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dornole
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: Wi-fi and smartphones Reply with quote

OK -- if I get a new phone and it has Wi-fi built in -- does that mean I can check my email on that for free at a hotspot like I could on my laptop? Or do I need a data contract and use minutes for that?

I tried to figure this out online but I guess it's too basic a question. Haven't had a smartphone before & wouldn't need to check email often but I wouldn't mind having that capability esp if I could hop on a hotspot for free. And I would like to have PDA/phone in one. I'm assuming the phones with GPS are not good for geocaching.

Thanks for any info.
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speedysk1
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you find a hot spot then you can connect to it via the wi-fi connection. You shouldn't need a data plan to use it. I know quite a few people that have those types of phones and only connect via wi-fi.

As to the gps phones, I've heard there not great for caching itself, but they can be handy for cache management. For example cache mate, and others I suspect, can use the built in gps to show you the nearest caches in the cache mate database.

Good luck.
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