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[vox] re: cell phone contracts

I'm with Cingular - just got a new camera/web-capable
phone. I forget what my monthly calling plan is (I'm a
second phone on someone else's account), but I did get
unlimited web-browsing capability added for $19.99 and
have no complaints. They also have a metered web
access plan for $10/mo. I think the phone itself was
around $300 retail, though you may be able to get a
better deal as a new customer.

I have no complaints about either aspect of the
service - it's good since they just merged with some
other carrier (I forget which one) and have a much
larger network now. But I can tell you that if you go
this route, I strongly recommend the unmetered
plan...and make ABSOLUTELY SURE that this is what the
salesperson signs you up for. The one that helped me
somehow screwed up on this part, and we got a nasty
little surprise when we opened our cellphone bill at
the end of the first month. It took a phone call to
Cingular, plus a return visit to the salesperson, to
get everything straightened out. Now that it's done,
however, it works great. The other nice thing is that
the web capability works wherever you would normally
be able to make a voice call.

Good question about the SSH client; I have no idea. I
know that *I* wouldn't trust a cellphone carrier's
network to provide me with a secure encrypted
connection to my Linux box, as it is my understanding
that cellphone transmissions are notoriously prone to
being intercepted, even with the recent advancements
in the technology. Maybe the other list readers have
additional insight on this topic.


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> From: p@dirac.org (Peter Jay Salzman)
> Subject: [vox] cell phone contracts
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> My cellphone contract with Verizon is up, and I'm
> looking around for new
> cellphone deals.
> I'm currently paying $40 (300 min, free calling at
> 9) for truly bare bones
> basic service.  That's the cheapest plan, AFAIK,
> that Verizon has.  It
> sucks.
> Went to the Verizon store, and it appears that the
> very cheapest I can get
> voice and data for is $80 (I really want to be able
> to access google and
> wikipedia from my phone).
> Just took a look at Sprint.  Their cheapest calling
> plan is $30 (200 min,
> free calling at 7) and an astonishing $15 for
> "unlimited web and data".
> By the looks of it, Verizon's pricing is just
> absolutely awful.
> I was wondering if anyone knew of any other
> cellphone carriers I might want
> to look at that may be competitive with Sprint or of
> any contract deals
> they've heard of that might be interesting.
> I've never had web/data access on a cellphone
> before.  Is it possible to
> upload some kind of ssh client onto a phone?
> Thanks!
> Peter
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> rounding digit is 5.
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> "stochastic" rounding function
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