How to manage your NCAA Tournament picks with a smartphone
by Dan Kricke
The hustle, the close games and of course, the friendly March Madness pools. Yes, it’s almost time for the NCAA Tournament and we couldn’t be more excited. But in 2013, there’s more than one way to fill out a bracket and follow the action. You no longer have to be tethered to your TV with a notebook page full of haphazard abbreviations for the 68-team field. Now you can just jump on your phone and make your picks digitally while checking out the games via a combination of CBS.com’s amazing streaming feed and your own TV.
If you’re fearful you need to upgrade your phone to enjoy some of these benefits, there are a number of retailers worth checking out. Although most phone prices are the same across the board, there are always deals to be had at retailers like Kmart, where you can grab an extra 8% cash back bonus when you buy your phone. Kmart is also offering instant discounts on select models from Nokia, Motorola and Samsung.
If money is tight, Walmart offers special financing on their phones which could be the
difference between the smart phone you want and the phone you can afford right now. Walmart also sells a number of phones without a contract, offering users a bit more choice than the average store. That combined with a 2% cash back offer makes them an attractive option for consumers.
And never count out Best Buy when it comes to selection. They’re likely to have whatever you want if you look long enough. You can also save up to $100 on the Samsung Galaxy S III when you sign a 2-year contract. Add in a 2% cash back offer and you’re doing pretty well for yourself, I’d say.
Once you’ve decided which phone to go with, the choice of apps you’ll need is surprisingly simple. There’s the ESPN Bracket Bound 2013 app, available on both Android and iPhone, that lets you make and edit your brackets right from your phone, or the Sporting News NCAA Basketball app, also available on Android and iPhone. While the latter app is better for following games than making brackets, both apps offer enough features to keep you invested throughout March Madness.you want if you look long enough. You can also save up to $100 on the Samsung Galaxy S III when you sign a 2-year contract. Add in a 2% cash back offer and you’re doing pretty well for yourself, I’d say.
While the right phone and app combination won’t magically make you a swami when you sit down to make your Final Four picks this year, you’ll at least have a lot more fun doing it, and that’s what really matters. Well, that and winning, of course. But fun is up there!
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