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posted in April 2013
Tethercell from Tetherboard provides remote control over batteries via a Bluetooth 4.0 connection and can be recharged.
Use your iPhone or Android phone like a disposable cell phone. For cheap you can buy a number (or multiple numbers) with voice time and SMS messages. If person-to-person anonymity is important, this app is for you.
Old phone systems never die. They just fade away. The phone companies that run the copper-based POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) may want to do away with it in favor of more modern, flexible and profitable technologies, but it's not going anywhere soon.
An epidemic of stolen cell phones has San Francisco district attorney George Gascón demanding that handset companies put a remote "kill switch" into the devices. They're blowing him off. Experts say that there's little upside in the kill-switch for Apple, Samsung and the other handset makers and that the scheme is probably impractical.
The iPhone 5S, which reports say will begin production in the second quarter of 2013, was the last iPhone designed with Steve Jobs in charge. Look for incremental change. If you were expecting Apple to add a back button, you're probably going to be disappointed with the iPhone 5S.
If you're lucky to be where they have signal then Karma, an $80 LTE hotspot, is a great deal. Karma provides free LTE hotspot bandwidth on the Clearwire network. Bandwidth costs $14/GB and you can earn 100MB by signing up friends.