Verizon Voyager: The Iphone Killer?


Verizon Wireless on Wednesday have introduced four hot new mobile phones for the 2007 holiday season, in ther sincere hopes that one of the four is desirable enough to shift the attention away from Apple’s iPhone.

The Verizon Voyager, made by LG sports a large external touch screen and opens up to reveal a keypad.

Attracting the most attention about the Voyager, is that it resembles the iPhone in several distinct ways. The Voyager is equipped a external touch screen that slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keypad. This gives users a choice on how they access the phone’s features, according to Verizon Wireless.

The keyboard is one advantage the Voyager has over the iPhone’s touch-screen-only design. In addition, Verizon Wireless’ has a fast 3G data network that the Voyager will use to access the Internet. The iPhone doesn’t employ 3G technology. Instead, it uses AT&T Edge data network, slower alternative.

The Shortcut Menu icons that display on the Voyager’s touch screen and the other set of icons at the bottom of the screen bear a astonishing likeness to the iPhone.

The Voyager also comes with an array of multimedia capabilities that include an HTML Web browser; Verizon Wireless’ V Cast mobile TV, video, and the URGE music service; MP3 playback ability, as well as WMA, and AAC files.

For more media and file storage, the Voyager has a removable MicroSD memory slot that can hold up to 8 Gbytes of memory.

“The Apple iPhone shook things up. If you look closely at the iPhone, it’s just an ordinary phone in an extraordinary package,” stated Jeff Kagan, a wireless and telecom industry analyst.

“That’s what this Verizon Wireless phone is doing. It is competing with the iPhone in this segment of the cell phone marketplace. It is Verizon’s answer to AT&T’s and Apple’s iPhone. I fully expect Sprint, T-Mobile, and a variety of other carriers — large and small — to come out with their version.”

Verizon Wireless’ season lineup also includes the Venus by LG, the Juke by Samsung, and the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 by Research In Motion.

Verizon Wireless has not yet let the buying public know when the Voyager will be available for, but industry analysts are expecting the Voyager to be in stores before Thanksgiving.

Find Some Great Advice About Your Home Business (2)

Find Some Great Advice About Your Home Business

In today’s economic climate, it can be extremely difficult to find employment. If you’re one of millions of people out of work, it may be worth it for you to consider, starting your own home business. Home business owners are their own boss, work their own hours, and pay their own wages. If that sounds good to you, read on.

If your ideas for a home business stem from a specific passion, look around your workshop for items that can be used to propel your products. You may find that your creative solutions to past problems can be used to spin your products or business in an innovative way.

Get the proper software for your home business. Proper software, including things like accounting software, PDF creation software, and industry-specific software packages not only make you more productive and more profitable, they also make it easy to comply with regulations and pay your taxes. Most business software also has free and cheap alternatives should you lack money.

Working at home can make it easy to become a hermit. At times it can be empowering, but it can also be lonely being by yourself most of the time. Take time in your schedule to connect with others, and just get out of the house. Do whatever you like to do that reminds you that you are part of the world.

A great tip for your home business is to be sure that you submit your web page to all of the relevant search engines. This is important because you cannot be discovered if the search engines are not aware of your presence. Stay away from any engines that either you haven’t heard of or that look suspicious.

Contact other websites that have a topic related to your home business and ask them for backlinks, offering the same in return. You can create a resources page on your website and link to their sites, offering them as a great place for information, and they can link back to you. For example, if you are a landscaper it would be great for you to exchange links with your suppliers!

If you’re running a website business, make sure that you keep the site relatively clean. Ad revenue is always good, but a site inundated with all different types of ads is just a turn-off in every conceivable way. It’s hard to navigate a site where every page has a pop-up ad, a button, a banner, sidebars, and other types of advertisements.

Get organized as part of tax planning. Carry an envelope with you to store receipts related to your business purchases. Regularly transfer these receipts to your accounting file or enter them into your expense tracking software. You may use IRS approved iPhone applications, such as Capturengo, to create digital receipts using your phone’s camera.

As you can see, anyone can start a home business if they’re prepared for the challenges and risks associated. While it is a challenging venture to start your own business, it can also be very rewarding finding yourself at the top of your own business. Try what you’ve read in this article and see what you can do!

Bluetooth In Iphone

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Following its immensely successful Apple iPods, Apple has now come up with yet another hot selling product which is the iPhone that has all of the functionality of cell phones as also an iPod wide screen having touch controls and best of all an Internet enabled device that makes communicating with the outside world a real breeze.
One of the more endearing features that you will appreciate in these new iPhones is the iPhone Bluetooth which allows users to talk without the need of wired headsets and which comes with a number of handy features as well.

The iPhone Bluetooth headset has just one button that allows users to receive their phone calls with simple intuition as well. Furthermore, you can get as much as 5.5 hours of talking time with as many as seventy-two hours standby time and this is made possible by its batteries that are made from lithium-ion and which are not only rechargeable but also in-built as well.

Now that the iPhone Bluetooth on Apple has begun to slowly become available it is good to know that it is no more than a minimalist accessory though it still has some very useful features as well, especially when the headset is connected to the dock that is dual charging and you are able to also see the headset charge along with the iPhone’s own charge to let you know when the iPhone Bluetooth is ready for use. And, for an additional twenty-nine dollars you can also get the iPhone Bluetooth Travel cable and also a set of replacement stereo headphones.

In any case, one cannot help but like the iPhone Bluetooth which is also light and simple while the design is very attractive though some would consider it a bit over priced and also not living up to its true potential, and this is something that may not go down to well because after paying one hundred twenty-nine dollars for your iPhone Bluetooth, you would expect that it gives nothing less than high-end performance.

However, you can still take two calls by pushing a button in order to hold an existing call while taking the second call and then all you need to do is push as well as hold the button till it emits a beep to let you know the existing call is over after which you can revert back to the call on hold. And, pairing the Bluetooth with your iPhone is not a real problem given that it has been designed to pair well with your iPhone.

Wondering About Mobile Marketing? Use These Tips! (3)

Wondering About Mobile Marketing? Use These Tips!


One of the worst and most common mistakes that can be made when it comes to mobile marketing is the lack of respect for individuals privacy.
This can be extremely intrusive when dealing with personal mobile devices. For more great tips on what to do and not to do with this type of marketing, read on.

Allow your subscribers the option to opt-out of receiving your texts. The format of your messages should automatically include an “opt-out” set of instructions or sentence. You need to use words that get the message across that they can get out of your messages. This includes words like “UNSUBSCRIBE” and “STOP.”

Be sure that you modify your blog so that it looks great on any type of mobile device. This is imperative if you’re using a blog to communicate with people. Your blog might look okay from the Android, but iPhone might slaughter it. You will need to get to work modifying it before other people are scared away.

Test your program before you start it. Customers do not like broken links, or dead images. Have your business, family, or even a few customers test your messages before you start sending them en masse to your market. Get their feedback to perfect whatever might go wrong, and your customers will thank you for it.

Never send out any type of unsolicited messages. This will just be spam to people, and you may end up losing potential customers quickly. If they get a message from someone or some company they don’t know, they will probably just delete it right away, and be a little frustrated.

Remember when mobile marketing that not every mobile device is the same and thus the content you develop needs to cater to the general field and not anything overtly specific. For instance: Some people have slower connections than others, while others have smaller screen sizes. Be encompassing and not specific.

Make your messages viral. Text messages can be very quickly and easily forwarded to other people. Yous should sometimes ask your subscribers to invite their friends if they enjoy your service. Make sure to include opt-in instructions. You may be amazed at how quickly that can make your database grow.

Mobile ads need a stronger call to action than regular ads, so make sure that you’re proficient at providing this type of material. A dozen exclamation points and some words like “must” and “now” aren’t going to cut it. You need to come up with a wording that will persuade people in only a short sentence or two.

Use QR codes on all of your print materials, from business cards to product packaging. This is a great way to give people quick access to all the content you want to provide, from cleaning instructions to alternate uses. You can even have a link to a coupon for future purchases, or a sale page.

To wrap it up, you want to make sure that not only you are getting your message out to the right audience but also doing it in a way that shows respect to your customers. Hopefully this article provided plenty of information to help you with your mobile marketing plan.

iPhones on eBay

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Can you buy an iPhone on eBay? Yes, you can. However, there are important things to watch out for if you want to buy iPhones on eBay. With eBay it is always caveat emptor – buyer beware. This is true when you are looking to purchase iPhones on eBay as well. If you take measures to be sure that you know what you are buying, then you can get a really great deal on an iPhone. However, if you are not careful, you will be disappointed and possibly out of a lot of money. This is what you need to be aware of when buying iPhones on eBay.

First, know what you are buying and if you are not sure ask the seller before you bid. Some things to look out for are conflicting information between the title and the extended description. For example there was a listing for an unlocked 16 GB iPhone. That is what the title said. In the description is stated very clearly that this phone is locked but then went on to say that they are using it with T-Mobile, so it is clearly unlocked. The best way to resolve issues like this is to send the seller an email and ask for clarification. Save this email and the response you get so that if you are the winning bidder you have recourse if the iPhone is not as described.

Know the difference between unlocked and locked. Unlocked means that the firmware has been hacked and now you can insert any chip that will work on ST&T or T-Mobile’s networks. If you use T-Mobile you will lose the visual voice mail, which is an AT&T exclusive feature. In the US the iPhone will work only on cell phone networks AT&T and T-Mobile. This has nothing to do with the chip and everything to do with the wiring. The iPhone will only work on the radio frequencies that AT&T and T-Mobile provide. The terms “unlocked” and “new, unopened box” are incompatible. You have to open up the box and hack into the firmware in order to unlock the iPhone. Apple does not ship unlocked iPhones. In order to hack into the iPhone you must open the box, and hook the iPhone up to a computer. This is hardly unopened. Locked means that the firmware that Apple shipped the phone with is intact and untouched. These phones will only activate and work on the AT&T network. However, a locked phone has no issues or troubles with any firmware upgrades whereas an unlocked phone must be careful when updating to be sure they do not re-lock the iPhone.

Another thing to look out for when buying iPhones on eBay is to know if the phone is refurbished, new, or used. A refurbished iPhone is one that Apple (hopefully) has taken from not working properly to a like new state. This is a great way to get an inexpensive iPhone. However, an ethical seller will clearly state that this is a refurbished item. Les scrupulous sellers may not disclose this. If unsure, ask. New and used are self-explanatory.

Be alerted to the fact that there are phones that are similar in appearance to the iPhone but they are not iPhones. On eBay, you will see phones called A88, iPhone, PDA, cell phone… These are not Apple iPhones, they are iPhone look alike. Make sure that the manufacturer of any iPhone you purchase is Apple and not CECT.

Finally make sure that you are aware of the sellers return policies and only pay through PayPal using a credit card or pay directly with a credit card. Never pay with cash, checks, Western Union, wire transfers or money orders. This way if you are sold a fraudulent item, you have recourse through your credit card company or PayPal. Buyers who do not take credit cards or PayPal are questionable so once again remember caveat emptor, buyer beware.

eBay tries to make their venue a safe place to purchase items. An educated consumer stands the best chance of getting a good deal. Before you buy iPhones on eBay do a little research to be sure you are getting exactly what you are looking for.

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