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Top message:  850 downfall by 155n8th   Oct 29, 2003, 6:32 PM

Replying to:  Re: 850 downfall by 155n8th   Oct 30, 2003, 12:45 PM

Re: 850 downfall

by scottj    Oct 30, 2003, 2:03 PM

well, I'm on the same wave-length as you here except that I don't see what 850 has to do with anything. My issues are - slow roll-out of reliable, fast, affordable data and the availability of devices which take advantage of them. I'm not clear that the issues brough up here have anything to do with 850 vs. 1900. I'm looking to replace my PocketPC and phone with a single device. GPRS is not a reasonable business data solution - it's just too slow. I'm better off using a modem or ethernet card in my PocketPC from a hotel. EDGE is getting there - particularly when we get real EDGE capable handsets. My 850 issue is simply the fact that we use 850 in the US and most handsets don't support it - whether that's because our service providers have no clout with handset manufacturers or they just really don't care, I'm not sure. Of course, most handset manufacturers are non-US companies and the non-US market, particulary for cosmetic, do-nothing features, is apparently huge, so I can't fault the handset companies for catering to the market. It's just unfortunate that the market has bought into the idea that you need to "define" yourself with your phone rather than with what you can really do with your device. But then again, we have Microsoft and Motorola, 2 American companies, that released their first smartphone which, guess what, doesn't work on all American GSM networks. Personally, I think US consumers should have been outraged that, at least this one device, wasn't targeted to the US first. We buy a boat-load of PocketPCs and Palms - seems like a market could have been been better exploited.

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