Travel Gadget Reviews

An IT professional by day, this HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. Hailing from the East Coast, she will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel experiences.

Unexpected Perks from T-Mobile and new “All-In” Uncarrier Promotion!

I changed my mobile carrier from Sprint to T-Mobile late last year.  I was looking for a good value unlimited data plan and free international roaming, and T-Mobile fits the bill.  Since I had T-Mobile before, I was not worried about making the switch as I knew what I was getting myself into.  There are some things that T-Mobile does really well (unexpected perks for their customers!) and areas it could do better. Let’s Start with Areas for improvements: Some dead zones I haven’t run into dead zones or dropped calls yet, but a family member did when he...

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Why I Don’t Want to Fly on WOW Airline

Iceland is a destination I plan to visit at some point in the near future.  I’m interested in seeing the Northern Lights and visiting the geothermal Blue Lagoon, among other interests.  Its relative close proximity to the East Coast also makes it a very convenient destination. Inevitably, the topic of WOW comes up.  For those who are not familiar, WOW is a low-cost carrier that offers with cheap flights from the east coast to Iceland.  From the East Coast, WOW flies from Boston and Baltimore to Reykjavik.  Wow! seemed to be rapidly expanding as well.  Newark was added last...

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Free Public Wifi? Tips to Safeguard Your Data

Recently, there was the news of a massive Yahoo! data breach.  As a follow-up, I want to share a few tips on how you can safeguard access to data when you are traveling. When it comes to traveling, I find that it’s important to figure out your data options ahead of time. When you have options, you won’t be tempted to connect to any publicly available wifi network.   A public wifi network can leave you vulnerable if a hacker is snooping on the same network with malicious intent. 1.  Don’t Connect to Untrusted Public WIFI Network. Free Wifi is very tempting, especially...

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What You Need To Do if You Are Affected by Yahoo!’s Data Breach

The Largest Data Breach in History By now, you may have heard about the news of a major hack at Yahoo!, which is considered the largest data breach in history.  This hack happened in August 2013, impacting 1 billion (yes, that’s billion) accounts.  In fact, the data from the breach is available for sale on the dark web. Are You Impacted by the Data Breach? I have a couple of Yahoo! accounts, including the longest running one I’ve had from college days.  Not all of my accounts were impacted, though I was not surprised to receive this email: This...

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Have you flown on a specially themed aircraft?

Have you flown on a themed aircraft before? If so, what themed aircraft have you flown?  I still haven’t flown on a specially themed aircraft yet.  I wouldn’t go out of my way just to fly on a themed jet, but if I would love to fly on one if the routing works out. One of the more famous themed plane is the Hello Kitty with Eva Air.   Although I had previously flown on Eva Air and kept an eye out for the Hello Kitty possibility, it didn’t quite pan out.  It wasn’t a total loss, either.  I...

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Setting up a Smart Home for Travel: Smart Plugs

What is a Smart Home? A Smart home is defined as “a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer.”  I’ll admit that I don’t have a smart home, though I have replaced my “dumb” thermostat with a decent programmable one.  It’s still nowhere as “smart” as a Nest thermostat, but I am okay with that. Interestingly, with the recent commercial on Amazon Echo, it led me to think that maybe I should take some steps towards a smarter home. I’d like to start small, so the first thing that...

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10 Things I am Thankful for When It Comes to Travel

As people travel home to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving,  I want to share 10 things I am thankful for when it comes to travel. Things I am Thankful for I am thankful for the general hospitality and kindness of the people in the countries I visited.  Traveling often reminds me that no matter which country we’re from, we are more alike than we are different. I am thankful for the opportunity to travel; it gives me one more thing to look forward to! I am thankful that I caught the travel bug.  The world is big place...

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How We Fared on T-Mobile’s Promotion, Sprint’s Offer, and a new Trade-In Offer

Breaking: T-Mobile is bringing back trade-in offers for iPhone, starting on November 24 2016. Note: T-Mobile has extended their 2 free lines (or 4 lines for $120) promotion until Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016.   Last week, I highlighted the short-lived  T-Mobile’s 4 lines for $120 limited time promotion.  It was too good of a deal to pass up, especially since the savings are on a recurring basis.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought the same; there was a steady stream of customers when we visited a local T-Mobile store this weekend. How did we make out? We switched...

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T-Mobile’s Limited Time Promotion: 4 Lines for $120!

If you haven’t come across this news yet, T-Mobile has outdone itself by launching a new Magenta Friday promotion.  This is a limited time 3-day promotion which starts TODAY, November 18th.  According to the promotion details: “Starting this Friday, November 18th through Sunday November 20th – for three days only, a family of four can get two lines FREE at T-Mobile.” The T-Mobile ONE plan costs $70/month for the 1st line, and $50/month for the 2nd line.  With the 3rd and 4th phone free, this comes down to $120/month (plus taxes & fees) for 4 lines of unlimited talk, text,...

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Goodbye Sprint & T-Mobile’s Black Friday Promotion Leak

A couple of weeks ago, I was sad to learn that Sprint was going to get rid of their 2 year contracts.   A fellow reader commented that it was still possible to get the 2-year contracts at certain stores, like at Best Buy or Target.  At the time, I was not able to take advantage of the extension because I was still under contract.  Our phones were only upgrade eligible for certain “leasing” plans (no, thank you). Well,  4 out of the 5 phone contracts have ended, but so have the 2-year contract extension at the retail stores. No...

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