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  Google poised to become your phone company 
  David Pogue (tech journalist) discovers serious VZW issues
  Dell unveils Android-based Mini 3 smartphone 
  Re: I'm looking, sigh, yes, for a "ring tone" 

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Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:41:31 -0600 (CST) From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Google poised to become your phone company Message-ID: <alpine.OSX.2.00.0911132240440.482@John-Maysons-iBook-G4.local> (Wired) -- Google is set to become your new phone company, perhaps reducing your phone bill to zilch in the process. Seriously. Google has bought Gizmo5, an online phone company that is akin to Skype but based on open protocols and with a lot fewer users. TechCrunch, which broke the news on Monday, reported that Google spent $30 million on the company. More here http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/11/13/google.phone.service/index.html -- John Mayson <john@mayson.us> Austin, Texas, USA
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 23:16:01 -0500 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: David Pogue (tech journalist) discovers serious VZW issues Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.0911132312540.29502@panix5.panix.com> [NYT column] [a] Verizon: How Much Do You Charge Now? Starting next week, Verizon will double the early-termination fee for smartphones. That is, if you get a BlackBerry, Android or similar phone from Verizon, and you decide to switch phones before your two-year contract is up, you'll be socked with a $350 penalty (it used to be $175) ... What bothers me more, though, is another bit of greedy nastiness that readers both inside and outside Verizon have noticed. ... [quoting a customer] "Virtually every bill I get has a couple of erroneous data charges at $1.99 each - yet we download no data. "Here's how it works. They configure the phones to have multiple easily hit keystrokes to launch 'Get it Now' or 'Mobile Web' - usually a single key like an arrow key. Often we have no idea what key we hit, but up pops one of these screens. The instant you call the function, they charge you the data fee. We cancel these unintended requests as fast as we can hit the End key, but it doesn't matter; they've told me that ANY data - even one kilobyte - is billed as 1MB. The damage is done. --------------- rest (and make sure to check out the comments): http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/verizon-how-much-do-you-charge-now/?ref=technology [a] Mr. Pogue is an independent writer, usually tech stuff, who also gets paid for periodic columns in the NYTimes. _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:39:05 -0600 (CST) From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Dell unveils Android-based Mini 3 smartphone Message-ID: <alpine.OSX.2.00.0911132238100.482@John-Maysons-iBook-G4.local> (CNET) -- Dell said Friday that it's ready to enter the smartphone business with the Android-based Mini 3. Long rumored to have such a device in the works, Dell said that the first two carriers to sell the Mini 3 will be China Mobile and Brazil's Claro. More here http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/11/13/dell.android.smartphone/index.html -- John Mayson <john@mayson.us> Austin, Texas, USA
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 08:29:14 -0500 From: "Gary" <fake-email-address@bogus.hotmail.com> To: redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu Subject: Re: I'm looking, sigh, yes, for a "ring tone" Message-ID: <hdmbba$1fg$1@news.eternal-september.org> "Thad Floryan" <thad@thadlabs.com> wrote in message news:4AFDCA93.5090004@thadlabs.com... > I may make that WE2500 bell ringtone my new > default since I'm retiring this year and don't/won't need to be able > to answer a phone 24/7/365. :-) In that case, maybe you should make the "SIT Tone" your ringer. :-) -Gary ***** Moderator's Note ***** I want Captain Kirk's communicator sound. Bill Horne Moderator
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