Thursday, September 20, 2007


With a smirk I have to admit I'm beginning to become the Old Fart that I've spent my life despising. You know who I'm talking about; the guy/person who says stuff like, "I just don't understand the things people do these days."

Well, I don't.

The other day I was doing my photography and in the midst of a particularly spectacular sunset (as if they're not all!), in one of the most remote parts of the world, some people came into frame. No sweat. I like people. They tend to add to my pictures, like little speckles of energy that dance on the body of this big ol' Mama.

And then, sitting down together side-by-side in perfect frame position for a shot of the sun enflaming the ocean just over their heads, they each shook a cell phone out of their respective pockets and dialed in to some moments somewhere else.

One of my life quests has been to learn to be more here, more present in each moment. As if to insult a lifetime of seeking, everywhere I go are people being THERE now! On the street, in their cars, in your driveway, next to you at the restaurant, coming out of the rest room, in the middle of a conversation even! Wherever you go, whatever you do you are surrounded by people whose bodies are in front of you, but their presence is elsewhere.

It's not like this was new to me. Somehow, though, this one just felt like a brand new insult. Right at the place where you surrender your cares to the richness of the moment-- one of the few places where you can actually share your solitude with another human being – lives the Intruder.

When this cell phone thing first started to leave the cities and get more rural I was living in an intentional community in Oregon. It was (a surprisingly eclectic group of) about 30 adults and 8 kids living on 87 acres and running conference and permaculture design centers along with hosting a personal growth workshop and publishing a magazine. We were known as a community that really seeks to work the interpersonal connection angle into the day-to-day (and formidable!) tasks of living as examples of sustainability.

As you may guess, although not on the radical "tree-sitter" side, even the former Navy Intelligence Officers in the community amongst us were clearly oriented toward a value system of relationship over action, presence over distance.

But then, in my fifth year there, more and more "guests" (people coming to a conference and spending the weekend living with us) were shaking out their cell phones and walking around (of course within the confines of "live" spots or whatever they're called) the property -- trails, creeks, meadows -- chatting away with the ethers.

Every week we had a business meeting. In one such meeting, where we decide policy and such, barely thinking twice about it, I put a motion up for consensus on setting aside a specific area for people to use their cell phones.

Hell, there was precedent. Years ago the community did the same thing with cigarette smokers. There was one little spot on the property, near the conference center classrooms where one could go to smoke. The truth is, it was a dismal lean-to type shed with one lousy chair and an ugly, open coffee can for butts sitting on the concrete walk. If I had come to that community a smoker, I would have quit out of sheer embarrassment. Since the area was in full view of the paths leading to the center, it always looked quite zoo-ish, the only thing missing being Dunce caps for the less-than 1%ers.

It was my fervent hope that the community would feel that such sequestration would help individuals face themselves much more directly. Hopefully, which seemed to be true for smokers, eventually enough people would feel uncomfortable enough so that word would get out that of course we’re tolerant, but if you smoke or use a cell phone on this chunk of nature, you’re gonna feel like an idiot.

I figured it would be a slam-dunk to get this one through but Boy, was I wrong! No sooner had the words, “I’m sick of seeing the ugly little glowing Bastards everywhere I turn,” come out of my mouth than I noticed three or four hands out of a table of about 18 people reflexively going to some part of their clothing or anatomy to make sure they had their cell phones with them.

It reminded me of when I was a paramedic and walked into a tough-ass bar on the other side of the tracks when we -- me and my partner being the only white guys around -- would catch little metal glints of knives and guns getting made ready out of the corner of our eyes.

And these were my fellow communitarians. It was then I knew life as I’ve known it is over.

Back to the beach. My first thought was, "What the hell am I gonna do with this shot?" But then I realized, "Crap, they’re all like this!!"

I've taken so many Primo-shots of deeply touching Nature with people and cell phones in them that I may as well gear my whole portfolio toward spinning Marlboro Man images into Cellular Phone-promoting spreads and foldouts and brochures and whatevers and at least make some money off the damn photos I end up chucking because this unnatural thing is occurring.

And now, it's exponentially getting worse because the cell phones take pictures.

On photographic projects on the beach, even as short a time ago as May (2005) I could work with sunset and shoot people celebrating it and not worry once about the result. Today (September) and in any shot with five or more people in it, one of them is pointing their phone either at their ear or at someone else. Some of my pictures look like the stand-off of multiple gunmen in one of (actually, many of!) Quentin Tarantino’s flicks.

How arrogant am I, though!

For being all of that balanced person who I claim to be, here I am negating the experience of other humans for nothing more than my own grasping need to die in a world that is familiar to me.

Probably ten years from now, it will be as common to have people pictures laden with cellular phones as it was to see handkerchiefs in the pockets (suit pockets, no less!) of men on the street in photos taken in the 1950’s.

Why does that sound terrifying to me?

Besides, if I had spent a little more time observing and less time bitching while up on the bluff, I may have found that, indeed, each of these people was beaming out photographs of that joyful sunset to their target callers. How Sweet -- sharing this glorious moment with friends in Louisiana under four feet of water!

It’s hard enough to be in a rotten mood and have to listen to that bubbly fool on the other end of any phone. But to be able to get the whole picture of that joy is torturous. The moment becomes a series of thumbscrews bleating, “See how Happy I am? What’s wrong with your miserable existence?”

You're so damn busy getting annoyed at the callers happiness you can't even appreciate the beauty that's around you, that's the soul that cellphones suck out of you.

What will happen to our anonymity and privacy? “C’mon, Dear, I know you’re miserable but turn on the camera so I can really see!”

No, I will not get a cell-phone. I don’t have to. The last time my motorcycle and I broke down on the road, for instance, I just jumped out in the middle of the highway, spread my fingers with my pinkie pointed to my mouth and my thumb to my ear and within four cars and a near side-swipe, some guy pulled over and let me use his cell phone to call for help.

Like any red-blooded American, of course I reserve the right to be a hypocrite. But still, because I am an American, I shouldn’t have to give up my inalienable right to hide. Places to hide are getting fewer and further between, and that, in the final analysis, is my bitch with cell phones and their spawn.

Now, the privileged drive SUV’s with those systems that put you in touch with Central Command immediately in the event of an emergency. Like if one of the kids in the back seat says “I gotta pee,” next thing you know a voice comes out of the heavens to say, “Just make the next left, go two blocks and turn into the McDonald’s…Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to Supersize the fries, the extra salt will help the kids hold their bladders longer, and Mr. Mandel, please don’t run the red light like you did that one three blocks ago.”

Though I have nothing against him personally, when Gary Coleman tells me (in commercials slathered over TV, Internet AND Movies!) “Somebody should” know where I am every minute of my life, I can’t help but wince and prepare for Armegeddon.

I know it starts with people like Gary appearing to me to prepare me for the way life will be. I know the same technology that will let you see and talk to me will let “them” see and listen to me, and frankly, I want no part of it.

Unless, of course, I get stranded.

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Don't Just Manage Your Time, Track It

Decades ago we started to learn about the forthcoming paperless office due to the advent and widespread acceptance of technology. Well, that did not happen even though electronic document management and knowledge management have come a long way since then.

Then we moved on the era of ease of communication and away from fax machines.

Emails, cellphones, voicemail and video conferencing were the tools for the future designed to make us more effective and productive. A decade ago 40% of US workers called themselves ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ successful but by 2005 that number had fallen to 28%.

A common retort is now “We are never able to concentrate on one task anymore. You take a little chip out of it and then you are on to the next thing. It is getting harder and harder to feel like you are accomplishing something really worthwhile.”

The average time spent on a work computer is now around 16 hours per week, compared to 9.5 hours ten years ago. We are all now bombarded with email, computer messages, cellphone and telephone calls and endless meetings.

Many of us are moving faster and faster and still knowing and feeling that we are accomplishing less and less. From that same research, twelve years ago 82% of US workers said they accomplished at least half their daily planned work, but that number has now fallen to 50%.

So has technology made work easier and quicker? Obviously not. By speeding everything up it has paradoxically slowed us down by fragmenting what we do, and in a lot of cases people being unable to distinguish the important from the so-called urgent.

Keeping Track Of How You Spend Your Time Is Not Time Management

For effective time management, you have to apply a time management system that will help you see where changes can and should be made.

Keeping track of your many daily activities and analyzing how you actually spend your time, can help you determine what changes you need to make.

This is where many people’s attempts at time management fail.

They look at a specific day in their Day-Timer or Outlook calendar or on their PDA which is packed with activities from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and don’t know how to really analyze the information.

So they fall back on the tried and true by eliminating a few activities and prioritizing others. But they haven’t really managed anything; they’ve just rearranged it.

All the perceived problems and frustrations of the day’s activities are still there – and at the end of their day they are still just as frazzled.

Manage Your Time With Time Management Categories

How do you actually manage time? The secret is in the categories.

Look at your calendar for tomorrow. It is probably already full of events and activities that you are hoping to accomplish. As you work, or afterward, you will be filling in the blank spaces.

Now look at the list and categorize it. How much time during your working day did you actually spend:

(a) Putting out fires. An unexpected phone call. A report that’s necessary for a meeting that should have been printed yesterday. A missing file that should be on your desk. How much of your day was actually spent in crisis mode? For most people, this is a negative category that drains their energy and interferes with their productivity.

(b) Dealing with interruptions. Phone calls and people dropping by your office will probably top the list when you’re assigning events to this category. Once again, for most people, this is a negative category because it interferes with (and sometimes kills) productivity.

Looking at and answering email falls into this category also. For me the analogy is talking to someone, but when the phone rings [and without even knowing who it is] picking up the phone and ignoring the person you are meeting with.

Email is similar to this. How many of us are working away on a task and hear the ‘ding’ as an email arrives and immediately look at it? How more productive it would be if we only had our email on for say one hour per day.

(c) Doing planned tasks. This is the most positive use of time during your work day. You are in control and are accomplishing what you intended to accomplish. Planned tasks can include phone calls, meetings with staff, even answering email – if these are tasks that you have put on your agenda.

(d) Working uninterrupted. You may not be working on a task you had planned to do, but you are getting to accomplish something, and for most people, this is a very productive, positive work mode.

(e) Uninterrupted downtime. Times during the work day that are used to re-energize and regroup. Lunch or breaks may count if they are uninterrupted. We all need a certain amount of uninterrupted downtime built into our day to be productive during work time.

Realign your effort into categories which produce effective results.

Use categories to analyze your work week. Go through the entries of each working day and categorize them. Keeping a running total at the bottom of each day will make it easy to see just how you’ve spent your time each day.

You now have the data you need to make changes to the way you spend your time.

Are you spending too much time putting out fires? Then you need to make the organizational or physical changes to prevent or defer these constant crises.

Do you lack sufficient time to be effective at completing major tasks or projects?

Finally, rearrange your effort to spend more time on your CSF’s – Critical Success Factors, and not busy work.

After all it is only by achieving your CSF’s that management or the Board will determine how effective you are in your role.

You won’t be evaluated on the fact that you received and answered about 46 emails a day – half of which were unsolicited!

If you do what you have always done, you’ll get what you have always gotten. - anon

Author: Denis Orme

Denis Orme

As Performance Leader of the Leadership Success Institute, he has been heavily recruited by start-up businesses through to Fortune 500 companies to analyze operations, develop and implement change management and repositioning strategies, and return organizations to sustainable profitable long-term growth.

Cited in Who's Who in Emerging Leaders, Who’s Who in Sales and Marketing and Who's Who in Industry and Commerce. He has received leadership awards from the American Lung Association, Business Volunteers for the Arts and the Greater Houston Partnership.

What Exactly Are Cellular Hotspots?

Cellular hotspot... is a new phrase that is related to making a certain place suitable for “cellular” or WIFI use. Enabling the entire area in a WIFI is somewhat an impossible thing to do for a lot of reason. One reason that can be seen is economics. Putting a certain place in a marketable map would require a lot of money.

Some of the areas in a certain country or place are usually not accessible for such a cable connection would be inevitable. One reason is the connectivity of the island and the means by which the place is given enough budget for support.

What’s Keeping All Countries from Reaching All Areas for Communication?

Tourism and marketability of the place should also pose a problem. If the place does not support enough number of people to boost up its money-generating status, it is usually hard to find a way to get all places connected electronically.

Several program applications have been used so far to alleviate this issue. Just in Taiwan, WiMax is used to connect several areas of the country to get the place within the reach of cellular and other electronic communication devices.

In some cases, where cable and DSL connection will not be available in the area, satellite use is encouraged. Although satellite provides a relatively slower data transfer compared to the above method of connection, it surely is an alternative way to reach to other communities where the above connection will not be possible.

Collaboration All-Over...

International and local communications giants are working hand in hand for the installation of such electronic communication technologies. Microchips and computer technology companies have joined the race to make every place in the world to be within “communication-reached”. Enumerating on the positive outcome that be brought about by the installation of such electronic gadgets around an island, there are also negative consequences for such. Providing all this connection may pose a connection hurdle towards all stations where connection is given.

Although technologies are available to avoid this from happening, in practice, it is however, costly to support the installation of electronic communication stations per specific radius per region in order to avoid communication log-phase and line-breakdown. In East Asian countries alone, Intel and other local satellite and cable media communications giants are taking the leap on networking solutions through a cable-free environment and rely on satellite technologies.

Each company has a role to take in this ambitious pursuit. Monitoring, administration of communication, relay processing, data transcription, video and sound message transmission. All these have kept the technology from evolving and contributed to the development of a sound and more profound satellite communication scheme.

What is Being Done So Far?

To alleviate the above scenarios, a similar digital technology used in cellphones is now used in several areas across a region. This technology allows all data to be received in a single microcellular gear embedded in a box functioning much like in a super computer semiconductor.

This cellular semiconductor gear allows two-way communications and handles all function related to GPRS, SMS, video and sound transfer. While this technology is already available, it is still under the experimenting stage, and improving some areas that may cause problems in the future.

Running a test on certain areas and using such tool to existing communication technology in order to determine compatibility. One good thing about this invention is its size. While a single radio/phone station that will handle most of the data transcription is usually large and requires a large space, the microcellular GSM gadgets can fit into something like the size of a box similar to that of a PC monitor case.

This technology is best for it works less on cables and relying more on satellite technology. The end result, it would reduce the number of landline cables in the community and would make way for the development of the nascent satellite machinery.

Cheap Yet Highly Useful Technology...

At this point in time, the good thing about this new technology is its ability to supply such service to a relatively vast area without spending the cost of physical cable connections. The aerial mode of communication transmission is more efficient and does not make use of resources that would generate more expenses and risk to the community.

Bart Rutherford


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Wireless USB Vs. Bluetooth: Battle Royale

As the release date for Wireless USB draws ever closer, discussion is heating up around the emerging standard. In particular, there has been a lot of debate concerning the pros and cons of Bluetooth versus Wireless USB. Both of these standards offer particular benefits as well as particular challenges, and it appears that both standards will be competing with each other for the same manufacturer and consumer base. Let’s examine how the lines are being drawn.

Bluetooth came onto the wireless scene in May of 1999. Initially developed by Ericsson, it was quickly adopted by such companies as Microsoft, Apple, Motorola, and Toshiba. It has since become a major standard for wireless device connectivity. Using wide-band, low-power radio waves to transmit data over short distances, Bluetooth has been used for wireless keyboards, mice, and other peripherals, cellular phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and some digital cameras. Concerning Bluetooth’s popularity with cell phone manufacturers in particular, one of the benefits of Bluetooth is that it has a very low power consumption rate, especially when it comes to audio transmission. This has made Bluetooth the technology of choice for cell phone manufacturers looking to pair wireless headsets to their phones.

Despite widespread adoption by many manufacturers, Bluetooth has been plagued by some nagging problems. A major complaint has been the lack of interoperability between different manufacturers’ Bluetooth devices. For example, using a Motorola Bluetooth headset has difficulty being connected with an LG cell phone. Security has been another major issue with Bluetooth-enabled devices. There have been documented instances of device “hijackings” where a third party has taken control of the device through the Bluetooth link. Issues with eavesdropping, data theft, and Bluetooth-spread viruses for PDAs, cellphones, and computers have also been reported. These problems are being dealt with as new revisions of Bluetooth are released.

The creation of the Wireless USB Promoters Group was announced in February of 2004 at the Intel Developer Forum. This group, composed of such companies as Intel, Microsoft, NEC, HP and Samsung, is tasked with creating a wireless standard based on the exceptionally popular USB standard with the same type of interoperability and simplicity of use. Should the forum succeed in their goal, Wireless USB could easily become the wireless de facto standard for UWB (ultra wideband) connectivity. The completion of the standard was announced in May of 2005 and the first Wireless USB products are slated to begin appearing in early 2006, with a strong ramp in 2007.

There is no doubt that the Wireless USB Promoters Group has examined Bluetooth and done its best to address the issues that have been problematic, such as interoperability and security. While there have been delays due to testing and certification, Wireless USB looks to be superior in both security and ease of connectivity. Where Bluetooth had compatibility issues between different developers’ products, Wireless USB’s adherence to the previous USB standards should serve to prevent similar problems. As far as security is concerned, Bluetooth depends on a four-digit pin number to ensure that the correct device is being connected to, while Wireless USB is looking at using a USB cable to make the initial connection, after which point the device can be used wirelessly.

If Wireless USB can deliver everything it promises, especially with the popularity of the other USB standards that it is based on and connected with, it will easily become the primary connectivity standard in the PC, consumer electronic, and mobile communication industries. Bluetooth users should not give up hope, however. Freescale Semiconducter, a UWB developer, has been able to use Bluetooth stacks to interpret UWB signals, demonstrating that a merging of the two technologies is possible. Until the Wireless USB standard officially releases and products appear on shelves, all we can do is speculate, but for all intents and purposes, Wireless USB appears to be the next major step in the evolution of connectivity technology, and it may alter the way we use technology forever.

Nathan Kartchner works in Product Development for Sewell Direct, an online retailer specializing in connectivity products. Sewell Direct will be providing Wireless USB updates and devices as soon as they become available.

Do You Need Bluetooth?

When buying any digital electronic device, whether a cellphone, PDA, or notebook computer, it is important to check the specifications to ensure that it will serve your purposes. Bluetooth is becoming an increasingly popular offering in personal electronics, but do you need it?

What Is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a wireless PAN (Personal Area Network) transmission protocol standard. In layman’s terms, Bluetooth is a technology that enables a device to communicate and share data with other Bluetooth capable devices – cellphones, headsets, PDAs, notebook computers, desktop PCs, computer peripherals, printers, cameras, and others – through radio wave transmission (so there is no need for wires) at a range of around 1, 10, or 100 meters, depending on the class of your Bluetooth device (Class 1 has the longest range and Class 3 the shortest).

If a device has a Bluetooth chip, it can communicate with other devices that have a Bluetooth chip. Users can share pictures, movies, datasheets, documents, and all sorts of information among them as long as their devices are in range (they do not need to be in direct line of sight). For instance, a Bluetooth-capable digital camera can communicate with a Bluetooth-capable printer for direct printing. Likewise, a Bluetooth-capable cellphone can be connected to a Bluetooth-equipped headset so that a person can take and make hands-free telephone calls.

Bluetooth can be used for internet connectivity as long as a Bluetooth-enabled computer is in range of a Bluetooth modem. Bluetooth devices can also form a small wireless network (called a piconet) of up to 8 devices. For security, devices can be paired and transmissions encrypted. So that it causes only minimal interference, Bluetooth periodically changes frequency channels.

Bluetooth uses the same radio frequency that 802.11 Wireless Networking does, but it is much simpler than 802.11 technology, negating the need for complex network configurations. Bluetooth also has lower power consumption, making it more economical, though its range is shorter.

You Need Bluetooth

If you wish to have an extremely basic home network, Bluetooth is for you. There are no wires to trip you and there are no complex configurations like network permissions or addresses to deal with. Piconets are temporary, so a new device can immediately join or leave a Bluetooth network with nothing more than a simple device discovery. It is important to note, however, that piconets are no substitution for a traditional home network (whether through Ethernet or 802.11 Wireless), which are much more reliable and offer much more full-bodied security options.

If you have a notebook computer, there is a good chance you will want to have Bluetooth connectivity so that you can take advantage of the many Bluetooth-equipped peripherals, thereby eliminating the need for bulky wires. You can also easily synchronize data between your handheld devices and your notebook computer. Moreover, if you are fond of sharing data with other handheld device users, you definitely need to have Bluetooth for easy and convenient data sharing.

You Don’t Need Bluetooth

It is important to note that Bluetooth can present a security risk if you store sensitive information on your Bluetooth-enabled device. If you are traveling with sensitive information on your computer, cell-phone, or PDA, it is wise to disable Bluetooth temporarily to prevent data theft or exploitation. Please also note that some corporations and government entities disapprove of Bluetooth and similar convenience-based additions, so please check with your employer if you intend to use your Bluetooth-enabled notebook for business.

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Ways to Make More International Calls Without Splurging on Phone Cards

Absence makes the heart grow fonder -- Cliche? Yes. True? It depends.

Missing a person could be one hell of an ordeal. The stress it may bring is almost tantamount to mental torture. Distance is often the most fearsome test for relationships to withstand. What if a person has been away for too long? The tendency is that the person desserted or even both parties cope through looking for other activities with the attempt to make preoccupation forget the loneliness or homesickness a person feels.

But you know what? The rigors and melancholy that these trying times could bring may be alleviated. How? It's as easy as getting the phone, dialing the phone number of that person and talking to that person. Calling your loved one more often and a lot longer is a surefire way to surmount that "abandoned" feeling.

Now the real problem is what if you need to be tight on your budget? Phonecards used for international calls often come with a hefty price tag. How do you deal with that when there's some tuition, utilities and other bills waiting for you to act on.

Don't fret. There are some ways for you to save on international calls. Just read on.

One way for you to not pinch much from your wallet while making that awaited international call is to know what kind of phone will receive your call. Overseas calls to mobile devices such as pagers and cellphones can cost you much more than when you call to a land line phone. This is because of the system called "calling party pays" employed by several overseas carriers. Ask your honey if she can just look for a landline instead of calling her through her latest Nokia.

How about getting some help from your good old smooth operator? NOT. Unless your call is for an emergency, don't let the operator sweet talk you. You'll see that what you can pay for only a few cents per minute could cost you some precious dollars after asking an operator to assist you with your call.

Go PPC. No, it's not about your pubo-coccygeal muscles or those Internet marketing hype known as pay-per-click! It's about using prepaid phone cards. Enjoy the convenience of not having to think of your bills after making that international call through the use of prepaid phone cards. Just make sure that you don't fall for the mistake of buying expired cards or those that have high connection and maintenance fee.

Opt for pre-paid plans. If you're not a prepaid card person despising all the fuss on knowing first all the hidden charges, prepaid plans could be of great help for you to save your hard-earned bucks. Websites that especially cater to those who'd really like to save on their international calls abound.

Choose what will not burn much of your time and what you're most comfortable with. With these tips on how to save on your international calls, you don't have to look for other activities to just resist the temptation of making that international call. Just call! owner Bernard Pragides has been in the telecommunication business since 1997. Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries on phone cards or international call rates. You may email us at

Profiling the South African Mobile Phone User

A South African research company has profiled mobile phone subscribers and divided into six categories - the Grassroots, Lizards, Playas, Magpies, Sophisticates and Elephants. The Mobility 2006 research project aimed to determine the usage habits of South African mobile phone users to develop clear market segments, says Peter Searll, head of Dashboard Fast Forward Research. A sample of 1152 cellphone users from eight provinces excluding the Northern Cape from all income groups and races ensured that the population was representative, he says. "The size of the sample and he extent to which it was representative of all South Africans enable us for the first time to produce a clear distinction between different categories of user," Searll says.

Grassroots users

The most obvious difference between all the categories is in the amount of money they spend on their mobile phones every month, says World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck.

The difference also lies in the likelihood that they have monthly contracts with a cellular service provider he says.The company conducted the research in partnership with Dashboard Fast Forward Research. Searlle says while the Grassroots mobile phone users account for 45% of the market in size, they only spend R109 per month and account for 24% of the total market spend.

The group is strong in rural areas, earn low income and have low levels of education. The majority of grassroots spend is on voice and SMS, with no data use, he says. “There is a clear need to develop voice application for grassroots users to deepen their cellphone usage,” Searle says.

The Lizards The Lizards almost fit the same profile as grassroots users, except for the fact that they are bargain hunters with no loyalty to their service provider, he says.

They are therefore likely to switch networks within the next couple of months, and are likely to buy a cellphone starter pack for the airtime, he says.


The research characterizes Playas as youthful, tech savvy and more urbanized than Grassroots and Lizards.

These users also download content at a high rate, with 11% of them joining a subscription service, Searll says.

This group would rather get a free gift than a free cellphone, and would love to get TV on their cellphones, he adds. The Magpies The Magpies, who are young and love anything that shines with bells and whistled on, spend the same as Playas, the report says.

At R158 spend they spend slightly less than Playas. However, a higher proportion of Magpies are on contract, and they love to use the gadgets on their phones such as camera and watching TV, Searll says.

The Sophisticats

Sophisticats, who are slightly older than Playas, are the highest Internet users, with 90% of them having Internet access at home or at work.

They also command a high demand for TV on the cellphone, he says.

The Elephants

The Elephants make up 9% of the cellphone population and account for 33% of market spend, Searll says. They have no patience to learn new applications and no interest in watching TV on their mobile phones, he says. He adds that 99% of Elephants have contracts, with 25% of these contracts likely to be paid for by the employer. Elephants have not made purchases on the cellphone, he notes. Please Note: $1 =about R7.00 at the time of publication.

Damaria Senne is a journalist and author based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She writes about the telecommunications industry in South Africa and Africa, including cellular, mobile and wireless technologies and messaging news and trends. She regularly interviews executives of multinational companies expanding their business into Africa, as well as government officials and regulators in the African communications market.

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How To Submit Network News Video Clip Footage In 3 Steps

Has this ever happened to you? You're standing on a busy street corner, minding your own business, when all of a sudden a masked gunman comes running out of a nearby bank with the cops in hot pursuit. Luckily, you have your video cell phone and capture the whole scene on video. But how would you submit network news video clip footage like this to ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox?

Being in the right place at the right time armed with a video cellphone when something newsworthy occurs means you could potentially reap some financial rewards. Did you know that news organizations pay handsomely for exclusive video like this?

So what do you do now that you've captured some great video or picture with your cell phone? There are basically three steps to take if you want to get paid for the video footage you have shot. Edit, upload, and announce it to the media.

Most video cellphones come with movie editing software built-in (or packaged with the phone). Even if the bundled software is sub-par (which it usually is) there are many off-the-shelf software solutions that can enhance the quality and reduce the file size of the video you have captured.

Remember, you do not want to manipulate the video extensively, since this will jeopardize the 'man on the street' quality that the news networks are looking for. Besides, the news stations have much more sophisticated software than you could probably afford to massage your video into the desired format, length and content.

You probably don't need to do much to your raw video footage except reduce the length of the clip to the smallest size. This is important because you don't want to pay to upload your video and the free video hosting services only give you so much storage space that can quickly run out if you are uploading large files.

Next, you need to upload your video to an online video sharing service. There are bunch of these available, some offering a meager amount of free storage and charging extra for larger portions of space. Other services limit the amount of bandwidth your video can consume. This means the number of people that can watch your video at one time is limited.

After choosing a suitable place to host your newsworthy video, you need to tell the news broadcasters about it. In whatever city you live in, there are local news affiliates that are part of larger news organizations like Fox News or ABC. You can easily determine which news stations are in your area by turning on a TV and seeing what the call-letters are for your local broadcast news stations.

Once you have the call-letters (for example, WABC) then simply go online and do a search for those call-letters in your favorite search engine. Once you find the web site for that broadcaster, navigate to the page on the site that has a link for submitting breaking news and supply the basic information that applies to your video, such as a description and the URL of the video where you uploaded it.

Aaron Benbaruch knows the ins and outs of submitting breaking news captured by citizen journalists. To instantly submit newsworthy video and pictures to all the TV News Broadcasters for free, visit submit news clip

Mobile Devices, Which Devices Work Hard and Play Hard?

Devices that can access mobile broadband 2G or 3G type networks include laptops, PDAs, BlackBerrys, SmartPhones, and soon, the iPhone. But which ones can help you be productive and keep you entertained?


Laptops can access full webpages, display full screen and can work with your productivity, scheduling and email programs. They can also play music and video.

They are bigger and cost more than handhelds and they cannot fulfill cellphone duties.


They are designed for productivity and can sync up with popular programs like Outlook. They are kind of like mini laptops with an interactive screen, popular types include the Palm.

They are not that much fun, most don’t play music or video and they are not cellphones. They require a service contract to access mobile broadband on top of your regular cell phone service. Although, they are beginning to incorporate multimedia elements like photo organizers, mp3 and video players and display eBooks; however, they cannot replace your laptop. So, basically you have to carry both around and sync up from time to time.


Similar to a PDA, they can access email and webpages, have organizers, many can perform as a modem for a laptop. Some can play mp3’s and video and perform cell phone functions, like the BlackBerry Pearl. The traditional BlackBerrys have full keyboards, support attachment viewing and are quad band (which means they can connect to 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS and EDGE networks).

To access wireless services they require services beyond your regular cell service and they are not much fun. Most don’t play media content like video or music.


SmartPhones combine PDA and cell phone abilities. They support productivity activities like checking email; yet, also perform all cell phone functions.

They require service add–ons beyond your regular cell phone service to use its features and still cannot replace a laptop. They are nice for looking up simple information online or checking your schedule, but you will still have to sync up every so often.


This small device plays music, can check email, IM and performs cell phone functions.

Currently, a two year Cingular contract is required to use this device. Additionally, although the interactive screen is cool, it is hard to type on, which limits its productive abilities. The iPhone is also costly, much more than a PDA or BlackBerry, but designed to be more fun than productive.

So, all in all, your laptop is still the most productive and entertaining device you can use to access mobile broadband services, but far from pocket size. And the pocket size devices, offer limited functionality.

So what is the best combination of functionality and fun? I’m thinking a small multimedia laptop and a reasonably priced smartphone (to get you by until you can get back together with your laptop).

Pamela Stevens

Pamela Stevens writes for, a review site that publishes technology and entertainment reviews.

Free Reverse Cell Phone Lookup Directories

There are lots of reasons why you might want to look up a cellphone number. I'm not going to go into these reasons in this article. What I am going to cover is the problems you can run into when you try to do a free reverse cell phone lookup, and what to do about them.

But first, I want to define what a free reverse cell phone lookup actually is, so that we are on the same page. Reverse search is when you have a phone number, but do not know who owns that number, or what their address is. The way it works, is you type the phone number into a website, and it will come back with the rest of the details.

The way these websites work is that they contain a copy of the regular telephone directories are published by the phone companies. For most residential phone numbers and business numbers, there are all of websites you can use to find the information you looking for. But these websites are not really useful when you want to do a free reverse cell phone lookup.

The reason for this is that cell phone numbers are unlisted. That means that the telephone companies did not publish a list of cellphone numbers and their names and addresses. So these websites are not able to help you because they just don't have the information looking for.

This has left an obvious vacuum, as people still want to do free reverse cell phone lookups. As a result, a number of websites that popped up which claim to help you to a search. The problem with these sites as they have very few cellphone numbers, because they rely on people typing in their cellphone numbers when they visit the site. The chances of someone who you are looking for having tightened their phone number before you visit the site of very small. In the future, I expect this to change as these sites grow in popularity. But right now that is not much use to you.

Another way to do a free reverse cell phone lookup, which I discussed in a previous article, is to type the phone number into Google and see what comes up. Sometimes you'll find the persons information this way, but it depends on the phone number being previously published on the Internet, which only happens a small number of cases.

There are other websites which you can use for a small fee. The reason we have to pay for them is because they gather information from many different sources, which incurs a cast to them. Because so many people use these services, they are able to pass savings on to you, which means that these services are cheap. The information they have covers almost every single phone in the USA including cellphones. In addition, they list information about pages, faxes, and unlisted residential phone numbers. This means they are very likely to have all the information you need.

In this article, I've only really been able to touch upon the subject. I cover the different options you have on my website, which I'm linking to below. As I've mentioned, there are some options for you when you are doing a free reverse cell phone lookup, as well as some alternatives to speed the process up for you. I hope you found this useful.

Matthew Burns is the author of Internet Guider. He has published a guide to cell phone search resources to help you locate cell phone numbers on the Internet.

Wholesale Cellphone Accessories

In today’s world, technology changes so fast that it’s impossible to keep up. Every single night, there are new television commercials promoting computer upgrades and new technology for your electronics. But, more than any other industry, cellphones are the wave of the future. Almost as soon as you purchase a new cellphone, a better version of the same phone will come out! Keeping on top of upgrades and new cellphone equipment can be a tiring chore as cellphone suppliers try to outdo each other with smaller, more complex phones and expensive equipment upgrades. Once you have the phone, you have to have an entire collection of accessories – car chargers, wall chargers, devices designed to hold the phones in place, covers to change the color and look of the phone, the list goes on and on. The accessories can even be more expensive than the phone. What if you could buy all the accessories and equipment you need at wholesale prices? What if regular people could purchase all the accessories they need, and pay the same price as the big-name cellphone suppliers?

Offering Wholesale Cellphone accessories at 80% off retail price, gives buyers the opportunity to purchase all the accessories they want or need. The best part is, you can now get these accessories inexpensively. Battery chargers, hands-free kits, speaker-phone kits, antenna boosters, mountable cell-phone holders, cases, and holsters can all be purchased at wholesale prices, and that’s just the beginning. There are so many accessories for your phone that to buy them all would almost require taking out a loan, if you were going to buy all your accessories through a big-name cell phone supplier.

More often than not, when you buy a brand-name product the price you pay relates directly to how big the name on the box is. The more well-known the company name, the higher the price you might pay. Even two different companies who sell the exact same product will quote different prices for their accessories and equipment. Why? Because first and foremost, you must pay for the name that you buy. Wholesale Cellphone accessories, now available publicly, can be purchased by the every-day, casual buyer where once wholesale prices were only available to large cellphone suppliers.

The good news is, you do not have to go through that big-name supplier to buy all the accessories you might want. The Wholesale Cellphone accessories available on the site are the exact same products you could purchase through the large cellphone companies, only now you can purchase these accessories at the prices that those large companies pay. Offering name-brand phone accessories such as straps, custom keypads, faceplates, repair parts, anti-radiation kits, data cables, every type of battery charger you could ever imagine, and a variety of cases and antennas Why go through a big-name company, when you can get brand-name Wholesale Cellphone accessories and equipment at easy-to-afford prices?

10 Steps To Deal With Texting Bullies

The cellphone has made it easier for young people to chat with the world. However, it has also brought bullies, who were previously restricted to personal interaction and PC-based bullying, into a new level of intimacy with their victims. Most people carry their cellphones on their person all the time, with 60% of them taking the phone to bed with them (using it as an alarm clock). Bullying is therefore not restricted to a forum/ social networking platform, where the victim may unsubscribe and leave the platform. If the bully has his victim’s cellphone number, he can continue to bully him/her directly.

Here are some of the ways someone who is being bullied can deal with the problem:

  1. If someone writes nasty things about you on the forum, save a copy or print it so you have documented proof of the incident.

  2. Never reply to a cyber-bully or send a nastier message back. Engaging the bully in a debate gives him/her what he wants (your attention) and also shows that he can hurt you.

  3. If the bully was supposed to have been a friend, terminate the relationship regardless of the complicated feelings you may still have about him/her. Friends don’t write nasty messages about you, and they certainly don’t try to get you to do something wrong/that makes you uncomfortable.

  4. If the bully tries to blackmail you over an (imagined) infraction, do not give in regardless of how big the threat is. The blackmailer may demand you do worse things so they keep your secret if you have one, or he/she may finally disclose your secret. Also note online sexual predators pretend to be your friend so you can trust them, nudge you to do something very small that is “wrong” and then use the incident to push you into further contact.

  5. If the bullying is happening on a social networking platform, report it to the platform moderators/managers.

  6. If the bully contacts you directly on your cellphone, tell someone you trust what is happening. Your parents /siblings/friends/school councilor can probably help you find a solution that works best for you.

  7. If you keep receiving nasty messages, take a break from your phone for a few days to see if this person will wander off. Find out if your cellphone provider can help you by changing your number. If you are on a Pay-As-You-Go cellphone plan, find out if you can buy a new starter pack/SIM card.

  8. If you really liked the platform, sign on with a different cyber name and don’t give out your personal information.

  9. Always be careful about who you lend your phone to, or who you give your contact details.

  10. Remember that it’s not your fault and you don’t have to put up with it, or be ashamed that you are being bullied. Also, you are not alone. People and resources are available to deal with the problem.

Damaria Senne is a journalist and author based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She writes about the telecommunications industry in South Africa and Africa, including cellular, mobile and wireless technologies and messaging news and trends.

Damaria is also an author and would like to write books that inform, educate, empower and entertain for parents and children.

Are Free Ringtones Really Free

Ringtone advertisements are everywhere these days. This is not surprising, given the fact that everyone seems to have a cellphone. With such a ubiquitous device, people want to personalize their cellphone to the best of their abilities. And certainly, having any number of ringtones is a terrific way to do this.

And ringtones are definitely not the only way to customize a cellphone. People can get wallpapers, or images that act as backgrounds for the display on their device. With newer cellphones having faster processors, wireless games have also become a popular addition to many cellphone models. So, now you can do lots more with your cellphone. These devices are now often used as an expression of the style and personality of the person that owns the cellphone.

many firms have jumped into the ringtone market hoping to capitalize on this desire for self expression. Even the carriers themselves are now selling ringtones to their subscribers. The carriers and many other companies use a common business model for providing these ringtones - the user pays a fee of around one and three dollars per ring tone in order to buy and download the ringtone.

But some companies seem to offer free ringtones to consumers. The ads tell users to enter their phone number and they will be able to download a bunch of free ringtones. Is this the real deal? Well, yes and no.

Look carefully at the small print. In virtually all cases, by entering the phone number you are also agreeing to sign up for a ringtone subscription plan that costs around ten dollars per month. This subscription plan gives you some number of credits to spend every month on ringtones and wallpapers. By signing up, yes you do get some number of extra credits for some extra ringtones. So to some extent these are free ringtones, but you only get the free ones by paying for a fairly costly monthly service.

So what are the alternatives? There are some companies that provide software tools that let you to create your own ringtones from your own set of CDs or MP3 files. A service like this will also let you use your own digital photos to upload custom wallpapers for your phone. If you are computer savvy and are able to spend some time doing this, then this can be a good option.

For people who are not willing to spend time making their own ringtones, there are other services that give you unlimited ringtone downloads for a flat fee. Usually these services are much cheaper than those services that deceptively advertise free ringtones. So it usually is rewarding to research ringtone deals fairly extensively before committing to a purchase.

Marc Ilgen is an expert in cellphone technology. His website discusses unlimited ringtone download programs in more detail. For an original version of this and other articles related to this topic, see cellphone articles

Q And A With Ramon Thomas On Cellphone-Based Social Networking Platforms In SA

Ramon Thomas heads up Netucation, a Johannesburg-based company that does research on the impact of technology on people and relationships.

He has worked in IT Security in South Africa, England and United Arab Emirates for many years. This experience gives him unique insights into how the online world can impact on children, “the most innocent of Internet users,” he says.

How many young people use MXit or other cellphone-based social networking platforms in South Africa?

MXit has over 4 million users, growing at about 10 000 new users per day. I think this growth is going to accelerate as they expand internationally. Mig33 has become a very popular alternative to MXit and there are also several WAP-based chat services like Rivotext and others parents should be aware of. It's important to understand that many of these services are international and so it's almost impossible to get the South African numbers. My estimate would be that maybe 6-8 million children are accessing premium content items.[SA has a total population of 46 million.] What are the 3 most important trends emerging as young people interact with new technologies?

Accelerated development - This can be positive as hand/eye co-ordination is developed when playing computer games, and negative in terms of relationships between teenagers who are just beginning to understand male/female dynamics in the context of sexual relationships and roles.

There is also a strong impact on early childhood development. As a result, I am moving toward full agreement with Clifford Stoll's (author of High-Tech Heretic) views that computers should be not be available to very young children so they can have normal development of cognitive functions.

Lack of Netiquette and Social Skills- There is now a whole generation of children who grew up in a world where cellphones have always been available. These kids struggle to adjust in social situations that do not require cellphones. There is also tremendous conflict in what is deemed acceptable between children and their parents. They are almost two to three lifetimes apart.

User generated content - This is the bane of traditional media companies. Users, with teenagers leading the way, are populating profiles on social networking websites with an almost unlimited amount of written, audio, photo and video content.

The content is self-produced, and every now and then of a superior quality to anything available on network television. This is leading to a huge shift in the consumption of media.

What is the trend that is uniquely African people need to pay attention to?

The biggest trend across Africa is the substantial growth in localised, regionalised and cultural specific content, translated into local languages. This is where Africa has always been left out and left behind. However, the "cheetah generation" as described by George Ayittey is going to make a meaningful difference in that aspect.

What are the three most risky behaviours that children engage in while online? Why do they engage in these behaviours?

a) Children have no idea of personal privacy. So they frequently exchange cellphone numbers in public chat rooms on MXit. They seem to ignore the fact that other people are watching and seeing this information being exchanged.

I think they do this because they don't see the consequence as immediate or real. It's supposed to be anonymous because it's a chat room.

b) Children accept invitations from strangers to connect and communicate on MXit and websites like Facebook. So in the context of social networking websites you must be findable. The problem is that there is no discretion on how to decide who to approve as a friend/connection/contact or not. Parents need to go back to basics about not talking to strangers even online. Just remind them constantly.

c)They post too many photos in public profiles. This is happening at an alarming rate on MySpace and Facebook. There is again no discretion as to what is acceptable amount of photos or not. So it's not even that the photos are explicit in any way. It's that these photos provide enough details for predators to use against the victims. MySpace has some excellent filters to protect minors from being contacted by older people. Others can learn from them on how to co-operate with government and law enforcement.

How much involvement do/should parents have in their children’s use of new media?

In cases where parents have limited knowledge of technology, they should use the infrastructure from the schools to increase their own education/training and awareness of technology.

However, parents should not expect this to be driven by schools. They should be proactive in communicating the need for increased awareness of technology.

Would an education campaign/the provision of educational materials assist young people in keeping safe, or do we need other interventions? What are these interventions?

Other than educational materials, we also need to train peer counsellors. They could be current and future prefects who can handle first level problems before passing more severe problems onto more qualified experts.

What are some of the projects you have in the pipeline that will help South African children to be safer online?

I am working on bring programs into South Africa. I've completed my initial training with them and am now moving into more advanced and specific training. Much of what is need has been developed and refined by them. They are the biggest group dedicated to online safety with over 9000 volunteers worldwide.

I'm also going to work with Childline/Lifeline to provide training to their counsellors on the technology side of problems experienced children.

Damaria Senne is a journalist and author based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She writes about the telecommunications industry in South Africa and Africa, including cellular, mobile and wireless technologies and messaging news and trends.

Damaria is also an author and would like to write books that inform, educate, empower and entertain for parents and children.

Wholesale Cellphones: How to Find A Good Wholesale Cellphone Source

Wholesale Cellphones The dream of owning their own business is one that many people have entertained. But in reality, starting and successfully running your own business is no walk in the park. The idea of being your own boss, the freedom to control your own fate and be the master of your own destiny, is often only that: a dream. Now, because of our site that dream is a very real possibility!! Our site allows you to purchase new or refurbished cell phones from all the biggest names at wholesale prices. With ebay you no longer have to be a cell phone supplier to buy cell phones at supplier prices. Brand-new or refurbished, these phones are now available to anyone who wants to make a change in their lifestyle. Even the newest, most sought-after name-brand phones are available for purchase at the prices that only large cell phone suppliers were given in the past. Not only does our site offer brand-name phones at wholesale prices, but they also provide buyers with a list of other wholesale suppliers, so that business can immediately expand.

Buyers will also be given a list of websites relevant to our site to get business started, and running, right away. And if for some reason you are not satisfied with the supplier list that is offered, the website offers a 100% money-back guarantee. And though it almost sounds too good to be true, is completely real. With the huge market today for cell phones, which upgrade on a seemingly daily basis, the possibility of running a lucrative cell-phone supplying business on the Internet could turn into a dream-come-true. Offering tips, links, and up-to-date upgrades on cell phone equipment, Websites like e-bay and Internet buying in general are becoming increasingly popular, so why not get involved as soon as possible? Our site can be taken advantage of by anyone, from small to large existing business owners, as well as individuals who want to start their own home-based businesses. Businesses can save money on even the latest models of phones, and offer competitive products to prospective buyers using our site. Technology, though ever-changing, fascinates everyone. If cell phones and Internet buying are only growing in popularity, it’s best to get started on the ground floor of business with solid buying contacts and up-to-date products. With our site, you can't go wrong. If it's possible to realize your dream of owning and operating your own lucrative, thriving business, why not give it a try?

Get Christian Ringtones

Cellphones are something that have certainly grown in popularity over the past several years. Ringtones are the new craze and have become very, very popular with teens and young adults as they allow the user to further personalize thier phone to be distinctive, and very much 'their's' and their's alone.

If someone likes rap music, you wouldn't think twice about them having a hip hop ringtone on their cell phone, would you? Of course not. If you knew someone who loves rock and roll music, why wouldn't you expect them to have a rock and roll ringtone on their cell phone? Of course they would. So, why should being a Christian be any different? As Christians we should be able to have Christian ringtones on our cell phones as well. Now we can. Don't get me wrong, please. I'm not saying that you are not a Christian if you do not have a Christian ringtone, but if you do in fact have a Christian ringtone on your cell phone, the chances of you being a Christian (and not afraid to show it) are pretty good in my honest opinion. Come on, they are free. Go ahead and show your faith! Be distinctive! Be a distinctive Christian!

So, as Christians, we should be overjoyed (and I for one am, as I'm sure others are as well) that many of the biggest players in the ringtone industry have decides to offer a full range of Christian Ringtones, and even let the user have 10 bonus Christian ringtones when you sign up with thier service.

So, what's so special about Christian ringtones? Well, to start with, there are literally hundreds of contemporary Christian songs to choose from as well as standard gospel hymns. The reason this is important is because music, to Christians, is very important. We sing these songs at church! Christian tunes give us inspiration and shelter from the world, and it also let's the world know thet we are in fact 'different' from everyone else. Not better, just forgiven. Besides playing Christian music in my car or home when my non Christian friends are around, I cannot think of a better way to bring up my faith than by someone calling and a passerby hearing a Christian tune, a distinctively Christian ringtone, that they have never heard before. What an ice breaker!

So, if you are looking for something new to introduce the faith to your friends or and new person with, Christain ringtones are the perfect way to do so, while inspiring you and reminding you of God's grace whenever you get an incoming call or text message.

Are they a fad? No. Christian ringtones are here to stay, as long as ringtones themselves remain. Keep the faith!

Sarah Driskill is a freelance writer and a dedicated Christian. She is married to a wonderful husband and has three beautiful boys, ages 2,3, and 9. Get Christian Ringtones

How to Pick the Right Cell Phone forYou

In the world today, if you don't have a cell phone you're out of touch. How do you pick the right phone, the right plan or the right company? There are many factors to that should be taken into consideration.

If you have a large family, one of the many family plans could be the ticket. Some family plans share a pool of minutes. This can be a good

or bad thing depending on how good your family is at sharing. If you have teenagers who tend to talk quite a bit on the cell phones (and most do these days),

this may not be the best way to go although buying a separate plan for each teen could be very expensive. One idea is the "pay-as-you go" plan. These plans use

minutes from a pre-paid bank of a set duration. At least this way you have control over how much you spend each month. Another type of family plan lets family members pay for their own calling, but if family members sign up, everybody gets a better price then if they had signed up individually. Some plans also give you a break on the price of the cell phones themselves. Be sure to check out these types of plans carefully.

If you are just shopping for yourself; carefully evaluate what you think your cell phones usage will be. If it's just for emergencies or occasional use the afore mentioned pay-as-you go plans may be sufficient. You could also buy the cheapest plan available. Some are as low as $20 a month. Most people however, use their cellphones a lot and need many minutes. If this is the case, pay-as-you-go plans can get very expensive and it makes more sense to buy a plan that gives you several hundred minutes worth of time each month.

Another thing to consider is the options. Does the plan come with roaming, long-distance, text-messaging, etc. included? Are these extras important to you? If they are then be sure to total up the costs of each plan. Some include extras in the plan cost, some don't. Don't sign up for a plan only to find out that you have to pay additional costs for the features you want that another plan included free or for the same price.

Lastly, do the cell phones available for the plan come with the features you want or need. Cameras, games, two-way radio functions are just some of the many new functions being added to today's phones.

About the author: Jon Wilder is the owner of This article may be reprinted on condition that the source box is included and the article is unedited.

The Latest Buzz: The Mosquito Ringtone

A cell phone, everyone has one and also the kids. But their cellphones are not always allowed on all places. On most schools or public places a mobile cell phone is not allowed. Like a cinema or a funeral. But also at school.

When your phone rings while you're at school you loose your phone when you get caught on having one in the school. And it's not so hard to notice a mobile phone when it rings, is it? But now there is a solution for that problem: the mosquito ringtone. This ringtone is a mp3 ringtone which makes the sound of a mosquito. But the sound is such a high sound that you need really good ears to hear it. And it is well-known that children have better ears than older people. When you become 20 years old you start getting hearing losses and you won't hear the mosquito ringtone. So that's what is so great about the mosquito ringtone at school, only you and your classmates hear them, not your teacher! But when the teacher has a good hearing, you're in deep mud!

Also when your phone 'rings' everyone in the class looks up to you and the teacher might get the idea of you having a mosquito ringtone on your cell phone. Your classmates might even ask to shut down the annoying sound!

This high sound technique is already used at some train stations in the Netherlands to get rid of all the youth that's hanging out there. They have speakers where they play the mosquito sound with so they scare off the local youth. So the train visitors feel safer and the peron is less busy. But there have also been complaints by the younger people who are waiting for the train to go to their work, they hear that annoying sound the whole time. So probably it's not that solution against the rebellic youth.

The mosquito ringtone is available on the internet on various websites. It's easy to get a free one, but you will need a cable to send it to your mobile phone.

The next question is: what's next? If you already have realtones, monophonic ringtones, polyphonic ringtones, irritones, voicetones, nametones, truetones, funtones, videotones and you now even have unhearable ringtones? I wonder what's next...

The writer of this article is the owner of he's in the ringtones and polyfone ringtones business for over three years.

Cellular Phone Downloads

Cellular phones are taking a leap forward by offering camera phones with better picture resolution and MP3 players with plenty of memory, while offering these new features at prices lower than present models. In such a scenario, you can juice up your phone with several cellular phone downloads available on the internet.

These cellular phone downloads are exchangeable skins and user interfaces for your cell phone. When you apply a new theme on your phone, it will get a totally new look. Not only does the wallpaper change, the menus and other bits of the interface might change as well. In addition a theme might contain a screensaver and a ringtone, to make the change complete. These cellular phone downloads are like getting a totally cool new phone for free.

These cellular phone downloads are another word for background or a logo. It’s an image you can use as a desktop background on your cellular phone. You can have these cellular phone downloads on your mobile phone through WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or upload it by bluetooth, infrared (IR) or by using a cable. The cellular phone downloads can be obtained in the following image formats: jpg, gif and png. The screen on the cell phone has a resolution of 128x128 and higher so it’s best to use image cellular phone downloads that are exactly the correct size.

These cellular phone downloads are 3GP videos that are small movies for your cell phone. It is like having your own portable movie player with you wherever you go. Although the image quality of these cellular phone downloads is sometimes uninspiring, seeing moving 3GP images on your cell phone can be quite cool. 3GP is based on the MPEG 4 (MP4) standard, and includes AMR for the audio soundtrack. These 3GP cellular phone downloads are a cool addition to your cellular phone.

These cellular phone downloads are moving images (almost videos) that can be used in several ways on your phone. Such a gif animation can be used as a screensaver on your phone which activates when the phone is idle. These cellular phone downloads can also be used in picture messages (also known as MMS) which can be sent to your friends and family using your cell phone. Adding a cool screensaver to a phone and your picture messages is a popular way to customize it. Commonly, these cellular phone downloads are in gif format.

These cellular phone downloads are different types of music files used as alerts on the mobile phone when receiving incoming calls. These cellular phone downloads can be customized and by doing this you get a personalized and cool cellular phone. There are many different types of ring tones but the most common format is midi (.mid extension). You get ringers in 4, 16, and 40 midi channels and most cellphones support at least 16. Another popular format is smaf (.mmf extension). These two cellular phone download types are called polyphonic ringtones. Newer mobiles support something called realtones or soundalikes. Realtones are music files stored in the popular mp3 format or as wav tones. You also get realtones in a format called amr and wbamr.

These cellular phone downloads are Java games that are interactive games for your cell phone. It is like having your own portable game console with you wherever you go. Although these cellular phone downloads used to be quite primitive, being only in black and white and with beeping sounds (like snake), the best of these cellular phone downloads now have great color graphics, sound and gameplay with well known characters.

These cellular phone downloads are Java applications that are interactive software for your cell phone. It is like having your own portable computer with you wherever you go. Modern cellphone applications (usually in Java MIDP/midlet, Symbian SIS or Pocket PC format) can be quite advanced.

There are many ways to get the above accessories to your phone but the easiest is through cellular phone downloads from the internet through WAP. You can also carry out this cellular phone download from your pc through an infrared connection or by using Bluetooth if both your pc and phone support it. Many cellphones also have memory cards. If you have one and a memory card reader/writer for your pc, you can save these cellular phone downloads on the card and put them back in your phone. The last option is to transfer cellular phone downloads using a cable connection but usually mobile phones are delivered without such a cable.

According to recent studies, the demand for cellular phone downloads will triple within the next 12 months. According to a survey sponsored by LogicaCMG, 20% of mobile phone owners all over the world have already used cellular phone downloads, a percentage that is expected to grow 60% within the upcoming twelve months.

The study was carried out in Europe, Asia, North America and South America and has also revealed that monthly average of expenses with subscriber's cellular phone downloads is currently 6.32 euros. About 40% of interviewees have expressed expected growth of cellular phone downloads for upcoming years. Ringtones, games and music are the three most popular cellular phone downloads.

Forty-one percent of the interviewees want to have the possibility of sharing the content of cellular phone downloads with their friends. Moreover, 17% of mobile phone users expect their phone carrier to provide network storage for all their cellular phone downloads.

How to Find Wholesale Cellphone Accessories


Cell phones have been the new craze for the last couple of years. There has always been the need to buy the latest phone or the latest accessory available. Whenever there is a slight decline in the sale of cell phones then these cell phone companies come out with a new invention to keep the sales up. Just lately there has been the Nokia N-range and one of these cell phones allows you to stream high-quality television from the Internet at broadband speeds. Imagine a website that allowed you to purchase the next generation of phones and cell phone accessories in bulk size and then sell them on at a very tidy profit. Wholesale cellphone accessories are here and now.

The Answer to Your Prays

If you would love to make yourself a tidy profit from selling items such as cellphone accessories then you have to know where to go to make that profit. There are many website that have many links in the cell phone market and they can refer you to these links and then you can be sure of wholesale price cellphone accessories. i suggest to search google new groups under the term " wholesale cellphones".

Quality Wholesale Cell Phones

The quality of what you get will always be important to you. You will not want products that are not worthy of your money. Thankfully many wholesale sites knows the companies that are know for producing quality wholesale cellphone accessories and the products that you order will come in their original packaging so that you know what you are buying will arrive to you in supreme condition. No quality is compromised to meet a customers needs. You can start your own business and start making money from something that everyone wants….cellphone accessories. Wholesale cellphone accessories will ensure that you start making money in no time. High quality cellphone accessories at wholesale prices. What more could you want? is a website dedicated to finding the best cell phone and cell phone accessories distributors from around the world. We then compile a list of the suppliers for you to purchase so you can start selling cell phones and accessories for a great profit. With more than 10 suppliers, and more than 5 bonus suppliers that are all based in the United States, is the #1 wholesale cell phone supplier on the internet.

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Batteries Reconditioning: How Can I Extend My Battery's Life?

Batteries have come along way in development with our high demands for our cellphones, laptops and digital cameras. Batteries have to have more power and last longer. The way we should take care of our batteries have changed. Reconditioning your battery to prolong its life is part of the maintenance of proper battery care. By reconditioning you can give your laptop or camcorder battery more life and lasts longer. Familiarize and get to know a few basic tips on how the battery works and proper storage and care.

Tips on reconditioning your batteries

Research shows if you leave your Nicd for three months or more crystals inside will ingrain together having them turn into a more solid structure, which is hard to break up. At this point reconditioning is required. This process is a slow discharge which is to remove any energy remaining and bring it below| v/cell. Let the battery fully discharge once every three months is a good maintenance procedure for your NimH and Nicd batteries. The NimH battery has the shorter life so over exercising (discharging|recharging) is not recommended.

Storing Batteries properly is important

Reconditioning of your batteries will be done in several cycles of you discharge and recharging in the life of your battery. Twelve hours before use charging will help you in your power loss. Don't store your battery before use as it will loose power naturally and is not part of the reconditioning and maintenance system. For storing you should charge the battery to full and turn off the power. If you are storing the battery for several months or more. Not charging may result in poor battery reconditioning. By following these maintenance and reconditioning procedures you can get more life from your video camera, digital camera, cellphone and your laptop batteries or any other device that uses batteries.

Daryl Plaza is the owner of A1-batteries - a website with resources|reviews to help learn more about your cell phone, camcorder and laptop batteries with information and tips on all your battery needs.

What's New with Cellphone Cameras

Mobile telephones have progressed a long way from their humble beginnings as the analog “bricks” of the 80's as technology has offered increasingly more complex features and options. Once no more than just a phone, now the average new cellphone has more on-board processing power than the combined computing power used to land men on the moon. Miniaturization, modern programming, and constantly improving technology driven on by a hungry market means that the cellphones of today are not just a phone, or even an organizer, but instead, they are a centralized multimedia platform. They offer many of the same advanced features as a PDA, like Bluetooth, flash card compatibility, radio, and fully featured integrated digital cameras. Much like the cameras found on PDAs, the digital photography offered by multimedia phones is not brilliant, but rather better suited to casual photography of friends at opportune moments. The advantage of having an integrated cell-camera is that as a phone is something that people tend to always carry with them, they will always have a camera handy.

If high quality digital photography is what you're after, then you're better off buying a mobile phone and camera separately. While camera technology is getting there for things like PDAs and mobiles, the range of advanced options for a cell phone camera don't even translate to the standard set of features for a basic digital camera. A comparison of some prominent models on the market today follows, giving consideration to the cost, feature set, and level of quality offered by each device.

The Palm Treo 650 Smartphone runs the Palm OS version 5.4 on a 312MHz Intel CPU. It has 23MB of user memory available, expandable with the addition of either an SD or MMC flash cards. The display is a 320x320 pixel 16-bit color TFT, and it features a 0.3MP digital camera, capable of taking photos or capturing video. Feature wise, it's impressive, but doesn't weigh up against similar products for the price. The camera in particular is under-powered for the amount of processing behind it. A Smartphone 650 will set you back about $550.

The Sony Ericsson W800i has 32MB of user memory, and comes free with a 512MB Memory Stick Pro flash card. Featuring a display resolution of 176x220 pixels, and a 2 MP digital camera, it is fairly light on the features, and would be best described as a basic high-end mobile phone. The 2MP digital camera goes some way towards justifying the cost, but it doesn't compare to buying a digital camera separately. The W800i will set you back around $480.

The Nokia 7610 is a competitive entry on this list, featuring a fairly rich feature set by comparison to the other examples. However, it has only 8MB on-board memory, expandable via a MultiMediaCard flash card. It comes with a free 64MB MMC, with a 176x208 display in 16-bit color. The 1MP digital camera supports a very wide range of image formats, as well as two modes of video in low or medium resolution. It supports multiple video formats, has a 4x digital zoom. The Bluetooth enabled system itself has a web browser and email client. The main problems with this phone are the relatively short lived battery, and the small amount of on-board memory. But at just $310, the feature set gives this phone serious bang for the buck.

If we compare each of these to a normal digital camera, it is easy to see why they are not a good choice if you intend to focus on photography. $350 gets you a Canon SD500 7.1 MP digital camera. It features 3x optical zoom, along with 4x digital zoom, Television AV/out port, proper strobe flash with red-eye reduction, heavily customizable setup, optional automatic lighting conditions compensation, a tripod mount point, full motion video recorded at effective resolution of 0.3MP. It has an SD card slot, and a host of other features too numerous to name. This is not an elite, professional grade camera, however it outperforms every camera phone listed by at least 3:1. and at a lower cost too.

Cellphones have evolved to a point where they more closely resemble a laptop than anything else, combining a truly impressive range of multimedia technologies into one tiny device. Displays are improving rapidly, as is the level of functionality offered by modern mobile phones. As they become more numerous, these features will become increasingly useful as vast networks of people, all armed with such versatile devices will begin to take shape. As of now, however, they are fairly unfocused in their capabilities, offering a very wide range of features, but not delivering any one of them so well as to replace the technology from which the features first came from. While camera cellphones can have their uses, they still do not lend themselves well to high quality photography. For casual use with friends, or general purpose use, a camera phone can be a lot of fun, and while it combines a lot of devices into one convenient package, it doesn't deliver the a high level of quality.

Ron Donnelly is editor of the digital camera site, buying-guide-for-digital-cameras. You can visit the site at

Headline: Cell Phone Causes Woman to Rob Banks!

It was captivating watching The Telephone Bank Robber on television, wasn’t it? The police say they have a big suspicion that it may have been or could have been Candice Rose Martenize just because she has a resemblance to the zillion pictures we all saw on television.

The police caught Innocent Until Proven Guilty Candice Rose Martenize in a North Virginia suburb. I think that “Martenize” is an alias. Out here in Idaho we spell it “Martinez, Martinis,” and some non-teetotalers after 4 P.M., “martini.”

I’ve made a scientific study of the case.

We learn at:

"September 15, 2003 “New cell phone radiation danger: bloody brain damage…

"According to a British scientist, cell phones can ‘cause proteins to leak across the blood-brain barrier’, which could lead to early senility. The scientist, quoted by The Independent, says the long-term effects are not proven, and that damage could repair itself, but he also explains that people that used to become senile around 60 could now do so in their 30s due to intense exposure to radiation.’"

Radiation is not good for your brain, especially if you are a rat!

We learn at:

"January 12, 2004 Rats get visible brain damage from cell phone radiation

"The February issue of Popular Science has a short piece about a Swedish study involving rats exposed to cell phone radiation. A classic approach, but this time brain damage is visible and it's freaky! A picture of a rat brain after cell phone exposure shows many dark spots, apparently leaked blood vesels (vessels) and damaged neurons. Of course, the industry has been quick to dismiss the study, but other scientists are gearing up to try and replicate these findings. So far, the most prevalent scientific opinion on cell phone radiation is essentially that it is too weak to damage the human brain…"

You got it?

Cell phones can fry your brain, especially if you are a rat.

Our Innocent Until Proven Guilty Candice Rose Martenize or “Martinez, Martinis,” or “martini” is most likely completely innocent.

If cell phones can cause early senility, they can change your love-abiding personality to that of a money-hungry cell-phone-talking bank robber.

That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

Why would such a Innocent Until Proven Guilty lovely young creature ever want to do anything other than to love and benefit her fellow human beings, especially old men in Idaho?

Innocent Until Proven Guilty didn’t do it on purpose!

For those of you who think the Phone Bandit was just dumb, here is a story:

"Robbed the Post Office November 17th, 2005.

"A man moved to the small rural community I live in and rented a box at the local Post Office. In order to rent the box he had to show picture ID and give his physical address and phone number. He lived in line sight of the post office just off the main road. Two days later he robbed the Post Office at gun point, the local police and postal inspectors merely had to walk across the street to arrest him at his home. His mail is now being forwarded to a federal correctional facility for the next several years." (

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Copyright©John T. Jones, Ph.D.2005

John T. Jones, Ph.D. ( a retired R&D engineer and VP of a Fortune 500 company. He is author of detective & western novels, nonfiction (business, scientific, engineering), poetry, etc. Former editor of international trade magazine. Jones is Executive Representative of International Wealth Success.

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