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Monday, 28.04.08
THOUGHT: Deutsche Bahn's MMS Railway Ticket System
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:27 CET under 09 - Thoughts

I've mentioned Deutsche Bahn's (DB) MMS Ticket some time ago but last weekend, I finally had the chance to test it. As a matter of fact, I was at at my parents and the printer was out of order. This means, I wasn't able to order my ticket over the Internet to print it at home on the PC. However, without a ticket, you cannot make a seat reservation and it's always a good idea to have a seat reservation on German InterCityExpress (ICE) because the German high-speed train can be pretty overcrowded and since I wanted a seat with a table in the mobile phone area, I had to reserve a seat. But what to do if the printer is kaput? Use the mobile phone instead and I remembered my previous article here.

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Friday, 18.04.08
THOUGHT: Yes - AT&T's Prepaid plans work fine for Mobile Data
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, some days ago, I've blamed the U.S. carrriers for not offering any prepaid data enabled SIMs for inbound roamers and it turns out, I was wrong. Well, it wasn't just me who was wrong but basically the sales person at AT&T had no clue what he is selling. My fellow MVP and friend Mike Temporale just told me 2 days ago that he is using an AT&T SIM card if he is in the U.S. and that this SIM works perfect for data as well.
As you might can imagine, I was somewhat irritated but he showed me and indeed he was accessing Smartphone Thoughts without any problems, straight from his Windows Mobile smartphone. Furthermore he told me that it doesn't matters which plan you use, either the US$ 100 for one year or the US$ 0.25 per day, both would work.

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THOUGHT: Make your Windows Vista Notebook an 'Access Point' in Hotels
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:09 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, there are many reasons why people dislike Windows Vista and which keeps them away from upgrading from Windows XP, and indeed - as Steve Ballmer said in his MVP Global Summit keynote today - "Windows Vista is work in progress". Nevertheless, there are these kind of "hidden" but very usefully features available as well, like setting up a wireless ad hoc network which can be quite useful in hotels.
I'm currently staying at the Westin, downtown Seattle and the Westin offers in-room high-speed Internet access through CAT5 and WiFi. Unfortunately the Westin is charging its "guests" for Internet access.

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Monday, 14.04.08
THOUGHT: T-Mobile U.S. - not a bad option at all for Inbound Roamers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 03:47 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Sure, for more advanced smartphone users in the U.S., T-Mobile might be the worst option to chose since the Seattle-based carrier still lacks support of UMTS, not to talk about HSDPA but for inbound roamers like me, T-Mobile isn't that bad. Especially if you use a smartphone like the Samsung SGH-i600 which supports triband GSM at 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz only.
Not sure what's wrong with AT&T's EDGE network here in Seattle but I don't get EDGE here (maybe it's available on 850 MHz only?) while T-Mobile's EDGE shows up everywhere:

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Sunday, 13.04.08
THOUGHT: No love for Inbound Roamers - where are the Prepaid plans for Mobile Data?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:01 CET under 09 - Thoughts

All right, I've just arrived at Seattle for the annual Microsoft MVP Summit. While I'm normally fine to use my Vodafone WebSessions SIM card for international data roaming, unfortunately Vodafone isn't offering WebSessions in the U.S. because they don't have any GSM/UMTS shares here (but are a shareholder of Verizon Wireless only). Since I will be in Seattle again next month, I've visited AT&T as well as T-Mobile shops to figure out what my prepaid mobile data options are and guess what - there are no options! Unlike most (or all?) European carriers, non of the U.S. carriers offers prepaid SIMs which can be used for real mobile data as well.

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Friday, 11.04.08
RETROSPECTION: Back from Tel Aviv - on the way to Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Not sure if you have missed me the past days but as you might have noticed, I haven't updated the::unwired. Well, the reason was, as said earlier, that I was the whole week in Israel for the HANDY Tech 2008 to which I was invited by HANDY and PocketPCFreak.com.
In addition to my presentation at HANDY Tech 2008, I've also visited a couple of Israeli start-ups like Modu and Fring and - for sure - I took the time to travel around Israel where I've visited Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and other great places here, just to mention a few.
Just arrived this morning with El Al (but flying El Al is another interesting story), I'm currently on the train to Frankfurt, from where I'm writing this article, to catch my flight tomorrow morning to Seattle where the Microsoft MVP Summit happens next week.

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