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A true cell phone / landline hybrid?

While last week saw the much-promoted and heavily-anticipated arrival of the iPhone, another significant advancement in wireless telephone service slipped almost under the radar. German-based telecommunications giant T-Mobile announced the addition of a new feature known as HotSpot @Home, which allows subscribers to use their cell phones over their home wireless network, with unlimited calling, for about $10 a month. For anyone who’s had problems with weak service in their house, or who wants the ability to use their cell number as their primary number, this service has been a long time coming. I personally don’t have a land line at home, but sometimes my cell phone won’t ring in certain parts of the house, and of course, mucho daytime minutes can cost mucho dollars, so cell phones have historically tended to make good land line substitutes only if you could call after 9pm. If only I had T-Mobile service as far north as I am, but no such luck.

As far as the technology goes, ZDNet’s review found a lot to like about the service, and just a few criticisms, chief among them that the service only works with two phones right now.

The bottom line: Despite a few problems when transitioning between cellular airwaves and wireless networks, the T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service is a great idea. You can save money, get better reception, and possibly even get rid of your existing landline. However, we would wait until the service supports more phones.

T-MobileAnother interesting note about the service: since T-Mobile’s approach to wireless has been targeted at family plans in the U.S., you can also purchase the @Home plan for up to 5 phones for only $20 a month, meaning each member of the family can have a private line with unlimited minutes, a feature that will surely have parents rushing to the store in droves.

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Find any cell phone in the world via GPS

satellite-phoneUtilizing the built-in emergency GPS locater found in most cell phones, this site can help you track down your cell phone (or someone else’s), assuming it is currently turned on. For those of us in the United States, the accuracy is within 25 meters (shouldn’t it say 80 feet???). This is a great service for people who have had their phone recently stolen / lost, as you can just find out where you left it from the site, then go search that 80 foot circle until the little critter appears. It’s a little frightening in terms of privacy, but with companies like Nextel offering GPS tracking for employee phones and the like, what is privacy these days anyway? Plus, you can confuse people this way too–just put the phone somewhere you’re not, and you’re good to go. It worked for Ahhhhnold in Total Recall.

As a side bonus, the site also has a good article entitled “Are you smart enough for a smart phone?

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