Friday, December 26, 2008

Blackberry Application Alert!

SlingPlayer™ Mobile lets you watch and control your home TV and DVR via your Slingbox™ on your BlackBerry® smartphone. The Slingbox™ is a home device from Sling Media that lets you watch your television programming via the internet on connected devices such as computers and cell phones. Picture watching your favorite shows and movies on your Blackberry® during the morning drive to work, or waiting for the kids’ soccer practice to end!

It is strongly recommend that when connecting to your Slingbox you use a 3G cellular or WiFi connection that meets Sling Media’s minimum network download speed requirements.

Currently recommended Blackberry® handsets include:

· Blackberry® 9000 Bold

· Blackberry® 8820

· Blackberry® 8320 Curve

· Blackberry® 8120 Pearl


· A PC on your home network with SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows installed for:

· Setting up Internet Viewing on your Slingbox

· Managing Slingbox and Mobile Favorites with your Sling Account

· A high-speed (broadband) Internet connection of at least 256Kb upstream speed at home

Note: SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows is required for creating and editing your Mobile Favorites lists. If you have a Mac OS computer, you are welcome to download and use SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry®, but you will not have access to Favorites within the application.

Just one more way Blackberry® makes life easier.

Come in to Car-Tel and ask about the others!

Until then, Happy Texting!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Your Driver Just Hit a Tree....

Vehicle tracking is an old trick at this point, but that's not to say there's no demand out there in the enterprise space. Announced today, the TeleNav Vehicle Tracker has been added to the carrier's portfolio of enterprise mobility services. Said GPS-enabled device can be hard-wired or embedded onto a vehicle to provide "companies of all sizes with a hassle-free method for monitoring and managing fleet operations." Specifically, it can log and report via email or SMS (on AT&T's network, obviously) when an employee violates an established policy (speed, stop time, mileage, etc.) and provide "detailed information about vehicle activity, including whether the engine is turned on or doors are open." The tracker will run customers $399, with a monthly service fee of around $34 per device. Happy Texting!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

2G Network Gets a New Set of Wheels

There’s a light for people who haven’t upgraded to a 3G phone yet!!! The EDGE network is receiving another power boost. Nokia Siemens Networks has successfully tested a software-only upgrade to the 2G network. “Downlink Dual Carrier” software should increase the legacy EDGE network speeds to 592kbps on the downlink. This is the second upgrade the EDGE network has seen in its’ existence, and it promises to be a quick, easy, and painless conversion. Although 3G is still far faster, this upgrade will improve network speeds in areas where the newer networks haven’t reached as of yet. So, your wait will become slightly easier if you haven’t reached the date for your upgrade eligibility. Need to know when you can upgrade? E-mail with Upgrade Eligibility in the subject line for more information. You can also visit for store contact information, and speak directly with your local Car-Tel communications representative. Happy Texting!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The luxury time piece creator Cartier has teamed up with Motorola on a project of shiny and expensive significance. The Motorola A1600 Luxury Gold Edition PDA boasts an 18 karat gold Stylus, a faux Crocodile Skin backing, built in GPS and Satellite Navigation, a 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera, and a touch screen. The phone utilizes a Linux based Operating System and can hold a memory expansion of up to 4 Gigs! This Motorola flip phone is the excess of excess. Keep an eye on MTV or E! to see if you can catch a star sporting this ultimate luxury PDA flip phone. Gold, Crocodile Skin, and GPS…who would have thought the three had something in common? Haha Happy Texting!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blackberry Bold Launch Party!

Thursday, November 6th 2008 Car-Tel Communications’ Center City location will be hosting a launch party for the brand new Blackberry Bold 9000. Whether you are an experienced Blackberry user or have never touched one in your life, this event is a great way to learn why so many people depend on these devices. Limited handsets will be available for purchase until the end of the party. There will be complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres available, and also a limited number of FREE complimentary Blackberry Gift Bags at the door. The party will take place from 6:30pm-8:30pm on 17th street between JFK Boulevard and Market Street at Car-Tel Communications. Come out and learn about Blackberry, the new Bold, and anything else about AT&T Wireless from our professional representatives.

Until then, HAPPY TEXTING!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Quicksilver Laptop Connect Card

As Laptop Connect cards go, you should know AT&T is cream of the crop. AT&T rightfully boasts the fastest Laptop Connect service of the 3G Network. So how do we top that? We give you amazing accessories too! The AT&T USBConnect Quicksilver is the first USB mobile broadband device worldwide to use the Icera Livanto(R) chipset, providing the latest features in one of the world's smallest HSPA USB devices that weighs just 1.2 ounces. This card can be used in 150 total countries around the world, and 60 of them have the 3G network.

The heart of the AT&T Quicksilver is its intelligent design. The smart design provides a protective cap for the USB connector, and with its unique textures and rounded edges, the AT&T Quicksilver is a reliable mobile broadband device that projects a confident and refined image. The AT&T Quicksilver is Mac and Windows compatible.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Too Bad this clock doesn't turn back for Fall.

People today don’t really spend any time worrying about the national debt, mainly because you never see it unless you live in New York City. The National Debt Clock in Time Square was installed in 1989 by Seymour Durst to keep a running tab on how much debt our government had accrued over the years. At that point in time, the figure sat at roughly 2.7 trillion dollars. Yesterday, October 9th 2008, the operator of the clock was forced to drop the dollar sign from the figure which has exceeded 10 trillion dollars, because the clock has run out of space!

The Durst foundation plans on replacing the clock with a 15 digit updated version next year, but dropping the dollar sign will work until then. 10 trillion dollars is such a large number to imagine though, so allow me to put things in perspective. A 10.25 trillion dollar debt in our country, with roughly 305 million citizens, equates to about $34,000 per person. Good thing you have a personal sales representative at Car-Tel to analyze your wireless bill and save you cold hard cash. Happy Texting!

Friday, September 5, 2008

ATTENTION: New AT&T Phone Releases!

Drum roll please. AT&T would like to introduce three new handsets for your mobile entertainment. Two releases from Samsung have hit the market running. The first of Samsung’s new handsets is the A237 Passion. This compact flip phone comes in black, red, or light blue and is priced at $49.99 with a $30.00 mail in rebate. The Passion has a built in VGA camera, is Bluetooth enabled, makes use of mobile e-mail, and is fitted with EDGE/GSM Quad Band technology for faster media downloads.

Samsung’s second model is the A837 Rugby. The Rugby comes in both black and yellow, and is what all hard hat wearers look for in a cell phone. The Rugby, aptly named, is a tough Push to Talk handset. The phone is expected to be released to stores September 15th at $179.99 with a $50.00 mail in rebate. The Rugby has a 1.3mp camera, Push to Talk, conference call support for up to 6 members, Video Sharing, AT&T Navigator, aGPS, and is built tough with a rubber gripped solid design.

The last release rounding out this edition of the Car-Tel Wireless Blogography is the LG CG 630 Invision. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Mobile TV era. The Invision is the smallest Mobile TV handset created to date at just a little more than 4 inches tall, 2 inches wide and less than one-half an inch thick. LG has also packed in a 1.3mp camera with video share, XM Radio, an MP3 player with AT&T Mobile Music, and Bluetooth 2.0. Oh wait, did I forget to tell you it’s also on the 3G network for blazing fast internet?

Car-Tel is very excited to add these new handsets to our repertoire and we hope you will come in to check them out in person. Until then, happy texting!