iPhone & A T & T Pact Sends a New Message to Subscribers

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iPhone 3G

Those who decide to take the plunge for the new 3G iphone on July 11th are in for a surprise.

In addition to the curious extension of the no-MMS policy (the current iPhone currently cannot send photos to another mobile device via MMS), iPhone owners will now have to pay extra to send ordinary text messages.

Provisions of the new data plan ($30) indicate that text messaging is no longer included in the already-exorbitantly priced, standard contract that is Read the rest of this entry »

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Tyrant Alarm – Five Cranky Friends are Better Than One

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Tyrant Alarm

You’re cranky, overworked, hung-over, and lethargic – and it’s 6:00 AM. Why should you be the only one suffering?

Unlike your traditional alarm clock, the Tyrant Alarm doesn’t just get you up – it phones random people (grandma and grandpa included) from your phonebook until you drag yourself out of bed.

Then, lock your doors during the day while you’re at work to prevent your buddies from smashing this thing into pieces with a sledgehammer.

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Magic-Jacked?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 | SMASH Technology with 5 Comments

MagicJack: It’s at once an interesting concept — the promise of never paying a monthly phone bill again, “just $19.95 a year” with many of the benefits offered by your local Bell but without all the additional fees and fanfare to which we’ve all grown so accustomed.

And from what I read, the FREE local calling, long distance (to the US and Canada), voice mail, caller ID, three way calling, directory assistance call waiting, etc. ARE there. Plus, it couldn’t be easier: you plug the USB device into a free port on your laptop, plug your phone into MJ, and then make your calls.

And at the time of this writing, they are offering a 100% Risk-free 30 Day Trial of the device.

Well the numbers are certainly impressive. Sarah Reedy of Telephony Online reports that the company is selling around 8,000 devices per day and has experienced 25% week-over-week growth since it first came onto the VoIP scene in September. Those numbers certainly aren’t anything to scoff at, and if the promise and infrastructure hold true the company could be seeing even better days as the consumer base ramps up.

But after a few minutes researching I find myself landing on pages such as the Rip-off Report, where Read the rest of this entry »

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