Calling India? You may still be paying a lot

There are too many offers in market when I search for calling India from US. If you are sticking to one provider then there is a possibility that you may be paying more then others. Here are few calling options, which I have personally tried and used for significant amount of time. Don't forget to share your experience with me if you are using some other providers.

Recent offer from Airtel (Airtel Call Home) ($10/month) attracted many people and now airtel has increase the offer price to $ 14.99/month and its charges of 1 cent/minute apply only when you call a mobile number in India. To landline its 2 cent/minute.

I don't feel this offer is so attractive for everyone as you have a validity of 30 days for your recharge so it will depend on your usage pattern. Several years back Airtel had lots of billing issues and many people have quit using it after that.

Rebtel (Rebtel Home) charges 2.9 cents/minute and its also a reliable provider. I have seen their billing is proper and I like the direct numbers they provide you to make calls unlike other providers where you need to call the toll free and then dial your number. Rebtel's website looks better then its competetors

Reliance indiacall (Reliance India Call Home) has also come up with recent offer of 1cent/minute, but with a recharging validity of 7 days. Which makes it dependant on usage pattern.

Union Tele card (Union Telecard Home) is another cheaper option with decent billing and reliability. Their recent charges were 2.8 cents/minute, which is competetive to all other providers.


Getting cash-back discount on eBay purchases

I have been shopping on eBay from few years and always found some great deals on most of the products. In fact, if you go to eBay from Microsoft live.com site then you can get some great discount or Cash-back on your purchase. Make sure of doing following things -

1. Register on live.com (register for Cash-back account too). Its free!!
2. Search the product on live.com and follow the link from their site to eBay.
3. If you product is eligible for cashback then it will show a $$ image on the right side on eBay.
4. Make the payment using Paypal. (You can create a PayPal account for free. Its owned by eBay and safe for online transaction.)
5. You should receive your Cash-back within few weeks.

Read more details on eBay Cash-back


Never turn on A/C immediately when you enter the car

You should not turn on A/C immediately as soon as you enter the car.

According to a research done, the car dashboard, sofa, air freshener emits Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen - take note of the heated plastic Smell in your car).

In addition to causing cancer, it poisons your bones, causes anemia,and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause
Leukemia,increasing the risk of cancer. May also cause miscarriage. Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft.. A car parked
indoors with the windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene. If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the
Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level & the people inside the car will inevitably inhale an excess amount of the toxins.

Here is what your should do

1. Open the door and wait for some time then open the windows after you enter your car - It is recommended that you open the windows and door to give time for
the interior to air out before you enter. Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver, and is very
difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

2. Turn ON the air-conditioning after windows are open for a few minutes.