Top of the List: 4G bills could skyrocket and extreme whale watching
Here are the stories people were talking about on February 7, 2013.
4G, TOO PRICEY: If you have lightning fast 4G coverage you probably love it, but that could change once you find out how much it could cost you in the future. Word today that cell phone bills could rise as much as $40 a month. But Ken Colburn, President of Data Doctors, says there are ways to offset the costs.
"The solution is to connect to WiFi as often as you can at work, at home, at Starbucks, at that hotel, at the airport so that you’re not using your data plan," said Colburn.
4G connections are about 10 times faster than the current 3G speeds a lot of us have. That speed is comparable to your home broadband connection.
STRESSING DOWN: It’s a stressful world, but maybe, just maybe things are easing up. New research from the American Psychological Association shows 20 percent of Americans report extreme stress. But we could be getting some chill-skills, because that number has dropped. The Millennial generation, those born between 1977- 1992, report more stress than the rest of the country. The good news is overall, the nations coping skills are getting better. The top three things stressing us out is money, work, and the economy.
EXTREME WHALE WATCHING: Just two days after a vacationing couple got a little love tap from a whale off the coast of Maui, our Matt Gallant talked exclusively with the guy who caught it on camera in his first TV interview.
"You really don’t have time to react. It happened so quick and before you know it the whale was gone and I think the shock came afterwards," said Laurent Lebihan.
Jan Jeffcoat talked to another woman who had a similar experience off the coast of Mexico. Gillian Panasewicz captured amazing photos while vacationing in Rocky Point. At one point a fishing boat hit the whale, then the whale breached nearly sinking the boat. Later, Panasewicz was ready when the whale breached again at sunset. She described the scene to us.
"It really was like an explosion. The whale crashed back into the water and there were big plumes of waves. It was a sight to behold, it was really absolutely magnificent," she said.
Whale migration season runs from December to May on the west coast.
80 YEARS AND GOING STRONG: In a world where divorce may seem more commonplace than a healthy lasting marriage, one Connecticut couple is defying the odds. Some said it wouldn’t last, but it did, and the Betar’s have been married for more than 80 years. That makes them America’s longest married couple. John is 101, and Anne is 97 and together they have 5 kids, 14 grandchildren, and 16 grandchildren.
A ROBIN RETURNS FOR SPRINGTIME: Great news for Robin Roberts and her fans. Good Morning America announced today doctors have given her approval to return to the airwaves on February 20. Meanwhile, she says she’s planning to hit the beach to reflect and give thanks. She’s our favorite early bird, and we can’t wait to see her back.
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