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Scratch Wireless review

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A cell phone is the one tech item that almost everyone has.  It's the most useful daily tech item that everyone uses, but it's also one of the most expensive items to own.  A decent voice+data service will cost over $1,000 every year per person.  There are cheaper cellular services out there that can get [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Reviews, Wireless
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Those of you who lug around a lot of gear like myself, and remember my article on a single convergence device, might just find this concept design by Indian Industrial Designer Prashant Chandra very interesting. His entry in the Fujitsu Design Awards competition, the Lifebook2013, was shortlisted to the top 100 from over 3000 entries from [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Laptops and Gear, News
Obi3

Just when I thought I'd gotten a handle on the best deal in VOIP offerings, along comes Obihai with the OBI 100 VOIP telephone adapter.  In conjunction with a Google Voice account, they claim unlimited calling to POTS users in the USA.  Frankly, I didn't believe it, so I received one of their devices and have been [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
archos-android-home-phone

Archos will begin selling their 35 Smart Home Phone with Android at the end of September.  This DECT phone will be compatible with any ADSL box or phone line.  You'll be able to share your contacts, MP3 ringtones, and caller photo displays on your Android mobile smartphone with this Android home phone.  The 35 Smart [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Home, Kitchen, News

magicJack PLUS Review

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I've long been a proponent of Voice over IP (VoIP), having dumped the phone company over 7 years ago.  During this period I've used 2 major vendors and only  switched to the latest one because my former VOIP supplier was getting greedy.  The price performance has been outstanding and the quality has been more than acceptable.  I've [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
SONY DSC

Is their anything more exciting than a cordless phone system? OK, I can think of a few things, but this new DS6421-3 system from VTech offers up some very cool additions to this old product segment. Even if you have cut the cord, and no longer have a land-line, you can use this system. It [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews
Vtech

One would have thought that with the shrinking of the land line telephone market there would be less product variety for cordless telephones.  Apparently VTech doesn't see it that way, and keeps coming out with new and interesting products.  The LS6475-3 incorporates several unique features, but are they really useful? Over the years I've upgraded [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
Amplicom AB900

A lot of modern electronics are not 'friendly' to people with special needs, including those associated with aging. Small buttons, small print, confusing labels, low volumes, high-pitched sounds, and so on can cause real problems for a good chunk of the population. The Amplicom AB900 Amplified Answering Machine offers a solution as far as answering [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
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Word is Metro PCS, who recently launched their LTE network are geared to release a phone that's actually worth putting on a LTE network. The Samsung Indulge (formally the Forte) is a 1GHZ, 2.2 Android, Slider reportedly being released February 23rd. Priced at 399.99, you may gasp until you realize 60 bucks a month ain't [...]

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Posted in: Android related, News, Wireless

netTALK DUO Review

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It's my belief that if you have a broadband Internet connection, you should dump your legacy phone service and join the growing number of people who embrace VOIP.  There are many products and providers to choose from and now netTALK has come out with a convertible product which can be used with or without a computer.I [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
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The Holy Grail.  The perfect cherry blossom.  A four leaf clover.  The perfect bluetooth headset.  *BUZZ*  "What are things that are searched for?"  "That is correct!"  Personally I'm interested in the headset, but I wouldn't mind finding a four leaf clover.  On my quest I've found headsets that were almost perfect, but failed for one [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
Telephone Voice Transformer (1)

When I first discovered the Telephone Voice Transformer from Spy Gadgets, I thought it would be a fun gadget to have.  While it does what it's supposed to, I can't find a practical use for the device.  However, if you're in law enforcement or a wannabe James Bond, this is for you. The premise behind the [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

Thrifty Cell Phone Watch

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You may have seen the various cell phone watches coming out on the market in the last year or so.  I remember scrounging for one a few years back with very little success: they were either too large or too expensive.  The Thrifty Cell Phone Watch (yes, that is its name) is a recent contender [...]

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Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks
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When Julie announced the Sound ID 400 I couldn't wait for it to be announced.  Small, simple and packed with features like PersonalSound (enhanced listening power) and Automatic Volume Control (self-explanatory) in a nice looking package.  Well I've been using the headset for a little while now, and was surprised by how it performed. The [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
vtech-ls6245

The new VTech LS6245 is the first expandable cordless phone system that combines touch-sensitive technology and Bluetooth capabilities. This phone allows you to connect landline and cell phone calls simultaneously and syncs with up to four different Bluetooth devices.  It has DECT 6.0 technology, advanced Bluetooth features and touch-sensitive interfaces on both the handset and [...]

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Posted in: Wireless
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The Tradition Leather Case by Noreve displays the description: "Haute Couture for Mobile Devices" on its packaging. It truly lives up to this description. It's made of real leather and has a classic, simplistic but elegant design while maintaining practicality. I'm not usually one to go for mobile phone cases. I've found that the range [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous
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Ok guys, I need your help! I need (ok, I want...) a new phone, but I don't know which one to choose. I'm going to list a few that look interesting to me and I'd appreciate some feedback. My criteria for phone picks are that they are unlocked GSM phones with the 850mhz band, $500 [...]

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I've been a big fan of Palm Treo smartphones for
quite awhile. Since I purchased my very first smartphone (Treo
650
), I've been using one as my main phone on and off
for over three years now. During most of that time, I've been a Palm OS user,
but I have also used Windows Mobile Treos during that period too. We've all
watched the slow evolution of Treo hardware and even slower evolution of
software - at least on the Palm OS side, throughout the past several years. That's why I tend
to be an on again, off again Treo user. I get bored with either the hardware or
the software and get the itch to try something new for awhile. I really liked the
Treo 800w
and was looking forward to an unlocked GSM version of that model. But instead of doing
that, Palm decided to release the Palm Treo Pro. Let's check it out...

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Posted in: Windows Phone, Wireless

Here's a first - a mobile phone with a built in Bluetooth headset. LG's Decoy for Verizon is a cool little slider phone that has a headset dock on the backside of the phone. Now you'll have no excuse for hands-free talking while driving.

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Posted in: Wireless

I've been an AT&T customer for several years now. The main reason being that I can easily switch SIM cards between the various mobile phones that I have the opportunity to review. This convenience has been great, but if I am honest, call quality and audio clarity on the AT&T network really isn't the best... at least not in my area. Also, AT&T has not rolled out 3G here in little old Columbus, Indiana. Funny thing is that Verizon's 3G (EVDO) network is already here. So, I'm going to try some Verizon phones and see if I might like to switch carriers. LG's Chocolate 3 is my first Verizon feature phone to test. Let's take a look.

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Posted in: Wireless