The difference between American and European mobile phone providers are vast, and the modern traveler is likely to run afoul if they are unprepared, running up a surprisingly large bill! Here's a rundown of my standard techniques to prepare my American mobile phone for travel abroad. Frequency Compatibility The first thing to do when considering a trip abroad is checking … [Read more...] about How to Prepare Your AT&T Phone for Travel Abroad
Mobile broadband roaming is insanely expensive. Using my AT&T iPhone overseas costs $20,000 per gigabyte, and that's not a typo or a joke. So I always pick up a local 3G data SIM for my Huawei E585 mobile hotspot when traveling. Here's documentation of my experience with T-Mobile in the Netherlands this week. The Best Wireless Internet Overseas First, it is absolutely … [Read more...] about Wireless Internet Access During My Trip To The Netherlands
There have been a few press reports recently suggesting that one newcomer on the enterprise storage scene, Huawei Symantec, is more than meets the eye. According to a Washington Times story, a sale of the company's storage products to a supercomputing lab was blocked after allegations that the Chinese government or military would use the platform as a Trojan horse for spying. … [Read more...] about Is Huawei Symantec Spying For the Chinese?
Traveling overseas is challenging in many ways, but mobile phone and data service is especially difficult. While it's fairly easy to find a reasonable deal locally, it's almost impossible to transfer these deals abroad. The best way to avoid a huge ripoff is to use a local provider, and this is exactly what I did during my recent trip to the UK. I picked up a Huawei E585 "MiFi" … [Read more...] about An Inexpensive Mobile Broadband Alternative When Traveling in the UK
Last year, as the pre-release hype around the iPad was reaching its peak, dozens of companies announced their own tablet computers or "pads". Some predicted doom for Apple's device even before it was released. After all, how could premium-priced Apple compete with the volume PC makers and all the factories in China? Pretty well, it turns out. Almost a year later, no tablet … [Read more...] about The Tablet Wasteland and the iPad Oasis