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4) What if Someone Attacked your iPhone? Would you Know it?

lookout-for-iphoneIf you had a Lookout, you would. If we thought the iPhone had no vulnerabilities, maybe we should peruse this article:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/iphones-most-vulnerable-among-smartphones/

Well now there’s decent app to protect your iPhone called, appropriately enough, Lookout.

https://www.lookout.com/iphone

It has a process monitor which automatically checks running apps for malicious processes. It has built-in theft protection, sending “theft alerts” and issuing a “Signal Flare” feature that saves your last location, thereby helping you find it even when your battery is dead. It will even post a “lost message” on your phone’s screen to help you get your device back. Well worth considering.

4) Your Phone, God’s Glory

smartphoneAfter reading our item last week, ” Best Short-term Missions Prep in a Box,” which essentially was seeking the best training program for short-term missionaries, “Brian” wrote, Those wanting to equip short-term teams might be interested in checking ‘Your Phone – God’s Glory: A Hands-On Guide for Using Your Mobile for Ministry.’ It is applicable to everyone, but written with short-term teams in mind. It is an easy-to-read, story-based guide on how teams can get started sharing the gospel using the most contextual ministry tool on the planet – a mobile phone.” Brian went on to provide the link:

http://www.mobileministryforum.org/your-phone-gods-glory

He also recommended the PDF version of the guide, noting “it includes some helpful tutorials that we were not able to include in this version of the .ePub and .mobi versions.” (Thanks for the tip, Brian!!!)

12) Cool Tools: World Phones

OneSimCardGet an unlocked phone with a SIM card (GSM chip). Prior to your departure, find a carrier in your destination land that sells “pay as you go” or “top up” or “non-subscriber service” or “PrePaid” GSM chips or SIM cards. Pay ridiculously low prices for these (for example, $4), buy a ton of cheap minutes, and call to the USA 10 cents/minute. This contrasts radically with USA-based-cell-carrier plans, which typically make you pay at least three times that much. If you thought you’d just use your regular cell phone, think again. At least call your customer service rep before you leave your homeland so you know exactly what you’re going to spend. (It could be HUNDREDS of dollars in a week’s worth of calls.) Buying a local sim card will almost always be the best route. What’s more, it gives you a local number so local contacts can easily call you about schedule changes. If you want fast, inexpensive choices, just call an all-stop-shop like

http://www.telestial.com/

Their informed customer service folks will always steer you right. If you want to keep the Telestial folks honest on prices, comparison shop first at…

http://www.gosim.com/

11) Your Phone – God’s Glory

your phoneWondering how to use your phone as an evangelistic tool? The Mobile Ministry Forum has recently released “Your Phone – God’s Glory – A Hands-On Guide to Using Your Mobile for Ministry.” This easy-to-follow story-based guide is both fun and practical and is perfect for individuals and teams (including short-term teams). It has plenty of tutorials to walk you through step-by-step, how to share Jesus using your mobile device, and it’s free and is available in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats, but only the PDF version includes the tutorials. Grab your copy at

http://www.mobileministryforum.org/your-phone-gods-glory

While there, check out the other great resources that the MMF is putting together to help the Church use mobiles for ministry.

5) Check out this SIM Card for Great Rates Worldwide

onesimcard-logoWant quality mobile phone service in 200+ countries? Want to avoid high roaming charges you encounter when you use your regular telecom carrier’s services abroad? According to the leadership at OneSimCard, customers enjoy a saving of about 85% when using OneSimCard mobile services internationally as compared to standard international roaming fees. OneSimCard also offers free incoming SMS text messages worldwide and data services in 160+countries, plus it provides a primary European phone number and an additional US phone number and reportedly works in all unlocked GSM phones. The company is exhibiting (Booth 1107) at the ICOM Conference on Missions, in Columbus, this November. For more information check out the OneSimCard website at:

http://www.onesimcard.com

0) Update re Solavei’s $49/mo Smart Phone Service

Last month, for the final round of Solavei’s beta testing, long-time Brigada fans Robby and Shane sought early adopters to help assess Solavei’s plan:

  • a) unlimited talk/text/web (4GB at 4G), plus
  • b) ongoing compensation for one-time referrals.

Robby and Shane offered Brigada $20/subscriber. Nine of you bought in, generating $180 for Brigada. Woo hoo! According to Robby, early reports show this T-Mobile PLUS AT&T service providing good coverage in most areas, and such common smart phones features as:

  • - voice activated dialing and web searching,
  • - “traffic aware” voice-activated GPS navigation, and
  • - a high-speed wireless hotspot for your computer (Android only so far), etc.

More exciting yet, Robby and Shane’s efforts have generated $470/mo in mission mobilizer support PLUS $1,400 in one-time bonuses.

So — Invest for yourself AND a pioneering missionary.  Ever wish you’d invested in Microsoft, Apple or Walmart? Two former Walmart executives now working for Solavei expect Solavei to become “the next Walmart”–improving lives by reducing the cost of quality goods and services. In Robby and Shane’s assessment, Solavei offers a rare opportunity to:

  • - invest a very modest sum ($150-300) in a startup with huge potential,
  • - multiply your benefit through your own efforts, AND
  • - support pioneering missionaries in the process.

This coming month Robby and Shane target a ten-fold increase in the number of pioneering missionaries receiving $130/mo and $650 in bonuses from Solavei, starting with one of missionaries from the very organization I lead (Team Expansion). And they are offering Brigada readers this “satisfaction guarantee”: Try Solavei as an extra phone for two months. If you don’t agree that this is better than what you currently have, they’ll refund your $49 activation fee plus associated taxes.

Note: I hope this works out well, but I am not in a position to personally assess or endorse it. So proceed at your own risk, as the Lord leads.

To learn more, see the special page Robby has prepared for Brigada readers at <http://theMissionNetwork.org/brigada-sv>. Or contact Robby directly at <RobbyQButleratgmaildotcom>.

Visit this website for more info:

http://SVforMissionaries.com

7) Mobile Phone Growth In Africa

Apparently, mobiles are increasingly strategic for Africa. In an article by Ugandan evangelist Kato Miguel,

http://www.yesumulungi.com/index.php/commentaries/400-technology-rising-middle-class-and-the-future-of-evangelism-in-africa.html

There you’ll find two short videos, one by a mission strategist on the challenge for ministry:

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/mobile-outreach.php

Long documentary on the use of mobiles in Africa:

http://vimeo.com/4664795

(Thanks Tony!)

3) iPhone App Makes Your Language Classes Obsolete

iphoneOK… I’m joking in the title, but this iPhone app does look interesting. Here’s an app featured at lifehacker.com that snaps a picture, then does a translation. WinMobile won’t be far behind, I bet. My winMobile phone already scans business cards, imports the picture into a OCR program, scans and lets you make any corrections needed (none usually needed if the light was good and the font was fairly conservative), then imports the address into your contact list, guessing the correct fields for everything most of the time. So Arabic won’t be far behind. OK… maybe it won’t come before Christmas. But once again, you iPhone types beat us to the punch again! :-) (Thanks for the tip, K in N. Africa.)

See the original review at…

http://lifehacker.com/5389461/pictranslator-turns-your-iphones-camera-into-a-language-translator?skyline=true&s=i

9) E.T. Wishes It Would Have Been This Easy To Phone Home

If you’re from the USA and you run on a network that isn’t global (like — Sprint maybe?), you’ll likely need to pick up a different phone for travel. Why buy when you can rent one for just the handful of days you’ll be gone? What’s your favorite vendor? Here’s one such vendor that Brigada participant, Tim, likes…

http://www.globalcellularrental.com/

They pretty much take care of everything, including shipping your phone to you the day before you leave. These are true global phones: they’ll work pretty much everywhere, with roaming rates up to 80% less than your home-based plan would have cost you. They also rent satphones which will work basically anywhere in the world as long as you’re outside.

Another Brigada user, with a great first name (“Doug”), likes
http://www.mobal.com/
They have a worldphone that you buy for $99 on a pay-as-you-go plan. No contracts, no hassles. Just prepay.

If you already own a GSM phone, just ask for a free SIM chip from Mobal. They’ll manage your relationships with virtually every country in the world (170, to be exact), allowing you to talk and recharge with one vendor. They make a strong case for their product at:

http://www.mobal.com/gsm/sim.asp

However, their rates seem higher than the vendor I’ve been using. See their USA landing page at:

http://www.gosim.com/?gosimusa

Got a favorite vendor for communications devices like these? Please recommend them by clicking “Comment” after this item on the web at…

9) Rent Or Buy A "Worldphone"

If you need to stay connected, consider renting a cell phone and/or SIM card from the folks at Telestial.

http://www.telestial.com/
If you use a US-based cell network like I do (I like Sprint’s plans), you’ll have to pick up a cheap GSM phone on ebay. Ask Telestial for help. Then ask them for a SIM card that will connect to the cell network in your destination country. Odds are, the cost will be prohibitive for anything but emergencies or a daily 2′ check-in. But having the cell phone option will be a great sense of security.

10) Rent a Satphone


If you’re unsure about relying on cell coverage for any reason, for dangerous or “out back” areas, see Telestial. (See link above.) They might not be the cheapest, but they know their stuff. Again, the cost is prohibitive … unless you’re about to be kidnapped and you need to get a call out. Then the cost will be minimal. :-)

11) Rent a SAT Modem

If you’re not sure there will be good connectivity in your area and you simply *must* remain connected, consider a Thrane Sat Modem or its equivalent. Something like the Thrane Explorer 500 (via the BGAN network) shouldn’t set you back more than $115/week. Granted, that’s too much for the typical instant messaging with your kids, perhaps. But if your office needs you to be in touch for a few emails each day, then it’s really not a terrible deal. You can connect at up to 128K via USB. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. For an example, visit:

http://www.satellitephonestore.com
although that’s just one of many vendors you could research.

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