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Save $45 on a Philips Hue Lightstrip with this deal from Best Buy

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Smart lights are great, and that’s why this Philips Hue Lightstrip deal is so exciting. Philips Hue makes some of the best connected lights around, but they aren’t the cheapest. This Black Friday deal from Best Buy gets you a base two-meter strip plus a one-meter extension for less than you’d usually pay for the base strip. Using your phone or smart speaker, you’ll have control of up to 16 million colors without ever leaving your couch.

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Philips Hue Lightstrip base kit + extension bundle

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Philips Hue Lightstrips get you over 16 million colors to let you get the perfect shade for any moment. With this bundle, you save money and get more lights for your money due to the included extension.

$60 at Best Buy

I love my Philips Hue lights, and though not the sole smart lights I use, the Hue lights are my favorite. Even though I’d rather not have an additional piece of equipment to maintain, Philips Hue lights use a dedicated hub, which keeps the lights connected to your network. I rarely have an instance when my lights are disconnected since they all communicate to a central hub.

Because Philips Hue lights are so reliable, it’s one of most popular brands around. This popularity leads to more integration with other smart devices, such as smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Because this integration is done so well, you can change colors, brightness, and of course, turn the lights off and on so easily with only your voice. If you don’t feel like talking to your lights, there’s always the Philips Hue app on your phone that gives you lots of control.

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This lightstrip bundle brings extra light to your smart LED life by adding an extra meter to the standard two-meter strip. Since these lightstrips are so flexible and come with double-sided tape on the back, the places that you can put this light is bound only by your imagination.

I’ve used LED strips on the back of my TV for some fun backlighting, under a kitchen cabinet for helpful light while prepping dinner, or even in my home bar with a motion sensor to turn on when I open the door. Smart lights can do so much from being more energy-efficient, allowing you to set schedules to turn on and off, to help you get the perfect look to your home or gaming setup.

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Tronsmart’s latest Q10 wireless headphones are currently on a huge discount

Tronsmart makes some great smartphone accessories and audio devices. The company has gained more and more users as a budget alternative to the big brands over the last few years. Tronsmart’s latest offering is the Q10 wireless headphones.While we have yet to fully review these new active noise-canceling headphones, Tronsmart wants to share with our readers that the Q10 is currently deeply discounted for its big launch. (but stay tuned for more on that review in the next few weeks) Retail partner AliExpress has the Q10 headphones a whopping 53% off if you act quickly.This $52.99 cutback is good for the next two days. From January 25 thru the 27th, you can snag these over-ear headphones for more than half the price. This is a pretty great deal for headphones that pack a pretty decent spec sheet.The Tronsmart Q10 will get you Bluetooth 5.0, touch controls, active noise-cancellation, and an estimated 100 hours of playtime. The headset also has Google Voice support and USB-C charging to round out the bullet points.So, what are you waiting for? Get over to AliExpress using this link: http://bit.ly/TSQ10JANae to enjoy this limited time offer from Tronsmart.

US Mobile Buyer’s Guide (January 2021)

Most consumers are familiar with the big-name wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T, but not nearly as many are as well-versed when it comes Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Consumer Cellular or FreedomPop.These MNVO brand operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.Let’s take a look at one in particular: US MobileAboutUS Mobile is a small MVNO that utilizes T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network and Verizon’s 4G LTE network and is known for letting customers add talk, text and data on the fly, at any time.The carrier is not shy about its usage of T-Mobile, but it does appear to hide its Verizon component a bit. We’re not sure why.What are US Mobile rate plans like?US Mobile touts is affordable packages for subscribers who need wireless coverage but want some flexibility in the talk, text and time used each month.Customers can pick and choose plans, customizing as they see fit, or choose from a selection of “Unlimited” options. Don’t want or need data? That’s fine.The Unlimited Plans are as follows:$15/mo – Unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB data$30/mo – Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB dataThe custom plans come with hotspot capabilities and 250MB of 4G LTE international roaming.A recent change to the plans sees US Mobile offering a $40 option which includes unlimited talk, text, and data. To be clear, it’s 50GB of high speed data with heavier users potentially seeing reduced speeds after hitting the threshold. Data speeds are considered “Fast” which means up to 5Mbps for video streaming.For $5 more per month subscribers can get 10GB of mobile hotspot capabilities. For $10 more per month customers can increase data speeds to “Ludicrous” up to 250Mbps, plus the hotspot feature.Family PlansUS Mobile customers can create multi-line accounts, each of which is basically the $40 plan. Things get cheaper per line as you add them to the mix.US Mobile phone selectionUS Mobile has a small selection of phones to choose from, many of which are a few years old. Moreover, they appear to be fairly expensive, too. We definitely recommend using your existing T-Mobile or Verizon phone if possible.Where can I buy an unlocked phone?Bring your own deviceUS Mobile tends to work better for people who already have a phone that they’d like to use. Whether it’s a T-Mobile or Verizon handset, or something else, you’ll probably have luck using it with US Mobile. According to the carrier, 99% of devices will work with its service.What else should I know about US Mobile?US Mobile operates entirely online and does not have any physical retail locations in the US.For every friend you refer to US Mobile, the carrier will give you both up to $10. They save up to $10 on their first plan and you get up to $10 off your next bill.You can easily add talk, text, and/or data Top Ups to your current plan to always stay connected. They roll over to next month when you use AutoPay, automatic bill payment.A US Mobile starter SIM kit can be purchased for $3.99, letting subscribers keep their existing phone number.

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