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stupid power outage appears to have nuked the power supply on my desktop. I'd be really annoyed if I didn't have a nifty new toy to keep me entertained between packing and other stuff. go go gadget iPhone!

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how's that koolaid taste?

Date: 2009-02-26 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fidgetmonster.livejournal.com
are you going to use it over there?? I wanna know how well it works.

Re: how's that koolaid taste?

Date: 2009-02-26 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hatter.livejournal.com
I'm guessing expensively, unless he's found a decent data roaming package. Unless, y'know, he spends a lot of time near wifi hotspots or something. [livejournal.com profile] bfo used hers over in your direction - mostly it's like owning a Touch, only one that allows you to make and receive calls if they're important enough (though visual voicemail also needs disabling if you don't want to risk big data charges). Actually, what would be rather useful is some mapping software with on-board maps, so you could still get an idea of location using GPS, without needing the net to fetch tile data.


the hatter

Re: how's that koolaid taste?

Date: 2009-02-26 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fidgetmonster.livejournal.com
AT&T, the only US carrier currently for the iphone has been advertising their international availability, but i haven't looked into how it works for us or how expensive it is, coverage, etc.

Re: how's that koolaid taste?

Date: 2009-02-26 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hatter.livejournal.com
I assume it wasn't iphone-specific adverts ? I remember chuckling over their adverts last time I was over - boasting that they have roaming agreements in lots of countries. Yet another "welcome to the 80s" US telco moment.

There seems a fairly helpful page at http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/roaming/iphone-travel-tips.jsp and elsewhere it says $1.29/min for phone calls, 50c for SMS, $20/MB data. The roaming data addon bundles do actually seem quite reasonable, 20/50/100MB all for a shade over $1/MB, just need to have that foresight.


the hatter

Re: how's that koolaid taste?

Date: 2009-02-26 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pir.livejournal.com
Apparently there is a US side pair of apps (one for west and one for east) that has built in maps does directions and such with the gps, it just doesn't have a speech option.

Re: how's that koolaid taste?

Date: 2009-02-26 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hatter.livejournal.com
Excellent, I'll have my people get that before our next trip in that direction. It seems a bit of a niche application, but thankfully that's rarely enough to stop it existing.


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