I am going through some changes, dear reader: I have decided to quit my corporate day job and start my own consulting/training business, starting on April 9th, 2007. I could use your help here: I’d appreciate it greatly if you could offer me leads on Sql Server, Oracle, and MySQL consulting and training gigs. I will write more on my business plan in a future post.
I wrote here before about software I considered essential. With my fledging new business, I thought I need to get some cheap and reliable mobile communication services. Hence, this post.
1. Voice communication
Which cell phone company do you recommend? I have looked at all the major ones. At this point, I am leaning toward Cingular’s GoPhone Pay As You Go ($100, 25c/minute, valid for one year) and Virgin Mobile’s Pay By the Minute plan ($20 every 90 days, 18c/minute). Cingular seems to have better phones. The things I am not clear yet are coverage issues, and rates for web browsing when I need to check my email on the road.
I downloaded Skype and tested it out today. It showed some promises. Skype sells a service called SkypeOut, $30 per year for unlimited phone calls to US and Canada. Combining that with a cheap cell phone, it looks like that should satisfy voice communication needs. Any alternatives on PC to phone service will be appreciated.
2. Laptop recommendations
I am in the market for a laptop. I’ve seen a HP dual core with 2 GB of memory selling around $1000 that I am interested. I need to look at that again, I do remember it got a built-in web cam and microphone, which can be nice. What kind of laptop(s) do you recommend?
3. Chat and video cam service
I’ve used both MSN chat and Google Talk, only for a handful of times, though. I like Google Talk’s simple and elegant interface (no software installation needed). What chat and video cam service do you recommend? I guess that can be a particularly good way to stay in touch with friends and family when one is on the road. What do you think of Skype’s chat and video conference functions? What other advice do you have?
4. I think I will be using GMail exclusively. Google Calendar and Applications are also interesting. What other advice do you have for a consultant on the road?