Virgin Mobile: No More Sugar Mama

With the cost of mobile phone calls already dropping sharply, Virgin Mobile USA plans to announce a way that people can talk for no money at all. A minute of airtime typically cost from 3.5 cents to 10 cents, down from more than 25 cents a decade ago. The program, called SugarMama, lets people earn one minute of talking time by watching 30-second commercials on a computer or receiving text messages on their phones, then answering questions to prove they were, in fact, paying attention. Virgin Mobile, a relatively small cellphone carrier with four million mostly young customers, is aiming the program at teenagers, who can earn up to 75 minutes of free talk time a month.  The program is gone but here is the original NY Times article.

Beware of the Wireless Voicemail Billing Scam!

Did you know that you are charged one minute for every voicemail message alert you receive on your mobile phone? If you plan to travel outside of the country or use roaming services from another carrier you must BEWARE! For example, if you are going to Mexico and use the roaming services, you will be charged $1.5 for each voicemail message received and $.35 per text message. These charges apply event if you haven't checked your voicemail or sent any text messages. Imagine if you get 10 voicemails well that's $15 wasted dollars out of your pocket. If a cell phone tower locates your phone in Mexico while it is turned you are fair game for some charges. This also applies if you have run out of minutes on your plan and don't even dial your phone to use minutes. This policy is disturbing and should be looked at closely by a few antitrust lawyers. My recommendation is to use your Blackberry phone email when ever possible.

United Kingdom Dead Zones Site Launches

After many requests to expand the database outside of the U.S. & Canada. has just launched a new site for the United Kingdom focusing on the following UK carriers: O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and 3. The web site is similar to the U.S. database, however it doesn't currently have any complaints. It is important that mobile users in the UK share this with web site with their friends to in order to build a credible database that carriers will pay attention to. The database will focus on coverage complaints in the largest metro areas initially which include: Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Salford, Sheffield, Sunderland, Wakefield, Westminster, City of Bristol, Derby, City of Kingston upon Hull, Leicester, City of London, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, York, Belfast, Londonderry (Derry), Cardiff, Swansea.

The Wiki for Cell Phone Coverage Complaints

Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Wikipedia, also started in 2001, has rapidly grown into the largest reference website on the Internet. The content of Wikipedia is free, written collaboratively by people from all around the world. This website is a "wiki", which means that anyone with access to an Internet-connected computer can edit, correct, or improve information throughout the encyclopedia, simply by clicking the edit this page link. Dead cell zones operates under the same "wiki" principals however it uses a database to easily contribute and search for information.

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