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September 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Leap Wireless International Inc. and MetroPCS Communications Inc., the pay-as-you-go mobile phone companies, settled their lawsuits and signed a roaming deal to help them compete with larger carriers. The truce ends more than two years of patent conflict, and the roaming agreement lets subscribers use their mobile phones in either company's network. San Diego-based Leap and Richardson, Texas-based MetroPCS have increased customer rolls by more than 20% in the last year.
February 1, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Even for a city in which architectural surprise is no surprise, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple surprises. Do yourself a favor and step inside; the interior has just been magnificently restored. A radiant 1929 mural surrounds the domed synagogue, conveying Jewish history from biblical times to the arrival of Jews in the New World in vivid Hollywood-esque imagery. Commissioned by the Warner brothers, it defies an orthodox reading of the Second Commandment, which forbids graven images.
January 10, 2009
Thank you for the story on cellphone bills ["Cellphone Bills That Truly Roam," by David Sarno, Jan. 7]. I came home from vacation in Cancun, Mexico, in October to a $300 cellphone bill (which is usually about $95 per month). I had my iPhone with me and had used it only for the iPod functions. Little did I know that every time I turned on my iPhone during vacation, it was downloading data at the higher roaming charges. It never even occurred to me to call AT&T to complain about the charges.
January 23, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
If you've ever said to yourself after being wowed by an actor of Christopher Plummer's caliber, "They sure don't make 'em like that anymore," then you won't want to miss Plummer's one-man show, "A Word or Two," at the Ahmanson Theatre. He more or less explains why. This 80-minute star vehicle, directed with elegant finesse by Des McAnuff, is less an autobiographical tour of an illustrious thespian's career than an anatomy of a sensibility. It is a love letter to reading and the written word, the building blocks of a classical actor's talent.
August 27, 2008 | DAVID LAZARUS
Santa Monica resident Aurelie Foucaut traveled last month to Paris with her two kids. During a brief stopover in Montreal, she made six calls on her BlackBerry to friends and family members, each lasting less than three minutes. Foucaut's wireless bill from T-Mobile arrived a few weeks ago. It included $59.77 in ordinary usage charges. It also included a $2,367.40 "data service roaming charge" for nearly 158 megabytes' worth of Internet access while in Montreal -- the equivalent of downloading about 80 novels.
August 6, 2010 | David Lazarus
Summertime … and the roamin' is easy. Navy ROTC Midshipman John Preis went on a nifty training mission last month, traveling from Okinawa to Guam via nuclear-powered submarine. After he returned to Los Angeles, he got a welcome-home gift from Verizon Wireless: a bill for nearly $1,300. Sky-high cellphone bills are all too common at this time of year, as people head overseas on trips and overlook roaming charges that can run in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
April 28, 2013 | By Ellen Creager
You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones. That's the bitter lesson I learned after returning home from Greenland and getting a $1,106 bill from Sprint for international data roaming, even though data roaming on my iPhone 4S was turned off. How could this zombie data usage happen? And how can I find out if it's happening? Smartphones are the undead of phones. They keep looking for a way to connect to data, even when you don't want them to. Even when you think data service is turned off. The formula is: smartphone + international travel = watch out. I had a BlackBerry before my iPhone and never had a single data charge when traveling internationally.
October 7, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Santa Monica resident Nathan Oventhal had heard the horror stories about people getting slammed with hundreds or thousands of dollars in roaming charges after traveling abroad with a smart phone. He was determined not to let it happen to him. During a recent trip to Paris, Oventhal used his iPhone only to snap a few pictures. No calls, no Internet, no e-mail. Nevertheless, he ended up being billed by AT&T to the tune of $550 for accessing 20 megabytes of data, the equivalent of about 10,000 pages of text or 10 high-resolution pictures.
November 8, 2009 | Jennifer Olvera
Waiting to board, I saw passengers wearing socks with flip-flops. Someone asked, poker-faced, whether Mexico was a state in the U.S. When applause broke out upon landing, it was all I could do to disembark. These are my fellow countrymen? I cringed, skulking to my (clearly marked) cab. Ignoring the yardlong-drink contingent poses a challenge, but I had reasons to head south of the border, the primary one being to taste and smell foods that captivate me. My launching pad for the next four days was the all-villa Banyan Tree Residences Mayakoba, which opened in March on the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya coastline.
November 1, 2009 | Susan Spano
Mescolati, non agitati. That's Italian for "stirred, not shaken," but to me it means a good martini is hard to find in Rome -- and in a lot of other places, for that matter. I went looking for one on the last Sunday evening in August, the nadir of the year in Rome. It was stultifyingly hot even at 7 p.m., and everything was closed because Romans linger at the beach as long as they can before returning to town to face September. On the Via Veneto, prime martini territory given its Fellini-esque "La Dolce Vita" connections, lobby bars in the grand hotels were shut tight, and maître d's in oversized suits beckoned me into sad, empty sidewalk cafes.
January 19, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Given the number of people you see on the street, head down, eyes focused on their phones, it's no surprise that more than half of American adults have a smartphone. We love to call, we love to text, we love to post to Facebook. But what we don't love, if we are traveling abroad, is an enormous post-vacation bill or, worse, being disconnected. Andy Abramson, whose role as chief executive of Comunicano, a marketing agency, keeps him on the road about two-thirds of the year, and Sebastian Harrison, president of Cellular Abroad, offer these 14 tips for staying tethered while you're away.
December 27, 2013 | By Paige St. John
One in every four GPS devices used to track serious criminals released in Los Angeles County has proved to be faulty, according to a probation department audit - allowing violent felons to roam undetected for days or, in some cases, weeks. The problems included batteries that wouldn't hold a charge and defective electronics that generated excessive false alarms. One felon, county officials said, had to have his GPS monitor replaced 11 times over a year; for five days during the 45-day audit period, his whereabouts were unknown.
December 4, 2013 | Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
Frank Darabont, whose last stab at television brought forth AMC's "The Walking Dead," from which he later departed under still-murky circumstances, has created a new series, "Mob City," for TNT. It is also, in its way, about the living dead, reviving as it does some long-departed characters and setting them loose to make trouble. Based loosely on John Buntin's 2009 "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," it covers some of the same territory as did this year's big-screen "Gangster Squad," which also related the adventures of gangster Mickey Cohen in post-World War II L.A. (A pool previously splashed in by "L.A.
October 30, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
When he heard about a shake-up at company headquarters, Mark Sprague got a knot in the pit of his stomach. It wasn't his executive job that was at stake at the international real estate brokerage CBRE Group Inc. It was his spacious office of 11 years, his cherished file cabinets and his trophies. They all had to go. Sprague and everyone else in the company's 200-person office were given no choice by management. Everyone was to be part of an experiment to create the company's first completely "untethered" office in the United States where employees roam freely.
October 26, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A mountain lion was spotted strolling near a northwest hillside neighborhood in Glendale. A resident saw the animal about 11 p.m. Thursday moving north on Larco Way, where it briefly stopped to stare at him and then meandered away, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told Times Community News. Animal control officers with the Pasadena Humane Society, which serves Glendale, were notified of the sighting and will be distributing fliers in the neighborhood, advising residents what to do if they see a mountain lion, spokeswoman Ricky Whitman said.
October 26, 2013 | By Julie Cart
ALBUQUERQUE - In the small, rural community of Reserve, children waiting for the school bus gather inside wooden and mesh cages provided as protection from wolves. Parents consider the "kid cages" a reasonable precaution. Defenders of the wolves note there have been no documented wolf attacks in New Mexico or Arizona. Fears of wolves attacking humans, they say, are overblown, and the cages nothing more than a stunt. In 1995, the reintroduction of Canadian gray wolves into the northern Rockies ignited a furor.
May 26, 1991
If President Bush doesn't solve his problems at home while establishing his "new world order," we could witness the fall of the Roaming Empire. JEROLD DRUCKER, Tarzana
October 21, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
If you hoped to catch the twilight Pacific Surfliner on Saturday at Union Station, you first had to pass through the Twilight Zone. The sign on the information booth read: "Please do not bother the nice person on the computer. She is part of an opera performance. " Dancers in imaginative traveling outfits might have obstructed your path or simply distracted you with some ferocious funny business on the floor. You would have had further need to jostle past a couple hundred gawkers sporting large headphones and not going where you were going or hearing what you were hearing.
October 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Three people were taken to the hospital Tuesday after a pack of German shepherds attacked pedestrians in South Los Angeles. “They were wandering the streets,” LAPD Lt. Julie Patton, who was on duty Tuesday during the attacks, said of the dogs. Four women were attacked at or near Manhattan Place Elementary School, 1850 W. 96 th St. in Gramercy Park, Patton added. The dogs were attacking people as they exited the school, KABC-TV reported. Firefighters received a first call on the attacks about 12:50 p.m., said Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.
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