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Google Voice with your existing number

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I had always wondered why it was that a new phone number was required during the sign-up process.  The idea of having 1 number which can forward calls to all of your devices (landlines, cellphones, etc.) is great, but my best guess (not related to technology) is that people are “philosophically opposed” to changing their main phone number.  If Google can find a way to port the other Voice features to this setup it would remove a significant barrier to widespread adoption.  That said, if anyone has info on why a separate number is required to access all of the Google Voice features, please let me know.

(via The Official Google Voice Blog)

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October 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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An Exhaustive Guide to Saving Your Smartphone’s Battery

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For all those who complain about the battery life of their phone, here’s what you can do about it.

On a related note, despite complaints from my parents and others, following the general and iPhone-specific guidelines mentioned here has increased the battery life of my phone substantially since the OS 3.1 update.  Here’s how I do it: I don’t use (or need) 3G to make calls – at this point, EDGE data does almost nothing to decrease the battery, lock my phone with the shortest possible “time-out” and use other services like GPS, or Bluetooth only when I need them.

Interestingly enough, having gone through the setup process with an iPhone 3GS (Mom’s phone), battery life with the above services TURNED ON has been (in my experience) equal to or better than my personal 3G setup.

(via Lifehacker)

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October 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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Customers Angered as iPhones Overload AT&T

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Jenna Wortham, writing for the New York Times:

AT&T might be in the spotlight now, analysts say, but other carriers will face similar problems as they sell more smartphones, laptop cards and eventually tablets that encourage high data usage.

Finally common sense prevails over pointless outrage.

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September 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

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The Irksome Cellphone Industry

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Let it be known: the 4 major wireless carriers have been put on alert. Perhaps, instead of focusing on exclusivity agreements, these issues would be a better use of the Senate committee’s time.

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July 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

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Verizon just doesn’t get it.

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The best explanation I’ve seen for why Apple chose AT&T over Verizon.  Even if they were allowed to do it, AT&T would get KILLED if they tried to cut out the App Store.  The system may have its quirks, but it gets the job done.  Ian Paul at PC World describes it almost like the nail in the coffin for a Verizon iPhone deal:

I think it’s a safe bet that Verizon’s app store will make it very difficult for the post-AT&T iPhone to make the jump to “America’s Largest and Most Reliable Network.”

I just have one question: What “post AT&T iPhone”? No other carrier will be able to touch the iPhone for at least another 2 years if not longer, Apple simply won’t allow it.

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July 16, 2009 at 2:15 am

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7 Reasons Nokia Phones Get No Love in U.S.

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My first cell phone at age 16 was a Nokia 3360.  For a starter phone (I got it free with my AT&T contract) it was ok, but not great.  Unfortunately, the company has largely missed out on the most important market (North America) along with some important trends the the telecommunications industry.  The lack of compelling applications for the platform and an outdated OS only begin to describe the problems facing the world’s largest mobile phone maker.

(Via Wired)

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July 14, 2009 at 12:54 am

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