May 13, 2010, 7:19 PM
Post #5 of 10
Let me make some general comments:
If you live in multiple places, and/or want to check your messages on multiple platforms, (cell vs. computer), you want to make your email web based, or go to IMAP instead of POP3. In IMAP, all your emails usually continue to exist on the server, even after they are downloaded to your computer. In POP3, the emails are usually deleted from the server after being downloaded to the computer, making them hard to access if you don't have your computer with you.
Another item to consider is dumping any desk computers in favor of a laptop that travels with you.
As far as phones, let me suggest using Skype to lower your international call costs. You could even forward your US cell phone to Skype, and then let Skype ring your computer and/or your mexican cell phone.
I suggest that you get a US phone that you use NOB, and a Mexican phone that you use SOB. Will probably cost less in the long run. Alternately, if you want to buy an unlocked GSM phone, you can then just switch SIM cards when you cross the border.
If your address in Mexico is going to be fixed, say in San MIguel, you don't really need a smartphone, you could just get DSL or other broadband to your home. I am not quite clear why you would need a smartphone just to cross the border. Of course, anyone doing a great deal of travel could find a smartphone attractive. And computer addicts love their smartphones.
Note that Consumer reports found that the customer satisfaction with iPhones was much higher than any other smartphone. Everbody I know with an iPhone loves it, even if they hate AT&T.
My two cents.