March 22, 2006

Portable audio review: Shure i4c

As published on CNET.com:
"Resisting the trend toward listening to tunes on your cell phone? Shure--the manufacturer of high-end earbuds that often cost more than the iPod itself--has a new set of earphones for music lovers who want their tunes on their iPods and their calls on their cell phones. The i4c headset features a set of pumped-up earbuds with dual connectors--one for your iPod and another for your cell--plus an in-line microphone and remote. The Shure i4c certainly wowed us with its sound quality, both with music and with cell calls, but we missed features such as alerts for incoming calls and the ability to accept or decline calls with the remote. Then there's the jaw-dropping $330 price tag."
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March 15, 2006

Feature: CNET's quick guide to your cell phone bill

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"So you got your cell phone bill for the month and zipped it open, only to receive a rude shock when you saw the total. What's this--double the amount it was last time? Is there a mistake? Did you make a three-hour call to Hong Kong? Do identity thieves have your account information in their vile clutches? Unfortunately, finding the answer in your bill isn't easy, as we're sure you've discovered. Even those with relatively simple cell plans can wind up with bills that are 5 or 10 pages long, with confusing sections and subsections, arcane terminology, and tricky details. Your billing scenario will change dramatically if you have a regional calling plan vs. a nationwide setup, then there's the issue of data and text-messaging plans. Do you make any roaming calls or dial up your friends while traveling abroad? It can all add up to a pricey month. To discover how your $39.99 monthly plan can translate to $59.99, read on to see a typical wireless carrier bill."
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Wireless review: Samsung SCH-A950

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"Samsung continues to refine its 3G flip phone designs with the sleek, eye-catching SCH-A950 for Verizon Wireless. Complete with a 1.3-megapixel camera, a TransFlash expansion slot, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, and a quartet of music controls below the colorful display, the stylish SCH-A950 just might knock the Motorola E815 off its pedestal as our favorite Verizon V Cast phone--the bigger but flatter Razr V3c notwithstanding. At a reasonable $130 (or $80 with a two-year service plan), the Samsung SCH-A950 ranks as one of the most affordable 3G phones we've seen from a major carrier. That said, we're as annoyed as ever by Verizon's continued policy of limiting Bluetooth access to wireless headsets and forcing MP3s to be converted to WMA format for playback on the phone."
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March 09, 2006

Wireless review: Mobile ESPN

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"Sports fanatics, fantasy aficionados, and on-the-go bookies will thrill to Mobile ESPN, the new MVNO from the all-sports cable network. Armed with the ability to pull down alerts and real-time scores for most major sporting events, along with dozens of daily videos, hundreds of news stories, and stats for literally thousands of major- and college-league teams and players, Mobile ESPN will delight die-hard sports fiends, although the clunky MVP handset--the only phone in ESPN's lineup so far--is the service's Achilles' heel (at least until new handsets arrive later in 2006)."
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