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Mobile Computing Ideas from Big Dennis

Big Dennis has been sort of the Appalachian Marco Polo.
His business keeps him on the road from Sunday nights through Friday's, yet he always manages to find his way back into the Appalachians.
He says the mountains get him "re-charged" so he can face another week on the road.

Probably so.

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, as he can e-mail us, so check back often for new contributions.


Performance & Price, That's Nice

Granted, I'm Mr. Gadget, but I discovered that I didn't need every gee-gaw available crammed into my mobile phone.

In fact, many just got in the way.

Others, I never use For my "one phone does it all plan," the Sprint PCS LG TP 5250 had everything, including: a 199-name phone book -- which is actually misleading as you can store up to 5 numbers in each of the 199-names -- that's almost 1,000 numbers!

Not only does one-touch dialing allow you to assign names to numbers -- for example, 7= office, but voice dial-up stores 30 names -- allowing you to say "call Candy," and have the phone dial the number.

Other features include:

  • a call/history log,

  • four minute voice-memo recorder (with the activation button conveniently located on the side),

  • and -- for me, the most critical feature -- 28 different ring tones (and the ability to download more).
  • Admittedly, I couldn't care less about the calculator, scheduler, or the two games.

    But if you do, there's BlackJack 2 and Comanche, a helicopter "arcade-esque" adventure.

    As for price: retail is a very reasonable $199 -- but you can get it for less when you sign up for certain plans or through rebate and/or promotion programs!

    Click here for more information about the Sprint PCS LG TP 5250.


    Do you have some mobile computing advice to share or have a question?

    You can Write to Dennis!.

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word MOBILE in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)


    If you have to travel like I do, then you KNOW what a pain computing on the road can be.
    If your traveling is for pleasure and you plan to take a laptop, then you STILL know what a pain computing on the road can be.
    Either way, I hope these ideas help.
    Oh, if you get home before I do, please leave a light in the window and the latch-string out.

    Big 'Un


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