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Comment T-Mobile Monthly4G Prepaid (Score 1) 288

Your Google Nexus One is T-Mobile compatible for high speed data access, so check out the Monthly4G offering.

They offer unlimited talk, text, and web for $50/mo, and a plan with 100 minutes of talk, unlimited text and web for $30/mo with additional minutes for $0.10/min.

Also, if you are willing to spend a little money to get a more advanced phone later on, I'd recommend picking up either a Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($349) or the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G ($300). Both options do not require a contract and are compatible with T-Mobile's HSPA+ network.

Comment Re:Aside from the games' rules themselves... (Score 4, Insightful) 93

Perhaps these other games should be respected as well. They offer more complex rules and require far more difficult strategic thinking than classic games like Chess and Checkers.

Personally, I love the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG battle system. It's very complex and offers a wide range of valid strategies to actually win a match. Pokémon offers a similarly complex system, too. In a way, these games have invigorated the flagging card game genre.

While I have no proof to back this up, I suspect that games like these that were popular in the 1990s and early 2000s are the reason why casual puzzle and strategy games are far more popular on computer platforms.

Of course, none of these games get any respect. Most "adults" denigrate these games and believe they are worthless and/or childish. Many of these games are great for mental development in a multitude of areas.

For example, you may have not really thought of the Pokémon TCG as a way for children to develop a good understanding of economics, but it does[1].


Comment Re:can you hear me now? (Score 4, Insightful) 99

Four parties need to support this for it to work: the caller's handset, the caller's mobile network operator, the recipient's mobile network operator, and the recipient's handset. If all four support the Full HD Voice codec for IMS-Voice (aka VoLTE), then it'll be used. Otherwise, it'll fall back to AMR-WB or AMR-NB.

If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?