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Best Phone Plans for International Travel

 

Although I’ve used At&T as my cell phone carrier for years, I recently read that it is not one of the best services for traveling internationally.  However, I do not travel internationally enough for it to make a difference in my budget.  For those who do travel often, or just want a better deal to accommodate their travel budget, this article is worth reading, especially if you’re technically savvy.

Geoffrey Morrison reports in WireCutter that T-Mobile has the best deal for traveling internationally and using your cell phone without difficultly and high roaming charges. https://thewirecutter.com

Below are some of the highlights I think are worth considering.

T-Mobile – One of the best!

Has coverage in 210 countries and no international data roaming fees. The one drawback: the data is slow.

Dependable data in more than 210“countries and destinations,” that data is very slow: 2G speeds, or 128 Kbps.

$5 a day you can get a Global Pass, which gets you 512 MB of 4G data.

There’s an explanation about using a SIM card if you need more speed. I will not go into detail here – you can use this link to find out more.

Google Project Fi – Next best!

  • Better than T-Mobile for international travel for one big reason: 4G data. Your phone will work the same. The speed will be as good as the country’s mobile phone support.
  • Project Fi –  it works on only a handful of phones. Specifically, Google’s own Pixel, Nexus, Moto One X4s, and now a triumvirate of LG phones.
  • Fi is technically available in only 170 countries. Keep in mind that the speeds are better than T-Mobile.

 
UNLOCKING YOUR PHONE

  • If you do not want to get a new phone you can unlock it, which will let you switch providers (T-Mobile). You also have the choice to use a local SIM card. The article details what each carrier requires.

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Savoring ♥ Technology Time Out

June 29, 2007, is when the first iPhone was released.  Yes!  And, we have not been the same since.  For one thing, so many mobile phones have been created/released. Many of us wonder, what did we do before the mobile device revolution. 24 hours a day we can be connected to an Internet universe, live vicariously via YouTube, and various Apps.  How can we control being ‘wired’ all the time?

When my son was a youngster I occasionally suggested that he take a ‘time out’ to have him calm down, in the event the behavior he was exhibiting was not desirable.  This was not something that was looked on by him as a ‘good’ thing.  Flash forward, and it seems that it was not all that bad an idea.  There’s a conversation going on about appreciating stillness; savoring moments away from the computer, email, and mobile device madness, which can keep many of us “plugged in” 24 hours a day.  Not good! 

I searched around to find some tools that could help us, in the event we just can’t tear ourselves away from those cute little toys :). Here is what I found: Moment, which is an iOS app that keeps track of how much you’re using your phone. There is also Moment Family, that allows you to monitor the entire family from your phone. Samsung user can use ‘Thrive Mode, which gives you the option of creating at VIP list, which disallows being interrupted by calls and texts from those not on the list. Continue reading “Savoring ♥ Technology Time Out”

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School Days & Best Tech Deals

Yes, it seems that this time of year comes faster than we are prepared to believe.  However, it’s still not too late to catch some very nice buys.

I searched the www for technology that could be useful as you, those of you who have college kids, and other youngsters who might need resources.  Below are links which describe where you can find free, low prices, and other useful technology tools – apps,  best laptop deals and much more.

Use this link to find apps that will help you with organizing, research and more.

Back to school APPS

  • As you and your kids prepare to head back to the classroom this fall, you’ll want to make sure you are ready for the busy days ahead. Between writing papers, studying for tests, and conducting research, you’ll be looking for tools to make student life easier. Source: The Best Laptops and Tablets for Back to School

 

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Best Bet Phone Plans for 2017

Whom do you talk to about the best mobile phone plan to buy? Are you secure in your current choice, or do you sometimes think that there might be a better plan out there for you?  I imagine we all feel this way, and many of us could use a source to help us with determining how to select one.  In a recent Personal Tech article in the New York Times (NYT), it was said that plans, which were recommended a year ago, are now possibly obsolete because carriers change their offerings!

The terminology alone is confusing. For example,’Unlimited Data’, do you know if it really is unlimited, what does it mean, and more to the point do you need it? Are you aware of  The Wirecutter, a site owned by The New York Times, which gives recommendations for the best gadgets, services, smartphones? It’s probably worth your visiting it.

  •  At your very next opportunity take a look at the NYT article by Brian X. Chen.  He has done us all the favor of breaking down the New Best Phone Plans for Single Users, Single Power Users, Average Couple, Power Couple, Family of Four, Occasional Traveler. Click the pic below.

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SmartPhone Leasing…What’s the deal?

canstockphoto16723097Just when you thought you understood how to get a new smartphone after your contract period is up, the wireless carriers introduce the “early upgrade plan”.  Do you have any idea what that is, or if will it work for you?  I checked out an article that discusses the pros and cons of this new “deal“.  Apparently,  it’s still cheaper to own your smartphone, but it depends on what type of smartphone user you are.  One thing is for sure, if you’re the kind of smartphone user who gets excited about any new feature, then this may be the plan for you.  Below are some of the highlights reviewed in the NYTimes article.  Make sure to check out the link at the end of this post for exact details. Continue reading “SmartPhone Leasing…What’s the deal?”

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Smartphone Security Apps

mobile securityMore and more these days smartphones have become our way to conduct personal business. Passwords are keyed into these devices to purchase items, conduct bank business, and order lunch.  Credit card information is stored. It’s a convenient way to get things done not just quickly, but also expeditiously.

We also rely on these devices to be a safe way for conducting all manner of other business.  So, the question is what have you done lately to make sure that your mobile device is protected from hackers? Continue reading “Smartphone Security Apps”