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Current T-Mobile Pocket PC - Considering upgrade to iPAQ h6315

by TFox    Aug 26, 2004, 3:49 PM

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I'll pay if it will work (HP iPaq h6315);

I currently own the T-Mobile Pocket PC. I did not hesitate to pay the premium $600 for it nearly 2 years ago. I was switching from my Blackberry (Blackberry's phone version came out several months after I made the switch) with Cingular internet access and Nextel for my phone plan to the All-in-One T-Mobile Pocket PC. I spent countless hours on the phone with T-Mobile support and thought the technicians were working with me in every way they could. After several phone swaps and unsuccessful attempts to access my companies proxy server, and multiple know main spots around town where calls would drop and reception was always week, including around the airport, I finally decided to give up and simply accepted the fact that the T-Mobile Pocket PC was a fine 1st attempt to combine all the features I wanted in one device. I also accepted the fact that the city I live in is not one of the major players in the cell markets and decided to stick with T-Mobile's network still. I did discontinue the $20 a month internet plan because it almost became an embarrassment to almost never be in a place that I could connect reliably. Recently I traveled to Atlanta and was surprised when I had to pull over four different times within a 30 mile range west of the Atlanta airport to complete calls because of dropped calls and poor reception. Maybe I'm looking at this whole cell phone business the wrong way but I feel that if a cell phone company has poor reception in an area at least there should be good reception in and around the city's airport.

Recently I installed surveillance cameras around my home that I can access from any PC and log into a secure site with a KEY and password and view the camera's anytime. It took me several months to resolve the bugs but I finally got everything working okay. In order to have access to the cameras I broke down and decided to install Broadband through my local phone carrier and low and behold I was able to configure the backup dialup access line in the Pocket-PC and it works as well as the $20 T-Mobile plan worked. I have a grandfather plan so the time I use when I rarely want to access the internet, or download my email message to the Pocket-PC doesn't cause me any time usage problems. Well the camera's are a lot of fun and it's impressive to be able to show your home to friends and co-worker, live and on-line. The camera's access occasionally goes down and I haven't been able to put my finger on the exact cause of the outage but generally I'm able to reestablish the connection but I'll have at least one disapointed attempt to show it to discover it's not working. I am constantly exploring new and innovative ideas so for now I have put the surveillance camera project on the back burner. You see I now have the new Nikon D70 digital camera and I'm busy playing with that toy.

Back to the T-Mobile Pocket PC dilemma; I can not access the home surveillance site with the current set up that I have on my T-Mobile pocket PC. At first I contacted T-Mobile support to ask for an upgrade from the current Pocket PC 2002 software to the newer version Pocket PC 2003. I was told by T-Mobile support that the upgrade from the T-Mobile web site had been removed because of problems a number of user's had encountered after the upgrade. During the same time I started to see information about the new HP iPAQ h6315 that was going to be offered exclusively by T-Mobile soon. I signed up to be notified because I wanted to be on the list of some of the first to order the new PDA. Well I got the notification on 8/24/04 and immediately call T-Mobile. No one had a clue and I was told to wait until the actual release date to get accurate information and to see if I qualified to upgrade. Well today is the release day and I did as I was told. I called T-Mobile and I am eligible for the upgrade. The Phone will cost me $499 and no one can tell me if it will resolve the current problem I have accessing the secured site to view my home surveillance cameras. For the last several weeks I have been gathering all the information I could find on the iPAQ h6315 and was very excited about purchasing it. For now, since T-Mobile is not willing to give me any form of rebate or loyalty discount, I think I'll wait out the next 3 months in my contract with T-Mobile and review the other two similar PDA's that due to hit the market before the end of the year.

I'm easy to excite, so if anyone wants to contact me and let me give you the site, key and password to my camera's surveillance site to see if the iPAQ h6315 is secure enough to log in and view my surveillance cameras, I still may break down and spent the $499.

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