First off, I don’t text message – I don’t pay for the service and I just don’t do it cause I’d rather use IM and a full keyboard than a tiny phone and my thumbs :)

That said, I do send text messages when I’m traveling and have landed at the airport because it’s easier to send one message to everyone than it is to call everyone. That’s why this new service from ArrivedOK sounds intriguing.

If you ever traveled by air, you know what people in an airplane do when it’s just landed and ruling to the ramp. Everyone grabs a cell phone to call or send an arrival message to somebody — mother or father, wife or husband, girlfriend or boyfriend, colleague or boss. You probably do it too: “Arrived OK”. It is not very informative but it is very important. Because someone who cares is waiting for it. Or you want to make your colleagues in the office jealous about your vacation in Thailand :)

Then you go to some other country or city — and it is repeating again. And again. And again. Or a company executive returns from a business trip and lets his driver know that he has landed and needs him in the arrival zone in 15 minutes. A message from a landed college graduate is a signal for her Mom to heat up the celebration dinner.

Whether you fly to Beijing or Singapore, London or Paris, New York City or Dubai, ArrivedOK makes that a snap and also saves your money on roaming charges for outgoing voice calls and SMS.

I’m still reading up on this service, if you’ve tried it, let me know what you think.

Thanks to DownloadSquad for pointing this out to me :)

Travel Alot?

The one thing I hate about traveling is that I have to unpack my carry on because it has a laptop and GPS in it. That makes this announcement from the TSA a good one for me – but not a good one for my favorite eBags laptop bag.

Starting Aug. 16, TSA will allow laptops to remain in bags meeting new ‘checkpoint friendly’ guidelines. Not all laptop bags are ‘checkpoint friendly’

To help streamline the security process and better protect laptops TSA has recently encouraged manufacturers to design bags that will produce a clear and unobstructed image of the laptop when undergoing X-ray screening. A design that meets this objective will enable TSA to allow laptops to remain in bags for screening.