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T-Mobile became the first major mobile phone carrier in the United States to begin selling service that allows a single handset to communicate over both cellular networks and Wi-Fi hot spots. The first phones, which are available to consumers in Seattle on a trial basis, link to T-Mobile’s cellular network outdoors and to Wi-Fi routers at homes, in offices and in other locations like airports and hotels. This lets customers avoid using some of their cellular minutes and increases coverage in places where signals are typically weak, like basements and rooms without windows.

Customers also need a wireless router, which is free with a rebate. The router is then connected to any available broadband line for home or office use. The phones connect not just to the wireless router, but also at any of 7,000 Wi-Fi hot spots that T-Mobile operates at Starbucks coffee shops, Hyatt Hotels and other public locations.

Spotwave's Z1900 is using patented network-friendly technology from the company's enterprise product line, Spotwave has solved the problems associated with poor coverage at home and in small offices. Designed to be set up in less than 30 minutes, and priced at $399, the product can improve coverage in homes and small offices up to 2,500 square feet -or, about 15 cents a square foot. The Z1900 product is the only network-protecting, intelligent coverage system available for small office home office (SOHO) and residential spaces. It uses patented technology from Spotwave enterprise products to constantly monitor indoor signal strength - preventing oscillation and harmful interference while ensuring the best signal possible for users.

Hands Free Calling in California

Monday, October 16, 2006 | , , ,

A California law that goes into effect in July 2008 will make it illegal for drivers to use hand-held wireless phones while driving. Speaker phones and hands-free headsets will be allowed. The fine for first-time offenders will be $20; thereafter, $50. However, the research shows you are four times more likely to have a crash while talking on a cellphone. That applies equally to hand-held phones and hands-free phones. Children and other passengers are among the most difficult distractions for drivers in my opinion. Nobody wants to ban children from the car.

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