In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct 27, 2011 / 29 Tishrei, 5772

T-Mobile's Pitch: Take our smartphones, please

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While federal regulators and courts weigh the plusses and minuses of a proposed merger with AT&T, the onetime "landline" wired long distance titan, the folks at T-Mobile have a message for you: take out smartphones, please.

Now, to be honest, Chris Hillabrant, the firm's mid-Atlantic region vice president, won't put it in precisely those words, but the underlying pitch is there, as I discovered in a recent meeting. Whether or not the merger goes through, T-Mobile believes they have some compelling offerings that should draw lots of folks into their circle of customers.

"There's no better time to come to T-Mobile," Mr. Hillabrant said the other evening when we met. He says the wireless subsidiary put on the market by its German parent, Deutsche Telekom, is a "David" versus the "Goliaths" of the wireless industry. As a result, the firm has to be a bit more nimble and creative in its marketing and product offerings.

At the same time, a merger with AT&T, one of the top two wireless carriers in the U.S., would expand the reach of both firms, and bring more fourth generation, or 4G, wireless service to more users in more places, Mr. Hillabrant said. In the Washington, D.C., metro area, T-Mobile can deliver download data speeds of as high as 42 Megabits per second; ditto for Baltimore. That's great for getting movies on your phone in a hurry, added Troy Edwards, T-Mobile's top communicator for the eastern region, who sat in.

Moreover, the T-Mobile network and service plans appeal to all sorts of consumers: Mr. Edwards noted that an estimated one million users of Apple, Inc.'s iPhone are on the T-Mobile network, even though that firm doesn't sell the product. These users have either unlocked their phones independently, a process called "jailbreaking," or have bought unlocked iPhones from Apple at a hefty premium over the models subsidized by AT&T, Verizon and, now, Sprint/Nextel.

Those iPhone users, Mr. Edwards added, are getting "2G" wireless service from T-Mobile, yet they've come over. Other smartphones, such as the just-released HTC Amaze 4G, can take full advantage of the firm's network and, presumably, deliver those blazing speeds.

Along with those speeds, Mr. Hillabrant said, is a little add-on program for most of the firm's smartphones that lets users place and receive wireless calls over Wi-Fi networks. That may not sound like much until a user finds himself in, say, Brazil, as Mr. Hillabrant did recently. "I had people coming over to borrow my phone," he said, because he could make and receive calls when other visiting users couldn't.

What about that merger? If it's approved, Mr. Hillabrant asserted, current customers' contracts will be "grandfathered in," meaning they won't be switched to different, or higher-priced, AT&T Wireless plans overnight. If the merger doesn't happen, T-Mobile will seek to remain competitive in the market.

One of the things I like about T-Mobile, at least as Mr. Hillabrant discussed it, was a somewhat proactive approach to customer education. A number of T-Mobile's smartphones are based on Google's Android operating system, and the Android models I've tested from other carriers have been rather poor on battery life. Buy some smartphones from T-Mobile and you can add extra power via external batteries or other accessories, keeping your phone ready for action.

Also, Mr. Hillabrant said, the firm offers some prepaid options for smartphone users, which makes it easier to control costs of the devices. Smartphones and the data services they provide are rather attractive, until a Brobdingnagian bill arrives to dampen the enthusiasm. Prepay for your service and the surprises are less damaging, I'd guess.

What will happen with the proposed merger - which is being opposed in court by the U.S. Department of Justice, among others - is anyone's guess. But the fact that T-Mobile is still scrapping out in the marketplace is a positive thing, I believe: the more competitive options in the market, the better.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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