ADVENTURES IN VIRTUAL REALITY

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CELL PHONE SERVICE GETS CHEAP

We love our cell phone service from Google’s new “Project Fi.” It only works with Google Nexus phones, but if you get one, your bill might be as low as $25 a month with tax.  Now they’re expanding it. Google Fi currently works with three phone carriers. If the signal is strongest from T-Mobile, for example, that’s who they’ll connect to. If Sprint is better, you’ll be using Sprint. They’ve recently added U.S. Cellular. A Google Fi account gives you unlimited text and phone calls for $20 a month. Each gigabyte of data (which is what you use up when you’re on the Web and all those words and pictures come in), is $10. But you get money back if […]

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WHEN YOU CAN’T TALK, VIDEO TEXT

“Yahoo LiveText” is for those situations where you want to see the other person you’re texting and you can’t talk. Maybe you’re at the library. You know how they are about people like you. With this app, you can text each other while also looking and batting your eyes.

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WE CHAT

Our niece uses We Chat, used by eight million people, to share text, pictures, video and phone calls. She likes the fact that it uses less of her phone’s data plan and saves her money.

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MEANWHILE… DEEP IN THE JUNGLE

If you’re deep in the Amazon jungle, in a hurricane, or traveling too far from a cell phone tower, your text message won’t go through. (Good luck dealing with the giant Anaconda.) A new device called “goTenna” fixes that by using radio signals.

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IS ANYONE OUT THERE?

Recent market research from IBM found that 90 percent of email marketing goes unread. The solution, says tech strategist Daniel Burrus, is to use text messaging. It’s just the reverse. People read and act on a text message 90 percent of the time. The trick is you have get potential clients or customers to request a text message. On all of Burrus’ print and marketing materials, he puts the message “Text Burrus to 99000 for a special handout on this subject.” For more on this topic, go to goo.gl/5B26A.

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WRITE NOW, SEND LATER

“Future Text” is a free app for your phone that lets you write text messages now and send them any time up to 30 days later. They have a $2 version that lets you write text messages now and have them sent up to a year later. (We could see this as a plot device in some mystery show.)

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GROUP ME PLEASE

If you or someone you know sends a lot of text messages, and don’t have the benefit of the iPhone’s iMessage, a better way to go might be GroupMe, an app from Skype.com that works with any cell phone.

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TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

You probably know that the latest Apple iPhone 4S has “Siri” which responds to your voice. Owners of Android phones can get something similar, called Sonalight. Both these apps are free.

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LIVE PROFILE

LiveProfile is a free text messaging app for iPhone or Android. Users can share photos, videos and “comprehensive” profile information without incurring text messaging charges.

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