128- Th rchigan Daily -- Weeke, etc. Magazine - Thursdayeptember 21, 200
Wireless technology adds new spin to traditional
or the Daily
Lecture after lecture, the phrase
Please turn off your cell phones!" has
ecome part of almost every professor's
elcomin lingo. If a phone rings in a
rowd of people, the "Clueless" scene of
everyone rushing to their phones is on
repeat around campus.
"It has come to the point where the
quintessential student is someone who
can email their professor, talk to their
mom and order a pizza all while walking
to class,' said Chris Han, a senior engi-
With all the media inergers over the
past months, companies have been in
fierce competition to offer the most
attractive package to the market
Verizon and AT&T have appeared on
the scene alongside Sprint and Nextel
The latest trend in Sprint phones have
been the iridescent Motorola Timeport
P8167 that come in a variety of colors,
the Samsung SCH-6100 that is as small
and light as a highlighter and the
Samsung SCH-3500 that set the precen-
dent for "voce-activation." But recent
complaints about Sprint's setivice, espe-
cially tn Michigan, have prompted some
to opt for other services.
"I switched from Sprint to AT&T
because my Sprint phone had trouble
receiving service inside buildings or
even in my car," LSA senior Brian Kim
said. Reliability ranks high on the list of
priorities for students.
"I check my stock quotes daily, so it is
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anywhere" said David Yeh, a junior in
Another way to obtain this type of
information is through mobile web ser-
vices. These are actively advertised by
most wireless companies. Verizon offers
the luxury of a personal organizer,
mobile web and e-mail in addition to the
normal wireless phone features. Nextel
is more geared toward international cov-
erage, but still ranks among the best in
nationwide coverageaas well.
Handhelds and Palm Pilots are also
seeking refuge in every student's hand.
One of the more popular models has
been the Palm V series. Thtese digital
organizers are a nice alternative to paper
organizers that may tear or get lost. Like
mini PCs, they do everything from
keeping numbers to accessing the
Interact and email.
Palm Pilots arc handy in their ability
to send data to other Palms. 'When I
ssattted to update rm' frienrd's info on miy
Palm, he told me that he could just
'beam' the info from his Palm to mine,"
Kim said. "No need to scramble for pen
and paper anymore."
If Palms are a little too pricy for
some, never fear, there is a cheaper
alternative from HandSpring. The
HandSpring Visor starts at S149 and
comes ir nice "candy" colors like the
iMac. It features or-anizing features,
such as the address book and "to do list,"
as well as email and calculator all by uti-
lizing the Palnt-OS software program.
With Pahnt-OS, it is compatible with
other Palm-based computers. It is also
expandable to become an MP3 player,
pager, and video arcade thirough t1 the use
of the Springboard expansion slot. It can
also turn into a note-taking machine
with the GoTvpe! Keyboard. Lugging
around a bulky laptop can now easily be
Foi the Dlyl
They pick up your clothing when
you've strewn it about. They offer advice
whether you'd like it or not. They are not
afraid to let you know when vour pants
look too tight. And no, they are not your
mothers-ther are retail workers.
Armed with an arsenal of"Hello, may
I help you's and accessorizing additions,
these men and women possess the power
to complete both our shopping excur-
sions, as well as our wardrobes.
However, aside from their in-born ability
to fold clothing with origami-like preci-
working behind the scarms of retail.
Feori Banana Republic to Bivouac,
from Gucci to the Gap, itris important
to remember that the men and women
of retail not only hold the keys to a
successful shopping experience, they
also hold the keys to the fitting rooms.
Patience and politeness are paramount.
As for elitist attitudes, they'll get you
nowhere fast. LSA sophomore Kelly
Parker, a former sales associate for the
Gap, said a rude attitude is "just anoth-
er way to assure that the associate is
being paid to assist them, (but) that
doesn't mean that they are their per-
sonalhslave Most salesassociates vill
do wsharesver they can to help someone
who says 'Please' and 'Thank you.''
Business School senior Anna Spencer,
a sales associate at Hudson's, said she:
"Helping someone who appreciates it
and is kind in return is worth more than
a big sale" Hey big, bad spenders, take
note like Parker and Spencer, several
sales associates do not vork for a com-
mission, thus this preference for pleas-
antry is not a trend that is soon to fade.
As Spencer simply said it, "If someone
who spent S500 is very rude to me, I still
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The real deal behind retail-/
Rebekah Williams, (right), a Washtenaw Community College sophomore, rings up
LSA sophomore Isabel Roa's purchases at Bivouac.
sion, little is known about this highly
specialized breed ofemployee, and fesv
attempts are eser tiade.
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