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Who's Got the Best Cell Network?

cellphone J.D. Power questioned over 26,000 cellphone users to see how satisfied they were with the calling and data network performance of their carriers. Of concern was how often users experienced dropped calls, audio issues, slow downloads, etc. Coming in first place, for the first time in all areas of the country was Verizon Wireless. Sprint and T-Mobile alternated being in last place.

Top Dishwashing Detergents Named

Cascade Complete Consumer Reports once again tested dishwasher detergents, and ranked Cascade Complete ActionPacs in first place. In second place was Finish Powerball Tabs -- a best buy, and much cheaper than Cascade. Surprisingly, Cascade Platinum, P&G's newest entrant, landed in eighth place. (Full results only available to C/R subscribers at their website.)

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Buyers and Sellers Rank Real Estate Brokerage Firms

house With the fall home buying and selling season in full swing, which brand of real estate agency is likely to satisfy you most? Surprisingly, for both buyers and sellers, Prudential Real Estate was ranked highest (except among repeat sellers). Coldwell Banker and Keller Williams tended to jockey for last place.


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Mouse Print* -- Product Dilution: Breyers Lightens More Ice Cream

mouse print Breyers is at it again. Some flavors of what used to labeled "ice cream" now are being called "light ice cream" because skim milk is the new primary ingredient. We go behind the labeling change, and reveal the real basis for their questionable calorie reduction claim. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Holy Sheet Sets - Only $17.99

Out of an abundance of caution, we are removing the link to this bargain. Despite being recommended by a respected publication previously, there are a significant number of complaints about non-receipt of merchandise from this company posted online. If you paid by credit card and do not receive your merchandise, please request a chargeback from your credit card issuer.Here is a crazy price for 100% cotton sateen sheet sets for mattresses up to 15 inches thick, for only $17.99 when you use coupon code SD7. Shipping is free too. Full, queen, and king sizes in a variety of colors.

Prepaid Cellphone Cards - 10-15% off

It is not easy to get a discount on prepaid cellphone cards good to top up your cellphone's bank of dollars and minutes, or to pay your monthly bill. But, until Saturday the 14th, Target is selling all their cards from major brands (like T-Mobile, Boost, Verizon, AT&T, etc.) for 10% off. And, if you use your Target Red Card, you get an additional 5% off.

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New KitchenAid Dishwasher to Use Recycled Water

Imagine a dishwasher that saves the old rinse water from your last wash, and uses it to prewash your next load of dishes. That is the new (and somewhat yucky) concept behind a very expensive KitchenAid dishwasher soon to hit the market.


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