Originally Posted by Ruthe
Does that mean pay phones actually still exist in Canada?
Yes, but they are becoming less common, as I'm sure they are in the U.S., since most people carry mobile phones. If you want to call long distance from a payphone, a pre-paid card is the way to go.
Originally Posted by Rossue
Too bad Garmin's smartphone didn't make it...their GPS function didn't require a cellular connection; used satellites.
All GPS uses satellites... but most phones with GPS also
use an internet connection (which means wireless data charges) to get assistance with a function that any cheap standalone GPS can do by itself. This is why you should not depend on most phones as a GPS in remote areas... just where you need it, it may not work no matter how much you are willing to pay.
A real Garmin (or Magellan) GPS is under $100. I have one in each car. Sometimes another box of electronics is the practical way to get functionality.