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Phone Connected Tech From CES 2015 (That We Like!)

We really enjoy ALL of the technology available to us today from the companies that manufacture (or place their name in an OEM relationship) making life more fun. One of the reasons we use our NumberGarage™ service is that we have phones, and many phone numbers. Sometimes we buy new phones, and all we have to do is update the “Forward to number” from inside our NumberGarage™ account and calls are seamlessly answered right away on the new phone — no need to wait to port phone numbers as we just use whatever phone number is given to us from the phone company. You might have your own reasons to use NumberGarage™ and you should email us and tell us how you use our service .

In the meantime … we thought you might like these NEW technologies we found at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 …

Celluon Epic

A matchbox-sized cube that projects a laser keyboard displayed on a flat surface connected via Bluetooth. Check out this video to see a lifestyle use case scenario. The Celluon Epic device would come in handy when you are on the road and need to communicate via email over your phone. How many typos have you typed with your thumbs? If you are ready to buy this little device, it looks like a $149.99 plus shipping and tax will do it.

 

Hyundai Blue Link

Hyundai vehicle owners whose cars are equipped with Blue Link can use Android Wear (app from Google Play starting Q1 2015), or a Samsung, Motorola, Sony and/or LG smartwatches to talk to their car. Really, the driver can bark orders; “Start my car” or, “Lock my car” or, “Find my car!” This is a step in the right direction, and bravo to Hyundai for being a pioneer in the convergence space of tech and automobiles. If you want to read Hyundai’s Press Release – here it is.  

 

Ventev Regen iPhone Case

The Ventev regen self healing iPhone case might be what Hyundai needs to look into for door dings! The technology here is a micro-filling technology that removes scratches with an invisible barrier within hours of any scratch being made. I’m sure there is a difference from a scratch and a gouge. Reasonable scratches are on the case on my phone right now, and a self healing case might be the right solution for me. If you are ready to buy one, they are only $25 (tax and shipping are extra).  

 

ReSound Smart app™ for Android

If you think you are not hearing well, well … you must get yourself some ReSound smart hearing aid technology to make your life easier. The technology found with this company are amazing for those with hearing loss, and iPhone users were the only ones who could experience this technology. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is currently one of the most popular Android platform devices, and the first Android device to launch with the ReSound technology. Check out ReSound Unite™ TV Streamer too — really cool! Also be mindful of those with ReSound devices who leave their phone on the table when they leave the room — they can still hear you!  Checkout the Re3Sound Press Release here.

 

Lenovo P90

Lenovo has done a great job with the laptop. Now they have entered the mobile phone, and mobile device space! The Lenovo P90 is powered by the 64-bit Intel® Atom™ processor and Intel XMM™ 7260 LTE-Advanced modem for one heck of an experience (I’m sure)! This basically means … no load times! Enter a web url and you will see what you were looking for, and I bet the the same is true for your communications! The P90 has a 5.5-inch FHD display, and that is 400 pixels per inch (or ppi). The 13MB rear camera will also ensure your pictures are sharp and worthy of immediate sharing. The P90 is available in February 2015. Check it out here.

 

Misfit Swarovski Shine

The solar powered internet of things with the Misfit Shine activity tracker is one amazing piece of technology. Mainly because there is NO BATTERY! This is a worlds first, and if you are not tracking your activity — get a Misfit Shine and start! Misfit wearables track, sleep quality and duration, steps, distance and calories burned. We might have to look into Misfit Shine competitions if the battery never runs out. Check out the crystal bling here.

We hope you like what we like from the 2015 CES roundup here. We will be looking at more technology tomorrow (January 6, 2015) and report back to you what we like. CES is an amazing trade show, and as consumers — we love technologies that help make life easy.

IN on NumberGarage™ / OUT on Viber®

Here at NumberGarage™, we’re an inbound call service. There are some customers that have asked how they can make outbound calls using their NumberGarage™ phone number.

One easy way to do this is to register your NumberGarage™ phone number with Viber®—awesome app that lets its users text, talk and video chat for free anywhere in the world.

Once you register with Viber® using your NumberGarage™ phone number, Viber® will call with an authentication code. After your account is confirmed, you can make outbound calls through Viber® so that your NumberGarage™ phone number will appear on the caller ID of the person you’re calling.

Using Viber® with your NumberGarage™ phone number is just a bonus when you want to make calls using your NumberGarage™ phone number.

NG - Calls Out using NumberGarage phone number

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Why Is a Phone Number 10-Digits?

A phone number is similar to a social security number in that both can identify U.S. citizens. This is because the United States is located within the North American Numbering Plan system, which uses ten digits per phone number.

There are lots of other numbering plans in the world and each plan is different in its pattern of numbers. Unlike our closed system here in the U.S., an open system has more or less than ten digits.

Despite all the advances in telecommunication-related devices (landlines to super smart phones), a phone number is still needed to call someone, or for others to call you. Just like Morse code, each number represents a pattern. For example, “three, two, three” looks like this: “••• – •• – •••”.

Here in the U.S., there are three parts to a ten-digit phone number – area code, prefix, and house (station) number.

The area code and prefix are the most important parts of your phone number. Think of it as: area code = area of North America, prefix = the city, the last four digits = your station (i.e. home).

Make sense? If you have any questions, just call us – 866-965-PARK.

FreedomPop’s New “Private Phone”

A few weeks ago we wrote about FreedomPop’s close to free cell phone plan, and it looks like the LA based telecom company is at it again, this time launching a phone and mobile service that offers complete privacy – it encrypts all your communication and data use, which means private calls and texts plus anonymous internet browsing, no matter where you are. And to seal the anonymity deal, you can even pay for the product and your monthly usage plan with Bitcoin, so your identity is protected through every step of the process.

Read the press release here, then head to Freedompop.com/theprivacyphone for details.

Port? Park? VoIP? Is Telephony even a word?!

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It can be confusing. NumberGarage™ is here to break it down. These are a few questions you might have while choosing how to manage your extra phone numbers.

  • What am I doing when I port my phone number?

Think of it like this: your telephone number is an airplane, and the phone companies are the airlines (American Airlines®, Southwest Airlines®, etc.).  Wherever your number is ported (AT&T®, Verizon®, GoogleVoice®, NumberGarage™, etc.), that entity is providing service to your number for you, just like a plane sitting at the airport is serviced by an airline company. YOU are the pilot, which means you own your phone number.  You can choose where to port that number and when to fly away, which in telecom speak is called “porting out.”  When you port your number to NumberGarage™, that means we’re servicing your phone number for you.

If you don’t have an airline representing and servicing your plane, well, your airplane is abandoned and cannot fly. Your phone number works the same way – if you leave your current phone company without porting your number somewhere else first, the number has nowhere to go – you’ve just flown your plane into the Bermuda Triangle. Always make sure your number is safe in its new port before canceling service with your old provider.

  • What happens when I park my phone number?

Once a port is complete you can either park your number or forward your calls to a different one. When you park a phone number you are putting it in storage.  Back to the airplane analogy, you would have an airline that still services the plane, it would just be parked safely in a hangar for later use.  Simple as that.  People park numbers for all kinds of reasons: maybe they’re traveling for an extended period of time,  being deployed, or maybe they want to reserve a catchy phone number for a future business venture, or even prevent someone else from taking ownership of a particular number.

  • What is this “VoIP” thing all the kids are talking about?

      VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is a fancy way to say talking over the internet instead of over wires up in telephone poles. NumberGarage™ and companies like us are VoIP service providers – we use the internet to meet your telephony needs!

  • Speaking of “telephony,” is that even a word?

Telephony is all things telephone. It’s technical definition is: the branch of science devoted to the transmission, reception, and reproduction of sounds, such as speech and tones that represent digits for signaling. Note 1: Transmission may be via various media, such as wire, optical fibers, or radio. Note 2: Analog representations of sounds may be digitized, transmitted, and, on reception, converted back to analog form. Note 3: “Telephony” originally entailed only the transmission of voice and voice-frequency data. Currently, it includes new services, such as the transmission of graphics information. 2. A form of telecommunication set up for the transmission of speech or, in some cases, other sounds. (from ATIS Telecom Glossary)

More telephony terms leaving you befuddled? Check out the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) searchable glossary here.