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Sprint Launches Push-to-Send Location Feature

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$20/month overpriced for a barely used service?

ssaifull

Jan 12, 2009, 3:43 PM
It seems to me that $20/month is pretty pricey for a service without too much use... I guess if you get kidnapped and they blindfold you and drive you somewhere and forget to take your cell phone away, you may have a chance now! Just 20 bucks a month! I can see the black-and-white cinematic Sprint commercial now...
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Basic3

Jan 12, 2009, 4:09 PM
This service is worth more than 20 bucks a month for unlimited usage.

Companies that use dispatchers: Plumbers, Construction, Installers, etc. need this service to pin point workers and calculate ETA's for the next customer in line.

It may also give proof that the installer was at a job when customers were not available or didn't show up. Very important if there is a dispute of service.

Nextel users value these types of services. I know My customers will see it is worth much more than the money, it saves time, money and JOBS!
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ssaifull

Jan 13, 2009, 1:25 AM
Guess I shoulda read the article first, it does sound pretty useful for the folks that use Nextel for business and that's probably the majority of them. Especially nowadays, I never see Nextels being used by 'consumers' anymore, the days of the i95c and all the other legends are over. Motorola is nearly finished as well. Kinda sad really.
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Basic3

Jan 13, 2009, 4:44 PM
I have a Nextel phone. It gets the best reception where I live, I'm not a construction worker. I am a Consumer. Sprint has the worst reception.

Nextel is PRIMARILY used by Companies with large groups of uses that rely heavily on the Direct Connect and GPS services.

IDEN may be slow for data, but people that use Nextel service are making Direct connections or using GPS or just making a regular call. They want results. This new service is a great addition and may breathe a bit of new life into the fading IDEN market.
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Slammer

Jan 13, 2009, 7:53 PM
Basic3 said:
I have a Nextel phone. It gets the best reception where I live, I'm not a construction worker. I am a Consumer. Sprint has the worst reception.

Nextel is PRIMARILY used by Companies with large groups of uses that rely heavily on the Direct Connect and GPS services.

IDEN may be slow for data, but people that use Nextel service are making Direct connections or using GPS or just making a regular call. They want results. This new service is a great addition and may breathe a bit of new life into the fading IDEN market.


This is a service we definitely would have considered as Nextel customers. It is great offering. Good luck to the Nextel side with this new service.
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Rich Brome

Jan 12, 2009, 8:14 PM
As Basic3 mentioned, the $ is worth it for certain types of companies.

This is envisioned for field workers. If you read the full press release, it says customers can send location info to "a dispatcher, call center or another field worker". I think that right there tells you who this is targeted at.

I think they should have a cheaper option for casual users, but certain users would find the $20/month justified.
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Jayshmay

Jan 12, 2009, 11:41 PM
Hey Rich, other than the ease of use, I'm referring to the simplicity of pushing 1 button to send all location info, what else is the difference between this and most other LBS? Such as buddy beacon or whatever other services there are out there?

Btw, I haven't heard back from you from my other post asking about you reporting that the Palm Pre is multi-touch? I really did think that is strongly patented by Apple?
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Rich Brome

Jan 12, 2009, 11:49 PM
Jayshmay said:
Btw, I haven't heard back from you from my other post asking about you reporting that the Palm Pre is multi-touch? I really did think that is strongly patented by Apple?

I did reply to that, but no, I have not heard that, and I don't think it's true. I don't doubt that Apple has some patents in that area, but Apple was never the first nor only company to do multi-touch, they're just the most successful with it, thanks to good marketing.
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Jayshmay

Jan 12, 2009, 11:51 PM
So does the Pre have multi-touch then? Thx for getting back to me.
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Rich Brome

Jan 13, 2009, 12:19 AM
Yes, the Pre has multi-touch. I used it. It works great.

I covered it in my write-up:

The touch and multi-touch aspects of Web OS mimic the iPhone to a tee. It's rather blatant, but to be honest, it's one thing Apple nailed, so in this case I'm grateful for the shameless copying. Any scrolling can be done with simple swipe/flick motions, and the motion is smooth and intuitive. The famous two-finger pinch zoom works in the browser and photos. You can also double-tap to zoom in, and double-tap with two fingers to zoom out, just like on the iPhone. One curious twist is that a white circle appears below your finger any time you touch the screen, as visual feedback.

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Jayshmay

Jan 13, 2009, 12:25 AM
Thx 4 getting back to me. So Apple's not going to throw a hissy fit about the Pre having multi touch, huh?

Personally I prefer the keyboard slide out in landscape mode.

It certainly seems as though the Pre will be a big seller.
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Basic3

Jan 13, 2009, 5:02 PM
A per use option would be great.
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