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AT&T launches super-expensive global text messaging plans

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Corporate News,

att global messagingAT&T launched two global messaging plans today to attract international travelers who prefer to text while abroad.

Global Messaging 200 lets you send 200 messages for $30 per month, while Global Messaging 500 lets you send 500 text messages for $50 per month. Previously AT&T only offered a package of 50 text messages for $10. Don't let that fool you, though, as these prices are ridiculously expensive.

The new plans let you send text, photo, or video messages in more than 100 countries. Without a plan, AT&T charges $0.50 to send a text, $0.20 to receive a text, and $1.30 to send a message with a photo or video.

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Teens sending 3,339 texts per month on average

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones,

New reports from Nielsen show that teens are sending and/or receiving an average of 3,339 text messages every month, or 111 texts per day.

The statistic shows that girls are more prone to texting than males are, averaging 4,050 texts per month; while males averaged 2,539 texts a month. While text usage is rising, voice calls are declining rapidly. Teenagers spend 646 minutes per month talking on their cell phones on average. This is a 14% decrease from last year.

However, males take the lead when it comes to browsing the web, averaging 75 MB of mobile data per month. Females only averaged 53 MB in this category. Even so, both sexes have seen an extraordinary leap over last years stats of 11 MB and 17 MB of data per month. 

Read More | TG Daily

Listen to Alleged Tiger Woods Voice Mail, Read His Apology

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Sports, Dating, Hook-ups, Rumors,


It appears the car accident isn’t the only thing is “responsible” for these days.

In a new statement posted on his personal website, the famed golfer came short of admitting any he had been involved in an extramarital affairs. The 33-year-old did, though, claim once again that he is “short of perfect” and apologized to his family for any “transgressions” that may have let his family down.

Today’s post (which can be read fully after the jump), comes on the same day Us Weekly published a reported voice mail made between the golfer and another woman he had allegedly been seeing. Although last Friday’s car accident reportedly stemmed from a National Enquirer story about Woods and a woman named Rachel Uchitel, this new story claims Tiger had been dating a 24-year-old cocktail waitress off-and-on for approximately 31 months.

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Read More | Us Weekly

IA Technologies Zumba Cell Phone

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Design,

ZumbaIA Technologies is working to release their Zumba phone, supposedly the world’s first fully accurate voice recognition celllie. Attach an earpiece to the back of the handset and you can operate it mostly with your voice, although you need to push a button to get text messages read to you. Detach the keypad and screen and you can wear it over your ear. Promised to be low-cost, you say your contact’s name and Zumba connects you via a secure site. This phone has been in development for about 3 years and you can sign up to keep track of the progress made. We are not sure if this will come to pass in the near future, but we do know the company is looking for investors.

Read More | Zumba Lumba

SMS text messaging comes to Google Chat

Google SMS ChatThe folks over at Google Labs have been hard at work, trying to tighten the grip of your virtual leash, and today introduced a new way to feed the desire for instant gratification: SMS text messaging for chat. How often have you tried to chat with somebody, but they don’t respond because they “just walked away from their computer?” Well, Gmail chat will now send those messages along to your intended recipient’s cell phone so it’ll be that much harder to ignore you; and if you’re in the middle of a conversation you want to continue, but they need to leave their computer, you can now do that seamlessly.

Just go to the Labs area in Preferences to turn it on - you can type any US phone number into the search box in the chat window on the left, then select “Send SMS.” You can also select the contact you want to SMS first and then add their phone number. You can send messages to US numbers from anywhere in the world. If you’re on the receiving end, when you get a text message from Gmail on your phone, messages from each contact will come from a unique number with a 406 area code (406 spells G0O…), reply like you would to any other text message and the reply will be routed through Gmail’s servers straight to your friend’s Gmail chat window.

If your recipient REALLY doesn’t want to talk to you, it’s easy enough to reply to the message with the word BLOCK and you’re just out of luck, no more SMS delivery to that contact! If you’re someone who doesn’t have a text messaging plan or are limited in the number of messages you can receive for free, you can simply reply with the word STOP and you won’t receive texts from anybody using Gmail. Another awesome innovation that makes it that much harder to hide…

Read More | Gmail Blog

ChaCha on Your Cellie For Product Availability

ChaCha Screen ShotYou may have already heard of ChaCha. It’s like Ask for cell phones. We bring it up because it is a perfect tool for the holidays. You simply inquire about the best deal on a product and dial 242242 (ChaCha, of course) or 1-800-2ChaCha and they will send you back a text message in a few minutes. Although the service is free, your provider may not be. By the way, if you have a computer with 1GB RAM and win every night when you watch Jeopardy, you can apply to be a guide and actually get paid for it.

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Etiquette For Texting In The Dating Arena

Posted by Marla Martenson Categories: Advice, Relationships,

Text Message Breakup

As a matchmaker, I frequently get feedback from frustrated clients telling me that their date canceled on them by sending them a text message, or even “broke up with them” through text. What has happened to our society that we are all hiding behind e-mails and text messages? We seem to be afraid or too busy to pick up the phone and add a personal touch - a human touch. Sometimes, people say they sent a text to cancel a date, but the person on the receiving end never got it, so they were sitting there at the restaurant waiting. How frustrating and humiliating.

When I think back to the “olden” days—the 70s—before cell phones, answering machines, e-mail, et cetera, how did people manage to get together? They took the time to connect, to court, to make sure that the other person got the message. How did we get so busy? We have all of the modern conveniences, more than we ever could have imagined, yet, we have no time to even pick up the phone to let someone know we can’t make it or will be late. I suggest that we all take a deep breath and get back to what is important - people, connections, and caring about other people’s feelings.


Text Messaging While Driving Verboten in CA

Text MessagingThe Governator signed a bill in July that requires Californians to use hands free devices when driving and using a cell phone. He has now gone one step further by banning text messaging while driving. The SB28 makes drivers keep their “hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road,” Schwarzenegger said in a written statement. Other states have already adopted the law and considering the statistics about how dangerous the practice is, we hope they all do.

Read More | SF Gate

Simulscribe Changes Voicemail to Text

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Internet, Misc. Tech,

Simulscribe logoSimulscribe is a way to get your voicemail sent to your cell phone or e-mail addy by text. We are certain that it would be more convenient to do so if you are in a theatre or a business meeting and awaiting either good or bad news. There is now a 30-day free trial available and if you decide to subscribe, it is for 40 per month for $9.95, with $.25 for each additional or unlimited messages for $29.95 per month for a limited time. A good deal if you are constantly missing messages, not so good if you use it when you are driving.

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BluePhoneElite 2: Your Mac and your phone, together at last

BluePhoneEliteGear Live has long been a fan of BluePhoneElite, and the new version 2.0. BluePhoneElite allows users to send and receive SMS messages via from the comfort of their computer, dial and receive calls, and generally provide solid integration between Apple’s iLife applications and a Bluetooth phone.

The new version fully supports Symbian and Windows Mobile devices, but sadly only supports the headset profile on the due to the closed nature of the platform. A new license BluePhoneElite 2 costs just under $25 and offers a 2 week trial so you can take it for a test spin. Current BluePhoneElite version 1 customers will get the new functionality as a free upgrade.

Read More | Mira Software via TUAW


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