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iPhone, I Travel: Take Your Trip to the Next Level with iPhone

In the last three decades, three tools have changed my life: the Apple Macintosh computer in the late '80s, the Internet in the early '90s, and now the iPhone. Yeah, I know it sounds corny, but it's true. The iPhone is a unique combination of the two tools that empower me -- a personal computer and the Internet -- wrapped up in a small, easy-to-use, intuitive device that I can carry with me practically everywhere I go.

I'm so in love with the way my iPhone empowers me that I want to tell the world about it. Last time I felt this way, I became an author to share my passions (and most of you know where that's lead me). This time I'll be content with a blog. Perhaps the information on this page will make you seriously consider an iPhone. Or maybe you already have one and are looking for help making the most of it on your trip. Then again, maybe you've just seen me carrying my iPhone around everywhere I go and want to know why I'm such a geek. Now you'll know! (And just in case you're worrying about me, I'm not alone in my love for the iPhone -- the iPhone is Time Magazine's "Invention of the Year.")

This blog is the place to get short articles and tips on using the iPhone while travelling. And to demonstrate how amazing the iPhone is, I'll be writing and submitting all of these articles on my iPhone itself, while I'm away from my computer and/or travelling. Please check back for more each day!
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iPhone Puts the Internet in Your Pocket

Posted 12-19-2007 at 12:44 PM by Jennifer Marx (iPhone, I Travel: Take Your Trip to the Next Level with iPhone)
With the iPhone, you pretty much always have a ready connection to the Internet. The calling packages available through AT&T include unlimited data access, so you can surf the web on your iPhone most anywhere you have cell coverage. And unlike other cell phones I've tried which claim to have web browsing features, the iPhone uses a real browser (a version of Safari) so the web looks the same as it does on a regular desktop computer. Thanks to my iPhone, I can check in on our message boards while...
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Lunch Date with my iPhone (WiFi at Eateries)

Posted 12-17-2007 at 03:41 PM by Jennifer Marx (iPhone, I Travel: Take Your Trip to the Next Level with iPhone)
Greetings from my local Wendy's eatery, where I'vd stopped for a burger break. I'm delighted to report that I'm able to use Wendy's free wifi network on my iPhone. I'm putting the fast access to good work by browsing http://www.newsoftheweird.com while I enjoy my cheeseburger, chili, and soda. I love to read when I eat alone, but I usually forget to bring reading material along. Thanks, to my iPhone, I always have something to read now.

Free wi-fi access like this is becoming common...
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iPhone as a Travel Alarm Clock - Creative Tips

Posted 12-15-2007 at 12:34 PM by Jennifer Marx (iPhone, I Travel: Take Your Trip to the Next Level with iPhone)
You can do some really cool things when you use an iPhone as your travel alarm clock:

Pre-Set Wake-Up Alarms Before You Go
You can set many different alarms and SAVE them for future use. If you were really organized before your trip, you could pre-set the necessary wake-up time for each day of your trip, save it with a custom label (i.e., Dec 10 - Pooh Breakfast), and then just use each alarm on the appropriate day of your trip without having to double-check times. I've never...
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iPhone as a Travel Alarm Clock - The Basics

Posted 12-15-2007 at 12:02 PM by Jennifer Marx (iPhone, I Travel: Take Your Trip to the Next Level with iPhone)
Before I got an iPhone, I carried a travel alarm clock with me as a backup for the hotel room's alarm clock. Alarm clocks are not my best friends on a good day, and when there's an event I must wake up in time for, that's usually when the hotel alarm clock fails me. The iPhone makes a really great (and easy) alarm clock. Here's what I do:

1. Plug in my iPhone to the charging cable somewhere near my bed. I can usually find an outlet behind the bedside table or the bed itself. You may...
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Check the Weather FAST While Travelling with an iPhone

Posted 12-14-2007 at 11:40 PM by Jennifer Marx (iPhone, I Travel: Take Your Trip to the Next Level with iPhone)
Knowing the weather while travelling is crucial. I used to check the Weather Channel on my hotel room TV each morning before setting out, but it was quite time consuming: first I had to find the channel, then I usually had to wait a while for the local weather report to display. Now I just use my iPhone to get the instant six-day weather forecasts within a few seconds and off I go.

To use your iPhone to check the day's weather, first tap the Weather icon on your iPhone. Chances are...
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