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Can you really get a GPS device for tracking your valuable gadgets?

GPS tracking is available for your gadgets like your mobile phone or laptop. Some services are aimed at recovery if it’s lost or stolen. The first step is to register your GPS cell phone or laptop, but check out the fine print. It might not work unless the application is on, for example, making it pretty useless to find a lost phone with the power off or a stolen one if the thief knows to turn off the tracking app. On the other hand, if you want to know whether you left it in the office, the restaurant or the car, it might be just what you need.

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Wi-Fi spreading fast among phones

The number of phones shipped with Wi-Fi jumped to 139.3 million in 2009, up from 92.5 million in 2008, the group said. ABI's research indicates that annual shipping number will surpass 500 million units by 2014, when 90 percent of all smartphones will have the technology. And even as smartphones make up more of the handset market, Wi-Fi is expected to grow more common in less-expensive phones, said Kelly Davis-Felner, Wi-Fi Alliance marketing director.
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Wi-Fi spreading fast among phones

The number of phones shipped with Wi-Fi jumped to 139.3 million in 2009, up from 92.5 million in 2008, the group said. ABI's research indicates that annual shipping number will surpass 500 million units by 2014, when 90 percent of all smartphones will have the technology. And even as smartphones make up more of the handset market, Wi-Fi is expected to grow more common in less-expensive phones, said Kelly Davis-Felner, Wi-Fi Alliance marketing director.
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What is a UICC and how is it different from a SIM card?

UICC stands for Universal Integrated Circuit Card. It is a new generation SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) included in cell phones or laptops used in some high speed wireless 3G networks. The UICC identifies you to your wireless operator so they know your plan and services. It can store your contacts and enables a secure and reliable voice and multi-media data connection, global roaming and remotely adds new applications and services. The UICC is the best and only universal application delivery platform that works with any 3G or 4G device.
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How can I send or receive free text messages from my email?

In most cases you can send or receive free text messages from your email like you would any other email. It is free for you at least, although the receiver may pay to receive it depending on their text message plan.

To send a text message to a friend using your regular email account, you address it with the 10 digit phone number @ the email Web site URL of your friend's cell phone carrier. Note that's not the same as their main URL, it's a special one for text messaging. For example, AT&T is number@txt.att.net, Verizon is number@vtext.com and T-Mobile is number@tmomail.net.

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