99 percent. What’s worse, his other card has been canceled. Now Harry doesn’t know if he should start using the BofA card or back away quietly from it. [More]

Let's Ask BillShrink About Credit Cards Under The CARD Act

Let's Ask BillShrink About Credit Cards Under The CARD Act

Greg wrote to us and said that he’s in the market for a new credit card: “I canceled my Chase card because they raised my interest rate to 29.99% + prime. What credit card companies should I be looking at for a replacement card? What are their perks, their drawbacks?”
 
I spoke with Samir Kothari, the co-founder and vice president of products at BillShrink.com, to see what he thinks about the CARD Act and how it will change the credit card marketplace.

CARD Act: Who's With It, Who's Not

CARD Act: Who's With It, Who's Not

The CARD act is supposed to go into effect next week, Feb 22. As we get close to the deadline, is your credit card complying with the rules? Courtesy of BillShrink, this giant infographic is here to tell you the answers. Teaser: absolutely zero issuers are doing fair allocation of payments. [More]

Consumerist Meetup Recap

Consumerist Meetup Recap

Our second Consumerist meetup last night went off like gangbusters. Consumerist reader and Bad Buttons creator Kate Black. Reader Gary to the right investigating one of GitEmSteveDave’s RoofCoffeeCup cards. [More]

Chart Makes Comparing Cell Phone Carriers Slightly Less Confusing

Chart Makes Comparing Cell Phone Carriers Slightly Less Confusing

If you’re in the market for a new cell phone and calling plan, the sheer number of options is terrifying. According to Billshrink.com, there are (theoretically) 10,000 possible combinations of voice plans, data plans, other add-ons, and … I think I need to lie down. But wait! Here’s a nice, objective cell phone plan comparison chart that can help you make sense of all this madness! [More]

Consumerist NYC Meetup: 1/21 5-7pm Dylan Murphy's

Consumerist NYC Meetup: 1/21 5-7pm Dylan Murphy's

Yo gang it’s time for another Consumerist meetup with free beer!

Date: January 21, 2010
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Dylan Murphy’s – 1453 3rd Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), NYC

We’re hooking up with our friend Bob Sullivan of MSNBC’s Red Tape Chronicles to do a panel discussion on what’s really bringing down the American consumer: poor math skills.

Chart Compares Total Cost Of Ownership For Popular Smartphones

Chart Compares Total Cost Of Ownership For Popular Smartphones

You may think that buying an iPhone with AT&T service is an expensive commitment, and you’d be right. But as this chart from BillShrink shows, your total cost of ownership (TCO) for any of the latest smartphones is going to exceed 2 grand over a 24-month period. In fact, the highly-praised new Motorola Droid on Verizon works out to exactly the same TCO as the latest iPhone.

BillShrink Says Credit Card Companies Are Far From Reformed

BillShrink Says Credit Card Companies Are Far From Reformed

Credit Card companies, which must shape up Dec. 1 in order to comply with government-mandated reforms, aren’t exactly rushing to shape up, reports BillShrink, a site that lets you compare credit cards, cell phone plans and other services.

Capital One Invents Its Own Christmas Creep, Raises Interest Rate On December 26th

Capital One Invents Its Own Christmas Creep, Raises Interest Rate On December 26th

When Wally first got his Capital One credit card, the interest rate was 12 percent. Then they raised it to 22.9 percent. Now they’re going to raise it again—the day after Christmas—to 25.9 percent.

Can BillShrink Tame Cell Phone Bills?

Can BillShrink Tame Cell Phone Bills?

This Seattle KOMO News article about the free cell phone rate comparison site BillShrink — the site also compares gas prices and credit card offers — has an infomercial-like tone that almost made me dismiss it, but the evidence within convinced me BillShrink is worth a look.

How To Make Sure You're Not Paying $3.02 Per Minute For Cellular Service

How To Make Sure You're Not Paying $3.02 Per Minute For Cellular Service

As we noted yesterday, the average cellphone user is paying at least fifty cents to one dollar per minute because they’re only using 32% of their minutes. To make sure you’re on the plan with the best value, services like BillShrink and MyValidas can help you analyze your cellphone bill and see which plan you should switch to based on your actual minutes used.

Capital One Does Not Appreciate You Being Responsible, More Than Doubles Your APR

Capital One Does Not Appreciate You Being Responsible, More Than Doubles Your APR

Beverly, who always pays on time and recently started paying off her balance in full every month, just saw the rate on her Capital One card more than double, from 13.9% to 29.4%. That’ll teach you to not help sink the economy, Beverly!