Time to Replace Dated Tech?
Churches wanting to replace dated smartphones and other tech in the coming months might experience some significant savings. "Look for an average 5 percent drop in the price of smartphones as low-cost versions from Chinese makers Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi flood the market," reported The Kiplinger Letter in a special "Business Costs 2017" forecast edition. "Figure on paying 10 percent to 20 percent less for bandwidth as web providers battle it out for customers, though prices will vary by area. Satellite broadband costs … also down. Mobile data prices … down, too, by 10 percent or so." Kiplinger also predicted that personal computer prices will drop but high-end tablets will "go higher." As for printers and copiers, Kiplinger said prices could decrease by as much as 10 percent.