Even in these hard economic times there are occasions where you will have to travel overseas, and as anyone who does business abroad knows, it isn’t always easy to go from constant connects to no connections. The United Kingdom is one example where so much is familiar, yet mobile phones are akin to the cars – they don’t quite operate exactly the same way.
While one option is to head to the nearest Virgin or Vodafone mobile store and pick up a disposable mobile phone for your trip, Telestial has another solution, at least for those for those traveling to the U.K. The company has released the Telesial dual-number Passport Roaming SIM, with both a United States and a U.K. global cellular phone service. This provides numbers that are also active simultaneously, so you don’t have to worry about asking your colleagues in the U.K. to dial a U.S. number to reach you. Travelers can be called at any time on either the U.S. +1 number, and that includes calls from the U.S., or the U.K. +44 number. You can even get text messages to either number.
This phone system basically provides two mobile services, with two numbers all from a prepaid account. Calls made to the U.K. number are free in over 50 countries, including the U.S. and Canada, while calls made from the dual-number SIM cost around $0.49 a minute, which is very comparable to any prepaid phone you’d pick up.
The Telestial Dual Number Passport Roaming SIMs are compatible with SIM-based handsets, and can be purchased directly from the Telestial Web site for $29, and this includes a $10 USD calling credit.
Rumors & Releases: T-Mobile Getting Android Pair and new BlackBerry
While AT&T is trying to get an extension on its iPhone exclusivity, with Verizon likely releasing two iPhones next year, T-Mobile USA is going another direction completely. The carrier is looking to launch multiple Android devices from possibly as many as three manufacturers this year. This includes a U.S. release of the HTC Magic. The handset, which is being made by the same company that brought out the G1 Android-powered phone and could have the potential to do magically in the U.S. Other rumors are circulating that T-Mobile could even release an Android-powered netbook.
Interestingly, T-Mobile USA isn’t placing all its mobile eggs in a single basket either. The company is also likely to bring out the 3G BlackBerry, commonly known as the Onyx or Driftwood and likely to be known as the BlackBerry 9600. This device could be here in September and the known features are that it will offer an HVGA resolution, along with 3.2megapixel camera and a keyboard. It will be a dual-band HSDPA handset on the 1700/2100, quadband GSM/EDGE network and will offer Wi-FI with UMA access and include a GPS receiver. In other words, this will be one to watch.
PopCap Says 57 Percent of Mobile Users Play Games
Do you game on your mobile handset? Be honest? If you do, you’re most certainly not alone. PopCap Games announced the results of a poll of more than 1,100 AT&T wireless customers, which show that 57 percent of respondents said that they did in fact play games on their handsets.