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Review of Verizon Home Phone Connect

I moved and was in the market for a home phone since I do not have unlimited calling on my cell phone. Not to mention that cell phones run out of battery too quickly if you do a lot of talking and make a lot of calls.

I walked into Verizon to update the contract on one of my cell phones and the sales man told me about Home Phone Connect, which Verizon just launched. For 19.99 a month and unlimited calling to anywhere in the US, I could not resist. I had learned of Magic Jack but did not like the fact that the voicemail message tells you that you have reached a Magic Jack number. In addition, Magic Jack does not work with Verizon cell phones, you have to dial Magic Jack directly and put in the number of the person you are calling from the Magic Jack headquarters. I wanted a phone that I could plug into a wall or jack.

Home Phone Connect gives you a really cool device that looks like a modem and you plug this into the wall and plug your phone into the device. I have two cordless phones hooked up, one that plugged right into the Home Phone Connect box and the other that works remotely. The phone works by receiving signal from Verizon cell towers.

Here are the advantages of Home Phone Connect:

Less expensive than any other monthly phone service.

The phone number you pick shows up on your Verizon dashboard so you have a permanent record of all calls. You can block calls or look up past numbers if you need to find a phone number.

You can set up voicemail and retrieve your voicemails from any phone.

Here are the disadvantages of Home Phone Connect

The greatest disadvantage for me is that you cannot use it as a fax line.

Another disadvantage is the $35.00 activation fee that the sales agent who sold it to me did not inform me about and that the 19.99 price requires a two year contract.

In addition, my Home Phone Connect occasionally disconnects, which never happens to my cell phone.

Home Phone Connect is a good service and a good deal. I no longer require as many minutes on my cell phone and calls from my cell phone to my home phone are mobile to mobile and do not have to be put on my friends and family. Overall, I am pleased with my Home Phone Connect and do not see myself wanting to change it anytime in the near future.


Samsung Galaxy S is a Smartphone You Cannot Afford to Miss

If you think of buying a high-end smartphone, then the Samsung Galaxy S should be definitely on your list since it is one of the phones that you cannot afford to miss. The image of Samsung has so far been that of a company that makes cheap phones, but the Samsung Galaxy S is probably the one phone that changed it. Now, Samsung have a reputation as one of the best high-end mobile phone manufacturers. It is this shift that has made the Samsung Galaxy S incredibly popular as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S will be coming with one of the best touch screens in the industry right now and it is the 4 inch unit that will be using the Super AMOLED technology. This is a technology that is so far ahead of its time that none of the competitors to the Samsung Galaxy S have come close to achieving the figures of this screen. The capacitive nature of the touch screen display only adds to the joy of using it since it will be able to recognise multiple touches. The usage of a powerful 1 GHz processor is also extremely far ahead of its time given that most of the mobile phones have been using the 800 MHz processors. They might be able to run the Android operating system, but definitely not in the efficient way as it is meant to be.

The 1 GHz unit of the Samsung Galaxy S will be definitely doing this with aplomb. The Android 2.1 operating system was initially available with the Samsung Galaxy S, but it recently received the update the 2.2 version. Following the release of the 2.3 version, it has been revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S will be getting the update to this new Android version within a few weeks. Due to the powerful processor, you need not think twice about updating the phone to the latest version of Android. It will be coming with the gorilla glass display that has been made extra strong in the Samsung Galaxy S. The Samsung phone is one of the first phones to be using the gorilla glass display and it has proved to be such a hit amongst the high-end smartphone industry that a number of manufacturers have started to use this product in their mobile phones as well.

The process of the five megapixel camera in the Samsung Galaxy S best justification to the huge amount of features that are present in the phone. The main justification will be done by the 720 p video recording option that is present in the phone. This camera will also be present alongside a number of features like autofocus, Geotagging, face detection and touch focus. These are excellent features to be having in the mobile phone camera. The quality of images is such that you will not be able to tell the difference between these images and the images from a digital camera. The Samsung Galaxy S is available from £ 20 …

Samsung I607 BlackJack Smartphone Review

I've owned my Samsung i607 BlackJack for about five and a half months. It's been an awesome phone that I've liked enough to spend additional money for accessories for use solely with it, and I'm tightfisted. I started out connecting it to my Gateway CX2620 TabletPC with a USB cord. With it I could sync all of my data and share the phone's internet connection. The connection is about twice as fast as a 56k telephone modem connection. Amazing for travelling, but awful for regular use. Right now I'm using a Logitech Bluetooth 2.0 EDR dongle to sync it to my TabletPC. I've had Windows XP installed and also Windows Vista Ultimate. Syncing works with both but the Bluetooth PAN and my Motorola HT820 headphones do not work with Windows Vista. The headphones work great with the phone though. It's got a camera on the back too.

  1. As a Phone
    The BlackJack works fine as a phone. The buttons are a little small, so when you're dialing a number it's a little harder than it might be on a phone with less buttons. The dialer (which pops up if you start pressing numbers at the home screen) has large, easy to see numbers which can be customized in the settings. If you start typing at the home screen, you can enter your contacts' names to bring up their entry in contacts and pick which number you want to dial.

Its ability to maintain contacts is great, it has about 40 different fields for contact information. Some important but not quite obvious ones are work related information, addresses, instant messenger handles, email address, family members, and a picture of them. After opening the contacts browser, you can begin to type letters to select a specific contact quickly. Once a contact is selected, you can use the left and right selection keys to navigate through different forms of contact including home number, email address (which takes you directly to a new e-mail message if you have an account set up and the contact's email in their contact information), text message (which will open up a new txt message with their number in the to: field) or work number.

  1. As a PDA
    Since the BlackJack runs Windows Mobile 5 (Cingular plans to provide BlackJack-specific updates soon, to version 6) it's considered a Smartphone, a non-touch screen PDA phone without a stylus. Its functionality as a PDA gives it extreme customizability; the fact that it runs Windows Mobile means that there are many users which have already covered much of what can be customized. You can change just about any software feature of the BlackJack that you want, if you look hard enough on the internet. Google can find anything.

I've personally made several home screens. People use the fact that they don't know xml to keep them from making their own home screens but if you have any coding experience, and just look at a few of the existing home screens, you can …

Review of the Samsung Propel Pro Smartphone

The Samsung Propel is a midrange messaging phone available through AT&T; wireless. The most unique aspect of this device is its slide out QWERTY keypad, which is revealed by sliding the phone vertically. Samsung has expanded upon this unique design and released the Propel Pro, which integrates a Windows Mobile operating system and PDA capabilities into the Propel frame. This phone is currently available with a two year contract, for $149.99 with a $50 mail in rebate.


The Propel Pro operates off of the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform, and contains 128 MB of internal memory. The memory is expandable to 16 GB through a MicroSD card. The Propel Pro is compatible with AT&T;'s 3G data network, which allows for AT&T;'s fastest data transfer. It has Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities, and a Windows Mobile Media Player is included. The Propel Pro offers WiFi capabilities, which come in handy if you are outside of the 3G network coverage area. The phone is 3.9 inches long, 2.4 inches wide and .6 inches thick, and weighs 4.83 ounces. It offers a display of 2.55 inches, and provides email capabilities with both corporate and personal email accounts. The Propel Pro is a quad band world phone, and it operates on the GSM frequencies of 850, 900, 2800, and 1900 megahertz.


If you like the design of the Samsung Propel, then the design of the Propel Pro will not be an issue. It is a bit wider than your typical smartphone, however. It is also a bit thicker, but the thickness comes from the slide out keyboard, which many may find to be a benefit. The QWERTY keypad functions well, and the control keys make for effortless navigation of the phone's menus. Call quality and internet access are both excellent on this phone, and the battery life is above average for this type of phone.


The keypad is a bit small, and may be difficult to use if you have large fingers. It should not be a deal breaker on this phone, however. Personally, I could not find any other drawbacks with this device. You can find comparable smartphones for a bit less, however, as many are priced at $99.99.


I would highly recommend this device, it offers all the functions you would want from a smart phone in a different design. It has an excellent look and feel to it, as well. Samsung has successfully combined the email and data functions necessary for business use, and users will be entertained by the media capabilities and other extras this phone offers.


TracFone Prepaid Cell Phones: Consumer Guide

Today everyone has a cell phone. It is important to have a phone on you in case you break down on the freeway or have an emergency and need to make a call. A cell phone through a provider can be expensive on a month to month plan, especially if you have teenagers. Some people don't have good credit and they don't qualify for a service plan also. TracFone allows anyone to have a cell phone without any deposit requirements.

TracFone offers people the ability to own a cell phone and get it activated at no additional charge. All you have to do is pay for the phone. These phones are pay as you go. This means that you pay for the time you spend talking on the phone. You don't have to pay a monthly bill. You pay for minutes for your phone in bulk and when you run out you can add more minutes. This is the best way to control a cell phone bill of a talkative teenager. If you cannot afford a deposit for a cell phone through a cell phone company this is the best option also.

TracFone offers many different types of prepaid cell phones to choose from. You can buy phones under $10, flip phones, camera phones, and more. Below are five of the many different types of pay as you go phones through TracFone.

If you are looking for a phone under $10 you might consider the Motorola W175 or the Motorola C139. The Motorola W175 comes with a color screen that is bright and vivid. It has a talk voice enhancement integrated so your callers can hear you clearly. You can use a hands free speaker and a phone book that allows you to store up to 500 entries.

The Motorola C139 is the most compact of the TracFones offered. This phone is ergonomic and easy to handle. This phone has a color display also. It also includes screensavers and wallpaper so you can customize your phone with your personality. There are also 20 preloaded ringtones on this cell phone.

When you purchase the Motorola W370 cell phone you get double minutes for life. This phone is only $29.99. This is the cheapest flip phone model with a color display. You can take advantage of mp3 ringtones, downloadable ringtones, and graphics. There is also a hands free speakerphone which provides for total convenience.

The LG 225 cell phone from TracFone might be an option for you if you are looking for a camera phone. This phone includes a camera with a color display. There are games on the phone which allow you to pass the time away. You can fully customize this phone with screensavers and wallpaper and there is a hands-free speakerphone. This TracFone runs for $49.99

The best selection of the TracFones you might consider is the Motorola W376g. This is a flip phone that includes double minutes for life with the purchase of the phone. It has integrated …

Cell Phones Do Not Belong in the Bathroom

There is nothing worse then trying to use the restroom with someone else talking on a cell phone. Public bathrooms are bad enough with other people that can hear or see you through the cracks; but now other people can hear you through other people's cell phones. Many women try to not pass gas unless they are alone or in the bathroom, not the kind of sound you would want someone overhearing on a phone.

Being the person on the other end of the cell phone and hearing someone going to the bathroom is just plain gross. It would be nice to be put on hold or called back when the person is not so busy.

A bathroom is a place where you should be indisposed, left alone for private time. I don't know where we have changed to wanting to share our bathroom sounds. It bad enough to have to share the sounds with whoever is in the bathroom with you in a public restroom, but with someone talking on a cell phone you are sharing your bathroom sounds with their conversation.

One cell phone user even got mad when other people flushed their toilets, telling everyone they were on a business call. Do they want us to leave our mess for them to clean up?

It would be very helpful if public restrooms would ban cell phone usage in the bathroom. It is very sad that we would have to pass a law or make signs just to get people to use common sense, but the call phone world of user are full of a lot of rude behavior.

Bathrooms in general are a little loud if they are busy. Toilets are flushing, water running to wash hands (hopefully), doors opening and closing. Now we have people trying to talk over all the noise just to carry on a cell phone conversation. Overall it take a few minutes to normally use the bathroom, you would think life would just be a pause for those few minutes.

Please, if you are a cell phone user, leave them off when you are in the restroom. The person you are talking to does not want to hear you use the restroom and they want you to properly wash you hands to stop the spread of germs. Other people in the bathroom do not want to hear you conversation and do not want any unnecessary to over hear their sounds in the bathroom either.


Why Cavalier Telephone Cost Me Over a Thousand Dollars

On August First I called Cavalier Telephone after seeing their T.V. ad promising $39.99 a month with savings of up to $40.00 a month vs. AT&T; or cable. I promptly signed up with their service and nearly one month later on August Twenty-Fourth I still haven't been hooked up or switched over to their service yet. Last year when I hooked up with Comcast cable at a previous residence I called them and they installed my cable internet and T.V. two days later.

I called them on a Wednesday and by Friday night I was surfing the web at lightning speed and watching shows whenever I wanted them OnDemand. Now I'm not saying their service was perfect and OnDemand certainly wasn't everything I'd hoped it would be or what I was led to believe but at least they had the foresight to know they wanted to make a good first impression with a customer. Meanwhile I'm still waiting for the "Cavalry" to arrive to rescue me from the Indian attack while my bones picked clean of flesh by scavengers months ago bleach white under the oblivious sun and the merciless passage of time. They call themselves "Cavalier" telephone and a "cavalier" as defined by the dictionary is a gentleman of an upstanding and notable reputation but "gentlemen" you are far from living up to your image. If I were to summarize how much money Cavalier has cost me in the past 3 and a half weeks it would go a little something like this:

Gas to travel back and forth to the library five days a week at 20 miles roundtrip – $15.00 bucks a week for a total of $60.00 bucks a month.

Wear and tear on a vehicle with over 200,000 miles on it for said trips – another $60.00 to $100.00 a month in needed savings to have available in an emergency should a major repair be necessary.

Wear and tear on my physical health and pocketbook due to stress and anxiety about car expenses – $300.00 to $400.00 a month for a man with no health insurance who needs Nexium due to acid reflux disease for chronic stress

Additional costs for anti-anxiety drugs and anti-psychotic drugs to prevent melt down due to chronic stress and depression because I can't access the internet – $300.00

Lost income due to lowered productivity from increased depression – $600.00 a month for article writing and an additional $60.00 – 75.00 for performance bonuses because I know my stuff is at least that good were it to be seen by anyone because I actually produced it, accessed the internet, and submitted the content for pay.

In addition the delay has cost me hundreds of dollars in steady increases as I can't get increases due to lack of access, lack of production, and increased stress and depression and has pushed back immeasurably the compounded effect I could have enjoyed with performance bonuses. The entire delay has cascaded exponentially until I figure Cavalier …

Nokia N8 is Part Mobile Phone and Part Digital Camera

The Nokia N8 is the latest mobile phone from the Finnish company Nokia that is best known for making high-quality high end smartphones. However, it has been not so successful in the past few years with its models. Hence, the Nokia N8 is attempt from the company in order to once again recapture the former glory. The N series of phones from Nokia has a legendary status for being highly feature rich and the Nokia N8 coming in this category, has not certainly disappoint. In fact, it is the best N series phone that has been launched by the company.

The Nokia N8 can boast of this probably because it is partly a mobile phone and partly a digital camera. The title of being the best mobile phone camera can be easily given to the Nokia N8 mainly because of the 12 megapixel camera that it comes with. It is not only the best camera that is available today in terms of megapixel count, but also in terms of quality as well. Nokia says that it has used the largest image sensor in a mobile phone history to bring the highest quality of images without spoiling the natural effect of it. Hence, colour reproduction is of the highest quality, while at the same time there are good brightness and contrast levels. The usage of the largest image sensor has also resulted in this phone taking good quality pictures even in extremely low light conditions.

One can also attribute this property to the presence of a Xenon flash, which makes its appearance in the Nokia phone for the first time. Xenon Flash is the kind of flash that is being used in compact digital cameras these days and the Nokia N8 is one of the very few mobile phones to be having it. The camera also has a 720 p HD video recording option. Along with this video recording option, Nokia has included certain technologies to reduce the wind noise and shaking that will inherently occur in unprofessional videos. Nokia is using video stabilisation feature to eliminate this taking part. There are two microphones at either side of the phone that aid in capturing the highest quality sound with 5.1 surround sound. It can be later enjoyed on a home theatre by connecting the phone with the suitable devices using the HDMI output port. It is also one of the very firsts in a mobile phone.

The HDMI output port is not the normal output port as seen in other high end devices, but it is a mini HDMI port. The conversion between the two is taken care of by a converter that Nokia has provided along with the sales box. One can also view the record videos and captured images on the brilliant 3.5 inch touch screen display that employs the AMOLED technology. The Nokia N8 is one of the marvellous camera phones from Nokia and it retails for £ 420 in the UK. The non-contract options are priced at …

Five Ways to Use the Camera in Your Cell Phone to Reduce Travel Stress

Travel can be stressful enough in the best of times. Here are a few ways to take the stress out of common travel situations by simply using the camera in your cell phone. (Don't worry about megapixels, they are not important!)


  • Parking. You park your car at the airport, but you are in a rush. When you return back, you just can't remember where your car is!

This is simple: just snap a quick photo of where your car is parked. When you get back, it will guide you to the right section. You might want to snap the bus stop, too!

PS: this also works well when you are out and about on your trip and park your rental in a parking lot where you have never been before!


  • Hotel Room. Today, you get a credit card like room key for your hotel room. Your room number is nowhere on the card for security reasons. Just snap a quick shot of your room door to always remember where you need to go at the end of the day.


  • Luggage. So many bags look alike that you need to be able to identify yours in the event of your bags being lost. Take a picture of your bags before checking them. In case of that awful event, at least you can show the airline what your bag looks like.


  • Rental Car. If you travel a lot (or a little), it is so easy to forget what your rental car looks like (or find it in a parking lot!). A picture on your phone could save lots of time. (Be sure to include the license plate, too!)


  • Identity. Today's travel requires proof of your identity. If your passport or drivers' license gets lost or stolen, you have a problem! A picture of each will help you prove who you are and help to replace the document quickly!


Five easy ways to reduce the stress of travel simply by using the camera in the cell phone already in your pocket! Safe travels.



Do We Need Remote-Controlled Home Appliances?

There is always some kind of conflict between people whenever some new kind of technology steps in to play. People always question, whether it is necessary or not? The same is the case with remote-controlled devices. There are a lot of people around us who raise a question that whether the remote-controlled devices are necessary or not.

Well, to be frank, the remote-controlled devices can make us lazier but that’s a decision which solely rests upon our soldiers. Apart from that, the b remote-controlled devices are pretty much useful and increase the convenience of the people. Here, we will tell you about how remote-controlled devices make our lives easier.

  1. Safety

The biggest concern that people have while accepting some new form of technology is regarding its safety. Well, in this aspect the remote-controlled home appliances like microwaves, vacuums, etc. have set a whole new standard. If a particular appliance is operated through the remote-controlled device, then the need for coming directly in contact with the appliance fades away. This means that the user can operate a particular appliance from a safe distance and this will make sure that he or she remains safe, in case the appliance malfunctions. In addition to this, the user will also remain safe from vibration, noises as well as harmful dust and debris.

  1. Ease in using


This is one of the reasons which might make a person lazy, but as we have already said, it’s nothing but a personal choice. The remote-controlled devices reduce the amount of fatigue that might be created in the process of making the device to function. The remote system also enables the user to multi-tasks which means that the user can do multiple things at a time instead of giving specific time to a particular appliance. In addition to this, the user can also do multiple operations using the device and that too at the same time.

  1. Increase in productivity

Well, this is one of the strongest points that work in favor of remote-controlled technology. This is the basic thing because of which development and innovation are done. Humans innovate to increase productivity than they already have. If a person works manually on something, then surely it will take more time, whereas if the same person uses a remote-controlled, device, then he doesn’t need to supervise one particular appliance and can use multiple appliances at once.

Well, these are some of the major reasons which justify the use of remote-controlled technology. There are certain points which tell about the disadvantages of remote-controlled technology. The major and the most alarming amongst these is that the remote-controlled technology will make us lazier. Well, as we have already said, this is indeed true and the possibility of this can’t be ruled out, but the advantages of remote controlled technology far outweigh the disadvantages. So, if we see the bigger picture, then the remote-controlled technology is helpful for mankind. …