Surely you didn’t think you’d have an iPhone free day here on TravelTechTalk? The rumor du jour is that iPhone users now get free WiFi access through AT&T WiFi hotspots.
With T-mobile pushed out of all Starbucks locations, that makes for a whopping 71,000 AT&T hotspots.
You are asked to enter your phone number, and hey presto; free WiFi. AT&T hasn’t confirmed (or denied) this yet, so we’ll file this under "rumor" for the moment.
Of course, if you are using an iPhone on something other than AT&T (*cough T-mobile cough*), then you are out of luck, unless they have been lazy and let any AT&T phone number access for free.
Several days ago I posted a comparison between my Blackberry and WindowsMobile. In the review I mentioned that one of the weakest parts of the Blackberry was the media player. It only took 2 days, but I’ve found a new MP3 player for my Blackberry that looks very promising.
It’s called FlipSide, and gives you a more visual approach to viewing your music (one might even say it makes it look like an iPhone).
All your music is lined up in a "ribbon", and you can use the Blackberry trackball to scroll through the songs. Scrolling is remarkably fast, with little to no delay.
I’ll admit that I’m terrible to my GPS unit. I’ll throw it in the back seat, or shove it between the other stuff in my rolling briefcase.
If you are like me, it may be time to treat your GPS unit to a nice case. Pick the right size (size chart is here), then when you place your order, simply enter coupon code LOVEMYGPS for a sweet 50% discount (making them just $10.48 each!).
Product link: Proporta GPS carrying cases
The world of GPS receivers is a tough one; companies are trying to outsmart the competition every way they can.
Advanced features like text to speech and traffic information have become fairly standard on most units, but it took an innovation by TomTom to really amaze me. It’s called "EasyPort" and is nothing more than a folding windscreen mount that folds flush against the unit. It’s one of those "why didn’t I think of that" designs.
For those of you that travel with a GPS unit, you’ll know that the mount can be a real pain to carry along; some of them are so big that it’s not even practical to pack at all.
The EasyPort also allows the owner to quickly remove their TomTom from the mount instead of leaving it in the car, and with the new thinner unit design, the entire package is small enough to carry in a shirt pocket or the front pouch of a carry on bag.
Source: TomTom One and XL range get updated
My deal of the day today is the Garmin nüvi 660 GPS receiver. This 4.3" Widescreen GPS unit has is all; Bluetooth handsfree, FM transmitter and traffic receiver, as well as an MP3 player and photo album.
It’s on sale for just $335, making it one of the cheapest GPS units in its class at the moment. It comes loaded with maps of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.
If you are looking for a unit with maps of the US, Canada AND Europe, then you’ll need the nüvi 670, It has the same specifications as the 660 and is currently on sale for $379.
Even if you don’t need European maps right away, it may be a better deal as purchasing European maps to add to a unit later on will cost you around $200.
Purchase link: Garmin nüvi 660
Purchase link: Garmin nüvi 670
Remember back in March when I said T-mobile would have 3G on May 1st? Looks like I was spot on (and well before any other site picked it up).
It’ll be a staggered rollout, starting in New York, and slowly progressing to other major cities, with around 20 metropolitan areas covered by the end of the year.
Nothing has been announced about the speeds, nor have they announced any new 3G enabled smartphones, but that will probably just be a matter of time.
More and more evidence of the new 3G iPhone keeps popping up, and today’s juicy news is that it’ll sell for just $199 when you sign up for a 2 year agreement.
What this means to the 2 million current iPhone subscribers is unknown, but knowing AT&T it probably means they are screwed and will have to pay full price for it. It certainly would be in their nature to do anything they can to prevent people from getting their hands on a newer version of the iPhone.
(update: I initially posted this article about the current iPhone, which was of course incorrect!)
(update 2: Gizmodo predicts that this news is totally false, and that the source is someone who has been wrong on every other facet of the iPhone in the past).
Source: CNN Fortune
It’s not clear whether this is a Lenovo approved video clip, but it’s brilliantly made, and clearly shows what the good people at
IBM Lenovo think of the Macbook AIR.
If you use a Slingbox on the road (on a WindowsMobile or Symbian device), then head on over to the Slingmedia web site and update your player.
Enhancements have been made for several phones, including the Sprint Mogul.
If you haven’t tried the player, then you can take advantage of their 30 day trial offer.
When you are on the road, power can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Even the best gadget in the world becomes useless when it runs out of juice.
There is nothing more annoying than trying to make a phone call and not being able to turn your phone on because you forgot to turn it off and the battery died on you in the middle of a trip.
I have used some battery backup solutions in the past, including the APC USB battery pack I mentioned several months ago in my "Power it anywhere" kit, but the product I’ll show you today is the best I’ve ever come across.