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Replying to:  850 downfall by 155n8th   Oct 29, 2003, 6:32 PM

Re: 850 downfall

by scottj    Oct 30, 2003, 12:01 PM

I feel your frustration but really I think there's more to it than this. Yes, I wish providers would hurry up with some of their rollouts - I wish GSM coverage was complete and that EDGE was rolled out and that data rates were reasonable. But a provider can't offer a handset that doesn't exist. I've been waiting to jump to GSM and hopefully replace my PocketPC and phone with a single device. So far, I've been extremely disappointed with what the handset manufacturers are pumping out. I'd be a whole lot more excited if I didn't live in the US. My issues:
1. 800 spectrum. GSM is delivered in the US on 850 and 1900. The number of handsets which support both is trivial in comparison to 900/1800/1900 models. Roaming agreements will change, carriers will exchange licenses, etc. I want a phone that works with GSM as deployed on the US - not just part of the US.
2. MS OS - yeah, I'd love it. But the MPx200 is using the old version of the OS with a new one already out! Plus no 800.
3. Maybe some people don't care about data, but I do. Cingular and ATTWS are pretty close to rolling out EDGE. I want a handset that can take advantage of the - full advantage (ie. class10 like the newly announced Nokia's). And reasonable (not necessary dirt cheap) unlimited data rates if I'm going to replace my PocketPC.

To some extent I can't blame the manufacturers. It seems like most of the world will drop everything and spend $500 if a new phone comes out with any trivial new ring-tone capability. Hey, this one's BLUE!!!! Better buy a new phone! Ever notice that the bulk of the discussion re. phones is about how it sounds when it rings or how many different ways you can make it ring or how you can create your own customized (for your special personality!) ways to make it ring? This is the market - rather insane, but nonetheless the way it is. Why would a manufacturer invest tons of money to put out a really significant product to change the way we all work/communicate when they can make a fortune just be introducing a new color or, my GAWD, interchangable FACE PLATES! WOW!!!!!!

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