Dollars & Sense: 100 best companies; paying more for cell service
For the second straight year, software firm SAS is tops on Fortune's list of best companies for which to work.
January 20th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Dollars & Sense: 100 best companies; paying more for cell service

A roundup of today's CNNMoney news:

100 best companies to work for: From fat paychecks to sweet perks, these employers offer dream workplaces. If you work at tech powerhouse SAS - No. 1 on the list - you can get a haircut or car wash while you work. Check out Whole Foods’ hiring recipe and how Google hires Android developers.

U.S. companies fear Chinese New Year: During the 15-day holiday, hundreds of thousands of factories shut down, and that can cost a company millions of dollars in lost sales. Some companies are responding by shifting their suppliers back to the U.S.

Your cell phone bill is going up: Three of the four major networks raised their rates or scrapped discount deals this month. Verizon Wireless is staying silent about the terms of the data plans it will offer iPhone customers.

Republican battle cry: Cut $2.5 trillion: The House Republican Study Committee, which includes some of the party's most conservative members, introduced a bill that proposes $330 billion in cuts to more than 100 programs over 10 years.

Collector cars, modern to classic: Collectible cars aren't always vintage vehicles. A big part of the annual Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions are cars that are built specifically to be a collectible.

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  1. Jeff Frank

    When I was a kid all we did to have fun to talk across distance is two tin cans tied together by a string. There was no Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and others. Life was more simple. My mom and dad were my greatest tin can service providers. And the best part? It did'nt cost me $180.00 per month or listening to someone saying "they could'nt get one, cause their a credit risk".

    January 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liam

      I'm really shocked by these increases. The technology and company models are now ten to twenty years old. The industry has matured. As such the prices should be coming down not going up. I hope the consumer backlash is stunning.

      January 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LmD

    Sprint sucks! CNN sucks too.

    January 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tracy

    newer phones require more expensive data plans . hmmm !!

    January 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liam

      Require? Not really. They are pushing data plans because that's the industry buzz. The buzz, however, does not necessarily meet customer's actual expectations.

      Once again we are facing an industry that thinks it can dictate what we want rather the ask.

      And for all of this the call quality itself has not improved for over twenty years. Calls still get dropped and there's that persistent, never addressed or taken care of lag.

      January 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barnabus

    When I was a kid we had no phones.We used smoke signals,if strong winds blew an emergency signal might not be seen.Sadly many many many many many many folks perished.

    January 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jennifer hoffman

    When we were kids, Jeff, life was simpler and we enjoyed the little things in life: begging a quarter from my mom to play PacMan at Modells, or back in 1980, begging a quarter to watch those cartoon movie booths at the supermarket. We climbed trees, candy was 3 for $1. Kids are spoiled nowadays; they MUST have the newest phone with the hottest ringtone. Parents feel guilty, because rather than spend time with the kids they gave birth to, they are out at the movies, the bars etc , living THEIR lives. They`ll give their kids anything to shut them up. Cell phone companies see this, jack up the rates and people respond with, "Oh well, $10 a mo to have Beyonce`s newest ringtone! Gotta have it." Hell, cell companies are smart. Charge what the market is willing to pay, even at the expense of our kids education or healthcare. People rather have high-speed internet and cable tv, than pay for their OWN medical insurance, or their kids. People on welfare have iphones. How about a J-O-B?

    January 21, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. say

    People are just to show off with new phone. phone these day are going up like rocket launch into space. the more u talk or tex or send pix is more bill go up

    January 21, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. say

    People are just to show off with new phone. phone these day are going up like rocket launch into space. the more u talk or tex or send pix is more bill go up

    http://spy-sms.com

    June 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |