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Travel Alert: Robbers Targeting ‘Pokémon Go’ Players

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This was to be a review of “Pokémon Go,” a viral phenomenon that’s only been available since last Thursday, but the game’s use of augmented reality – namely that Pokémon will appear as if they’ve been spotted in the real world – can put players in high-risk situations, made us change our plans.
Last week, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company debuted “Pokémon Go” on both iOS and Android platforms. It’s a …

T-Mobile Simple Choice High-Speed LTE Roaming for Europe – Review and Test Drive

On a streetcar in the Grünerløkka district of Oslo

T-Mobile USA recently announced it would offer its customers free high-speed 4G LTE roaming in Europe starting in July but it apparently couldn’t wait to pull the plug on the previous, much slower, offering.
The high-speed service will be available in over 50 countries including all of Scandinavia and that’s where we decided to give it an early road test.
Before revealing our findings, I need to explain T-Mobile’s standard offering, which …

Lobby Bar – June 17: Sky Camping, Renaming Airlines and Automobiles, and Broken Windows Offenses


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Yellow versus Magenta. Now that all wireless carriers seem to offer the best service at the best price with the fastest speeds and the most data, T-Mobile has upped its game by offering free pizzas on Tuesdays, albeit with some complications. To combat this offer, rumor has it that AT&T is partnering with IKEA to offer customers a free loveseat …

Lobby Bar – June 10: Pizza Timeshares, Champagne in Orbit, and Cold Hard Cash Cars


Lobby Bar – A Confounding Compendium of FBT News and Views
Remain the same. What on earth will happen if the United Kingdom decides to leave the European Union? The answer: chaos will ensue. Should the vote go in favor of the Brexit, the announced it would immediately adopt its own currency and begin driving on the opposite side of the road as the other countries.
Power of Internet. Let Google be …

Four Tips for Using Google Effectively for Travel

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Google. People either love it (when they find what they are looking for) or hate it (when confronted with 564,968 results, none of which are correct) but it can be a traveler’s best friend.
Here are some tips on how to use Google effectively to quickly get information while planning a trip or traveling.
1.)       Exchange Rates
Simply type in the amount in the currency for which you have a price followed by …

Gram Games 1010 – Game Review


Every frequent traveler needs to unwind, and in between going through security and checking for e-mails during a flight, there’s bound to be some down time for a little gaming.  The best type of game for those constantly on the move is one that can be picked up, played for a few minutes, and saved for later.  1010, produced by Gram Games, is such a title.
1010 is a minimalistic and …

Mobile Phone Roaming Charges in the European Union Just Got Less Expensive

The Siegestor in Munich.

If you live in the European Union or are in the habit of buying local SIMs for your voice and data requirements when traveling, take note: the cost of making and receiving calls, sending and receiving texts, and using data just got cheaper.
Over the past few years, thanks to European Union regulators, the cost of mobile roaming has dropped significantly and roaming charges are slated to completely disappear in just over …