February 01, 2006

Tech Tuesday – Cell/Mobile Tools For Living

Ambitious topic I know, but my aim is to offer the average cell phone user tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your cell phone… especially in an emergency. These are secrets guarded and coveted by every urban warrior who wages battle against having too little time.

My cell phone provider is Verizon, in the past it’s been Sprint, and let me tell you what a world of difference there is between these 2 carriers. With Verizon there has never been a dropped call, unless I’m in a spotty coverage area FOR ALL providers. True their service is expensive, but I believe it’s worth it.

Now, if you’re like me and sometimes you’re traveling and you need the tel. number for a store, or direction on how to get there, or you have your laptop and need to know where the nearest local WIFI Hotspot is, [yes folks, you're very own Hotspot finder (I can almost hear Harvey thinking of a quip on that one)], or maybe you’re not sure what a Local WIFI Hotspot is and want to learn… well then, look no further than Yahoo Mobile Tools.

In all fairness, Google has it’s own limited set of tools that are worth looking into, however, they are not as extensive nor as feature rich as Yahoo’s Tool set for Mobile users.

One neat feature which Google has developed is the Google Mobile Gateway. In essense it's a protal-like gateway that enables you to convert any page on the internet (provided the page is not too graphic heavy) for viewing on your cell or PDA. Thanks go to Eric of Grumbles for sharing this with me!!! Now I can visit all my blog family from wherever I happen to be and don't have to wait to have time to log on to my home pc to visit them all.

If you have a web-enable phone, all you do is bookmark the google portal address and then copy and paste the url of the site you want to see at the end.

Here's an example with my address tagged on:

Tr it out on your phone and let me know if it works for you.

Posted by Michele at February 1, 2006 10:45 PM

"you're very own Hotspot finder"


I'm just gonna let that one go :-)

Posted by: Harvey at January 31, 2006 03:30 PM

Oh, and there's a typo in that link. Should be:


(misspelled "from")

Posted by: Harvey at January 31, 2006 03:33 PM

I have verizon and love them, in my area they are about the same rate as other providers. However, I have never used my phone for anything like that. Mainly because I don't like typing on a numberpad.

Posted by: Contagion at January 31, 2006 06:45 PM

I'm a "road warrior" and live on my Treo 650. Before that it was a Nextel phone and Palm Tungsten C. If I can't access your website via a PDA/phone browser, then I won't get to visit much. Which is why the Google thingy was so awesome to figure out.

Thanks for the linky love!

Oh, just gotta plug Cingular, which I switched to from Nextel. Awesome coverage, even in areas where no one else, including Verizon, has coverage. Like the Mendocino coast of California. No problems with dropped calls. Unlimited data plan. Competitive prices for voice plans. All my family are on Cingular, so the free mobile2mobile is awesome too.

Posted by: Eric at February 1, 2006 04:34 PM

Thanks Eric - I may check into Cingular... right now I have no real service at my house (the town prohibits cell towers - who knew???). So other than ringing - my cell phone is useless here which ticks me off mightily - if the regular phones go out, I have to drive about half a mile to get a good enough signal to call!

As for cell phones and browsing - my eyes are officially too old for that. I would never be able to read the print. I have a hard enough time on a pda - I'd end up with broken eyes - LOL. I'm glad it works for you though Michele.

Posted by: Teresa at February 2, 2006 11:40 PM