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A few months ago I was reviewing the Verizon Wireless bill which I pay for my mom and saw 2 charges for premium messages equaling to $20 a month. You may ask what’s a premium message? It is a charge you get when you think you are getting a free service. When you see an advertisement for a free ringtone, BEWARE , there is always a fine print stating that you will automatically be billed $9.99 a month, although you can always really get a ringtone for free. There are always popups on computer screens telling one to fill out a simple form to find an ideal match..etc. Unsuspecting persons fall prey for that gimmick and that is how the companies get their information, including their number, and then the recurring monthly charges start. When I called my carrier and complained they told me that the person using the phone must have ordered the service. I told them to block it so it won’t happen again but the next month the same charges occurred on my bill, I did not hesitate ,to contact my service again, i was then told to send a text to the billing party., and tell them CANCEL or STOP. Wireless carriers should make it easy for customers to decide if they want a service and what it will cost and an easy way to decline or to cancel. I work with clients daily who have these recurring charges with no explanation. . . We should be aware of these unfair practices by wireless and wireline companies so be aware , read your bills before paying.
I had some promotional material made with my new logo from Dave Thompson with Bay Wide Specialties informed me that there was no way for anyone to contact me from this site. So I had a contact form added by my web guy and then I added a Google Voice widget that calls my phone. The widget is great because it gives me control of my calls and eliminates a lot of spam. If I put my phone number on the site I would get text and calls from spammers.
Check it out send me a message or call me.
The new Android phone by Casio is a military spec smartphone that is shock resistant and water resistant. That is great feature for construction workers and outdoors men but lets get one thing straight the phone is not water proof and the phone is not indestructible the phone is a lot more rugged than all the other Android phones on Verizon Wireless. The picture above is a Commando with a crack screen that was supposedly dropped from a 4 foot high fall.
On the Casio’s website they claim during testing the phone was dropped from 4 feet 26 times during testing. I guess this phone had a unlucky 27th fall.
What does this mean, what can this union provide. Well I have a opinion on what this means. When I saw the Skype acquired Qik I realized right away that’s how Skype was going to integrate video conferencing with computers and mobile devices.Qik’s technology worked great to stream video from mobile phones to the web live so that would be a great fit for Skype. Now Microsoft wants Windows to be the main platform used for all devices to do video conferencing so what better to buy the best company to bring that all together Skype.
Check out the link below
My site was taken down by my hosting company Hostgator because of a security error. Well thats what they told me when I called them but all that web lingo is greek to me. I know mobile phones but not websites and computer programs. They told me they sent a email with the instructions how to correct it and it was easy to do (NOT).
This is what the email said:
Unfortunately, we were forced to suspend the script “/home/curtism/public_html/index.php” as it was causing a high load on the server, and due to this affecting all of the other accounts on the system, we were forced to take immediate action for the health of the server.
We noticed that this is a WordPress blog, and recommend installing the plug-in W3-Total-Cache, and which helps to greatly reduce the CPU required to run a WordPress blog and can help you to have more traffic while using less CPU. You can also find some tips on how to optimize WordPress installations for use on shared servers here (http://return-true.com/2010/05/optimizing-wordpress-for-shared-hosting/). Please note that though this link provides information about WP-Super-Cache, the plug-in W3-Total-Cache can be setup to provide the same sort of caching with the page caching method “Disk (enhanced)”. Also, we would strongly recommend that you enable “Database Cache” and “Object Cache” in the plug-in’s settings for the best performance.
We will need you to update us with your IP address so that we can safely open access for you to make the needed changes to your site. Please let us know how you would like to proceed.
13:38:46 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 3.19, 10.86, 9.28
13:38:51 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 4.69, 11.04, 9.35
13:38:56 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 4.40, 10.87, 9.30
13:39:01 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 4.20, 10.73, 9.26
13:39:06 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 3.87, 10.55, 9.21
13:39:11 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 3.56, 10.37, 9.16
13:39:16 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 3.43, 10.23, 9.13
13:39:21 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 3.16, 10.06, 9.08
13:39:26 up 66 days, 10:14, 1 user, load average: 2.90, 9.90, 9.03
[root@gator713 ~]# user “$user”
curtism 4314 0.0 0.1 38984 15292 ? RN 13:36 0:00 /usr/bin/php /home/curtism/public_html/index.php
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After getting off the phone and reading this email I had to go to the online chat for help with what they wanted me to do. They are in the process of fixing the problem but they can’t tell me what caused the problem. I stll think blogs and a lot of web stuff is still to complicated for the average person and it seems you need a web designers degree to keep up with everything.
It took me days to get this site back up. I have been on the phone with Hostgator support 5 times trying to accomplish what they wanted and I did not realized all my sites hosted with them where down.
Thanks for your patience with this Curtis.
Samsung Charge (4/28/11) Top Customer WOW Factors 1. 1st DROID to run on America’s fastest 4G LTE network. 2. Offers the best mobile entertainment experience in the market today! 3. The super-bright touch screen provides high-quality, true-to-life color and images for pictures, videos and games. 4. It uses the AndroidTM 2.2 platform and Adobe Flash 10.2 for a rich web experience and smooth streaming video. 5. Its front-facing camera can be used for video chatting using apps available in the Android Market.
DROID Incredible 2 (4/28/11): With all of the features and apps customers enjoyed on the DROID INCREDIBLE, the DROID INCREDIBLE 2 takes the user’s experience to the next level. Here’s what you and your customers need to know about enhancements to the DROID INCREDIBLE 2 by HTC, available on the Verizon Wireless 3G network. § Larger screen for better browsing,viewing of videos and reading. § New – global capability to more than 220 voice and 200 data service countries. § Added a front facing 1.3MP camera to complement the 8MP rear camera. § More than double the memory with a pre-installed 16GB microSD™ card. § New – Sync & Connect* email will provide multiple email and address books in one place. § Wireless media sharing capability with DLNA.
CASIO G’zOne Commando (4/28/11): Top 5 things you should know: 1. Form Factor: Touch screen; Virtual QWERTY keyboard 2. Processor & Memory: Android 2.2; Processor: 800Mhz; 8 GB microSD pre-installed; MicroSD up to 32GB 3. Connectivity: 3G Mobile Hotspot capable up to 5 devices; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth wireless technology 4. Camera/Video: 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and video capture 5. Multimedia: HTML Browser Supports Adobe Flash 10.1; Audio/Music formats supported: AAC+,MP3, WMA, unprotected AAC+.
Coming SOON!! Blackberry Playbook: Top 5 things you should know: 1. Form Factor: 7” LCD display, 1024×600 screen resolution, Multi-touch capacitive screen 2. Processor & Memory: 1 GHz dual –core processor, 1GB RAM, Symmetric multi-processing 3. Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Out of the box compatibility with Blackberry Enterprise Server 4. Camera/Video: 3MP high-definition forward-facing camera, 5 MP high-definition rear facing camera, Video Calling 5. Multimedia: 1080p HD video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI video output, Micro USB and Micro HDMI ports, FullAdobe Flash 10.1 enabled, Built in support for HTML5.
Motorola Xoom™ 3G to 4G LTE™ Upgrade
1. Why should I upgrade my Motorola Xoom™ from 3G to 4G LTE™?
4G LTE is the next generation of wireless. It will provide network speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G when you’re within the 4G LTE coverage area. Verizon’s 4G LTE network is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in America. Maximize the experience on your Motorola Xoom with 4G LTE —download songs in seconds and movies in minutes and video chat live using Google Talk™ without any network interruptions.
Google and the Google logo are trademarks of Google, Inc.
2. When will the Motorola Xoom™ 4G LTE™ upgrade be available?
We expect to offer the 4G LTE upgrade shortly after launching the Motorola Xoom. For more information, visit our Upgrade Information page and register your email address. You’ll receive an email notification once the upgrade becomes available along with simple instructions for getting your device upgraded.
3. Where is 4G LTE™ available?
Visit the 4G LTE coverage map to find out the coverage in your area.
4. How do I upgrade my Motorola Xoom™ from 3G to 4G LTE™?
Visit our Upgrade Information page to view the Getting Ready Guide. The guide provides simple instructions for shipping your device to Motorola for the 4G LTE upgrade.
5. What data speeds can I expect once I upgrade my Motorola Xoom™ to 4G LTE™?
Verizon’s 4G LTE network delivers an average throughput of 5-12 megabytes per second (Mbps) downlink and 2-5 Mbps uplink.
6. How much will it cost to upgrade my Motorola Xoom™ from 3G to 4G LTE™?
There is no additional cost for the 4G LTE upgrade.
7. Do I have to change my plan once I upgrade my Motorola Xoom™ to 4G LTE™?
No, you will not have to change your plan when 4G LTE is complete.
8. Do I need to back up content on my Motorola Xoom™ before initiating the 4G LTE™ upgrade process?
Although it’s not required, we strongly recommend that you back up any personal content, such as pictures, files, applications, programs or personal information, before shipping your device to Motorola for upgrade. See the Getting Ready Guide for step-by-step instructions.
9. How long will I be without my Motorola Xoom™ while the 4G LTE™ upgrade is being performed?
You will be without your device for approximately six business days from the time you ship your Xoom to Motorola.
10. How do I track the upgrade progress for my Motorola Xoom™?
You will receive a confirmation email once Motorola has received your Xoom. The notification will contain a link to track the status of your return shipment.
11. Will I have to reload all my content and reconfigure my Motorola Xoom™ after completing the 4G LTE™ upgrade?
Although we do recommend that you back up all your content as part of the upgrade procedure, you will have the option of encrypting (password protecting) the content and configuration settings of your device as part of this process. This option will keep your content secure throughout the 4G LTE upgrade.
AT&T just announced it will buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. If the transaction gets approved by the government and closes in a year as planned, it will create the nation’s largest wireless carrier by far.
While this is great news for both companies, it’s an awful idea for consumers – and I desperately hope the US antitrust authorities rake this merger over the coals.
An AT&T/T-Mobile merger at least makes more sense than the silly T-Mobile/Sprint idea which was being bandied about. Both carriers use the same technologies: GSM, HSPA+ and LTE. While they’re on different frequency bands, radios which use all of the relevant bands are becoming easier to build.
The merger neatly solves T-Mobile’s long-term problem of not having enough spectrum for LTE, the 4G technology which will soon be a global standard. It gives T-Mobile’s struggling parent, Deutsche Telekom, a gigantic cash infusion. And it lets AT&T once again position itself as the number-one carrier against Verizon Wireless, which leapfrogged AT&T technologically this year with Verizon’s 4G LTE launch.
AT&T is ahead of T-Mobile on building LTE. T-Mobile is far ahead of AT&T on building HSPA+, a intermediate 4G technology that fits right between the carriers’ existing 3G networks and LTE. Together, they could have a smooth and powerful nationwide network.
AT&T is no longer going to allow some online retailers from selling AT&T phones. The details are still a little fuzzy at this time, however word has come from both LetsTalk as well as Wirefly. According to a statement that LetsTalk sent out to their affiliates, this is going to go into effect on March 8th.
“We’re reaching out to let you know of an upcoming change to our carrier offering. Effective March 8th, 2011, LetsTalk as well as other web indirect agents, including Simplexity (Wirefly), will no longer be able to offer AT&T Wireless as a carrier option to our customers.”
In terms of the details coming from Wirefly, they did not give a specific date, however are still mentioning March as the time when AT&T phones sales will stop stating that;
“Unfortunately, circumstances prevent us from being able to deliver on this promise with regard to AT&T phones. It is therefore with regret that I must inform you that effective March, 2011, we will no longer offer AT&T products and services on Wirefly.com.”
All said and done, this seems rather disappointing. After all, companies such as Wirefly have been a perfect spot for those looking to shell out a little less cash at the time of purchase. Take Wirefly for example, they often had the phones priced a bit lower then direct with the carrier, but the also offered free accessories from time to time as well as free activation.
With that, the confusion comes in with which other retailers are going to be affected. And one that we have our eye on, but have not seen anything either way on, is Amazon Wireless.
I must also change my at&t links that I have in the top left corner of this Blog because I am also effected by this move. I was using Simplexity for at&t on the top right but now that link takes you directly to at&t’s site.