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To: TimF who wrote (1481)10/4/2019 9:09:25 PM
From: Elroy
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Thanks,

I've got an iPod and a USB loaded up with music, and I'll put some songs on my wife's iPhone, so one of those should work.

How about using the cell phone for GPS-based driving in the USA in unfamiliar cities? I know they can do this, but it will be the first time that I have tried. And....my phone has a Philippines plan, so I don't know if it will be able to download data in the US (unless I buy a 10 day data plan). Should a non-US cell phone using Google maps be sufficient to get me around Miami, Sarasota and Tampa areas? Does the Google map function require data, or does it work purely on GPS positioning, and idea?

I'm debating buying a GPA Navsat device for $30 on Ebay, and just shipping that to the first hotel. The rental agency charges $12 per day for a GPS device, which is crazy considering they appear to cost about $60 brand new.

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To: Elroy who wrote (1482)10/4/2019 9:23:30 PM
From: TimF
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Map programs require an internet connection but its possible to use wifi and download the map to your phone. You do lose out on live traffic data and rerouting if you lose the network connection. There are some programs that you have to download the maps even to use. Google Maps typically uses a live network connection as your using it but I've had it ask me if I wanted to download the data when it was routing me through an area with little cell coverage.

That's from my personal experience. You might also look at
ting.com
quora.com
smartertravel.com

androidcentral.com

One time in Hawaii when my phone from work stopped working I got a new phone, paid for a monthly plan, and then returned/canceled before I left and before the cancellation without penalty period.

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To: TimF who wrote (1483)10/5/2019 12:44:16 AM
From: Elroy
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I have downloaded some program called HereWeGo, and downloaded the Florida map.

play.google.com

Should my phone GPS just pick up the GPS network coverage, and the app will direct me around Florida, even if we have no cell phone plan?

Man, this is a bit hard to figure out from over here, and when we're there we need it to work from minute 1, or we don't know where to go.......

If we want to get a 10 day (actually 14 day) data plan that will allow the Google maps function to work properly (and also allow us to look up restaurants a local sites on the phone) where would I buy something like that? Surely the cruise port (we're arriving on a cruise from Europe) probably has something like that. And then I wonder, my cell phone has two SIM card slots (I only use one). If I buy a temp SIM and put it in the second slot, then that phone will work both on the Philippines network (if I activate it?) and on the temp USA network data plan? Makes sense I guess.

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To: Elroy who wrote (1484)10/5/2019 7:33:04 AM
From: TimF
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Should my phone GPS just pick up the GPS network coverage, and the app will direct me around Florida, even if we have no cell phone plan?
I'm not familiar with the app but it looks like it should. You could also test it out by downloading the map for where you are now then turn your cellular data off and see if it works. Also, again with your data connection turned off, you could also try routing yourself somewhere in FL now. Make your destination somewhere you plan to go in FL, make your origin point some place else in FL. See if you get directions. It should work.

If it doesn't you could make a habit of connecting to wifi on the phone before you leave from your hotel, or wherever your staying. You could also find wifi in many coffee shops, donut shops, restaurants etc. But I think that won't be necessary you can just use the downloaded map.

If we want to get a 10 day (actually 14 day) data plan that will allow the Google maps function to work properly (and also allow us to look up restaurants a local sites on the phone) where would I buy something like that?

If the cruise does sell it, they probably do so with a markup. You could order over the internet or you could buy them at a Walmart or buy them a store that sells prepaid phones, either one that specializes in that purpose or they would probably be available at a more general store like a Walmart.

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From: TimF10/7/2019 9:03:54 AM
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Why Airlines Sell More Seats Than They Have

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From: TimF10/9/2019 9:14:47 AM
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How Airlines Schedule Flights

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From: Elroy10/22/2019 12:02:38 PM
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I’m in Rome and completely fail8ng to use the internet to find recommended places to eat.

We are on Via Margutta. If I google search for ‘best restaurants near Via Margutta’ there is a Trip Advisor URL which purports to list the ten best restaurants near Via Margutta. Perfect, that’s exactly what I want.

But when I click on it, Trip Advisor’s app opens, and shows me everything there is to do in all of a Rome. If I click on restaurants, it shows me all the restaurants in all of Rome. Any reference to Via Margutta is gone.

What am I doing wrong?

What’s the recommended way to ask the internet what restaurants NEAR ME NOW have a high rating?

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To: Elroy who wrote (1488)10/23/2019 7:07:37 PM
From: TimF
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From Trip Advisor I get

tripadvisor.com
and
tripadvisor.com

Neither one of which shows all of Rome.

Also nearby

tripadvisor.com

or from another site

theculturetrip.com

I can't endorse any of those restaurants or restaurant ratings. I haven't been to Rome for 20 years and it was only for two days back then. But this might give you a start.

Edit - Also you could use google.com@41.9085876,12.4773794,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!2m7!3m6!1sRestaurants!2sVia+Margutta,+00187+Roma+RM,+Italy!3s0x132f60ff5fa9b773:0xdf27651810a75f40!4m2!1d12.4795681!2d41.9085876 oor search on your mapping program on your phone.

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From: TimF11/12/2019 11:21:35 AM
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From: Elroy3/4/2020 9:57:13 PM
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Coronavirus global reported cases are here:

gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com

Some interesting stuff if you compare Feb 28 to Mar 4th.

China cases 78,824 -> 80,409 (up 3%)

Singapore cases 93 -> 110 (up 20%)

S Korea cases 2,337 -> 5,621 (up 125%)

Italy cases 655 -> 3,089 (up 450%)

France cases 38 -> 285 (up 700%)

Germany cases 48 -> 262 (up 500%)

UK cases less than 20 -> 85 (up 450%)

I think this thing is going to ravage through Europe over the next few weeks, and the European countries probably are not as able to "make everyone stay home" as they can in China.

Amazing how China is supposedly "getting back to normal" but the case count has almost frozen.

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