Friday, October 9, 2009
Cool Technology of the Week
In many crime solving police procedural programs (NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds etc), the perpetrator has used an untraceable, disposable cell phone.
But what is a disposable cell phone and where do you buy one? I've never seen one in my travels.
The answer - Walmart
The vendor - TracFone
The idea is that you buy an inexpensive phone (there are many options ranging from $15 to $50 dollars for Motorola and Samsung phones)
and then prepay for minutes - 60, 120, 200 without any contracts or bills.
The minutes are a single rate plan - national, international and roaming at local call rates.
The only hitch is that the minutes expire after 90 days or you can buy 400 minutes good for one year.
Since there are no contracts, you can use the phone as much or as little as you want, when you want. You just add minutes as needed.
The features of the service include
* A GSM phone
* A single Rate Plan - Call nationally, internationally or roam at local call rates
* Nationwide Network Coverage
* Features text messaging, voice mail, free caller ID, free call waiting
* Bluetooth Wireless Technology
* Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Rating: M3
* Battery life with up to 7.5 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time - it is rechargeable, so you do not toss it when the battery runs out.
* TracFone Airtime Balance Display shows you how much airtime you've used and how much is left, so you control your costs
*Includes up to 20 minutes of starter airtime upon activation
A full featured cell phone without a contract for $15.00 That's cool!
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM