Q: I recently bought an LG Quantum phone. (You have no idea how hard it was for me to finally give up my reliable RazR-3 ... but I had to.)
Anyway, my grown-up married kids and their friends all have phones that can play "Words With Friends." I wanna play too! Is it possible to obtain the app with my smart phone or is only with Droids, schmoids phones? If so, please explain e-x-a-c-t-l-y how.
— Becky, Margate, Fla.
A: Sorry to say that Zynga makes "Words With Friends" for iPhone and Android phones only, and not for your LG Quantum, which uses the Windows Phone 7 operating system. You can find alternatives to this wildly popular Scrabble-style game, but your kids and their friends won't be able to play with you because their phones are too different from yours.
Q: I am a novice. I do not have a laptop, even though many think I am "way behind the times," I use my dial-up Dell mostly for emails and of course, Keyword for all info under the sun.
I have a specific question and need your help..I live in Greece a greater part of the year (retiree). People in Greece say, "Why don't you get yourself a laptop to use in Greece?" I never bought one in Greece because they are very expensive (exchange rates) and I hesitated. Then I thought about getting one from here and taking it with me to Greece. However, I am not sure it can work in Greece with my user name and password. Can this be done? I know I will need a "connection" for wireless. Do you recommend a PC for Greece simply for personal use? I have been going to an Internet cafe to do my communicating up to this time.
Thank you and excuse my long paragraph.
— Tom, Evanston, Ill.
A: Most new computers bought in the U.S. will work in Greece. Just make sure the AC adapter is rated for international use (it will be stamped with "100/240V 50-60 Hertz," meaning it can automatically sense what voltage is being used — voltages in North America and Europe are different). You will need an adapter for the computer's plug so it will fit into an electrical outlet in Greece.
Using a U.S.-based dial-up Internet service while you're in Greece could be very expensive: Your computer would be making a long-distance call, and you'd be paying by the minute for as long as you were on the Internet. Just checking your email for 5 minutes would cost at least 75 cents (before taxes and fees) if you were, say, an Earthlink dial-up customer connecting to the Internet via Earthlink's international Internet access phone number. So, spending any significant time online would really hit you in the pocket, especially since you'll be in Greece for an extended time every year.
Getting a laptop is a good idea if you could use your friends' broadband connection. If you get service for your Greek home, you'd be paying for Internet access year round, whether you're there or back here in the states. There are hundreds of shops, hotels and other places to get free wireless broadband access in Greece. You can find them through Jiwire, at http://www.v4.jiwire.com.
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