[Cdt-l] PocketMail Replacement

Karen Somers kborski at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 11 10:15:56 CDT 2008

Nowhere Man,
There is a 1-800 for Pocketmail and customer service.  As of last year, you could order service without buying a device by calling them; I found their web site to be confusing.  If you want it, I can look around for the #.  If I remember right, their number was in the User's Guide and on the actual PM device, too.
Before I used PM, I really enjoyed the old-fashioned pen and paper.  Yes, it's slower, but it is more enjoyable in many ways.  You can journal anywhere, any time.  Batteries are no worry.  Phones no worry.  No extra weight.  The only catch is that, if you want to post online, you have to have a transcriber who wants to volunteer to type your journals and post them for you.  I've never had a problem finding a volunteer who wanted to help.

--- On Tue, 6/10/08, Philip Hough <nowhere_man97 at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Philip Hough <nowhere_man97 at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] PocketMail Replacement
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 5:25 PM

Thanks to all who took the time to respond to my pocket mail question,
particularly to Nocona and Mags who offered some good insights.I looked very
closely at Pocketmail's website.  Here is what I did and did not find.  I
didn't find any obvious reference to the possibility of discontinuing their
service.  No surprise. Thinking that the "fine print" my give some
insights I tried but could not find a way to view their "terms and
conditions" without beginning the "ordering process".  OK, so I
started to order one just to get info......there was no way to select a service
plan on its own (without ordering a device) hmmmm......I don't need the
device, just the plan......SO, I tried to order the device.....they are all
"out of stock" or went to "error" pages.....My conclusion
is that PocketMail HAS gone out of service, or at least closed down their
website operations, which would not be a way to encourage sales........This
leaves me with two new questions:1)  Is ANYONE on this list currently using
Pocket Mail?2) If you did not use pocket mail on your CDT hike, what did you do
for email and/or online journals?  I imagine there will be some limited
opportunities for internet access, probably in the larger trail towns that are
in hitching distance, but is there a better way than searching out the public
libraries or motels/hostels that have a computer and internet?  I am looking
into services which take voice over the phone and convert it into written email
text.  "Jott" is one of these, but you need to register the phone
number, so a cell phone would work better than random phones - what is the Cell
coverage like?  Does anyone have any experience with this, or any other
suggestions and/or any insights?Thanks!PhilPhil Hough aka Nowhere ManPO Box 393
Sagle, ID 83860
Home  (208) 255-2780
Cell     (208) 946-9127
nowhere_man97 at hotmail.com

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