Budget services to beat the credit crunch

So, the credit crunch isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. But while the economy goes to the wall, you can use your tech–based skills to save

So, the credit crunch isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. But while the economy goes to the wall, you can use your tech–based skills to save yourself a packet and look like the gadget don in front of your pals.

These services will see you right and should give your bank balance some respite before this winter’s Christmas present destroying gas bill drops on the door mat.

Skype

www.skype.com

VoIP has never been more important than it is now. Skype remains the Daddy and all you need is an internet connection and the ability to type your name into the registration form. Don’t forget you can use it on your mobile too (as long you’re rocking Symbian S60). Either way, it’ll make big phone bills a thing of the past.

3 Mobile Broadband

www.3.co.uk

Proper broadband connections cost you cash you could be spending on Tesco Value loo roll and own brand ketchup. Mobile Broadband’s cheap and also means you can get online wherever you are. 3’s deals are great and start at just a tenner a month.

O2 Simplicity

www.o2.co.uk

SIM only deals are increasingly popular. You might not get the phone of your dreams, but that’s not the point. O2’s Simplicity (see what they did there) costs £20 a month and you get 600 minutes and unlimited texts every month. Plus you can jump ship whenever you want.

BBC iPlayer

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

The iPlayer has been a revelation. And let’s face it, half the tat on TV isn’t worth watching (ITV, we’re looking at you). Download iPlayer shows for nothing and you won’t ever have to worry about the TV eating up valuable cash in leccy bills and licence fee. Plus you’ll actually do stuff rather than vegetate in front of the box.

We7

We7.com

Buying music is a costly business. And short of thieving tunes, We7 is the best way to get tracks for nowt. You’ll have to put up with an ad at the start of every track, but that drops once you’ve played them a few times. You’ll stay on the right side of the record labels too. Because that’s important, obviously.

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