Glass-Bottom Cottages

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Glass-Bottom Cottages


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 in residence.

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.

Protected statues

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 thought of.

IDT's approach is to buy large lots of cellular subscriptions from big carriers like AT&T. …

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