After a week of mishaps, I finally got my new Vonage internet phone to work. This is a wireless phone that works directly with the Internet. If it can pick up wi-fi, it can make Vonage’s trademark free long distance calls to the US and Canada. After having Phone 1.0 develop an error while auto-installing firmware, Phone 1.1 arrived, and managed to update itself without self-destructing. And after ten minutes of argument with it this morning (less than I expected), I set the wi-fi security codes and had it attach itself to the Surf Shaque network.
I have absolutely no real need for a wi-fi phone. Except for the fact that it is a cool new toy to have. The only real need I have for it will be when I am in Europe, because then I can call home for free anywhere there is open wi-fi. And I could have done that through Vonage’s website, on their phone interface. However, this is easier, smaller, and I can also use it to find open-access points in the neighborhood – as the Gizmodo.com staff point out, it’s a wi-fi detection device as well. With Cingular charging me 20 cents a minute to call Canada, now I can call home while not at home – and call the States and/or work from Victoria when visiting Mom and Dad. And when wi-max comes in, I should be able to use this thing like a regular cell phone.
Most importantly though, I’m back on Vonage, so I can call home. Mom and Dad like that. So do I.
And totally unrelated – but how could I not take this quiz:
You are Louis. You have discovered that you will
be spending the rest of your immortality
alone. You have detached yourself from the
world, seeing as you’ve lost all those you
have loved. Your memories are what keep you
What Interview with the Vampire Character are You?
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