Finally, a week without a once-a-year wireless phone service
guide, a once-in-four-years election or a first-in-86-
years World Series: What am I ever going to do with all that
If you must know, catch up on sleep. And get to work on
the next big technology issue, our guide to home computing.
It's scheduled to run Nov. 21, which means I should start
editing and writing by, oh, Thursday ... well, so much for
catching up on sleep.
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In this week's newsletter, I'll talk about reader responses
to the cell-phone
guide we ran on Oct. 31 and share some further
thoughts about MP3 players that double as pocket-sized
photo albums (i.e. the new iPod Photo).
The wireless guide drew
all the questions I thought it might, and a few more that I
hadn't thought of -- I'm already thinking about ways to cover
those concerns better in next year's edition.
* Can't you give me some more help on prepaid
All right, I give in. Next year, we'll have a lot more
information on this category of service, in which you pay in
advance for a set allotment of minutes and don't have to pay
again until you use those minutes up or a set amount of time
(usually three months) has elapsed.
I'll probably make room for this info by ignoring local-
only plans, which no longer offer any price advantage. I'm not
even sure why the carriers offer them.
* Can I really use my GSM phone around the
As long as it supports the right frequency bands. See this Web site for more info
about which ones are useful where.
* What's this I hear about phones being locked
to prevent you from using them with other carriers?