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April 9, 2011 / Marco

Magic Jack Plus – Save Money On Phone Service While At Home

If you are like me then you absolutely love cell phones to death. Okay, you might not love them as much as I do, enough to write about them all the time but still you know what I mean.

Although I love cell phones recently it has come to my attention that it might be a wise decision to starting using a landline while at home in order to save money. In the past it was cheaper to dump my landline but with magic Jack Plus it is now cheaper to add a home phone and drop to a cheaper mobile plan.

Magic Jack Plus is a VoIP phone service that allows you to make unlimited local and long distance calling for about $30 a year. You can’t beat that price anywhere and you can even take your line with you when traveling. While at home you make your calls through a regular phone and while out and about you make your calls through your computer

I will be using it as a home phone but if someone really wanted to they could use it just about anywhere thus making it somewhat of a mobile phone.

The magicJack Plus is especially awesome because there is virtually no difference between it and a regular phone line through an old school company such as AT&T. The only difference is that it costs less for 1 year service than it does for 1 month with an old school company.

If any of this sounds interesting to you I highly recommend you check out more information at magic-jack.com This site has a ton of information and should really help you in deciding if this little gadget is right for you.

October 5, 2009 / Marco

FemtoJack Femtocell – A Wonderful Solution To Cell Phone Overage Charges?

I recently read a report that the Ymax Corporation would soon be coming out with a femtocell called the femtoJack. If this is true and the manufacturers can get technology issues worked out before some beats them to it it could be one of the biggest products over the next 5 years.

In case you all don’t know, the magic Jack is a small USB device that can be used to route landline phone calls through the web in order to save money. The magic Jack can be purchased for around $40 USD and then only costs about $20 USD per year thereafter. The magic Jack is very small, about the same size as a typical USB drive, and is a great idea. The magic Jack however seems to be for U.S. and Canadian residents only at this time.

The new product, the femtoJack, works in a very similar fashion as the magic Jack. The only difference is that it is used to route mobile phone calls through the web instead of landline calls. The femtoJack uses femtocell technology and allows all calls within range of it to be routed over the web. The idea is that most cellular companies will work out a deal with the Ymax company and people will be able to get unlimited cell phone minutes while in range of their femtoJack for a very small yearly fee.

If Ymax Corp can get this product out in a hurry and be the first ones to implement such technology then I anticipate that it will be one of the biggest products over the next few years, especially considering the good magic Jack reviews I have read up to this point.. Now the only question is how they will deal with accessibility issues and if it will be offered internationally. I certainly hope they can deal with both of these issues so that I can get a femto Jack for myself.

June 16, 2009 / Marco

The Mobile Space Cell Phone Blog Is Back

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mobile Space – Cell Phone related blog. This blog will now being revived and I will be writing about all kinds of cell phone related topics. Some of these topics include accessibility, cell phone reviews (of many different brands), cell phone signaling, and even information on cell signal boosters.

Amir is no longer with us because he no longer has the time to maintain this blog. I hope that this blog can continue to provide you with all of the great information that you have come to expect from it.

If there is anything that you would like me to write about go ahead and leave a comment and I’ll try to get you information regarding it.

November 13, 2008 / Marco

New Release of S60NewsReader Offers OPML Support

My favorite S60 RSS Aggregator, S60NewsReader, was just updated to V1.03.04. This new release adds support for a highly desirable feature: import/export of OPML files. I just gave it a try and it works flawlessly. One thing, however, can truly complement the export/import functionality. I’d like to be able to select multiple OPML files when I want to import RSS feeds. Currently you can’t select more than one OPML file, and as you import one feed you have to start the whole process by specifying whether OPML files reside on the phone memory or on the memory card. As such, it would be great to specify a folder which contains OPML files. Alternatively, the application can help users check/uncheck their desired OPML files similar to how contact names are selected upon composing SMS messages. Tobias Stoeger has done an excellent job of developing a totally accessible application, and, I believe, applications like this indicate that accessibility isn’t at variance with feature-richness.

October 19, 2008 / Marco

Jupiter Jack Spells End To Driving While On Your Cell Phone

Yesterday I was reading one of my favorite blogs and I found a post about a product called the Jupiter Jack. I think that the Jupiter Jack is a super cool idea and  if I drove I would get one for myself. The Jupiter Jack is an FM transmitter that you can hook up to your mobile phone in order to have your phone conversation come through your car speakers. All you do is set your mobile phone in the dashboard mount and hook the Jupiter Jack up to it with a simple adapter. Then you select a radio frequency for your Jupiter Jack and you are ready to go. If someone calls hit the answer button on your phone and tune your radio the proper station. Once you answer anything the person you are speaking to says will be heard by you through your stereo system. In order to talk back all you have to do is talk as if you were holding a regular conversation with someone in the car.

I think this is a super cool idea because it allows people to talk on their cell phones without having to hold their phone, deal with wires from traditional handsets, or even mess around with a wireless blue tooth headset. If the Jupiter Jack really does what it says it does then it should be a HUGE hit over the next few years.

Good Luck!

October 7, 2008 / Marco

Quick Update on the Status of The Mobile Space Cell Phone Blog

New Update On The Status of The Mobile Space Cell Phone Blog

As an avid blog reader, I hate to see huge gaps between two posts. Now this happened to my blog and I’m more apologetic than you might imagine. This has happened for two important reasons:

  • You might find it strange, but I still use a slow K56 dial-up connection. Obviously such a connection doesn’t allow me to stay online or to surf web sites as freely as I wish. It also keeps my telephone busy. I’m doing my best to get a 256KB ADSL connection. If I succeed in doing so, you’ll see my blog posts almost instantly.
  • I’ve decided to set up my own web site in order to facilitate the process of posting articles and receiving comments. Buying a domain from something like WordPress is almost impossible for those who live in Iran, but I sincerely hope to be able to find a solution soon.

Last but not least, I still believe in the solid principles of my mobile space cell phone blog, and will resume my posts as I resolve these issues.

September 5, 2008 / Marco

Nuance Releases TALKS 3.60.3

Although the Nuance TALKS page reflects no new releases as I’m writing this post, many dealer sites have been updated with news of the release of TALKS 3.60.3. According to the release notes, this is mainly a maintenance update for TALKS 3.52 which offers S60 FP2 support for handsets like the N78 and the 6220. TALKS 3.60.3 provides the following new features and bug fixes.

Automatic progress announcement

A new option in the advanced settings allows to activate automatic read-out of progress indicators, for progress bars (like during software installation), and while loading a web page (announcement of the data size that has been read so far). “For 5 seconds” is the default, same as for previous releases of TALKS. “Never” means that no progress read-out occurs. Otherwise, progress is checked in the set interval. This option can be found in the application-specific settings as well, allowing the user to define different progress announcement for any specific application.

List of symbols and edit menu

When pressing [*] while not typing a word with T9, a list of special symbols appears. The top row of this list can display the most recently used symbols, and it has not been read by previous releases of TALKS. For handsets that do not have an [Edit] key, or for newer firmware versions of handsets that have this key, pressing [*] or [Edit] brings up a list, allowing to choose from the most recently used symbols, choose from other symbols, and set the edit mode and language. All of these cases are now read properly by TALKS.

Improved support for Wayfinder Access

TALKS now reads the textual display of the map view in Wayfinder Access. This usually shows the name of the closest street, if GPS is active, and the user can move around using specific key commands, like 1 to move to all POI’s close to the current GPS position, the arrow keys (or 2, 4, 6, 8) to move into the corresponding direction. While this is of limited use for a fully blind person, a partially sighted user can use the map view with the new speech support to improve her/his orientation along a route, or at a given position. In addition to that, TALKS is offering better support by completely reading out long screen content, like for the Vicinity “Around you” feed view, where speech has been cut off in previous versions.

Other Improvements

  • TALKS now reads lists that previously could only be read by turning off “Read full list items” in the advanced settings.
  • Arabic: Fixed incorrect reading of calculator display when using Indic digits (e.g. on N95).
  • Arabic: Fixed random loss of characters on web pages.
  • Nokia 6110 Navigator: Added workaround to allow inputting text into fields in the web browser.
  • Nokia 6110 Navigator: Fixed crash in splash screen of Route66 with FW 4.22.
  • Changed TALKS key on E71 from [Shift] to [Chr], in line with E61 and E61i.
  • Fixed some possible application crashes when TALKS is enabled.
  • Fixed specific crashes when showing unknown objects in the Object Viewer.

If you want to download TALKS 3.60.3, use this URL. Release notes can also be downloaded by following this URL. These two downloads are provided by Talknav.

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