|When is the right time? |
By Joni Blecher
(April 17, 2003)
Section Editor Joni Blecher, a.k.a. the Cell Phone Diva, wants to answer all your questions about cell phones, service plans, and wireless connectivity. Send her a question!
The wireless circle
Q: I just purchased a Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 laptop with a built-in wireless network connection and Bluetooth. I'd like to buy a cell phone that takes advantage of my laptop's technology and lets me download e-mail. Any suggestions?
Bluetooth or bust
Q: I'm looking for a Bluetooth phone. I like the T68i, but I saw that the Siemens S55 is going to launch soon. The P800 also caught my attention, but it's too expensive for me. Do you think I should wait for more Bluetooth phones to come out or spring for a new one now?
A: We won't see many new Bluetooth phones this year; if that is the only key feature for you and you like the T68i, that model is probably your best bet. Now about the Siemens model you have in mind--the company doesn't plan to sell the S55 here in the United States, but you can still buy one abroad and activate service here. Since the S55 is a world-roaming GSM phone, all you'll need is a SIM card. However, you'll have to make sure the phone's SIM isn't locked; a locked SIM prevents you from using SIMs from other carriers without getting a special code from the carrier that initially sells you the phone. The S56, a similar model, won't work abroad, but it will be available here in a few months.
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