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Tech Talk / Re: insurance on new verizon smartphone?
« on: November 07, 2011, 03:19:23 PM »
I also would recommend

There really often is a 30% off coupon - that would make the warranty an unbeatable price
From SquareTrades's website:

"Covered Issues: Both accidents (e.g., broken screen or other damage through drops AND liquid damage including full immersion) and out-of-warranty normal use failures (e.g.,hardware failures or malfunctions) are covered. We do not cover loss, theft, willful damage or damage occurring through gross misuse."

No coverage for loss makes this a bad choice for insurance. Does anyone have any other companies they recommend, or is it best to just stick with Verizon's expensive insurance?

Tech Talk / Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« on: November 01, 2011, 03:22:16 PM »
sorry if this is the wrong section...if i have an iphone with the skype or google voice app...can i use a wifi network to call the usa for free?

how would it work exactly?

I can't testify personally but I know someone who uses an app called Whistle to make free calls from abroad to the U.S. You listen to a short ad then can talk free for 20 mins.

Tech Talk / Re: Cell Phones in Israel
« on: October 30, 2011, 03:54:56 PM »
Does anyone know of a non 1-800 number to get in touch with Orange Big Talk in Israel? I want to call to ask them about some rates.
Use this for their main customer service line: +972 3 905 4054

Tech Talk / Re: Verizon 4G/LTE Smartphones
« on: October 06, 2011, 09:10:48 PM »
So did 8MP just become the new standard?
Definitely. Droid Bionic, Galaxy SII, and iPhone 4S all have 8MP. So I would be shocked if Samsung didn't match those. The difference is very significant, it upgrades one's phone from being an impromptu camera to one that can really be used for everyday photography.

Tech Talk / Re: Verizon 4G/LTE Smartphones
« on: October 06, 2011, 05:17:27 PM »

If this is true, 5mp camera, I will be extremely disappointed.

Up In The Air / Re: Has anyone flowen Delta Economy comfort to TLV?
« on: October 05, 2011, 01:40:25 PM »
Have you or anyone you know flown Delta Economy comfort to TLV??
is it any better than regular Economy? I'm desperate to fly business but i dont have the heart to spend the extra $$ and i dont have any delta or amex points to switch. thanx!

The extra legroom and recline are definitely enough that you appreciate them. Free alcohol is a nice perk as well. As mentioned, doesn't compare to snagging an exit row.

On The Road / Re: Help with car rental in Jerusalem for succos
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:52:13 PM »
I have rented from avis countless times with world mastercard.... only saves 14 NIS a day

keep in mind after insurance ur rental price will double or even close to triple

I am always puzzled when I see Dan or others discussing World Mastercards for Israel rentals. It barely saves anything.

Tech Talk / Re: Verizon 4G/LTE Smartphones
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:45:53 PM »
"The size of the screen has been calculated to be 4.6 inches--bigger than anything offered in the United States thus far"

Bit concerned about this. It sounds like it will be gigantic.

On The Road / Re: Help with car rental in Jerusalem for succos
« on: October 03, 2011, 02:42:31 PM »
Wait till you see what the final price is with damage and theft protection. You're in for a rude surprise.

Credit Cards / Re: World MasterCards That Do/Don't Cover CDW In Israel
« on: September 16, 2011, 05:52:22 PM »
I have the Travelocity AmEx (issued by Barclays) which states in Guide to Benefits "As an eligible Insured, you may receive reimbursement for repair or
replacement of the Rented Automobile as a result of Damage or Loss to the Rented
Automobile anywhere in the world."

I called Barclays they confirmed every country is covered including Israel, but declined to provide a letter, saying it was unnecessary since the guide clearly states "anywhere in the world."

I am still unclear though how this helps save much? For example Thrifty Israel's T&Cs states:

To decline LDW & TPC, the renter must have a US issued World Master Card or Canadian issued Gold/Platinum Visa/MasterCard and provide WRITTEN PROOF that the card has relevant coverage for car rentals in Israel.
Nevertheless,if LDW & TPC are declined,Third Party Liability is mandatory in Israel as a minimum coverage to cover items that are not covered by the credit card company such as Blowouts, Tire/Trim damage not caused by Theft/Vandalism or
is not a result of vehicle collision.
Only US issued World Master Card or Canadian issued Gold/Platinum Visa/MasterCard can be used to waive LDW & TPC These cards will only be accepted for coverage for rental periods of less than 28 days in any calendar year.
If a relevant card and cover letter are not produced at time of commencement of rental, then LDW & TPC must be purchased.
Customers who choose to rely on their credit card for coverage are subject to an Administration Fee of USD15.00. This fee is to cover communication costs with the card holder company to establish cover for the processing of
claims and the supply of relevant information on rentals in case of damage.
If the LDW & TPC protection's are declined, a minimum security deposit of USD5000 will be required through the clients credit card to cover possible damage to the Thrifty and 3rd party vehicles, in addition to rental charges.
Maximum Security Deposit is up to the full value of the vehicle if the LDW & TPC protection's are declined.

The forced 3rd Party Liabilty + $15 Admin. fee mean you will very likely pay more by using a CCs coverage. I have glanced at other rental companies it seemed their terms are similar. Any thoughts?

Tech Talk / Re: Verizon 4G/LTE Smartphones
« on: September 09, 2011, 12:10:23 PM »
Dan I'm surprised, with your extensive overseas travel isn't a global-ready phone a necessity for you? iPhone 5 and Nexus Prime are both rumored to be global-ready so that makes the decision for me.

Tech Talk / Re: Cheapest internet connection in Israel
« on: September 07, 2011, 10:19:45 PM »
Don't know if you travel often, but I can get you the following plan:
100 shekel for the SIM (can be paid upfront or over 36mos @ ~2.9 per month)
25 NIS per month. NO CONTRACT
.29 per minute for the first minute of a phone call
.19 per minute after the first minute
.18 per text

Blackberry unlimited data (optional) 75NIS per month
Iphone unlimited data (optional) 70 NIS per month

In addition new sign ups are eligible for the following "Extra Plan"
50 shekel upfront (cash only). No monthly payment.
Extra plan goes as follows: for every month in which the bill total is 100 NIS or more, you get a rebate of 25 NIS the first 6 months, and 45 after 6 months.
Data plan fee counts toward 100NIS for extra plan, so you only need to talk/text 25/30 NIS more to qualify for the rebate

What carrier is this on? Is it a soldier plan or a regular one?

Tech Talk / Re: blackberry sim or phone to use in israel?
« on: August 24, 2011, 05:38:10 PM »
Orange gave me a no commitment plan with a 36 NIS monthly fee, local calls .59/min, U.S. calls .39/min, and BIS Blackberry data 78 NIS monthly which can be added/removed at will with charges prorated according to number of days used. SIM card cost 100NIS at purchase.

Tech Talk / Re: best blackberry for verizon
« on: August 09, 2011, 04:06:08 PM »
9930 *drool*

RIM will need a miracle to catch up, they might be too late with QNX...

Seems like they will be. Releasing a single-core "super-smartphone" in 2012 is a joke.

Tech Talk / Re: European And Israeli Sim Discussion
« on: August 09, 2011, 03:59:47 PM »

Not sure if its for any phone but prob.
You can keep the line open for the 25sheq and add/remove the data at ur will (rotten cust. Serv)

Not sure about Cellcom but with Orange I simply email them through their website to add/remove the data package. Funny how when its in writing they are oh-so-polite ::)

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