STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Roughing it in comfort will be possible
this summer with the launch of a new environmentally sensitive
resort in Bermuda. Located on a secluded northwestern peninsula,
Daniel's Head Village will offer nature-oriented recreation such as
swimming, sea-kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as
environmental tours by staffers, and art classes taught by artists
Over-the-water and coast-hugging tent-cottages will all have
ocean views, and some will be on stilts with glass floors for better
viewing of marine life. The cottages also have indoor-outdoor living
areas, wide porches and private baths.
SAN FRANCISCO (NYT) -- A passing art lover notes that the terra
cotta cherubs on the Willis Polk-designed building destined to
become the Jewish Museum San Francisco are uncircumcised, a
condition that can't be brought into religious conformance because
the building has landmark status.
More go wireless
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- John Dunn, who spends much time on the road
and has loved ones scattered throughout the country, decided last
year the time had come to cut the cord. On his telephone, that is.
In a sign of the growing acceptance of wireless technology,
thousands of consumers have made their mobile phone their primary
phone. Wireless companies gathered here this week for the Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association say they increasingly are
seeing consumers reach for a cell phone -- rather than a traditional
wireline receiver -- to make a call. In Dunn's case, he figured he
could save money by purchasing a wireless plan with a set number of
long-distance minutes that he can use at home or while traveling.
"I've got the same phone number in my pocket day in and day out,"
said Dunn, of Clarksville, Tenn. "It makes it very convenient."
About 2 percent of 86 million wireless subscribers use their
mobiles as their only phone, according to the Yankee Group research
firm. Some users say they end up saving money by purchasing hundreds
of minutes for one flat rate compared with their monthly local and
long-distance bills combined.
More commonly, consumers are using their cell phone to make calls
when they could have opted for a wired phone instead, said Ed
Reynolds, president of BellSouth Mobility. Rather than paying 35
cents for a pay phone call or waiting for someone else in the house
to get off the line, people are dialing on their cell phones. "We're
seeing a very significant amount of that," Reynolds said.
An answer to cellular charges
HACKENSACK, N.J. (NYT) -- As the Federal Communications
Commission continues to debate whether users of wireless telephones
should have to pay to receive as well as make calls, IDT has taken
matters into its own hands. Based in Hackensack, IDT is the
communications carrier that pioneered new services including phone
calls over the Internet and call-back -- a service that allows
people overseas to slash the rates they pay for international calls
by routing them through the United States. Without building a
wireless network, IDT is now set to introduce a service that would
offer nationwide wireless service while eliminating the fees
cellular customers typically pay for incoming calls.
Almost all cellular phone subscribers, unlike users of
traditional phones, have to pay when they receive calls. As the
wireless industry tries to become a pervasive competitor to
entrenched local telephone monopolies, it is pressing the FCC to
establish rules that would extend the traditional "calling party
pays" billing model into the wireless arena. That would enable
wireless users who sign up for a caller-pays plan to receive calls
free. But IDT is not waiting. Instead, it has put together a system
that includes a feature that even the major carriers may not have
IDT's approach is to buy large lots of cellular subscriptions
from big carriers like AT&T. …