Giving travel advice? Do it with a Google Maps List

Giving advice: we all like to do it, most of us, anyway. And we especially like giving travel advice, telling friends and family who are on a trip about the best places to visit in our hometown — or any town we know well, be it Paris, France, or Paris, Texas.

One way to give travel advice is to write an email, maybe craft a long text or talk on the phone. But there’s a better way: create and share a List in Google Maps.

It’s easy to do

First, open the Google Maps app. Then, tap the Saved tab at the bottom. A side menu will open and from there you can create a new List or add locations to one of the Google Maps preset Lists: Favorites, Want to go, Starred places, Labeled and Travel plans.

Let’s say you choose to put your List of locations in Travel plans. Tap Travel plans and a new side menu will open. Tap Add, then tap Map, then tap the icon of the location you want to add to your List.

You might have a visiting friend who’s a coffee lover. You can tap all your favorite cafes in Google Maps and they’ll be added to your Travel plans List. Or, in that original side menu, you can tap New list, name it Best Cafes and put all your favorites there. Tap Choose icon and you can add an emoji to your List.

When you’re finished, tap Save at the top right. Your List will be saved and will appear in the side menu whenever you open Google Maps and tap the Saved tab. If you want to add new locations later, just tap the location in Google Maps, tap Save, choose the List you want to add the location to, then tap Done. Or you can open your List and add locations to it by tapping icons in Google Maps.

As you compile your List, you can also add photos and notes for each location. Google Maps will suggest photos as you go, if they’re available.

Share your List

To share your List, find it in the initial side menu, then tap the three dots next to it. Tap Share list and you can share it via text, email, Facebook Messenger or via another platform. Google Maps will then send a link to the recipient, which will take them to your List.

You can also invite others to contribute to your List. Just tap your List to open it, then tap Invite collaborators.

For a 25-second YouTube explainer on Lists from Google, click here.

Make the world better with CREDO Mobile

We have a list we’d like to share with you. It’s a list of all the phone companies that believe in a better world and work hard to make it happen. It’s a list of one: CREDO Mobile.

We’re the one phone company that’s dedicated to the same progressive causes you care about — and the one that has donated over $95 million to nonprofit groups fighting for those causes. Groups like Friends of the Earth, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the Transgender Law Center.

Where do these donations come from? They’re generated by our customers, just by using our service. They cost our customers nothing extra but they mean everything to the groups we support.

If you’re not already a CREDO Mobile member, please consider joining now. You’ll get all you want from a phone company: the nation’s top-rated network, competitive plans and great deals on new devices.

And you’ll get much more. You’ll get an easy, effective way to make a difference in the world by generating much-needed donations for progressive nonprofits dedicated to the causes you believe in.

Donations highlight: Support as it works to ensure that every eligible American has the freedom to vote

Note from the CREDO Mobile team: This May, is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO Mobile community will support in its work to increase voting and reach historically underserved voters of color and underrepresented young voters.

 Read this important blog post about’s critical work, then visit and cast your vote to help send funding to the group to assist its efforts—and the efforts of our other outstanding May grantees.

As we approach the pivotal 2024 general election, the urgent need for civic engagement and voter participation has never been more clear. Against a backdrop of ongoing threats to democracy and an evolving legislative and political landscape, remains one of the strongest and most trusted institutions ensuring that every eligible American has the freedom to vote.’s mission is to expand the electorate and encourage people to be lifelong voters. We do this with our cutting-edge voter tools, through direct voter outreach, by amplifying our tools and outreach with partners and influencers, by providing election and polling information to users, and by directly educating voters about election laws that may affect their right to vote. And, sometimes, by challenging those laws in court.

In 2020 and 2022, ran the largest voter-mobilization programs in our history. Focusing on young people, communities of color and low-income voters, played a crucial role in increasing voter participation. In 2020, over 39 million people came to to get the tools and information they needed to vote. Since 2019, we’ve helped register over 5 million voters, which makes the largest independent voter registration organization in the nation.

Building on our remarkable achievements in previous election cycles, we continue to lead the charge in revolutionizing voter engagement and accessibility. With a focus on innovation, inclusivity and data-driven strategies, is poised to make an even greater impact in 2024.’s impact is deep and broad.

  • Leading voter registration efforts. According to an independent voter registration survey, registers more voters than any other independent organization in the country. We registered more than double the number of voters as the next-largest organization in the 2022 midterms. The voters we register are younger and more racially diverse than the electorate. Notably,’s voters are also more likely to vote. In 2020, 81% of those who registered on ended up casting a ballot. Already, has registered nearly 500,000 voters this cycle, including over 200,000 18-year-olds, which is nearly double the number of 18-year-olds registered by this point in 2020.

  • Trending up women voters. Women have long outpaced men in using’s registration tool and that trend is accelerating in the 2024 election. Of the nearly 500,000 voters we’ve helped register this cycle, 61% are women.
  • Breaking new ground on the radio. is committed to maximizing the impact of every donation we receive – and there’s no better example of this than the groundbreaking, culturally relevant radio program we’ve created to turn out infrequent voters in communities of color. Every ad is locally tailored to the communities it airs in and ads are matched with local accents and dialects, using different Spanish-language accents for relevant Spanish speakers. We even have Navajo-translated ads. This randomized control-trial-proven, best-in-class radio program has set a new standard for nonpartisan GOTV programs. In 2022, the radio program turned out more than 220,000 voters who otherwise would not have voted. In fact, the Analyst Institute found that this represents “one of the most cost-efficient mobilization programs in a presidential election” that it has ever tested. You can read more about this and other innovative programs here.
  • Building campus programs. org realizes that on-ramping the next generation of voters is key to building a healthy democracy for years to come. Central to the strategy is the prioritization of engagement at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Significantly, 70% of people who use’s registration tool are under age 35.

  • Forging strategic partnerships. leverages partnerships with companies, nonprofits, athletes, celebrities, labor unions, artists and many others to amplify our reach in targeted communities by empowering trusted messengers and platforms with the trusted brand and information provided by On National Voter Registration Day last year, an Instagram post from Taylor Swift encouraging people to register via led to 30,000 new voters in one day and a total of more than 41,000 over the course of the week. This work with Swift was recently honored with a Webby Award for Best Influencer Collaboration.

Our program has engaged over 1,000 companies to give paid time off to vote to their employees and our partnerships with the NBA and NBPA, as well as US Soccer, Athlete Ally and Athletes Unlimited, leverage the platform of sports to activate fans, players, coaches and staff around civic engagement. A recently launched partnership with Snapchat promises to reach 100 million young people on the social media platform with tools and information. We also provide the voter-engagement technology for many groups in the space, including but not limited to: NAACP, Voto Latino, Headcount, When We All Vote, Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Voters Matter, Poder Latinx, and many others.

  • Pushing strategic litigation. While is supporting voters daily, we are also fighting in the courtroom to ensure that voters have a fair shot. We’re in active litigation in Georgia, Texas and Florida challenging “wet signature” laws that require voters to print voting forms and sign with a pen and ink, even as these same states accept electronic signatures on all kinds of official forms, from drivers’ licenses to tax returns.

As we look ahead to the 2024 elections, the work of has never been more important. With the future of democracy at stake, is leading the charge to ensure that every eligible voter has the opportunity to make their voice heard.

To support’s mission and get involved in the fight for democracy, visit  Together, we can build a more inclusive and participatory democracy for all Americans.

Donations highlight: Support the National Immigration Law Center in its work to defend the rights of immigrants

Note from the CREDO Mobile team: This May, the National Immigration Law Center is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO Mobile community will support the NILC in its work to ensure that all people who live in the U.S. have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

 Read this important blog post about the NILC’s critical work, then visit and cast your vote to help send funding to the group to assist its efforts—and the efforts of our other outstanding May grantees.

The world is now seeing the highest levels of migration in recorded history, with climate change, poverty and political turmoil driving more and more people to risk their lives and cross dangerous borders in search of peace, safety and freedom.

Here in the U.S., which is home to more migrants than any other country, immigration has always been a politically challenging issue but we’re now in a uniquely fraught era. Anti-immigrant forces have announced plans — if Donald Trump is reelected — to reinstate cruel attacks on immigrant families, including mass deportations, detention camps, asylum bans and an end to birthright citizenship. Even the Biden administration, which initially promised to bring humanity back to the country’s immigration systems and welcome people seeking safety, is now doubling down on harsh immigration enforcement measures.

As we approach the presidential election, hateful and racist narratives about immigrants are a major part of policy platforms and central to election debates. Migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. are being used as pawns in political stunts. And some state and local policymakers who once championed more welcoming immigration policies are now raising alarms about financial strains that state and local governments are facing as they try to meet the needs of newly arrived migrants.

For over four decades, the National Immigration Law Center has defended the rights of low-income immigrants and their loved ones. One factor that sets NILC apart is that we advance immigrant justice using multiple strategies: litigation, advocacy, collective movement-building and narrative/culture change.

Our current program priorities are designed to realize our vision of a future in which everyone in the U.S. — regardless of where we were born or how much money we have — can live with dignity and thrive in the country we call home.

Saving DACA

Since the program’s creation almost 12 years ago, over 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. without legal immigration status have benefited from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, arguably the most popular immigration program in modern U.S. history.

However, due to a protracted legal battle, the Supreme Court could soon strike down DACA. Our overarching goal is to drive policy reforms to ensure that immigrant youth can work and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation, which the public widely supports.

Preserving education for all 

Over 40 years ago, in the landmark Plyler v. Doe case, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to discriminate against undocumented children by denying them access to free public education. However, in the wake of the Dobbs decision reversing another longstanding precedent on reproductive healthcare, extremists have publicly declared their intent to get the Supreme Court to reverse Plyler.

Because access to education is an important pathway out of poverty and crucial to a functioning, inclusive democracy, our multifaceted campaign focuses on building a broad and powerful coalition to ensure that all children have access to public K-12 schools, regardless of their immigration status.

Ensuring labor rights for immigrants

For over a decade, the NILC has led the fight to ensure that immigrants can fight for their rights on the job without fear that their employer will report them to immigration authorities in retaliation. We celebrated when the government issued new guidance last January on how immigrants involved in labor disputes may seek “deferred action” or protection from deportation.

However, eligible workers often face hurdles in getting the necessary legal support to file their deferred action requests. We are collaborating with organizers, advocates and union leadership around the country to try to fill that gap and guarantee that as many eligible immigrant workers as possible can get these protections and help improve workplaces for all workers.

Protecting the health of all people

While the Affordable Care Act extended access to affordable healthcare to nearly 40 million people, one segment of the population was excluded from this reform: undocumented immigrants. This has had devastating effects on families across the country and completely changed the makeup of the uninsured population.

Given the NILC’s longstanding goal to ensure that no person is denied access to public health insurance programs because of where they were born or the color of their skin, we are working with allies across the country to fuel creative and community-driven policy solutions to expand immigrants’ access to healthcare.

Working for a more humane immigration system

In addition to playing a leading role in challenging federal legislation and executive actions that would ban or restrict lawful immigration pathways and ramp up deportations, we are also working at the state level to combat rising authoritarianism driven by extremist politicians bent on building border walls and turning back asylum seekers and migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. Apart from this defensive work, we also continue advocating for a 21st century federal immigration system that is fair, just and humane.

To learn more about what we do, visit

Our April grantees thank you for your support

Each month, CREDO members vote on how we distribute funding to three incredible nonprofits. In April, CREDO members voted to distribute our monthly donation among Black Voters Matter, Friends of the Earth and People for the American Way Foundation.

These donations are made possible by CREDO customers and the revenue they generate by using our services. The distribution depends entirely on the votes of CREDO members like you. And for that, our April grant recipients thank you.

Black Voters Matter

“Thank you for your support, this grant helps to further our work in advocating for voting rights and empowering Black communities across the nation. Your support has been vital in helping us continue our mission to build power in our communities.” – Cliff Albright, Co-founder and Executive Director, Black Voters Matter

To learn more, visit

Friends of the Earth

Thank you for voting for Friends of the Earth! CREDO members like you are fueling our work for climate justice. You are empowering us to push for fair and equitable solutions to the climate crisis – solutions that put people before profits.” – Erich Pica, President, Friends of the Earth

To learn more, visit

People for the American Way Foundation

“Thank you for supporting People For’s voting rights work. Together, we can combat voter suppression efforts perpetrated by radical extremists, educate voters about the issues that matter most, and make sure that every voter’s voice is heard.” – Svante Myrick, President & CEO, People For the American Way Foundation

To learn more, visit

Now check out the three groups we are funding in May, and cast your vote to help distribute our donations.

CREDO members who use our products are the reason why we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile, the carrier with a conscience.

What to do if your personal information is exposed in data breach

Your personal information is valuable. And bad actors are working harder than ever to get their hands on it. Data breaches were up 20% in 2023 from 2022. There were 3,205 data breaches in 2023 and 353 million victims in total.

If you’re unlucky enough to be one of them, the consequences can be life-changing. You may suffer serious financial loss, reputational damage, your credit score can be wrecked and the emotional stress can be severe. You might spend weeks or months — maybe years — trying to recover.

If you do get a notification that your personal data was exposed in a breach, take these five steps to limit the impact, prevent identity theft or other fraud and save yourself a great deal of trouble.

Stay on top of it

If your personal information was exposed in a data breach, the company that suffered the breach will let you know. They’re required by law to do so if they operate in the U.S. If you do get notified of a breach, keep all the messages you receive and follow up on the advice given by the company that was breached.

Keep in mind that data breaches are often not detected right away, so the bad guys may have had your information in their possession for a while by the time you get a notice that your information has been exposed. It’s possible the hackers have already used your information for malicious purposes, so keep any letters or emails you receive regarding new accounts or loans from lenders you don’t recognize.

Secure your accounts

If you’re notified of a breach, the notification will identify the accounts that have been compromised. Right away, you should change the passwords and PINs you use to sign into those accounts, be they bank accounts, credit card accounts or other accounts.

Then think about changing the log-ins on your other accounts, because if cyberthieves have stolen your personal information — like your birthday, address and other data — they’ll have an easier time breaking into any of your accounts whose log-ins include your personal information in usernames and passwords.

Put a fraud alert in place

A fraud alert tells any lender that receives an application in your name — like a credit card or bank loan application — that the applicant could be using a stolen identify, i.e. yours. The alert signifies to the lender that it should take extra steps to ensure the application is from you, not a fraudster.

When you place a fraud alert at any one of the three national credit bureaus — Experian, TransUnion and Equifax — it will automatically be applied by all three bureaus. A fraud alert stays in effect for one year. You can renew it at the end of the year and, if you’re the victim of fraud, you can request an alert that stays in place for seven years.

Watch your accounts and credit reports

Monitor your bank, credit card and other accounts and opt into any alerts offered by those financial institutions with which you do business. Then if you see any activity on your accounts that you don’t recognize, you can quickly report it and minimize damage.

You should also watch your credit report for any unfamiliar activity, like new credit cards or loans, or new addresses added to your personal profile. You can check your credit report free at any of the three national credit bureaus or at

Freeze your credit

This is a more extreme step than placing a fraud alert — and more inconvenient — but it’s worth thinking about. A freeze restricts access to your credit report at those credit bureaus where you ask for it.

If you place a freeze at all three credit bureaus, you’ll be well-protected from financial frauds like scammers applying for a credit card in your name. But a freeze will also prevent legitimate creditors from checking your credit for applications you initiate yourself. In that case, you can unfreeze your credit. It’s a cumbersome process but it might be worth the trouble.

Consider CREDO Mobile

Here at CREDO, we take consumer rights seriously and we support nonprofit organizations that fight to protect your rights. Recently, we’ve made significant grants to nonprofit groups including the ACLU, Common Cause and Social Security Works.

These donations — and all the donations we make every year —are generated by our customers, just by using our service. They cost nothing extra but they mean everything to our nonprofit partners. So if you’re a CREDO Mobile customer, thank you.

If you’re not a customer, consider joining now. You’ll get all you want from a phone company: the nation’s top-rated network, competitive plans and great deals on new devices.

And you’ll get much more. You’ll get an easy, effective way to make a difference in the world by generating much-needed donations for progressive nonprofits dedicated to the causes you believe in, like the environment, human rights and economic equality.

Vote for National Immigration Law Center, UltraViolet and this May

Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute our monthly grant to three incredible progressive causes – and every vote makes a difference. This May, you can support National Immigration Law Center, UltraViolet and

List of the groups CREDO Mobile is funding in May. National Immigration Law Center, Ultraviolet and

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With immigrant communities again under attack, NILC is ready to meet the moment, fighting formidably to advance and defend immigrant’s rights in the courts, in the streets, the halls of Congress, and in states legislatures across the country.

Funding from CREDO members will help NILC challenge anti-immigrant policies and laws, build power within the immigrants’ rights and other social justice movements, and shift hearts and minds toward a more inclusive, pro-immigrant worldview.

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UltraViolet combines organizing, technology, creative campaigning, and people power to disrupt the conventions of politics, media, corporate behavior, and pop culture to dismantle the white supremacist patriarchy and create a cost for sexism.

Funding from CREDO will support UltraViolet to hold political leaders accountable to feminist values, disrupt and change the information environment, and build the power of progressive feminist constituencies and leaders. Logo is the leading voter registration organization in the country, helping to register over 5 million voters since 2020. We provide every eligible voter with the tools and information they need to register to vote and cast their ballot.

This funding will be used to ensure we can continue to provide our voter registration tools and election reminders to millions of voters leading up to the 2024 presidential election.

Your vote this month will determine how we divide our monthly donations among these three progressive groups. Be sure to cast your vote to support one, two or all three by March 31.

CREDO members who use our products and services everyday are the reason we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile and join our movement.

Grantee highlight: UltraViolet fights and wins for gender justice — and this benefits everyone

Note from the CREDO Mobile team: This May, UltraViolet is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO Mobile community will support UltraViolet in its work to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women in all places, from politics and government to media and pop culture.

 Read this important blog post about UltraViolet’s critical work, then visit and cast your vote to help send funding to the group to assist its efforts — and the efforts of our other outstanding May grantees.

How we treat women and gender-expansive people is a bellwether for how we treat everyone and it has an impact on our collective prosperity. Case in point: eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion and placing limits on reproductive freedoms like contraception and in-vitro fertilization have increased maternal and infant mortality rates, discouraged people from entering medical fields like gynecology and weakened our healthcare system as a whole. Result: we all lose.

Similarly, attacks on gender-affirming care, efforts to perpetrate sexual violence and failures to eradicate it, along with failures to disrupt disinformation campaigns against women and LGBTQ+ leaders, keep a significant part of our population from fully participating in our workplaces, institutions and democracy. Again, we all lose.

That’s why we at UltraViolet center gender justice in our mission and in everything that we do.

UltraViolet is a 12-year-old multiracial and multigender digital feminist organization with a million members across all 50 states and D.C. We leverage the power of our grassroots base to fuel cutting-edge campaigns that promote gender-equitable policies, defend gender justice, disrupt patriarchy and create a cost for sexism.

We do this by hitting our target — decision-makers — from every angle possible. And since we have so many passionate members everywhere, we’re able to break through the traditional media and social media noise and keep our campaigns in the news for extended periods of time. Keeping our issue areas in the news is a key way to control the media and public narrative and, ultimately, achieve political and cultural change.

In the last year, we were the first organization out of the gate to hold Walgreens accountable for waffling over dispensing the abortion pill mifepristone in states where abortion is legal, like Kansas. Tens of thousands of our members signed a petition, emailed and called corporate headquarters, and posted on Walgreens’ social media pages. We also heard from hundreds of our members who pulled their prescriptions or stopped shopping at Walgreens. We know our campaign worked, as Walgreens’ stock took a nosedive.

In addition, we commissioned a billboard by Walgreens headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois, pointing out that most Americans support mifepristone access. We also commissioned a mobile billboard at the pharmacists’ trade conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

We never let up — and we won. Last month, both Walgreens and CVS said they would begin dispensing mifepristone in select states. But our campaign for justice won’t end until all pharmacies dispense this vital medication.

Here are a couple more wins from the last six months that we’re proud of.

  • Washington and Virginia became the 11th and 12th states to ban child marriage. It’s hard to believe that this is even an issue in 2024 but we continue to fight to end the archaic and abusive practice of child marriage.

Children under the age of 18, including emancipated minors, have limited legal rights. Child marriage is a get-out-of-jail-free card for adults who sexually abuse children and limits the education, economic stability and health of children who enter into marital contracts.

We are pleased to announce that Washington recently became the 11th state and Virginia the 12th to end this form of child abuse. We now have major momentum going into California to end this immoral practice.

  • Thanks to our advocacy, the Apple app store dropped misogynist Andrew Tate. We have a long-running campaign against the so-called manosphere behind disinformation campaigns and violent incitements against women online, in politics, on social media and in video gaming communities.

Thanks to the 15,000-plus UltraViolet members who demanded that Apple drop Tate’s “Real World” platform from its App Store, we successfully pressured Apple to remove Tate and his hate.

We are now calling on YouTube and video gaming platform Stream to protect Black women gamers from online harassment and violence by removing key misogynists from their platforms.

We will not stop until we are all free. Thank you to the CREDO Mobile community for supporting our common cause for freedom and justice!

Support from CREDO Mobile helps the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum empower AAPI women and girls

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) builds the power, influence and autonomy of Asian American Pacific Islander women and girls to shape policy, influence cultural change and gain agency over every aspect of their lives.

Recently, CREDO Mobile customers and community members voting in our monthly donations election directed a significant grant to NAPAWF to support the valuable work that it does. Specifically, our grant assisted NAPAWF in launching its new website and in its recent effort to hire and train organizing staff in Georgia and Florida.

Our funding makes a difference for AAPI women

Other NAPAWF efforts in which CREDO Mobile support has played a role include:

  • Outreach to voters: NAPAWF engages AAPI women voters at the local level, within their communities, to develop their leadership skills and get them to a place where they’re equipped to actively participate in their communities and in policy campaigns so that they can hold government officials accountable and help move AAPI-related legislation forward.

NAPAWF tracks its one-on-one conversations and engagement points—such as when people speak or testify at an AAPI-related event or respond to a NAPAWF call to action—to learn how people are engaging with NAPAWF and to follow the evolution of that engagement process.

In its Florida chapter, NAPAWF holds an active membership of 60 members and assists them in their leadership journey. Many have stepped up to participate in an action or event with NAPAWF around healthcare access for immigrants and a number of them have testified in front of public leaders in support of healthcare protections and access.

  • AAPI Young Women’s Leadership Program: In New York City, NAPAWF launched the AAPI Young Women’s Leadership Program and chose 10 AAPI women between the ages of 19 and 26 for the program, which is focused on inspiring and empowering future leaders and organizers by providing leadership-training sessions, outreach, phone banking and canvassing, as well as opportunities to learn about reproductive justice and other NAPAWF campaigns.
  • Reproductive Justice Commission: In Chicago, NAPAWF continues its coalition-building and organizing work and recently created a community-led Reproductive Justice Commission. Through its coalition partnerships with eight AAPI-women-led organizations, NAPAWF continues to build both organizational and individual capacity to advance intersectional policies that create the structural change needed for AAPI communities to thrive.

NAPAWF has also facilitated spaces for peer support, coordinated training in the lobbying process and continues to coordinate training in media and communications and solidarity 101, as well as in executive leadership and board training and development.

CREDO Mobile members empower AAPI women around the U.S.

NAPAWF raises women’s voices in the media and other spaces where decisions that impact AAPI women’s lives are made. It continues to grow its base by reaching, activating and mobilizing AAPI women and girls through grassroots organizing, leadership training and development, and by creating AAPI women leaders from diverse ethnicities and regions of the U.S. NAPAWF increases public and community awareness of issues that impact AAPI women and works toward influencing systemic and culture shifts to propel its reproductive-justice movement forward.

NAPAWF does all of this with the assistance of CREDO Mobile customers and community members.

“Thank you for your support of our movement,” says Isra Pananon Weeks, NAPAWF’s interim executive director and chief of staff. “CREDO members make our work possible and CREDO grants support AAPI women in our community to take action for gender, racial and economic justice.”

AAPI women and girls in the U.S. face immense challenges. But NAPAWF is stronger with the backing of CREDO Mobile and the partnership of sisters from other immigrant, marginalized and underserved communities. Together, we’re gaining ground, making a difference and achieving our shared goals.

To learn more about the valuable work that NAPAWF does, go to

Results of the CREDO Mobile Book Survey

Back in March, we ran a survey of our members to learn their favorite books and authors. We were thrilled to hear about so many great books and authors from our extremely literate members. We wanted to share these results with you. If you are interested in reading any of these books, or any other books, you can find them at our affiliate here.

Disclosure: CREDO Mobile is an affiliate of and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

The favorite books of those who responded were:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Demon Copperhead – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • The Covenant of Water – Abraham Verghese
  • The Lord of The Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
  • A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
  • Prequel – Rachel Maddow
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents – Isabel Wilkerson
  • Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson was the book most named as a book to change your perspective. Also frequently mentioned were Braiding Sweetgrass and A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn). To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984 (George Orwell), Braiding Sweetgrass and the Bible were most named as books everyone should read. Fiction was the most common style of books read, although there was a very diverse selection.

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The most popular authors were:

  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Stephen King
  • Louise Penny
  • Jane Austen
  • Louise Erdrich

Barbara Kingsolver was by far the most popular author, with almost two times as many mentions as Stephen King.

40% of the respondents read for over 1 hour per day.  3/4 of respondents read for at least 30 minutes per day. This is a group that loves to read.

From our earlier education survey, we learned that 40% of our members had not read a single book by an author of color in high school. Check out our affiliate. This is a great place to find new books and help raise money for independent bookstores. CREDO earns a commission on every book sold. We have recommendations for books by LGBTQ+ authors, authors of color, women authors and even a list of most banned books. That said, you can find just about any book you are looking for there.

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Earth Day: Save money, Save the planet— Purchase refurbished electronics

April 22 is Earth Day. Encouragingly, this is now the largest civic event in the world, with billions of people participating in Earth Day activities and calling for solutions to our planet’s problems.

One of those problems is e-waste. We generate over 60 million tons a year and only about a quarter of it is recycled. The rest is dumped in landfills, legal and not, where it leeches heavy metals and other toxics into the ground, the groundwater and often into nearby crops.

Want to be part of the solution? Here’s one way to help. Next time you’re buying a new electronic device, buy refurbished. We know. Refurbished? Like, used? No, actually, not like used. Refurbished electronics are not what they were. These days, they’re virtually the same as new. They’re reliable, affordable and available direct from manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Bose and Microsoft.

Refurbished is different from “used”

Refurbished devices are much better than used. They usually have been cleaned, inspected and tested. In a properly refurbished device, tired batteries and damaged parts have been replaced. They should work like new and they should have a lot of life left in them.

Many of the refurbished devices for sale have been traded in by their previous owners not because the devices were defective but because the owners wanted an upgrade. Many are barely used devices returned by buyers who’ve had second thoughts.

Most used devices don’t come with a warranty but refurbished devices from reputable sellers do, often up to a year. If you find a seller that does not offer a warranty, find a different seller.

These manufacturers sell refurbished devices

You can frequently buy refurbished devices direct from manufacturers. Before they sell the devices, most manufacturers inspect them, repair them with original parts, replace the batteries, then test them. They do a thorough job of wiping all data from previous owners and return devices to a fresh state. They ship refurbished devices to you in a new box with the same manuals, accessories, cables and operating system as a brand-new device.

Apple’s refurbished site offers Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, AirPods and more.

Samsung’s refurbished site sells only Galaxy phones, no other Samsung devices or electronics.

Microsoft’s refurbished site has Surface devices and Xbox gaming consoles.

If you’re looking for audio equipment, Bose, Sonos and JBL have sites selling refurbished headphones, earbuds and soundbars. All of them undergo the same testing, repair, reconditioning and cleaning as the devices mentioned above. In other words, what you get is like new, with the same return window and warranty as new products.

If you’re looking for a particular brand not mentioned above, just Google the brand name and “refurbished.” If it’s a big brand, it will likely have a site selling refurbished devices, as Dell, HP and Acer do. Or you can go to a retail site—many of the big retailers sell refurbished electronics.

These retailers sell refurbished devices

The downside of retail sites is that the refurbishment probably has been done by a third party. The upside is that these sites have a wide variety of devices to choose from, all in one place.

eBay Refurbished has Apple, Samsung, Bose, Acer, Dell, HP, Sony and much more. All devices are refurbished, functional and come with a 1-year or 2-year warranty. You can choose from various conditions and pay more or less, depending on how “new” you want your device to look. There’s Certified Pristine (“pristine, like-new condition direct from the brand or authorized seller”) down to Good (“moderate wear from quality-vetted sellers”). All can be returned free within a 30-day window.

Newegg, the online electronics retailer that’s a little more wonky, has a large refurbished site. It offers products from desktops to servers to laptops to phones.

Most big-box retailers like Walmart and Target have a site selling refurbished electronics. The warranties they offer tend not to be as long as those given by manufacturers—or they tend not to exist at all, so proceed with caution.

We hesitate to recommend Amazon, especially on Earth Day, because its impact on the Earth is immense and largely negative. For example, did you know that, in 2021, Amazon generated enough plastic waste to cover the planet in 800 layers? And that Amazon would have “no problem” switching to plastic-free packaging but lacks the will? That said, it is Amazon. It’s quick, easy and you’ve probably got an account there. Amazon Renewed has that Amazon-size selection of refurbished stuff, much of it electronics. All of it is inspected, tested and comes with a 90-day warranty.

CREDO Mobile has refurbished phones on sale

We’re celebrating Earth Day with a big sale on refurbished phones, which have a much smaller footprint than new phones—and a much smaller price tag.

Shop our Refurb Madness sale and save $300 or more on a refurbished phone. We have a great discount on the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the iPhone 14 Pro, but supplies are limited so act fast.