User: T Bone
These are the most recent forum messages posted by T Bone:
Re: I also found this line funny
Re: Way to go
That isn't going to do anything to deter theft, it is only going to make it easier to recover from a theft and make sure that you don't lose any data.....not one single theft will be prevented.
Re: Problems with a kill switch
The part about couples breaking up using the kill switch to screw each other over is important... When I worked for at&t I personally dealt with literally hundreds of customers who wanted to suspend a phone on their account, some line other than their own, simply out of spite....9 times out of 10 it was done by couples breaking up......purely out of spite and for no other reason.....I would explain 'while the phone is suspended, you will still be responsible ...
Re: But lets be realistic
The fact of the matter is that the price of wireless service has been rapidly declining for decades.....back in the 1980's when they first introduced only the rich could afford to have a cell phone, your defined region of coverage was minuscule, and you got hit with massive roaming charges, about which you had no warning, and often you paid for service by the minute anyway....i remember back in the early 90's all my friends with cell phones had ...
Re: No subsidy - No carrier locking
If there is no phone subsidy then people will be responsible for getting their own phone and the carrier has no input into the decision....what this actually means is the abolition of carrier branded equipment....there won't be 'at&t phones' and 'Verizon phones' and 'Sprint phones' etc.....there will only be phones period... In talking about getting rid of subsidies, he's actually raising the possibility of eliminating carrier branded phones altogether.....that is the only practical implication of what he is saying.
Re: I also found this line funny
They aren't talking about the network, they are talking about the CUSTOMERS.....he's talking about 'maintaining' customers.....i.e. making sure they don't switch to another carrier.... Let me put what he is saying in another way.. Back when we were first introducing cell phones for the first time ever, we were focused on trying to convince people who had never had a cell phone to buy their first ever cell phone, and the way we did that was by giving them free stuff....now ...
Re: No subsidy - No carrier locking
No, the subsidy wasn't introduced to retain customers, it was introduced to get them to sign up in the first place. I know it may sound absurd in this day and age when cell phones are ubiquitous, but when they were first introduced, carriers had a hard time convincing people to sign up. People would say 'why would I want a portable phone, I have my home phone, if someone calls me when I'm not there I ...
Re: 20 billion from Softbank. . .not enough?
I immediately thought exactly the same thing.....but the truth is, Sprint is just stupid. at&t and Verizon both managed to make deals with Apple for the iPhone that didn't put them on the brink of bankruptcy....if Sprint wasn't able to do the same it is only because they don't know how to negotiate a deal with a company.
The problem with telling customers 'no' is that if the customer then gets a WAVE survey and are unhappy and you fail the WAVE survey, you get penalized. It's all about passing the WAVE surveys, and you were encouraged to do whatever you had to do to pass those WAVE surveys. It's ridiculous, we used to joke about 'the at&t lottery'.....you call in and get money for no reason......it's sad....and it was all known ...
Not practical, the churn rate on pre-paid plans is absurdly high.....many pre-paid customers are only a customer for one term of service 30 days or 90 days and they never renew....if carriers offered exactly the same plans to pre-paid and post-paid customers, it would not be economically unsustainable. Pre-paid service is offered for people who can't pass a credit check or who don't want to give their personal information to a company. But when you ...
The article specifically says the exact opposite, it says that as a result of dropping the subsidy, monthly fees will be lower. Monthly fees will be lower because without having to give away phones, the cost to the carrier of maintaing a customer will plummet. I worked for at&t, and the fact of the matter is that the number of free phones we gave away, on a daily business was utterly ridiculous. Everyone and his brother called ...
Re: We understand?
How is it any different than listening to an inane conversation between two passengers?
No it doesn't
It doesn't require any special equipment or special connection.....or does the FCC expect us to not remember all the phone calls from airplanes that successfully connected without difficulty on 9-11, including the especially memorable phone call from Todd Beamer on board United Flight 93 righter before he and a few others stormed the ****pit to retake the plane from the hijackers? This is the famous call when he uttered the immortal words 'let's roll', words which became a kind ...
Re: Read the article
The suggestion doesn't make any sense. Kill switch or no kill switch, when a phone is lost or stolen, customers need a new phone. The existence of a kill switch won't have an effect one way or the other. There are in many far more serious practical problems with the idea of a kill switch.
The line will still be active, the kill switch only deactivates the phone. It sounds like a good idea at first, but after a little thought it sounds like a really bad idea. People misplace their phones all the time, and when they misplace their phones, they call to get the line suspended, then when they find it, lying in their couch or whatever, they call to get it unsuspended. Now imagine they ...
Re: Kill switch concerns
"As long as you aren't doing anything bad then you shouldn't have to worry about your privacy. " That's the rallying cry for the police state.....there are plenty of places reasonable people want privacy that have nothing with shame or illegality. I want privacy in my bedroom on my wedding night even though I'm not doing anything wrong, I want privacy in the bathroom even though I'm not doing anything wrong. Bottom line is....most people are not ...
Re: Google android device manager
It can be thwarted by swapping out the SIM card.....the kill switch makes the device permanently unusable, even if a SIM card switch is performed.
Re: Operators don't want to hurt the profits they make by selling insurance programs to consumers.
I think the story is complete nonsense, it doesn't even make sense, if a phone is lost or stolen and cannot be recovered, the customer still needs a new phone. The addition of a kill switch does not in any way suggest or imply that the phone doesn't need to be replaced. In absolutely no way does a kill switch have any effect on whether or not one needs wireless insurance.
Re: Big deal
In truth Steve Jobs was nothing more than a marketer, he had little to do with the development of new devices. He did, in his second run as Apple CEO, have a gift for finding talented people to put in charge of developing new products, but he didn't actually design the products himself or anything. So I don't think it is accurate to say that Steve Jobs was 'the goose that laid the golden egg'.
Does the FCC think it gets the authority to regulate phone locking policies? This is so far beyond the scope of the FCC's actual authority that it's ridiculous.
Re: Blackberry Revival?
if we really have reached the where Android is literally the only option then it is time for the Department of justice to start antitrust proceedings and break up Google like they did 30 years ago to at&t, because it can only mean that Google has become the most dangerous monopoly since Standard Oil.
All the reviews I've seen said the Nexus 4 is a subpar Android phone with crappy battery life. Do you have a Nexus 4?
My opinion is based on my experience when I was working for at&t....LG phones were consistently the worst, they were constantly being returned, or sent back to warranty, much more often than any other manufacturer.
Why LG? I was looking to upgrade my Galaxy Nexus....but I won't buy an LG phone because I don't think LG hardware is any good. Why not Samsung, or Motorola?
Re: Tecmo Bowl
By the way, if you like Tecmo Bowl you'll love this video, it just shows how ridiculously unbeatable Bo Jackson is in this game......here he scores a touchdown by running the entire field and back again....he probably runs about 500 yards to score a 100 yard touchdown..... http://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=8PBvOxicz-0 :lol: This is why my friends created the rule that no one can be the Raiders
Re: Tecmo Bowl
Well....at least you weren't cheap enough to play the Raiders, Bo Jackson was basically unbeatable in that game, when I played it with my friends we had a rule that no one could be the Raiders. In one game I played, Bo Jackson scored 9 touchdowns, and each one of them was a first down run of at least 60 yards.
They appear to already have at least three potential buyers who are seriously interested, and maybe more than haven't been made public.....they don't really need one more, SOMEONE will buy.
Re: Still Angry
The funny thing is that Android and Blackberry both adopted the 'cards' before iOS did. So not only did Apple copy webOS, which I guess is fine because it is now open source, but they copied everyone else copying webOS.
I'm still angry about how poorly HP handled webOS, they barely made an effort with it, then quickly killed it, reducing our mobile OS options from 5 to 4....I hold grudges HP, long ones, I'm still angry at Apple for cancelling the Apple II line in 1993.
Re: US last to get 10.2 WTF
Exactly...well, they should care serving their existing customers, but honestly even as a Blackberry customer myself, I don't think it would be prudent for them to think of the US market as their highest priority.,.....my Z10 works fine, there are no problems at the moment, if I have to wait a couple months for a software upgrade, it's no biggie to me. I might feel differently if there was some big software bug that was hurting the ...
Re: US last to get 10.2 WTF
This isn't 2002, the US has become Blackberry's smallest market, and hence the US simply isn't high priority for updates, nor should it be.
Re: Garage Band
I don't use it, but Garage Band is the only one of the default apps which isn't completely dull and boring.....for both Windows and Mac, the default, built in apps are lame.....
Errr...no thanks.....I would like a Windows tablet, but nothing less than full Windows will be acceptable....
Honestly I think the only thing that has changed is Apple's attitude towards the bugs, in the past they used to deny vigorously that their products had any bugs at all, now they are willing to admit it and send out updates almost as often as Windows. I think that actually qualifies as an improvement.
Re: Still say its stupid
Everyone who hates Blackberry and want to get rid of it already have done so, the people who are still using Blackberries today are the most loyal and fanatical users, they are the kind of people who, if Blackberry disappeared tomorrow, would just go back to feature phones. They aren't looking for a reason to leave, they are looking for a reason to stay.
Re: Apple's Claims
There's nothing to be said about the Nexus 5 because we know nothing about it, hence the joking around about adding a punch card reader to the iPhone......come on, that's funny, get a sense of humor man. :lol:
Re: Wonder which plans they'll keep?
Well...obviously, I think...the more expensive ones
Re: Apple's Claims
I hardly think there is anything 'vapid' in the complaint that Apple makes war on open standards and tries to forces everyone into their own proprietary standards. That is in fact a very serious and substantive complaint, the exact opposite of 'vapidity'.
Re: It does work!!!!
Yup, you're right it was a fake, all I did was type 'BBM' and it popped up, it has the right logo and I didn't even notice that it didn't say that it was published by 'Blackberry'......I am relieved to find that it wasn't Blackberry engaging in the shady practice of requiring a 5 star rating just to activate the app.
Re: What where's all the hating trolls?
It's true thart you can get roaming coverage in a lot of places, but if you're spending all or most majority of your time roaming on other networks, you're likely to be cut off anyway because it isn't cost efficient to keep you as a customer.I know when I worked for at&t I used to have to inform people that because they were living in an area with no at&t coverage we would have to cancel their service.
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