[tabi] portible wifi hotspots

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 13:50:01 -0400

Hi all,
 
Also, you always have the option of buying one of the portible wifi
hotspots.  They have a cell modem at their heart, but they look like a small
device about the size of a deck of cards, and it allows up to 5 wifi
connections.  These can be funded like any of the prepaid phones (in fact,
Virgin Mobile has perhaps the most popular model, called the My-fi).  You
can pay $20 for a 1gb connection which lasts 1 month.  You can keep renewing
it as desired, or let it sit in the closet most of the time, and only buy a
top-up when you go on vacation.  You also can buy a $10 top-up for two
weeks.  No contracts, no obligations, and I think the price is around $100.
 
You can buy top-up cards (and someone will have to enter the number from the
card), or you can create an account on their web site, and charge a top-up
to your credit card (then, there's a processing fee of around $2).
 
The VM my-fi is a 3g model, and TMobile offers one (slightly more expensive)
which is a 4g model (so it's data connection is usually much faster).  It
will automatically make a 3g connection if a 4g connection isn't available.
 
I think these are a much better idea for I-pads, I-pods, laptops, etc. since
they offer flexibility for pricing, and will provide service for up to 5
people/devices.
 
Walmart carries the VM my-fi, and has a special deal where you get twice the
amount of data you top-up with, if you have bought your unit through a
Walmart store or walmart.com (they can tell from its serial number).  They
also sell the TMobile unit, but only on walmart.com
 
hth,
 
Chip
 


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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Lynn Evans
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 10:49 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: Apps For The Blind And Visually Impaired: iPad/iPhone
Apps AppList


And there is an app that tells you where the wi-fi spots are, it's free!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Allison and  <mailto:acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx> Chip Orange 
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 6:42 PM
Subject: [tabi] Re: Apps For The Blind And Visually Impaired: iPad/iPhone
Apps AppList

Thanks Lynn (and Terri) for pointing out this alternative.  If you have
wifi, you can just buy the device you want, and use most of the useful apps.
 
I think Allison is going to get the IPad and use it via wifi only so she
doesn't have to get into a monthly plan just like Lynn.
 
Chip
 


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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Lynn Evans
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 3:27 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: Apps For The Blind And Visually Impaired: iPad/iPhone
Apps AppList


Hello Jim and others interested in this thread:

 

1, which apple phone is the best for us to get?



Why that would be the latest version that is out now? The question seems to
be should I hold off for the newest or latest and greatest model. When I
bought my I Pad this past October I had no idea the newer model would be
coming out this past March.  Do I regret buying the I Pad II; no, not for a
minute. I never had any device so accessible an easy to use right out of the
box. 

 

2, is their one for OCR?



I phones along with I Pads run apps short for applications. There is a basic
set of apps that comes with each device; Email, contacts, calendar and
camera to name a few that are task specific. Other apps help you get at the
music and videos you download to your device.  

 

There is another app that lets you access the apps store. This lets you
choose more apps, over 500,000 at last count, books, and movies to rent
$4.99 or buy, and all kinds of music; a single cost 99 cents, and albums
cost $7.99 and up.  

 

The price of apps can be free or anywhere from 99 cents an up. There are OCR
apps but do not look for this one to be on the device when you buy. I know
of one OCR app by Ai Squared that will let you take a picture of text and
read the text. This app is made for folks like me who still have some useful
sight left.    

http://www.aisquared.com/blog/2011/04/zoomreader-is-here/

 

3, what would be the monthly cost for the Apps and phone use?

 

For the prices on apps see above and for the cost of staying connected I am
over my head on this question. Hay guys with phones, what are you paying per
month? 

 

 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: K4NKZ Jim <mailto:k4nkz@xxxxxxxxxxx>  
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2012 4:45 PM
Subject: [tabi] Re: Apps For The Blind And Visually Impaired: iPad/iPhone
Apps AppList

thanks! for all this info!
questions:
1, which apple phone is the best for us to get?
2, is their one for OCR?
3, what would be the monthly cost for the Apps and phone use?

 

Have A Nice Day, From, K4NKZ Jim B.D.T.B.

On 5/19/2012 2:52 PM, Lynn Evans wrote: 

This may be useful, I hope.  
http://appadvice.com/applists/show/apps-for-the-visually-impaired 

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