This is my third article on how easy it is to fool consumers.  I was asked to write a few “articles” which turned out to be the fake, ad-disguised-as-information pieces. Since I wasn’t paid for them, I thought I could put them to better use as demonstrations of how people try to fool consumers into buying something because a “friend” likes.  Here are two “articles” about dongles, and I don’t even know what a dongle is.....

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“Article” one

I hate slowing down, I admit it.  I don’t want to stop what I’m doing to get something; I want what I want, and I want it now.  So what do I want most often?  Information.  I want the answer to my question while I’m still having the problem.  If my car has broken down on the side of the road, I can’t really wait around until I get home before calling someone that can come out and help me; I need to find that person now.  So what do I do?  Whip out my laptop and dongle and hit the search engines.  My ***** dongle has been a lifesaver for me.

OK, I know, how often does your car break down, really?  Hopefully never, but if I were to tell you that what I search for most is food you’d think I were nuts.  But I do. Specifically gluten free food.  In my own neighborhood I know where the stores are, the bakeries, a few good restaurants, but when I’m on the road I need to be able to find something to eat without a lot of hassle. I really need an internet connection and preferably a high speed broadband connection so I can download maps or detailed directions.  If you don’t know anyone with food allergies, this may sound odd to you, but food is important to me and I love plugging in my little dongle and being able to find what I want.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been faced with low blood sugar, and nothing to eat, but it makes me kind of panicky.  I really need to know that I can find something gluten free to eat, and quickly. I suppose any connection would work, but the awesome broadband network and high speed access of the ***** dongle is a darn good choice.   I have to trust that what I have is reliable so I don’t feel the need to leave the house with a bag full of nut bars.  Crazy, I know.  Welcome to life with food allergies.

Actually I find that having an on-the-go internet connection is pretty useful for a lot of things, spur-of-the-moment movies; unexpected umbrella needs; needing to replace the pantyhose you tore; all sorts of unexpected issues are fixable with just a swipe a click of a button.  I love the internet. And I love having it go with me everywhere.  Seriously, mobile internet has to be the best advance of the decade.  I don’t know how we all managed without it.  Well, I guess I could do without emails at dinner, but other than that, it’s pretty nifty.

So now when I leave home I don’t have to pack my bag with extra nylons, some food, a bit of glue in case I break a heel, list of stores with gluten free food for everywhere I’m planning on going, map of the town, more food, etc, etc, etc (and men  wonder why women’s handbags are so big).  Now I just grab my laptop, my ***** dongle, and my sense of adventure. Life made simpler, just the way I like it.

“Article” two

So you need to hit the road, but you’re worried about keeping in touch.  You are in luck, as this may be the easiest thing you’ve ever done – just get a dongle.  You get broadband access almost everywhere you go, fast downloads, great connectivity, in short, everything you’re looking for in one little device.  No worries about missing out on what’s going on back at home or the office, your dongle installs simply and you’re ready to go.  There are a few different features and plans, so let’s briefly explore them.

Plenty of plan options can be found, both longer term and one-month rolling plans and of course a rolling plan will offer you the most flexibility.  If both flexibility and price are your concern, check into the dongle from ***** as you have options of a rolling plan or pay-as-you-go.  Both of these are great if you travel often and can’t be sure of when you will need broadband access and your dongle.   Ready for a longer commitment?  I know, neither am I, but the offer is out there. ********* seemed to be the only company offering an 18 month plan and you’ll want to check with them for availability and current prices. Be sure to ask about penalties for ending your contract early.

Worried about how difficult this will be to set up?  Not even worth losing a night’s sleep over – these babies are plug-and-play.  Just insert into the USB port, let your dongle do it’s thing, and you are connected to broadband and ready to surf the internet.  The drivers are self-installing and you don’t have to know anything about computers, other than where your USB port is.  As far as I know, every dongle on the market offers the same ease of use so that’s one less thing to worry about while you’re shopping.

Worried about breaking something?  Again, put those fears to rest.  Most dongles come with a cap to protect the USB connector, although if you’re a lid-loser you might want to go with the ***** dongle just to be able to use the nifty little tuck-in feature of the USB.  It swivels, too, to let you point your dongle instead of your computer.  Surprisingly, cap and tuck-in were the only two styles I found, and loose cap at that.  Being a lid-loser myself I try to choose caps that attach or can be snapped firmly onto the bottom of my USB device.  Or bits that tuck in.  Anything that helps me keep my gear in good shape.

Worried about speed or downloads?  Again, this is not something  you need to worry about.  Speed for all the dongles is basically the same and when considering downloads, 15GB per month is a much better value than 2-5GB.  For twice what you’d pay for 5GB per month, you get three times the amount of data.  The providers vary by a £ or two each month for 15GB, and do remember to shop around for introductory deals before you sign up for anything.

Well there you have it.  Dongles in a nutshell.  Choose one now and you can be on the road, and on the internet, in just a few days.


I think these sound good, but I'm describing situations I've never been in while traveling, using a device I've never laid eyes on.  How can you tell they're fake?  Look how much word-space I've dedicated to telling you about the products features, and how many times I've used keywords such as "dongle" and "broadband".  Would a real friend talk like that?