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Analysts refute latest Verizon-Palm Pre rumor
Re: Guess What Texting Costs Your Wireless Provider?
Mobile email-to-speech gateways solutions for mild stroke victims?
Thawte to close "Web of Trust" program
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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 19:00:49 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Analysts refute latest Verizon-Palm Pre rumor
Analysts refute latest Verizon-Palm Pre rumor
by Marguerite Reardon
September 25, 2009 12:53 PM PDT
Will it or won't it? That's the question that Palm Pre fans are
asking. They want to know if the Palm's touch-screen phone will be
offered by Verizon Wireless early next year.
TheStreet.com reported late Thursday that sources close to the
companies said Verizon was considering not offering the phone on its
network, as had been expected. But now analysts are saying the rumors
are likely bogus.
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 17:09:44 GMT
From: "Tony Toews \[MVP\]" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Guess What Texting Costs Your Wireless Provider?
Joseph Singer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> AFAIK all Canadian prepaid phones do not work in the USA and
>> vice versa. But postpaid Canadian phones do work in the USA
>> and vice versa. Although frequently at obscene roaming rates
>> and ridiculous charges just for entering a roaming area.
> Not so. Fido and Rogers prepaid will work in the US. It just
> costs a whopping $1.45/minute to roam in the US. I assume that's
> CA$1.45/minute though the difference between CA/US $ is not that
> much different these days.
> By contrast T-Mobile in the US charges 69/minute to roam in Canada.
> I was just reminded of this when I switched on my Fido phone when
> I came back from an overseas trip. I got a courtesy text message
> from Fido with the reminder that it's $1.45/minute to roam in the
[That is] ridiculous. AFAIK you can purchase a new prepaid US phone
for $10 with a $10 air time included. If I spend any time in the USA
I'll just purchase one of those and leave it and the charger somewhere
near the border when I exit the US.
Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 23:34:20 -0400
From: ed <email@example.com>
Subject: Mobile email-to-speech gateways solutions for mild stroke victims?
> ***** Moderator's Note *****
> The Peek Pronto has gotten mixed reviews:
> You can pay $16.67 per month if you use the quarterly plan, so that
> adds up to $200/yr instead of $180 for yearly payments. For that, you
> get email and text - but not IM - and the dubious pleasure of carrying
> around yet-another-tech-toy.
> In any case, I'd be very uncomfortable recommending so small a
> keyboard and/or device to someone recovering from a CVA: motion
> impairments are often compounded by insensitivity-to-touch and
> clumsiness, which would result in a lot of breakage. This device is
> intended for hard-core text addicts who don't like to talk, not for
> stroke victims.
> Bill Horne
Actually, the Peek Pronto's unlimited mobile email and SMS costs only
$15/month if you pay $180/year upfront. Not bad if you're
speech-impaired and can't talk. It works over T-Mobile's network. Not
sure if it roams on AT&T, but at that low flat rate I doubt it
(judging from T-Mobile's previous practice of dropping customers who
roamed too much on AT&T's network.)
As for the Peek keyboard being suitable for stroke victims, that
depends. The Peek device has an excellent keyboard as far as layout
and tactile feel, and it's larger than any Blackberry keyboard. Plus
it's built like a tank. The proposed user in this case has
successfully tapped out text on a virtual keyboard on modified
Nintendo DS, so the Peek would be easier for him. Different strokes
for different folks, I guess. <wince>
My original question to the list remains unanswered: Do Telecom list
members have any ideas for using Peek's email messaging to communicate
with people who only have a POTS line and no computer? How about
email-to-POTS speech translation? POTS speech-to-email? Do
email-to-TTY/TDD Relay Service gateways exist? Other ideas?
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 01:20:10 -0400
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: Thawte to close "Web of Trust" program
According to the web page shown below, Thawte is closing it's
"Web of Trust" program, which was a service that provided
identity verification for those who wanted to use S/MIME
signed and/or encrypted emails.
Thawte was one of the pioneers in the Public-Key-Infrastructure (PKI)
industry, but the company was bought out by Verisign some time ago,
and Verisign appears to be retiring the brand, at least as far as
email goes. Those holding existing S/MIME (X.509) certificates issued
by Thawte are supposed to be offered a free one-year Verisign
certificate, but Thawte's email certificates will be revoked in
November and no new ones are being issued.
It's the end of an era.
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