After launching its satellite, TerrStar-1, Terrestar in partnership with AT&T Mobility have announced that they are preparing to launch a hybrid phone. The hybrid phone is due to be launched later this year and will use the mobile GSM network from AT&T Mobility when available. When travelling outside of AT&T's GSM network, the phone will automatically switch to the Terrestar satellite.
When in Satellite mode, the phone can be used anywhere in the United States. Whether you are climbing the Rockies are exploring the desert in Arizona, you will have coverage.
The current GSM network coverage map for AT&T Mobility in the USA can be viewed here.
For more infomatin, check out wikinews.
by Wayne Nicholson (admin)
Starting July 1st 2009, price caps take effect limiting the price that cell phone carriers in the European Union can charge their customers. This means that roaming for Europeans just got cheaper.
If you have a cell phone with a European phone number (that is a European mobile carrier's SIM card) then you can use it outside the country where you bought it a lot cheaper. So if you have got a SIM card in Italy with an Italian phone number and you then travel to Germany and use your mobile phone there, the cost is limited.
The new limits on the charges that European mobile carriers can charger their customers while using their cell phones outside their carrier's mobile network are to go down an average of 60% inside the 27 European Union member states.
The price caps are:
Do you travel abroad for work or for play and need hate the bills that you get from international cell phone roaming? Well I completely understand. Go Figure! After having recently returned from a nice relaxing holiday in Europe (Amsterdam, Prague and Vienna) I can definitely relate if you are one of those people who thoroughly enjoy 1 Euro half pint beers, but feel the hangover kick in a month later when you open that 100 Euro mobile phone bill. Funny how that works huh? You work so hard to save money via outsourcing and/or setting up an International office where you do a lot of business abroad only to blow your savings on wireless roaming every month. As the current average roaming rate in China (across the industry) is $5.99/minute whether you are making or receiving a call, I’m sure you can see how this can quickly add up even if the only thing you are doing is retrieving your voice mail.
Some time ago, I was in charge of developing a business concern on the beautiful island of Sri Lanka while based in the United States. At one point, I needed to send an employee there to set up the quality control program. This employee did not have a GSM cell phone so I lent him mine to use "in case of emergency only". The employee spent time each night chatting with family on the cell phone and came back with a $3,000 phone bill in two short weeks.
If you have a US GSM cell phone and service account, you may find that it will cost you something in the range of $3 per minute to use your phone overseas due to international roaming. As an example, on one trip to Hamburg, I had lost my party at a very large exposition. I used my cell phone to call them and found out that instead of it being a local call, it went to the US and back via their networks thus charging me for two international calls!
International Roaming is a service offered by mobile phone operators that allows users of mobile phones to use their phones abroad. As mobile phone operators in the UK do not always have a network in other Countries, roaming is the term that is used when you are using another Countries mobile network. In the past few years mobile phone users have been charged ‘rip off' prices to make International roaming calls. Apart from extremely high prices for making calls users of mobile phones abroad have in effect been ‘double billed' where not only there is a charge for the person who makes the call but also the overseas recipient is paying as well. For examples the charges for receiving a call in the UK could be as high as £1.80 per minute and £1.40 per minute for making a call. Even sending a text message could be as high as 99p on some networks.
If you've decided to get a Blackberry for your next phone, you should consider searching for an unlocked Blackberry from a third party vendor instead of purchasing from your cellular service provider. The advantages are many. This article mentions a few below, but there are many, many more.
More Freedom to Choose which Phone you Use - If you look for an unlocked Blackberry, you will open up the number of phones you have to choose from. While most cellular service providers do offer a fairly large selection of phones, they generally each only have a couple of phones available from Blackberry that are specific to the network. Thus, it's possible that your provider might not offer a Blackberry with all of the features that you desire. However, purchasing an unlocked Blackberry from a third party will open up a much wider variety, and activating the phone on your network is simple.
5 ways in which your unlocked cell phone makes your day better in more ways than one. We’re all slaves to our cell phone plan and provider. You want a certain cell phone? Then, my friend, you’ll have to agree to all sorts of draconian rules and what not. Wouldn’t it be cool to just buy whatever phone you want and use whatever plan you want? This article will explain exactly why unlocked cell phones are the solution to your problems. More than that, it will give you some reasons to why your day will be much better with an unlocked GSM cell phone in your pocket. Just read on and be amazed.
There's a lot of buzz in the communications industry surrounding unlocked cellular phone models. With concerns about wasting money on expensive phones that will only work with one carrier and a desire for portability, these phones are gaining in popularity.
Still, many people do not know what unlocked cellular phone models are and how to use them if they have them. Let's take a look at some of the most basic questions and their answers surrounding these phones.
What is an unlocked cellular phone?
You may not know much about your cellular phone other than that you cannot live without it! Your cell phone is your connection to the rest of the world and is a very important tool. Many cell phones are made to use a SIM card – a Subscriber Identification Module – which stores subscriber data. The SIM card is issued by the carrier (carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Alltel, and others use SIM cards) and is used to activate the phone. Locked cell phones will only recognize a particular carrier while unlocked cell phones will recognize any carrier.
What is all the uproar about a GSM unlocked cell phone? Almost all the major carriers are willing to accept unlocked phones on their network. We can all say “it is about time”. With good news also comes a tad of bad news. Regrettably, cell phones like unlocked cell phones with Bluetooth or an unlocked cell phone new Nokia 7280 unlocked Bluetooth camera GSM phone can cost a lot more since they are not supported by the carriers. What this means is that you don’t get to apply discounts to the purchase of your phone in most cases.