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Nexus One™ For Dummies® by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 20. Out and About

In This Chapter

  • Understanding roaming

  • Disabling data-roaming features

  • Entering Airplane mode

  • Contacting friends abroad

  • Using the Nexus One overseas

Cellphones have joined eyeglasses and car keys as essentials of the modern age, specifically in the category of those necessary items that are occasionally and easily misplaced. I don't know about you, but when I leave the house, I do a patdown to ensure that I have my wallet, car keys, glasses, and cellphone. Sheer panic ensues whenever I'm missing one of them. It's like missing a limb.

You can not only take your phone everywhere you go (along with your keys and glasses), but you can also use your Nexus One beyond the typical, everyday realm. There remains nary a place on the globe that you can wander without a cellphone. Sure, your phone may not receive a signal in the Australian Outback, but you can still have the phone! This chapter explains the necessities and perils of taking your phone out and about.

Out and About

Where the Nexus One Roams

The word roam takes on an entirely new meaning when applied to a cellphone. It means that your phone has a cell signal but you're outside your cellphone carrier's operating area. In that case, your phone is roaming.

Roaming sounds handy, but there's a catch: It almost always involves a surcharge for using another cellular service — an unpleasant surcharge.

There's little you can do to avoid roaming ...

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