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  • At a time of year when you probably don't expect to receive an iPhone 5 case within a week of ordering it online, the device itself is hot and ready to ship.


    BGR reports that, for those living in the Asia/Pacific region – which includes Australia, New Zealand and some parts of Asia – some ship times have dropped to as little as two to four days. That's immensely quicker than the ship times Apple was quoting for the device only a short time ago; last week, the estimated ship time to the Asia/Pacific region was a full week.


    Shipment times are improving mainly because supply is finally catching up with demand for the iPhone 5. According to 9to5Mac, that's evident in-store as well as online. Citing figures analyst Gene Munster gave on November 21, they write:


    "in-store stock for the iPhone 5 has improved. At the time, the iPhone 5 was available in 92 percent of Apple Stores for Sprint, 82 percent for AT&T, and 72 percent for Verizon."


    What this means is, for those of us who really had our hearts set on getting an iPhone 5 before Christmas, it's a pretty serious likelihood. So now's probably a good time to start looking for a new case, if that's your plan.


    But as supply begins to meet demand in some markets, Apple won't be content to rest on its laurels. And you can bet they'll be opening up new markets for their latest, hottest device.


    In fact, the company announced this week that they're prepping to launch the iPhone 5 in 50 new countries this month, with an eventual goal of reaching 100 countries by the end of the year.




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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.


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