NetTalk Duo Review and Giveaway **Closed**

Now that everyone has cell phones, not many of us have home phones any more. But for those of us that cannot afford a fancy cell phone, or don’t want to sell our soul for a mobile contract, or even for those of us that have a business that needs a separate business line, we still need a home phone for some reason or another and don’t want to pay the high prices of having a home phone. Where I live we only have a limited number of choices for any type of entertainment service. Until recently we could only get one Internet company that was not so great, one telephone company that was expensive, and our only television option was satellite. Recently we have had access to a better company, but in order to use their phone or television services we have to sign a contract. Living in an apartment with a six month lease, and signing a 2 year contract for television just does not scream “good idea” to me. This next product gives you the option of having a telephone, without the contract, and without the high price.
I’m sure you have heard of the Magic Jack, or you have at least heard of a similar product before, right? Well NetTALK has come up with something similar, but much better then the Magic Jack. My only computer happens to be a laptop, so having a phone pretty much permanently connected to my computer, like the Magic Jack, really is not an option for me. Which is why the NetTALK Duo is such a great product. The NetTALK Duo can connect to your wifi, so you don’t need to have it plugged into your computer.
While the set up process was relatively easy, I think that it could be made a little easier with possibly a set up disk or something similar. The directions seemed simple enough, but when I started to actually try to complete them things got a little harder. First, I had to find a place that I could sit down with my computer, my phone, and of course the Duo so that I could concentrate on getting it set up. The software can take some time to download, and when it comes to downloads on the computer I can be very impatient. After the software download is complete you have to fill out your information, and make an account. Which was also simple, but took some time. Finally I was able to unplug the Duo and the phone and put them where I wanted them to stay. I was yet again left sitting next to the computer waiting for something to happen. Right when I was about to start all over, the phone rang letting me know that it was working.
One major issue that I have run into while using my Duo, is that periodically it will just stop working and I will have to re-enter my IP address into the program on my computer. The Duo does not give me any warning that this has happened, and the only way I can find out if it has happened is to try to make a call. If my call goes through, great! If it does not ring, then I have to re-enter my IP address again. I have made it a habit to check my phone every morning just to make sure that it is working, which generally it is, but it is not fun to worry about whether or not I missed a call in the process.
As with any online communication, talking on the phone can be a little sketchy. Unless you have a very fast, reliable Internet connection that never fails you, your phone may be a little staticy from time to time. Our Internet runs at approximately 10 Mbps but can jump anywhere from 7-15 Mbps at any given time. We not only run this phone off of our connection, but we also run my computer, and our Playstation, which is either being used to play games online, or to watch television shows on Hulu. So by the time we added the phone, there wasn’t very much bandwidth left to begin with. Because of this our phone will often cut out, or will be very staticy. When we are only using the phone, it seems to work pretty well, and doesn’t cut out as often.
Even with the few problems it does have, I still love my Duo. I don’t have to worry about contracts, or my phone being shut off because of a late bill.
NetTALK also just came out with an app for your smart phone that allows you to have free calling to the US and Canada, without using up all your minutes. They currently have apps for both Android enable phones and the iPhone.
You can find the NetTALK Duo at your local Target store!
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**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.
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Zebra Pens Review

I absolutely love pens! Especially ones that have pretty colors, but who wouldn’t? I was very excited to learn about my first review for I was even more excited when I saw my pens, and noticed that one was purple, which if you haven’t guessed by now is one of my favorite colors!
Out of the 8 pens I received this purple Zebra Z-Mulsion EX Ballpoint Pen was my favorite. Not only is it my favorite color, but it is a wonderful pen. It fits perfectly into my hands, and it writes extremely smooth. There’s nothing I don’t like about this pen! It’s the perfect size, the perfect color, had a rubber grip so that it doesn’t slip, and is very comfortable and easy to use. I have not had any issues with this pen, and I don’t think it will ever let me down!

This next pen was another favorite of the bunch. It is the Zebra F-301 Retractable Ballpoint Pen.

While the ink may not be a pretty color, it is definitely a wonderful pen. It writes extremely smooth, even more so than the Z-Mulsion pen, and makes it very easy to write. While it is a little heavier then I would think it would be because it is a small pen compared to most similar pens, it was not too heavy which was nice. The grip is not rubber like I would like, but does have texture to it which makes it easy to grip. The pen itself is very stylish, and would look great on any desk.

Zebra offers many different writing products like these pens, and even pencils. After trying the products I received I can definitely say that Zebra is my new go to pen company, and I will gladly be purchasing more in the future.
You can find more Zebra products, along with tons of really awesome office supplies on Shoplet’s website here.
Want to win your own Zebra Pens? Shoplet is having their own giveaway of these pens and more here.
**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.
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Slice Cutter Review

I get a lot of boxes and packages, especially lately. However, with two little girls having a box cutter around is just not an option. I’m constantly worried about opening boxes around them, or even owning a box cutter because I don’t want to chance them getting to one and getting hurt. My husband will laugh at me because I will use my house key to cut open boxes. It works, but not very well. To make my fear of my children using a box cutter worse my 2 year old started opening my boxes with my keys for me.
I received a Safety Cutter made by Slice as part of a review.
Can you say that your child can play with your box cutter and have no chance of hurting themselves? I now can because of my Safety Cutter. It has a small ceramic blade that is sharp enough to cut through paper, or tape, but won’t cut skin. So I don’t have to worry about my daughters hurting themselves on my box cutter anymore. Not only that but the ceramic blade does not rust, and lasts longer then your traditional steel blade.
This Safety Cutter has some really awesome features other then the ceramic blade too. My Slice Safety Cutter lives on my key ring, but it also has a built in magnet. So you can also keep yours on your fridge, or anything else you have that a magnet could stick to. It also has a rubberized non-slip finish so you don’t have to worry about it slipping out of your hands and cutting something you don’t want cut.
I am so glad I received this cutter. It makes things so much easier, and definitely helps me feel better that I don’t have to worry about my kids getting a hold of it.
You can find this and other great Slice products on their website here.
**Disclaimer** I was in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.
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