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Comment by PR on Will Your Photos Last a Thousand Years? (January 17, 2017 04:30 AM)
I have some 100MB zip disks packed away somewhere, that were the be all/ end all long term file storage solution. I appreciate the technology, but in...
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It's been slightly mentioned, but wanted to highlight is that it pretty much works seamlessly out of the US. Phone and data work just like you're at ...
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Add Apple and I'm in....
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H2o Wireless has been fantastic for me. I signed up for the 3GB/unlimited plan for $40 with a 10% discount for auto-charge. So I pay $36/month ALL-I...
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I guess I am satisfied with Republic Wireless and the T-Mobile service they provide. RW offers free roaming with AT&T and I never pay more than $22.8...
Comment by Bill.yeg on Should You Switch to Project Fi? (January 16, 2017 05:08 PM)
I found Fi on my newish Nexus 6P recently and looked into local options (Edmonton, Alberta). It said it supported only 2G. I'm guessing 2G is old and ...
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I have been using Fi for about a year down in south Louisiana. I travel for business and have found a few dead zones but mostly I have great coverage...
Comment by Joe Farkas on Should You Switch to Project Fi? (January 16, 2017 04:16 PM)
I and the rest of my family have been using Project Fi phones for the past year or so. The phone and the MVNO Carriers are good now in about 136 count...
Comment by Linda on Should You Switch to Project Fi? (January 16, 2017 03:15 PM)
You mentioned that Fi was originally only available for GoogleNexus 5. I believe that is incorrect. Nexus 5 phones (which I have) do not work on Proje...
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You forgot to mention that international roaming for data doesn't cost any extras - same $10 a Gig....

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