For starters I lost my iPad. Yep, left it in a cab (I think) after an friend’s wedding festivities in Bermuda. I’m never gonna see it again. And with DE’s new app for their video library, I’ve become obsessed with finding a replacement.
So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m feeling moved to share a bountiful tech harvest of ideas that could get us all connected and save money (you note a bit of Christmas Scrooge worked into this as well?)
So here goes.
Finally, GoogleVoice is a reality and free from iTunes. Use it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (ok, Android too) to make calls (think Speaker phone), ring all your phones with one number, get email, get cheap international rates (think Skype), even convert voice mail to email (great at meetings) and even be gently nudged when messages arrive (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-voice/id318698524?mt=8).
And over at Walmart, Virgin Mobile is selling their WiFi pocket HotSpot for $20 a month, on a month-to-month basis, no 2 year contract. They use Sprint cellular 3G network; you get 1 Gb of data (plenty for 95% of us) in your pocket. And anyone within 100 feet of your pocket gets WIFI too.
And on Black Friday, TJ Maxx stores in New York and Ohio (and some Marshall’s) are selling WIFI iPads for $399. That’s way less than the $500 I paid (way back in when??). I just pray I don’t have to go back there for service.
…So sync your watches, we have to move quickly through foreign territory. TGI(B)F is just one week away!
Hasn’t Thanksgiving’s always been about connecting? Have a good one.