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Changing Cell Phone Plan to Google Fi

I transferred my personal cell phone (not the family’s, just mine) to Google Fi a few days ago. So far it seems to work well, although I’ve not had a chance to use it far and wide yet given the pandemic.

The only downside I’ve found thus far is that when dialing a local (607) number I have to use the 607 prefix or the call goes wonky–selecting its own area code to call. So I end up dialing 10 digits instead of 7 for local calls. But given 99% of the time I’m calling someone in my contacts list anyway, it doesn’t seem to be a big deal.

I’m estimating given my low usage of data the plan I’m on will cost me around $30/month for my phone.

I didn’t transfer the fam’s phones to Fi because they use iPhones and there’s some hangup with reworking the settings for texting to non-iPhone users. I’m an Android, everyone else is an iPhone. Supposedly a change to the iPhone’s settings is easy and quick, but every time Apple does a major upgrade you need to redo the settings to be sure you can text to non-iPhones. No thanks.

The thing I’m most excited about is that my particular phone model (a Motorola G7) can automatically change the network it uses for Fi–GSM or CDMA or secure Wifi hotspots. The Fi service uses Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular networks for its signal. My phone can switch and use whichever signal is the strongest, automatically.

PC World Agrees with Me: Firefox is on the Way Out

firefox-chrome Once upon a time, not more than a year ago, Firefox was my favorite web browser. But then updates came along for Firefox that made it extremely slow on my old Windows XP machine. And I had troubles with some of the extensions (little helper programs that embed in the browser). Having no choice, because speed is such a critical issue, I changed to Google Chrome. And I haven’t looked back.

It seems I’m not the only one who came to the same conclusion about Firefox. From PC World via Yahoo! News:
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Firefox 3.5 is a Dog on My Windows XP Machine

Firefox is my web browsing software of choice, and has been going on four years now. I love it’s speed and it’s extensibility. I can add all sorts of functionality to it–little “add on” programs that make life easier for a web worker like me (FireFTP, Delicious bookmarking and SeoQuake are just some of the ones I use).

Confession: My computer is long in the tooth–a Dell Dimension E310 (4+ years old) running Microsoft Windows XP, Media Center Edition, Version 2002 Service Pack 3. The chip is a Pentium 4, 2.80 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. But enough of the tech talk. My senior citizen computer ran the previous version of Firefox just fine.

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