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  • Travelling And Your Cell Phone
    Posted on September 11, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    We recently came across this article on CNN that talked about high roaming charges and we thought it would be a good idea to bring it up on the blog.


    The article talks about P. Morgan Brown and "when his wife decided to take a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Indonesia."  When she got back from the trip her "Verizon bill came to a staggering $8,000. Text-messages home cost an astounding $2.50 each and the meter was running at an eye-popping $1.75 a minute for phone calls."


    Now Mrs. Brown's case is an exception but it's happening more and more.  People aren't realizing the charges and the roaming rates they are being charged.


    This problem isn't happening just with overseas travel.  Steven Frischling, a New York travel consultant, returned from a recent trip to Detroit to find a $500 international phone bill.  The problem wiht his bill was he was in Detroit which meant it wasn't actually roaming.  The problem was the Apple iPhone he used kept picking up signal from the Canadian towers.  He was able to prove that he was in Detroit and the charges were eventually reveresed.


    The article gives 5 things you can do to alleviate those high charges


    1. Buy another phone.  That's right when you get over to the place you are going by a local service with pre-paid SIM card.  Likely this will be a cheaper alternative then the roaming charges.  We are sure that a local cell phone place would have been better then an $8000 bill.


    2. Get a plan.  If you want to keep you phone and still use your carriers service then consider getting a international plan.  One where roaming is included.


    3. Go VOIP.  VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is a feature that lets you make a call over the internet rather then over the cell phone towers.  You may have heard of Skype.  This is a VOIP service and if you are make Skype to Skype calls then calling is free anywhere in the world.  You can be in the US and calling someone in China and you wouldn't pay a dime.


    4. Swap Cards.  Probably the most convenient way.  If you have a GSM cell phone you can get it unlocked or you can buy an unlocked cell phone.  By doing this it lets you use the same phone you are use to but simply remove the SIM card in the phone and replace it with one locally.  Basically this gives you the option of getting a local plan but not having to buy a phone.  This is good since you can generally pick up a SIM card in most convenience stores.  You basically are turning your cell phone into a pre-paid service.  When you get back state-side simply put your regular SIM card back in and you'll have your old service without the charges.


    5. Leave your phone at home.  If you really want to be sure then simply don't bring your phone.  If it's not out of the country then it can't get high roaming charges.


    Cows Roaming



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with unlocked, roaming, international, Featured, Cell Phone

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  • Four New Phones Coming Soon
    Posted on September 3, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    This week 4 new phones have been announced by Nokia and Sony Ericsson.  Nokia has announced the Nokia X3, Nokia X6 and the Nokia N97 Mini.  Sony Ericsson on the other hand has announced the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2.


    The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 is going to be released similar to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.  The Xperia X2 is going to come in a X2 and X2a version.  Basically one (X2a) will have 3G for North America and the other (X2) will have European 3G.  The Xperia X2 is going to have Windows Mobile Professional 6.5, Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, and even an 8MP camera built in.  All in all the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 does seem like a nice upgrade from the popular Xperia X1


    Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

    Nokia's first phone is a follow up the the Nokia N97.  The new phone is the Nokia N97 Mini.  It is a strange release because the N97 Mini is pretty much the same as the N97.  If you are wondering the difference one website saide the Nokia N97 Mini is the N97 at 90% the size.  Basically it's not really that mini.  It still has the 8GB of internal memory, the 5MP camera and the FM transmitter.  If you found the N97 to be a little bulky then you should definitely give the Nokia N97 Mini smartphone a look


    Nokia N97 Mini Nokia N97 Mini

    [image: Gsm Arena]

    The second phone is the Nokia X3.  This is rumored to be a lower budget phone.  The rumor is that the Nokia X3 will cost around $150USD, but that has yet to be determined.  The X3 looks to be a really nice phone.  It's going to be a slider without 3G capabilities.  It will have a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, and will support up to a 16GB MicroSD card.


    Nokia X3 Nokia X3

    The last phone that Nokia accounced was the Nokia X6.  This new phone will be a touch screen phone.  It will have 32GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera, European 3G and up to 8h 30mins talk time.  The Nokia X6 looks to be a really nice touch screen phone.


    Nokia X6 Nokia X6

    All these phones are expected to be out for Q4 2009.  If they will be pushed back we can't say but for now we are eagerly awaiting all the new phones.



    This post was posted in Nokia, Sony Ericsson and was tagged with Xperia X2, X6, X3, N97 Mini, Featured, Sony Ericsson, Nokia

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  • Do You Drive and Text?
    Posted on September 2, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    We came across an interesting article on the Consumerist about a poll done to see if a laws should be inacted to stop people from using cell phones while driving.


    What was interesting was that 80% of respondants said they would support banning texting and emailing while driving.  Even 67% would support banning cell phone calls during driving.


    Of all the things learned about in the survey it seems more people feel that more people talk and drive now then they did a year ago.


    Many states are coming with laws and we are going to see more in the future.  If you want to see the full Nationwide poll you can read it here.  Otherwise we'd recommend getting a Bluetooth headset or Bluetooth car kit to at least help you put some focus back on the road


    Texting While Driving



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with public opinion, Featured, driving, Cell Phone

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  • There's an iPhone app out there for everything--finding a restaurant, amusing yourself on a long bus ride, pretending you're a Jedi complete with lightsaber. But few of us ever think that one app could mean the difference between life and death. Here's a list of apps that will take you from accident waiting to happen to survivor extraordinaire. So pick up an iPhone 3GS and prepare to be saved.


    Here it goes:


    1. Emergency Preparedness ChecklistEmergency - Checklist

    As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The Emergency Preparedness Checklist is a 59-point checklist that helps you prepare for any kind of emergency. Get advice on how to create an emergency plan, what disaster supplies you can’t do without and important steps you need to take in the event of an evacuation.


    2. iSurvive Wilderness Support

    Emergency - Wilderness
    You’re lost in the woods and don’t know what to do. Don’t panic. iSurvive contains all of the information essential to your survival. In easy to understand language and detailed diagrams, this app will tell you how to tie knots, construct a shelter, set a snare and so much more.


    3. Emergency Radio

    Emergency - Radio
    No one can predict when disaster will strike, but you can give yourself a head start if it does. Emergency radio lets you locate nearby frequencies, listen to police chatter and keeps you abreast of what’s really going on in case of calamity.


    4. Pocket First Aid & CPR Guide

    Emergency - CPR
    Heart attack? Choking? No problem. Pocket First Aid & CPR Guide is an extensive and easy to follow guide to life saving procedures. It has videos to teach you how to provide first aid, creates detailed medical profiles and contains up-to-date information from the American Heart Association.


    5. iSOS – GPS emergency locator

    Emergency - SOS(2)


    You’ve just gotten into a car accident and you or someone else is seriously injured. What do you do? Use iSOS. This application reports your position to the police, medical services, family or friends and whoever else you program it to contact. After activation an e-mail is automatically sent with data you’ve included—name, age, document number, mobile number—as well as a link to Google Maps with your GPS position.


    6. Airstrip OB

    Emergency - Dr


    Airstrip is designed for doctors not patients, but it could still save your life one day. Developed specifically for Obstetricians and those involved with childbirth. It allows your doctor to track your vitals on the go and can send notices in the event of an emergency like cardiac arrest.


    7. Diabetes Log

    Emergency - Dibetes(2)


    This application allows you to track glucose readings, food intake and medicine records; a must for any diabetic. Diabetes log lets you export records over CVS or e-mail and select the span of the records you want to view. The creators hope to soon include a function that lets you edit medication types and record classifications.


    8. Pillbox

    Emergency - Pillbox(2)


    This app was created by the Community Health Network and allows you to keep track of your and your family’s medication list. It links all of your listed medications to an information database, lets you keep separate lists for each family member and stores a list of physicians associated with each profile.


    9. PEPID

    Emergency - Toxic


    This application is a comprehensive and free toxicology resource. It allows you to spot poisonous plants, track dangerous drug interactions and includes a guide on how to identify and manage any toxicology emergency; everything from inhaled gases and occupational poisonings to drug abuses and medication overdoses. It’s great for the expert and layperson.


    10. Smart-ICE

    Emergency - ICE


    Designed by an EMS Director with over 30 years experience in emergency response, this program contains everything first responders and emergency room staff need to know to treat you effectively should you become incapacitated. A database of Allergies, medical history, emergency contacts and your express wishes will be at the fingertips of those people trying to save your life.


    11. Escape Call

    Emergency - Escape


    Okay, so maybe a bad date or a lame party isn’t exactly a life or death situation, but Escape Call can definitely stop you from wishing you were dead. In the past you had to rely on a trusted and loyal friend to call you mid-date to give you a polite excuse to flee the scene of the disaster. No more. Escape Call features ringing and call in progress screens that use names and photos from your phone’s address book. Because life is to short for stilted conversations.


    So next time you're stuck in a life-threatening or just plain uncomfortable situation, whip out your iPhone and grab a hold of that app life line. And if you don't have an iPhone 3GS, maybe you can win one.



    This post was posted in Apple and was tagged with iphone 3gs, Featured, Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone

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  • Introducing the Microsoft Fune
    Posted on August 27, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    So Microsoft has decided to get into the cell phone market.  They have come out with the Fune.  It runs on Vista and uses AOL to connect to the internet.


    No release date has been set and no specs have been given but everyone is waiting eagerly since companies like Apple and Google have released cell phones in the past year.  It was only a matter of time for Microsoft to get into the game


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    *if you haven't figured it out yet this is a fake video, but it's really funny and worth a watch



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with microsoft, fune, Featured, Cell Phone

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  • PureMobile's iPhone 3GS Giveaway
    Posted on August 21, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    Have you ever wanted to own an Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB Unlocked? Has buying an iPhone 3Gs been hard to justify in these hard economic?  Well www.PureMobile.com has just given you an opportunity to get your very own iPhone.


    We, at PureMobile, have started a contest that will run until September 15th and the prize will be a Apple iPhone 3GS16GB Unlocked.  It will be either White or Black, but we will leave the colour choice up to the customer.


    The rules are actually simple.  You don't have to buy anything.  All you have to do is follow us on Twitter and post one (1) tweet use PureMobile.com in the tweet and you'll be entered into the draw.  The other way to enter is to become a fan on Facebook  and post one message about Puremobile.com.  Either way you get entered into the draw for an Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB unlocked.


    So what are you waiting for.  For full contest details check out here.


    Apple iPhone 3GS Giveaway



    This post was posted in Apple and was tagged with iPhone Giveaway, iPhone 3GS unlocked, Featured, Apple iPhone 3GS

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  • Robin Williams Take on Tech
    Posted on August 19, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    So last week Robin Williams was on Conan O'Brian.  Conan started asking him about what he thought about technology and Robin Williams ran with it.


    He talked about online gaming, facebook, twitter and myspace.  He even makes a mention about Blackberry's which he referred to as crackberry's.


    This is a must watch for anyone.  Caution though it is on late night TV.


    [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/6170563[/vimeo]

    This post was posted in Blackberry and was tagged with robin williams, Featured, Conan O'Brian, Blackberry

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  • Blackberry 9700 On T-Mobile
    Posted on August 11, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    So CrackBerry.com a Blackberry 9700 while at an airport.  The most interesting thing was that it was T-Mobile branded.  It looks like it's going to be a nice phone.  Many people think this was the Blackberry 9020 Onyx that was seen a few months.  The Blackberry 9700 looks similar and has the leather backing like the Onyx and Bold do.  The 9700 also has 3G and WiFi.


    From the previous specs on the Blackberry 9020 Onyx it does seem like this might actually be the first fully featured Blackberry.  One where nothing is missing.  Usually RIM forgets some feature or lowers it in every Blackberry but the new Blackberry 9700 seems to finally be fully featured.


    Like crackberry said.. If you haven't upgraded to the new Blackberry 8520 and your budget allows it then you might want to wait a bit and get teh new Blackberry 9700.




    This post was posted in Blackberry and was tagged with RIM, Featured, Blackberry 9700, blacberry, 9020 Onyx

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  • Iowa 911 Accepting Texts
    Posted on August 7, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    Here's one for the keeping up with the times file.  It seems that Black Hawk County, Iowa's 911 service will now be accepting text messages for emergency calls.  This comes from MobileCrunch.com.


    As is said in the article this seems like a great idea at first but you have to remember there are several issues.


    It's only one place for now.  Until this is rolled out on a large scale a small county in Iowa will likely only benefit the residents.  I mean don't start texting 911 from your phone you might be sorry when no one shows up to help.


    Time counts.  Texts are nice but it can take forever to reply if you don't have someone that is quick on either end.  How many times have you sent a text from your mobile phone and it takes 10+ minutes to get a response from someone.  The operator might be quick but trying to get your location might not be as fast.


    Texts aren't dependable.  This is true.  Everyone has sent one, or more, texts that just seemed to disappear into the void of cell phone nothingness.  If you get into a car accident or fall down a cliff not getting a response might lead to disaster.


    Find you.  It's hard enough to trace the cell phone as it is now can you imagine text messages.  If the person sends a text but doesnt' say their location and then goes unconscience tracing the exact place this person is might be impossible and that means critical minutes lost.


    So althought at first this seems great, and with much improvement it could be great, it does seem like for now this is just a very early adopter.  We hope to see more progress like this with cell phones in the future.  With more people having phones every day and even more people droping their landlines in favor of a cell phone new methods will be happening all the time, but for now we suggest that you stick to dialing 911 in all cases and speaking to a live person so you know you are safe.


    Also if we havne't stressed it enough if you are on a cell and in trouble or trying to help someone in trouble please make sure to tell the operator as exact a location to find you as possible so that in time critical situations they can make every moment count.


    Officer On Cell



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with Featured, Emergency Calls, Cell Phone

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  • iPhone Hack Update
    Posted on August 3, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    So on Friday Apple released an update to the iPhone that patched the exploit/hack we talked about the other day that would let someone gain access to your phone and send messages and control more iPhones.  This exploit was for all iPhones, from the original to the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3Gs.


    If you haven't already done so upgrade to the new 3.01 version of the iPhone software so you can avoid becoming a victim of this exploit.


    If you have been waiting to upgrade because you are afraid your iPhone will get re-locked don't worry.  According to BoyGenius Reports.com it looks like new unlocking software has been released.


    Happy iPhone



    This post was posted in Apple and was tagged with iPhone exploit, iphone 3gs, iPhone 3G, Featured, Apple

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