Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

When we travel, we often take valuable gear to better enjoy our trip, work while away, capture the memories we make in exotic lands and be prepared to handle emergencies. We bring music players, game devices, laptops, tablets, still and video cameras, and, of course, smartphones. In fact, smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have […]

An update: cellular service on planes, yea or nay

We’ve been reading a lot about the FCC possibly lifting their ban on inflight cellular services. Ned Levi has written about the prospect of lifting the ban in past columns. In this column Ned has an update about the FCC’s position on the ban, and data from a recent survey released by the FAA concerning European inflight cellphone use.

Will airlines need to install “Phone Booths of Silence?”

The FCC is considering lifting its ban on cellphone use for phone calls on airplanes inflight. Ned Levi explores the problem of cellphone use inflight, in part, by examining cellphone use on Amtrak, and proposes a possible solution which would allow airline passengers to make phone calls without disturbing fellow passengers.

Is it time to bring wireless services to the US national parks?

The US National Park Service (NPS) is under growing pressure to provide WIFI and cellular services for park visitors, at least, in the developed areas of the national parks, roads, and trailheads. Ned Levi discusses the pros and cons of the NPS installing these services.

Attention Hoteliers: A clean comfortable bed just isn’t enough

Providing a clean comfortable bed is fundamental for hotels, but Ned Levi doesn’t think that’s enough in the 21st century. Ned discusses his own hotel needs and peeves, plus those of travelers he knows, and of readers who have written him.

Choosing a cellphone headset for travelers

Last week Ned Levi discussed risks which come with traveler cellphone use, which headsets may overcome, as well as practical entertainment and touring uses for cellphone headsets for travelers. This week Ned discusses choosing a cellphone headset for travelers.

Should travelers purchase a headset for their cellphone?

Ned Levi examines why travelers should consider the purchase of a headset for their cellphone, including to mitigate health risks, problems of using cellphones while driving, and to permit the use of cellphones for entertainment and touring when the use of cellphones could unfairly disturb others.