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Old 04-22-2014, 02:06 PM   #31
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Too bad Garmin's smartphone didn't make it...their GPS function didn't require a cellular connection; used satellites. Went kaput in 2010. Maybe Asus will try it again in the future.

BTW, AT&T doesn't charge to receive text messages in foreign countries, however does charge to send them. There are nominal priced packages for this though.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:53 PM   #32
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When I said check mail I actually meant we'd call our son and have him read us our mail. And as long as someone texted us then we'd know to call them.
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You get mail?
Not just flyers and bills ( and fewer of those with online statements ).
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #34
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Telephones

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Old 04-22-2014, 07:46 PM   #35
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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.

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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.
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