June 22, 2013

"Hands-Free" May Not Equal Risk-Free

Motorists have been warned in recent years, through legislation, public service announcements and ads, that talking on the phone or texting - things that take at least one hand off of the wheel while simultaneously distracting the eyes and mind- are dangerous and to be avoided while driving. In response to these concerns, some automakers have come out with "hands-free" systems that allow users to access GPS, place calls, text, and more, using only voice controls.

While hands-free systems have been heavily marketed as being safe for drivers, recent studies suggest that mental distraction caused by trying to accurately communicate to your dashboard can be almost or equally as dangerous as taking a hand off the wheel and looking at your cell phone.


Voice-dictating a text message to the dashboard can result in a dangerous state for the driver, called inattention blindness (casually referred to by law enforcement officials as "looking but not seeing.") The driver will be looking straight ahead at the road, but is thinking about the words that he or she is conveying, rather than what is happening on the road in front of his or her car.

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May 07, 2011

Wirefly Droid 2 Coupon Code

Get the DROID 2 Global (a Motorola phone) at Wirefly's discount (plus get free shipping).

We've talked a lot already about the advantages of Wirefly's savings including their free shipping offers.

The purpose of this short post today is really just to remind you about Wirefly's free shipping and discount on the Droid 2.

The actual cost for the Droid is variable, so you'll have to go to Wirefly through the link to find out what the cost is, but you'll likely save quite a bit by getting the Droid through Wirefly's Coupon Code link.

Get the DROID 2 Global (a Motorola phone) at Wirefly's discount (plus get free shipping).

May 04, 2011

Jitterbug Cell Phones Review

Our review of Jitterbug Cell Phones from Greatcall

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As you've come to expect from, we really only review products and services that already are well tested and liked in the market, to either verify the other reviews and reviews, or de-bunk their claims as hype.

In the case of Jitterbug cell phones, our review is in-line with the market and is positive.

Jitterbug is one of the first cell phones designed with the idea of making the phone easy to use and fun. As cell phones get smaller and smaller, as well as more complex, there are many people who just want a simple way and a simple phone which lets them stay in touch. The Jitterbug has bigger buttons, a powerful speakerphone, and one button dialing (once programmed) which makes it really simple for even the newest (or most advanced in years) user of cell phones.

It really seems that almost everything about the Jitterbug is designed to make it simple, which is exactly what people buying the Jitterbug want from their cell phone.

In the box, you will find:
-A How-To-Guide
-The Jitterbug cell phone
-A Rechargeable Battery
-A Battery Charger (and from this review, the link will give you a free car charger for your Jitterbug as well)

The Jitterbug, which was designed by Samsung, has a large keypad for easy dialing, a strong speaker (which is enabled for speakerphone) which gives good sound, and you can access everything from the phone's screens with a really straightforward yes or no option.

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May 03, 2011

Top 13 Skype Alternatives

Skype currently has over 560 million registered users who rely on the popular program to stay in touch with friends and family.

But if you've been a long-time Skype user you are probably already aware of the fact that there are days when the program seems to acts up. Sometimes calls get dropped, and if there is too much background noise you can't hear what the other person is saying.

Whether you're sick and tired of relying on Skype, or you're simply looking around for other alternatives to the program, here are 13 alternative programs you could try using to stay in touch with your loved ones:

1. ComBOTS
ComBOTS is a program that will connect your PC or landline phone with others around the world for cheap or at no cost at all. You can call other mobile phone numbers from your PC or landline, and you can also use the chat feature which allows you to include audio and video as well.

2. iChat
iChat is a popular option for Mac users, but it also has an instant messaging application that will work with your AIM or MobileMe account as well. Not only does it have an instant messaging app, it also has support for audio, video and screen/application sharing, and you can also videoconference chat with three other users at the same time.

3. Gizmo Project
Gizmo allows you to make cheap or even free international calls, and you can use the Gizmo Call In and Call Out feature to call other phones for as little as 1.9 cents per minute. You can also record conversations, map where your caller or receiver is calling from, and much more.

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April 30, 2011

CellPhoneShop Review and Coupons

CellPhoneShop Coupon Code
Save 10% on any purchase over $20. When you click the link below.
then enter coupon code EASTP10

One thing that people really like about CellPhoneShop is that the company offers what they call their lowest price guarantee.

Essentially, this means that they review pricing around the Internet, and will match whatever price exists on a comparable item. If there is a lower price available when they are reviewing prices, they will reduce your order price an additional 10%.

You have to email CellPhoneShop to get the discount, but it's definitely worth it for them to get you the 10% extra discount.

We also found in our review that Cellphoneshop has pricing that is HIGHLY competitive. Of course, with a 10% policy like they have, they would have to be aggressive on how low they can price all of their cell phones and accessories.

And competitive they are.

The lowest price guarantee works for all prices on, as long as the pricing is on an exact model matching cell phone or other item which hasn't been used and is still in the new packaging.

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April 26, 2011

Greatcall Jitterbug Coupon

So long as you are getting a Jitterbug from Greatcall, you may as well use this coupon.

Coupon gets you a free car charger.
When you buy a Jitterbug Cell Phone from Greatcall,
this coupon will let you get a free car charger

Greatcall is a cell phone store and company which was created around the idea that real people should have an easier time finding and buying cell phones.

Jitterbug is a cell phone created to help people make phone calls more easily.

Combine Jitterbug and Greatcall together, throw in a coupon for a free car charger, and you have an awesome coupon deal on a great product from Greatcall.

Positive things people have said when getting their Jitterbug through Greatcall include that they got the phone quickly and that it looks exactly like it does in the advertisements.

One person on Amazon said that they got a Jitterbug for their 91 year old mother because with macular degeneration and severe hearing loss, the Jitterbug has been a huge blessing because the earpiece volume lets her use the phone without having to remove her hearing aids, and without feedback, so long as she holds the phone away from her ear a little bit.

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April 20, 2011 Coupons and Coupon Codes

CellPhoneShop Coupon Codes for

CellPhoneShop Coupon Code
Save 10% on any purchase over $20. When you click the link below.
then enter coupon code EASTP10

If you are shopping for cheap cell phones, you might want to have a look at and They offer some incredible coupon codes throughout the year.

Here's one coupon from CellPhoneShop which doesn't require you to do much. All you have to do is make a purchase over $20. Once you do, and enter the coupon code, you'll get a 10% discount on whatever you buy.

Buying from CellPhoneShop can also be a good idea because of their lowest price guarantee.

We'll talk more about that at a later time, but it's safe to say that you will be pleased with the money you can save using coupons from

CellPhoneShop Coupon Code
Save 10% on any purchase over $20. When you click the link below.
then enter coupon code EASTP10

August 18, 2008

LG 600: Double Minutes on the LG 600

Just in time for the back to school rush, TracFone has released a new LG phone that also includes its popular 'Double Minutes for Life' promotion.

The LG 600 has all the standard features (like text messaging, voice mail, 3 way calling, etc.) but also has a VGA camera, Bluetooth capability, 32 pre-loaded ringtones, and even a flashlight. This is TracFone's second Bluetooth-enabled release this summer.

The phone is currently available for $79.99, including Double Minutes for Life (a $49.99 value) FREE.

Double Minutes means that you get one free minute for each minute purchased, for the life of this LG phone.

This package also qualifies for free ground shipping.

Get an LG 600 phone for $79.99 and receive double minutes for life!

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July 24, 2008

Cheap Ways to Keep in Touch While Traveling

Are you feeling lost with the growing distance that has suddenly cropped up between you and your beloved as he or she is away from you for some professional or other travel purpose?

Well, there is no need to worry.

If you don't already know, advancements in the telecommunications industry have created some amazingly cheap ways for people to keep in touch while traveling, no matter where they are in the world. We talk a lot on CallingAdvice about Skype, but there are lots of people who are still using calling cards, which are still a much cheaper, more innovative, and easier way to keep in touch with those special souls you love, than just picking up the phone from wherever you are and dialing.

Calling cards (in case you've never used one) are a kind of telecommunications credit card. If you've never used one, you should know that they are used by people worldwide to pay for phone calls. However, there are many varieties of calling cards available. Some examples would be prepaid calling cards (for all kinds of calls), country-specific calling cards, bill-me-later calling cards, international calling cards, and so on.

Prepaid calling cards can be for any type of phone call (local, national, international), and they are basically cards where you pay a certain amount and you will get your long distance calls paid for in advance. The main advantage of prepaid calling cards is that they neither have any monthly payments nor any roaming-on-net charges.

Prepaid calling cards generally offer you the lowest calling rates and let you stay connected to your loved ones.

However you must note that calling cards can have a hidden agenda. As we've written before, with calling cards, there are a variety of additional fees associated.

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March 10, 2008

Advantages of Using VoIP

We use VoIP to make international calls. (VoIP is composed of services like Vonage, Packet8, PCtoPhone, Skype, and others.) Whoever invented VoIp was a genius, and has created a life-saver for anyone traveling abroad. I am not originally from the United States. Even though I live here now, I am Asian, and most of my family and friends are all in the Philippines. I have relatives and friends in other countries too, especially around Europe.

I use my VoIP Phone service to call them. Amongst all the choices for International calling, I would recommend VoIP services because not only is calling through VoIP much less expensive, but the quality is good too! I say this while letting you know that I've used calling card and cell phone services for international calling as well, but I have really never been all that satisfied with the quality. Generally speaking, calling cards are almost always more expensive.

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March 07, 2008

Choices Available to International Callers

There are many choices available to those who want to make international calls. While some of these options cost more than others, these options will all allow you to call friends, family, and business contacts overseas. GSM (or Global System for Mobile Communications) is one method for making calls internationally. Because of the GSM network, many cell phone owners are able to roam globally without switching phones or providers. Sometimes, roaming charges may apply and it is vital to choose a phone with the GSM logo on it showing that it is compatible with the system.

The advent of the internet phone, and many internet based phone services, has enabled people all over the globe to call each other for a low fee. Sometimes, the service is free.

This is especially true in cases

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April 30, 2007

Toll Fraud Detection an Important Part of a Telecom Expense Management System

In the aftermath of 9/11, security has become a major concern for many companies. An important aspect of this is the protection of telephone systems from toll fraud. reports that the FBI and FCC estimate over $4 billion in losses due to toll fraud, with a typical incident amounting to around $30,000 in fraudulent long distance charges. Furthermore, the FBI considers that some of these infringements may compromise our national security. To be fully effective in fraud detection and prevention the use of an automated Telecom Expense Management (TEM) system is indicated.

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