No the data plan is not unlimited any more on any carrier that carries the iphone any more. These two carriers are ATT and Verizon . Unless you are an old customer with the unlimited data plan. Also I think you lose it if you change devices or plans. The new data plans start at 15 bucks and go up. The data plan is required for the iphone. The voice plans start at 40 bucks and go up and the text plan start at 5 bucks and go up. So the minim amount for a starter plan on the iphone is about 60 bucks before taxes. And go up from there. Bubba bubbathegeek@xxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Bowden Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 8:59 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] e: device wanted Chip is correct. If you are good at using aa touch screen, this would be the most affordable option. If you have a note taker such as the Apex, braille sense, or pac mte, you could use the note taker to do much of this. The problem with using the ihone to play the radio, is you would need to get the internet plan, which is unlimited, about $125.00 per month. If you buy the phone from verizon, you won't have the ability to use the internet and phone at the same time. You would need to check about the cost of plans, I believe at one time attempts were made to charge per mbs of download. You might join the iphone user list at yahoogroups for questions about the iphone before you buy. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date sent: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:08:05 -0400 Subject: [tabi] device wanted Hi Bruce, I changed the subject line to better reflect your question. I've seen Sally and William (and others I think) speak very well of their I-phones. I believe they will do all the things you mentioned (I'm hoping some I-phone owner will confirm this). However, it's my understanding you'll be paying around $100 a month for the plans needed to do this (need an I-phone owner again); this is what my friend has to pay for hers anyway. She has the unlimited data plan, and if you're going to be listening to streaming media such as internet radio a lot, you'll need it. I don't know what the up front cost will be, a few hundred dollars, but it's really nothing compared to a multi-year contract at a $100 a month. I just don't use a cell phone that much where I want to spend that much money on one. And, for internet use, I far prefer a laptop to a phone. My preference would be to sign up for a plan which gives you a cell modem for a laptop for your internet anywhere access (they give you a little card or USB device for your laptop which is a cell modem), and then get an inexpensive cell phone separately. I get away with one of the pay-as-you-go cell phones with no speech (track phone or virgin mobile), and it costs almost nothing. T-mobile is now offering a pay-as-you-go plan (no contract), and you can buy a phone like the haven which has speech. so, if you don't feel you could use a prepaid phone by touch without speech, you could get your phone service cheaply through t-mobile. perhaps others now offer pay-as-you-go plans, I haven't looked into it. such plans though are almost always cheaper, usually *much* cheaper, than a traditional yearly contract cell phone plan, with a high monthly fee (virgin mobile's is 18 cents a minute). I hope others will chime in with their experience, and there are plenty of sites on the internet for the blind, which offer reviews of cell phone options. Chip ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bruce Weaver Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 2:14 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: an inexpensive digital voice recorder Hello, What is the best device for someone who want's to listen to radio stations on the internet, tex,and make a limited amount of calls. Of course must be speech friendly. The information you post is very informative. ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chip Orange Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 10:48 AM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] an inexpensive digital voice recorder from the recent Top Tech Tidbits news letter: The American Printing House now sells the Wilson Digital Voice Recorder for $29.95. It records up to eight hours of messages or lectures and content can be transferred to a computer via USB. http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_The%20Wilso n%20Dig ital%20Voice%20Recorder_1-03993-00P_10001_11051 Chip Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject. Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.