Saturday, December 5, 2015

US Cellular rating

I used US cellular some years ago and in the last 6 months I got a pay by the month sort of like a track-phone.  The customer service is very good and the actual phone service is good and always was good. The latest phone includes unlimited phone calls and 1 G of internet with unlimited service. After 1 gigabit the data is "throttled" or slowed. I use about 1.5 per month and it doesnt effect Etrade much but the applications are slowed down and some internet searches will not load or load real slow. I can still access e-mails.I can browse Ebay somewhat after 1 gig. Necedah Wisconsin has a problem with accessibility with a lot of services. Many phone plans, telephone landline plans and other internet landline providers which are available in the next town are not available here. This is also the case with health insurance- see my comments on Humana done a few days ago. We do have service with US cellular- I tried other track phones some available at Walmart but they do not work. US cellular works but the service is not consistent and sometimes for brief periods there is no service even though I am within eye shot of the cell tower in Necedah. I will get the exclamation point and messages no service or no internet. Consumer Cellular claims to have strong service here but I have not yet tried them. Their plan is not unlimited- if you go over the data limit you can get an overage- they will offer you the next level above the one you have though. The telephone minutes are also not unlimited which means the calls you get as well as outgoing come off your minutes. The price is about the same though. if the problem with US Cellular internet gets worse I may have to switch- for now I will live with it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015



Some religious or Christian charities proselytize, I think these charities should be avoided. Some do not do this in the USA but do a lot in foreign countries especially where people are poor. They can be very aggressive. They often are called missionaries and this is not a good use of our money which we work so hard for. I see a lot of Salvation Army commercials on TV. keep in mind they do proselytize and the money you donate has to pay for the commercials. They do do a lot of charity work but it is imperfect. is a good alternative, they try to get the 3 big religions to work together. See

Sleep Number Bed

Over all i am pretty happy with the Sleep Number Bed. I had tried some traditional mattresses and one was to soft and the other to firm and you can not return them after a month or two. You can set the firmness at whatever you want because it is an air-bed with a pump. I do recommend a mattress foam topper. The drawbacks is the bed feels like a hammock on lower settings and the sleep number is not stable it seems. They should make the edge of the bed smaller. There is a regular foam barrier on the edge- it makes the air part of the bed smaller. The foam topper I got was a less expensive one on Ebay and it is working fine- some of the accessories you can buy from Sleep Number seem kind of expensive. Generally I get a good sleep on the bed; I got mine on sale in the fall of the year, it came in a box and they left it on my porch- cost around $700- cant remember the exact amount but they gave me free 0% interest to buy and make payments on it.