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Grab the Acer Chromebook 715 for 50% off in Walmart’s Black Friday sale

Walmart knocked another $100 off to make a good deal a great one.

Chromebook deals have been picking up steam this week as we reach the final stretch before Black Friday. I had to do a double-take when I first came across this deal on the Acer Chromebook 715 because it was already $171 off last week, but Walmart has bumped up that discount to $271, making the touchscreen model of the Acer 715 half-off.

This Chromebook has the #10 spot on our Best Chromebooks list as one of the best big-screen Chromebooks on the market. It has a rather unassuming look to it but like the Millenium Falcon, she’s got it where it counts, kid. The full-size, full format keyboard, glass trackpad, matte-finished touchscreen, and powerful internals combine to make this the workhorse Chromebook that’s perfect for working from home or learning from home.

Supersized and perfectly priced

Acer Chromebook 715 | $271 off at Walmart

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Prefect for working from home

Get an Intel Core i3 processor, 128GB of storage, and a 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen for less than most Celeron Chromebooks in one of the most impressive Black Friday Chromebook deals of 2020.

$279 at Walmart

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I reviewed the Acer Chromebook 715 this summer, and while there are certainly sleeker looking Chromebooks out there, the Acer 715 is the perfect Chromebook for anyone working from home that wants a huge screen without a huge price. The Intel Core i3 processor gives you plenty of power for apps and complex operations, and the 128GB of internal storage means you have plenty of room for downloading videos for offline playback — including videos from Netflix and Disney+ via their Android apps, something Windows and Mac laptops can’t do yet.

The webcam on this Chromebook isn’t great, even by Chromebook standards, but considering a laptop this big isn’t really one you’ll want to travel with, you’ll be able to use some of the savings on a high-def USB webcam that you can reposition for better framing. The keyboard also lacks backlighting, but I’ll take that tradeoff for a keyboard with a number pad. Take it from someone who’s been typing prices and spec numbers all week on a tenkeyless keyboard, you don’t know how important a numpad is until you don’t have one anymore.

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TextNow Buyer’s Guide (January 2021)

Everyone knows the top-tier wireless service providers in Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. What about lesser known, or newer, brands like Tello, Mint Mobile, or Net10?Some of these companies might be a better fit for US consumers as they provide a more specialized package that fits their needs or budget. Let’s take a look at a relatively unknown carrier, TextNow.This guide will serve to help you understand what the MVNO offers and how it competes in the mobile arena.AboutTextNow is a somewhat newer player in the mobile space, having gotten its start back in 2009 as a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for making Wi-Fi calls. Today it operates as Mobile Virtual Network Operator that piggybacks on other cellular networks for coverage. It employs Sprint’s network for CDMA but it operates with its own plans and features.TextNow uses Wi-Fi for its preferred coverage, falling back on GSM or LTE for calls, text, and data. By going this route, it is able to offer much more competitive rates than traditional carriers. According to TextNow, its average consumer rate plan is just $19 per month.Rate PlansTextNow rate plans are no-contract, meaning you can go month-to-month with no long-term agreement, cancellation, or activation fees. It also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.TextNow does not charge for going over your allotted data. Hit your threshold and you’ll find your speeds slowed for the remainder of the billing cycle.Indeed, you can sign up for TextNow and have access to nationwide calling and texting at no cost. You’ll get all the standard features like call forwarding, caller ID, and voicemail, but you’ll see ads within the TextNow app.TextNow’s paid plans range from $10 to $40 per month, and remove advertisements. Included in the $20 and $40 options are set amounts of high speed data over the CDMA (Sprint) network. Moreover, consumers can also take advantage of mobile hotspot or data sharing.$10/month: Unlimited Talk and Text$20/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data*Those who go over 23GB of high-speed data in one month may see their speeds slowed for the remainder of the billing cycle. This is a small segment of users, to be sure, but still worth noting.Any other TextNow features worth noting?TextNow offers affordable international calling to a wide array of countries. Examples include 2.2¢ per minute to China and 1.8¢ per minute to India.Customers can add credits to their account by completing an offer, installing other apps, sharing to social media, or watching ads. Credits vary but an example might be 2¢ credit for viewing a 30-second advertisement.Handset SelectionTaking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through TextNow we find just a small handful of models from LG, Motorola, and Apple. The handsets definitely skew toward the lower end of performance but that doesn’t mean they are not capable devices.Which carrier has the best value at $50 a month?Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?Selection includes the Motorola Moto E5 Play, Motorola G7 Play, and LG Stylo 4 Plus.Bring Your Own DeviceFeel free to use any existing Sprint phone just so long as there’s no unpaid balance on another network. You can also, of course, bring an unlocked device, too.

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