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Send And Receive E-mail Everywhere, Even The Sahara Desert

19
August
2013
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Gadgets
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Adventure riding your motorcycle into remote areas of the world, like the Sahara desert, the South American Amazon forest or in downtown New York is fun. Many RTWRound The World riders head for areas unknown, exploring vast areas that you only see on the National Geographic TV channel.

Nowadays everyone is equipped with mobile phones, usually smartphones, to keep in touch with the folks back home, or to add their story on their web site. But only 8% of world's surface is covered by GSMGlobal System for Mobile communications (GSM: originally from Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. Its promoter, the GSM Association, estimates that 82% of the global mobile market uses the standard.[1] GSM is used by over 3 billion people across more than 212 countries and territories.[2][3] Its ubiquity makes international roaming very common between mobile phone operators, enabling subscribers to use their phones in many parts of the world. GSM differs from its predecessors in that both signalling and speech channels are digital, and thus is considered a second generation (2G) mobile phone system. This has also meant that data communication was easy to build into the system. mobile networks, so when adventure riding, chances are you will end up somewhere with no phone reception to send your email, text message or to receive them.

Satellite phones are the alternative, but very expensive. Satphones cost a lot of money, and their monthly subscription fees will cost you more than your trip. So how do you stay in touch?

Text Anywhere

Text Anywhere Open Text Anywhere link in a new window is a small device that either uses a built-in battery or a 12V feed from your bike. You connect the unit to your smartphone (Android, iPhone or Blackberry) via WiFi, and using the smartphone's browser you can send text emails and text messages via the device. The Text Anywhere device sends your message through the orbiting Iridium satellites to its destination for a fraction of the cost of the dedicated satellite device.

The nice part is that it is not only one-way, you can receive messages as well. In other words, if you are camping in the middle of the Sahara, surrounded by scorpions and camels, you can still communicate with the folks back home.

Text Anywhere

You are limited to text, no photos. But you can send text/SMS messages to your Twitter/Facebook feed and other social media that accept SMS messages. You can even let the device tell your friends where you are in the world.

The device will cost you US$399, the monthly subscription plan costs US$29.99 and for that you get 100 messages for free. After that, it will cost you US$0.27 per message.

Click here to read more about the Text Anywhere device Open Textanywhere link in a new window.

Via: Gizmag



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