Whether it’s a phone carrier charging you for services you don’t need or a cashier pushing pricey protection plans for your tablet, the tech-world is filled with Mobile Madoffs trying to con you out of your hard-earned cash. Fortunately, you don’t have to be the victim of information superhighway robbery. These are the 10 worst gadget rip-offs and how to avoid them.
Every Android phone comes with free turn-by-turn GPS directions. Same things goes for the iPhone. So why on earth would you pay your phone carrier $5 or $10 a month for the same functionality? AT&T charges $9.99 per month for its AT&T Navigator service while Verizon wants $4.99 for VZ Navigator.
Solution: Just say no to these unnecessary services and their monthly fees. Android has Google Maps, arguably the leading service for turn-by-turn directions, mapping and points of interest. iOS' Apple Maps app still has issues, but it least it offers turn-by-turn directions for free. You can also download Google Maps from the App Store for free, which delivers spoken directions. Both Windows Phone (via Nokia Maps) and BlackBerry 10 come with their own free solutions.