Posting on the road

I am posting this using Safari on my new iPhone. Some blog software allows you to post via e-mail, so mobile blogging is nothing new. With the iPhone I have access to the entire blog interface. I am connected to the Internet using AT&T’s Edge Network. It’s faster than dial-up, but slower than broadband. Right now I am sitting in the driver seat of an orange 2004 Freightliner Century Class. I’m in Calera, Oklahoma at a Choctaw truck stop, across the street from a Choctaw Nation casino. Using the touch keyboard is a bit tedious, but I don’t think it’s any worse than any other hand-held device and in some ways it is better because it can adapt to the context.  For instance, when you are typing in the address bar of the browser you get all Qwerty keys plus there is a single key labeled “.com”  and the forward slash (/) is right next to it which allows for rapid entry of web addresses.  When you are typing an e-mail addresses the @ key is right there, too.

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My new phone

My previous mobile phone provider was Cricket.  Cricket was a good deal, because I had unlimited minutes and unlimited texting to anywhere in the USA for only $50 a month.  I really liked knowing that, no matter what, my phone bill would always be $50.  The only problem was that the Cricket calling areas in most states are limited to a few metropolitan regions.  Since I am now driving a truck all over the country, I thought I’d go with one of the big service providers.   I eventually wanted to buy an iPhone so I thought I’d go ahead and go with AT&T who is the exclusive service provider for the iPhone.  I wasn’t quite ready to buy the iPhone so I asked if I could use my old Kyocera.  They said that it must be unlocked first.  Cricket said that they “do not unlock” phones.  There are websites that advertise unlocking codes, but I found nothing for my Kyocera Dorado.  Since I was going to have to buy a new phone I decided to go ahead and buy an iPhone.