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Marguerite Reardon's question and answer blog

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A smartphone as a holiday gift? Not such a brilliant idea

In this week's Ask Maggie, CNET consumer advice columnist Marguerite Reardon cautions readers to think twice about giving a smartphone as a gift. Why's that? It's the gift that keeps on costing.

By December 19, 2014

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Good news for consumers: T-Mobile's Uncarrier is moving the needle

The wireless battle today is being fought among families, as major operators slash pricing. This is good news for consumers -- but watch out for the small print. CNET's Ask Maggie explains.

By August 8, 2014

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D'oh! 'MythBusters' to take on 'The Simpsons' best stunts

Exploding toilets! Runaway wrecking balls! Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will bust or prove "Simpsons"-inspired moments in their new season premiere in January.

By December 18, 2014

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Don't panic: Those iPhone 6 carrier trade-in deals are still available

iPhone fans, you can still take advantage of carriers' hot deals, but see the new devices in person to ensure you're getting the right one, says CNET's Marguerite Reardon in this edition of Ask Maggie.

By September 20, 2014

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​Moto X and Moto G: Perfect for bring-your-own-device plans

Budget-friendly smartphones like the Moto X and Moto G are ideal for service plans that offer discounts for bringing your own device. But which one should you choose?

By September 6, 2014

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6 reasons why you'll eventually want voice over LTE

CNET's Maggie Reardon discusses the short-term hurdles associated with the deployment of voice service over carriers' 4G LTE networks. In the end, the transition to an all IP-based voice network will be worth it.

By August 30, 2014

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Contract or no contract for iPhone 6? Which is the better deal?

Apple fans are eager to get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. But what's the best way to buy one of these new devices? CNET's Marguerite Reardon answers in this Ask Maggie column.

By September 13, 2014

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Switching carriers? You may be able to take your iPhone 5S with you

Will my Verizon iPhone 5S work on AT&T? That's a question asked by one Ask Maggie reader confused by the puzzling state of device interoperability. This week's column tackles the issue.

By August 17, 2014

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Miss Georgia's custom heels flaunt 3D-printed flair

Shoes that look like a classic car? Georgia Tech industrial design students fashion a pair of high-tech shoes for their peer, Miss Georgia, inspired by the school's Ford mascot.

By September 15, 2014

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Confused about locked vs. unlocked phones? Ask Maggie explains

In this edition of her advice column, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains the differences between locked and unlocked phones and helps a reader figure out how to get an unlocked device. She also advises a reader looking to bring an unlocked Samsung GS4 to Virgin Mobile.

By August 15, 2013