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Re: cleansing
Thursday, 8:38 AM
in the Article: Microsoft to Cleanse Windows Store of Questionable Apps forum

:) Well, given that the biggest problem Windows Phone, otherwise an excellent operating system, has is the lack of quality apps, I think getting rid of junk apps can only improve the overall quality of the store, and improve the Windows Phone experience.

Re: The reason for the end of the subsidy
Tuesday, 11:38 AM
in the Article: Sprint Intros $60 Unlimited Plan with Hardware Hitch forum

Well truthfully, if you got a phone without paying for it, and without fulfilling the contract obligation, then as far as I'm concerned it basically is stolen.

Re: The reason for the end of the subsidy
Monday, 11:37 PM
in the Article: Sprint Intros $60 Unlimited Plan with Hardware Hitch forum

1. The ETF is significantly lower than the cost of the phone, if a customer gets a $700 phone for $50, and then the customer pays and $350 ETF,then the carrier is still out nearly $400. Moreover, in my experience, ETF's are almost always waived. Few people ever really pay it.

The reason for the end of the subsidy
Aug 24, 2014, 11:14 PM
in the Article: Sprint Intros $60 Unlimited Plan with Hardware Hitch forum

The real reason for the end of the cell phone subsidy, and contracts, is that phones have gotten really expensive over the last few years, and consumers have gotten whiner and whiner, demanding more and more free phones. Carriers are getting sick of giving someone a $700 phone for $50 and then watch them walk away after 6 months, leaving them holding the bag, losing hundreds of dollar, often even getting a waiver of the ETF as ...

Re: meh
Aug 24, 2014, 3:30 PM
in the Article: Sprint Intros $60 Unlimited Plan with Hardware Hitch forum

Simple solution, stop buying things you can't afford I'll admit that I'm not exactly an expert in the history of business, but I think that it is probably a good bet that no company ever made much success from telling people not to buy their product.

Re: It Just Works!
Aug 24, 2014, 3:11 PM
in the Article: Apple Offering to Replace Faulty iPhone 5 Batteries forum

I'm disappointed in Tim Cook, Steve Jobs would have followed up the press release by blaming users 'you're charging the phone wrong'....how can Apple maintain Steve's reality distortion field if they won't even follow the proper protocol?

Re: And out of 1000 sold
Aug 20, 2014, 3:16 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Sell HTC One for Windows, Too forum

What amazes me is the number of people who don't know the difference between 'Android' and 'Droid'....I ask 'what kind of phone do you have?' and they say 'a Droid' and of course, 99 times out of 100, they do NOT have a Motorola Droid of any kind, they just have some random Android phone.

Re: what the..
Aug 20, 2014, 3:13 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: HTC One for Windows Phone forum

There are more Windows Phones in use today than there are Macintosh computers. Just to put into perspective how many 'fans' Windows Phone has. And as a guy who sells cell phones for a living, I can tell you that even though the fan base for Windows Phone is comparatively small, they are nevertheless passionate and devoted to the platform. Someone who has one Windows Phone usually won't upgrade except to another Windows Phone.

Re: Just for perspective
Aug 16, 2014, 4:58 PM
in the Article: Samsung Refreshes Its Design Language with Galaxy Alpha forum

But the point is whether there is really any noticable improvement in quality when going from 1280x1080 or even 1280x720 to 1920x1080, and I think that for the vast majority of people, the answer is a clear 'no', especially on a 4 or 5 inch screen.

Re: People don't need a thinner phone. They need better battery life
Aug 16, 2014, 4:55 PM
in the Article: Samsung Refreshes Its Design Language with Galaxy Alpha forum

I agree, the ridiculous thing is that if took today's battery and put it into a phone as thick as what was on the market as recently as 2009, we'd have smartphones that could go 2-3 days between charges, even with heavy usage, rather than charging 2-3 times a day like we do now.

Re: Just for perspective
Aug 16, 2014, 4:54 PM
in the Article: Samsung Refreshes Its Design Language with Galaxy Alpha forum

The iPhone 5c is like the Galaxy Mini, a scaled back 'economy' version of the phone to compete for the market in cheaper smartphones, I don't count the 5c as being part of the iPhone line, it's almost like a separate line of phones all by itself

Re: You get what you pay for......
Aug 16, 2014, 4:16 PM
in the Article: Sprint CEO: 'Disruptive' Prices Coming Next Week forum

For a lot of people in the area where I live, their only real options are Verizon, or a Verizon MVNO like Straight Talk If you wanna know how at&t and Verizon got to be the duopoly they are, it is by trying to provide coverage absolutely everywhere in the country, even in isolated rural communities like Montana. So many people sign up to at&t or Verizon because they literally have no other option. If T-Mobile ...

Re: Just for perspective
Aug 16, 2014, 10:53 AM
in the Article: Samsung Refreshes Its Design Language with Galaxy Alpha forum

They use the word 'Galaxy' to describe pretty much all of their smartphones, but the 'Galaxy S' refers to one specific line of phones, of which there have only been 5 to date. It's a trivial thing but it bugs the hell out of me, I have heard customers saying 'I heard the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 8, but that's stupid because they haven't had a 6 yet' and I just want to scream 'it is ...

Re: Honestly
Aug 15, 2014, 11:43 PM
in the Article: Sprint CEO: 'Disruptive' Prices Coming Next Week forum

Well I am currently working selling phones and we sell Verizon, at&t and Sprint, so I'm familiar with the plans for all the carriers, and the truth is that Sprint's competitive edge of pricing is really not that great. For the vast majority of customers they will only save $5 a month by switching from at&t or Verizon to Sprint, and in return, you get vastly inferior coverage.

Honestly
Aug 15, 2014, 8:40 AM
in the Article: Sprint CEO: 'Disruptive' Prices Coming Next Week forum

For a company struggling to make a profit, and Sprint has not generated a net profit for even one quarter since the Nextel acquisition in 2005, to be talking about slashing prices seems very irresponsible. This is like the fabled executive who thought that if he simply gave his product away free he'd be able to make it up on volume.

Re: Just for perspective
Aug 15, 2014, 12:04 AM
in the Article: Samsung Refreshes Its Design Language with Galaxy Alpha forum

It's funny that people are calling it 'the iPhone 6' when it will actually be the 8th iPhone...or as Tim Cook once said in an interview 'I don't really understand how numbers work' Say what you will about Samsung, but at least they actually know how to count....the Galaxy S5 is actually the 5th Galaxy S, not the 6th or the 7th.

Re: I prefer MicroSD to generous internal storage
Aug 14, 2014, 11:57 PM
in the Article: Samsung Refreshes Its Design Language with Galaxy Alpha forum

Why should anyone have to make such a choice in the first place? There is absolutely no reason why you can't have a phone with both, and in fact, when you buy Samsung phones, you generally DO have both. And before you start praising the virtues of the cloud, remember, that 'the cloud' is just a fancy term that means 'hand your most sensitive data over to a third party, where you have ...

Re: How to Fix Sprint
Aug 8, 2014, 8:12 PM
in the Article: Sprint Hangs Up on Dan Hesse, Names New CEO forum

Honestly, at&t SHOULD neglect their unlimited plans and force them into newer plans. Those old unlimited plans are a drag on the company, consuming massive amounts of bandwidth and paying virtually nothing for it.

Re: Surprising
Aug 6, 2014, 11:34 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Said to Reject Iliad Buyout Offer forum

You know how it is in business, never accept the first offer. They apparently think that they are worth more than what Iliad is offering and are hoping that they will up their offer.

Re: Customer escelations.
Aug 3, 2014, 8:13 PM
in the Article: French Firm Makes Surprise Bid for T-Mobile forum

Best Francophobic joke i've heard this week. 8)

Re: Great.
Aug 3, 2014, 6:32 PM
in the Article: Unlocking Cell Phones Is Once Again Legal forum

If you purchased the phone at a subsidy and it is still under contract, I think it is still, legally, at best an open question whether or not it belongs to you or to the carrier.

Re: As usual...
Aug 3, 2014, 12:29 PM
in the Article: Senate Says Wireless Users Bilked By Bogus Charges forum

I don't deny for one moment that these companies tend to be unscrupulous, but let's be clear who actually is to blame for these charges appearing on their bill: the customer. They are the ones indiscriminately providing their cell phone numbers to these companies, and even after they get it stopped once, they do it again. Yes, the companies are unscrupulous about taking advantage of customers, but if customers didn't give out their phone number, these ...

Re: Many Hurdles
Jul 28, 2014, 9:25 PM
in the Article: Researchers Claim Lithium Battery Breakthrough forum

If you want to compare it to mpg that cars get, you need to understand that there is a delicate balance between mileage and safety, You could easily get 300MPG simply by eliminating all the safety standards that manufacturers are required to meet. Remove the doors, remove seat belts and airbags, eliminate windshields, make sure they can't go faster than 10mph.....the more you demand safety, the lower the mpg gets... I actually find it ridiculous, I've watched this ...

Re: Or the third alternative
Jul 28, 2014, 3:02 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

They did fulfill their promise, every single person in America who signed a contract promising unlimited data is now out of contract, those old contracts no longer apply. The argument that Verizon should be required to honor the terms of a contract which has expired and is no longer in force is a farce.

Re: I smell a lawsuit
Jul 28, 2014, 3:00 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

Nevertheless, a new contract is exactly that, NEW, Verizon is under no obligation to offer you the same terms with every contract.

Re: Apples and Oranges
Jul 28, 2014, 2:59 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

You're right, it is apples and oranges. Neither Verizon nor any other carrier ever promised unlimited access to data at 4G speeds, only at 3G speeds. So the network is not the same, so it is indeed apples and oranges. Every single person in America who signed a contract promising unlimited usage at 3G speeds is now out of contract, the promise having been fulfilled to the letter. When someone signs a new contract, the old contract no ...

Re: ...and yet they feed the behavior
Jul 28, 2014, 2:55 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

They have never said that they don't want people streaming data. You can use your data allowance however you like and they have never tried to dictate what kinds of traffic oyu can use. The limit is on total usage only.

Re: What people don't realize
Jul 28, 2014, 12:54 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

WiFi is also faster than LTE, however, I think the main reason people don't use WiFi more often is lack of access.

Re: What people don't realize
Jul 28, 2014, 12:42 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

It is not rational to expect someone to 'follow through' on an impossible promise. The problem is more the gullibility of people who think the promise is realistic. If someone is elected president because he promises to pay off the national debt within six months, cure all diseases and give everyone a million dollars, it's not the fault of the candidate if people are dumb enough to believe him.

Re: Back pedal on the promise.
Jul 27, 2014, 12:42 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

Precisely. Prices and plans are not guaranteed to exist forever. As long as they allow you to keep your plans for the term of your contract they are in the clear, legally. In the early 80's Taco John's introduced 'Taco Tuesday' which was originally introduced as 'two tacos for 99 cents', today, you can only get ONE taco for $1.29...prices go up over time due to inflation, them's the breaks. It wouldn't make sense for ...

Re: Doesn't matter
Jul 27, 2014, 12:34 PM
in the Article: Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama forum

I detest feigned ignorance... /;| You know darn well that there is no such thing as a 'T Mobile' iPhone or an 'at&t iPhone' there is only the iPhone, which is the exact same for every carrier on the planet, and they achieve that by including both a CDMA and a GSM radio, and support for a jillion different frequencies. Which is a large part of the reason why they cost so damn much compared to other ...

Re: Back pedal on the promise.
Jul 26, 2014, 5:44 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

The way I see it, you have two choices: 1. live in reality 2. live in fantasyland I don't know about you, but I choose the former Expecting mobile carriers to be able to give you a genuinely unlimited amount of a resource which is inherently limited is like throwing a virgin down a well to make it rain, it's an appeal to magic.

Re: Doesn't matter
Jul 26, 2014, 5:17 PM
in the Article: Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama forum

Sprint? Hell, you can't even make it work (correctly) on at&t.

Re: I smell a lawsuit
Jul 25, 2014, 6:37 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

They never could promise unlimited to anyone ever.....mobile bandwidth is finite, you can't promise an unlimited amount of a finite resource. So called 'unlimited' come from a time when phones use so little data that 100MB a month was considered a massive amount. When no one actually USED data, they promised 'unlimited' because it was an empty promise that they would never need to fulfill. But when phones started to be released that actually used significant amounts of data, ...

Re: Of course it matters...
Jul 25, 2014, 5:16 PM
in the Article: Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama forum

It doesn't matter because most people use their phones to the point where they no longer work. Most people can't even make a phone last for a full two year contract, let alone keep using after that on another carrier. I am all for this bill, but it is NOT going to bring about the wireless utopia so many people seem to think it will.

Re: I'm going to go out on a limb
Jul 18, 2014, 6:18 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Amazon's Fire Phone for AT&T forum

at&t exclusivity didn't hurt the iPhone, and the at&t network was in a much worse condition in 2007 then it is today. Today, at&t's network has improved so much that one rarely hears the 'dropped calls' jokes that used to be ubiquitous only 3 years ago. And being exclusive with at&t is certainly a better bet than Palm's exclusive deal with Sprint for the Palm Pre, THAT was a disaster. If Palm ...

Re: Interesting but not for me
Jul 18, 2014, 6:01 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Amazon's Fire Phone for AT&T forum

You forgot about one vital demographic: the 60%+ of cell phone users who are still using basic feature phones, but might be interested in a smartphone if it didn't seem intimidating. The fact that it bears the 'Kindle' name means that a lot of people who find other smartphones 'too complicated' but who own a Kindle, will likely be interested. This is especially true of the 60 and over crowd. I predict that ...

No one is really excited about the Amazon deal
Jul 16, 2014, 5:29 PM
in the Article: Apple Joins Forces with IBM to Bring iOS To Enterprise forum

I'm excited, everyone at Crackberry.com and the Blackberry Facebook page is excited, lots of people are interested in seeing what comes next. So it is not in fact true that no one is excited by it. A company like Amazon investing in the Blackberry platform is good news for the company, no matter what 'analysts' say, the same analysts, by the way, that told everyone to keep buying Enron stock right up until the moment the ...

No Need
Jul 16, 2014, 3:18 PM
in the Article: Voice Assistant Coming in BlackBerry OS 10.3 forum

Siri is a novelty at best, people have fun thinking up ridiculous things to ask it to see how stupid of a response they can get, but I've never met anyone who actually used it to do something, you know, useful. Google Now is kind of fun, but it does quickly get somewhat creepy just how much it knows about you. I am not convinced that the voice operated 'personal assistant' will ever be anything but a novelty. Blackberry does ...

Re: Bad news for Blackberry
Jul 16, 2014, 11:37 AM
in the Article: Apple Joins Forces with IBM to Bring iOS To Enterprise forum

Blackberry and IBM have never had a partnership or any kind of joint venture. So frankly your comment seems more than a little random, as this has absolutely nothing to do with Blackberry. And as far as it goes, Blackberry is entering into partnership with Amazon, so it is not as if there are no options on the table for them at all. A partnership with Amazon is huge.

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