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I guess I don't mind, since...
Jan 10, 2009, 2:52 AM
in the Article: NYC Police Want to Jam Cell Phones During Terrorist Attacks forum

...I don't live in NYC. Not allowing me to use my cell phone (which I mainly use for phone calls, internet, text messaging and the news) would be like temporarily holding me hostage. If this is something that's seriously being considered, I would hope there would be an opt-out provision for those who don't want to be temporarily cut off from their co-workers, friends and family. Consider this: Your new wife is pregnant with your first child and is trying ...

Re: In Related News
Dec 20, 2008, 12:37 AM
in the Article: Student's Antenna Tweak Leads to Vastly Improved Battery Life forum

Yeah, VZW's getting better. Many of the new phones also have a more user-friendly version of the same UI. I hope they upgrade it soon so they don't lose me to Sprint or AT&T. I'll have to admit it's going to be pretty tempting to go to Sprint if they have WiMax!

Re: I hope this works
Dec 20, 2008, 12:32 AM
in the Article: Student's Antenna Tweak Leads to Vastly Improved Battery Life forum

I believe the article says it reduces the battery draw by 12x, referring to the amount of power the antenna draws. This will most likely not increase battery life 12-fold since the screen and other functionality will still draw quite a bit of power from the battery.

Re: Gotta give it to At&t
Oct 14, 2008, 11:59 PM
in the Article: AT&T Fires Off Four Messaging Devices forum

It seems like AT&T is coming out with a new phone every freaking week! They're obviously trying to take full advantage of being a GSM carrier and pump new phones out as quickly as possible since it's cheaper than it is for VZW or Sprint. I think their ploy is to have a phone that fits pretty much anyone; if you're selective, you'll go to AT&T because they have the biggest selection. I don't even like AT&T that much, but ...

Re: Storm - Very heavy in weight
Oct 13, 2008, 11:13 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: BlackBerry Storm forum

Weight=Quality. The Storm has a glass screen and metal backing; that's going to put on a little extra weight, but you still don't have to be a body builder to use something that weighs 5.5 oz. It weighs about as much as a bar of soap.

Re: But who's going to BUY the spectrum?
Oct 13, 2008, 11:08 AM
in the Article: FCC: Free Wireless Internet Services Won't Interfere forum

I'm pretty sure Google has wanted to purchase the white spaces for quite some time now, and they will pay for the same way they pay for the rest of their free services: advertising.

Re: Gonna need a new phone soon, advice please....
Oct 10, 2008, 5:16 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: BlackBerry Storm forum

Nothing will come close to approaching the Storm for any use whatsoever. It is the culmination of what anyone could ever want in a phone. To be more specific, it combines the user-friendliness of an iPhone with the functionality of both a traditional BlackBerry and a PC. To touch on the Dare a bit, the Dare is a great phone, but it's child's play in comparison. The Dare doesn't have as much functionality, and the main difference everyone will be talking ...

Any Thoughts?
Oct 10, 2008, 2:30 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: BlackBerry Storm forum

I know it won't be, but I hope it really comes close to the iPhone in price. Not to be a "fanboy", but wouldn't it be amazing if we Verizoners got to have the best phone on the best network? I'm not to keen on dropping more than $200 on this device, but I'm pretty sure (I haven't actually played with it yet) that I wouldn't go up to $300. It will still be nice as a VZW customer to ...

Re: I HAVE TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS!
Oct 10, 2008, 2:12 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: BlackBerry Storm forum

For clarification, isn't it MOSTLY AT&T's fault? I've been under the impression that AT&T or any other wireless carrier has standards that a phone has to meet before it is released. If a phone is properly tested and meets the minimum requirements, it's sold through the carrier to the public. Otherwise, it would mean that Apple put out a bunch of faulty iPhones. So, which is it? -AT&T's minimum requirements are too low, so now they're paying the price. -Apple sent out ...

Re: I HAVE TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS!
Oct 8, 2008, 5:22 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: BlackBerry Storm forum

I agree with that, but I also think it's a hit to Apple. AT&T could (I don't know if they do this or not) tell the customers that complain about it that it's Apple's fault and split the blame.

Re: Why WiFi is missing
Oct 8, 2008, 5:16 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: BlackBerry Storm forum

Do you know if the phone will be capable of LTE when it becomes available? I'm not entirely clear on LTE. Would it be an OTA upgrade, or is it hardware that needs to be built into a phone? Maybe I'm being premature on this line of questioning, but if I get the Storm and it turns out that LTE comes out before my next upgrade, I'm going to be upset that I have to wait to get LTE.

Re: Question.
Aug 22, 2008, 10:57 PM
in the Article: Intel Reports Wireless Charging Breakthrough forum

You should check out the article: http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/08/22/wireless.p ower.ap/index.html?eref=rss_tech They said that you could put the coils that transmit the "WiTricity" (their word, not mine) in the wall of a house and put smaller receivers in furniture. So, put a receiver in your kitchen table, end table, computer desk, you name it, and as long as your phone (or laptop, iPod, PDA, etc.) is within 3 feet of the receiver, you're charging it - and the article also notes that it may ...

Re: Cancer
Aug 22, 2008, 10:43 PM
in the Article: Intel Reports Wireless Charging Breakthrough forum

I suppose you don't go out in the sun either then? I'm sorry, that was uncalled for. But seriously, it's easier to name something that gives you cancer than something that doesn't, and this is one of the few things that there's no proof that it causes cancer. This will revolutionize not only the wireless industry, but all of society.

Re: The Problem With PTT Over Cellular
Aug 22, 2008, 10:32 PM
in the Article: Motorola Announces Next-Gen PTT Technology for EVDO Rev. A forum

The thing is, iDEN is becoming outdated; it's not outdated right now, and the PoC technologies will only become better. WiMAX is on the horizon for Sprint, which will eliminate a lot of issues that have to do with reception - one tower will penetrate buildings and have a 10 mile radius. LTE for the rest of the companies, which is looking to eventually (sooner rather than later) be compatible with WiMAX, will make things even better. The new ...

Re: Companies that already use Wimax or will use Wimax
Aug 14, 2008, 11:18 AM
in the Article: MetroPCS Hops on LTE Bandwagon forum

WiMAX will compatible with LTE. http://www.telecomasia.net/article.ph p?id_article=8963

Re: America’s Most Reliable Wireless Network!!
Aug 12, 2008, 8:17 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

Thanks! This makes me feel better about paying a bit more :)

Text Functionality
Aug 10, 2008, 10:21 AM
in the Samsung SCH-U740 Alias forum

I just watched Phone Scoop's video review, and discovered something that they saw as a fault of the phone that is easily remedied. They mentioned the fact that it's difficult to text in portrait mode, but also difficult to enter the phone number you're sending the text to in landscape mode. What they didn't mention, is that you can start your text in portrait mode, enter the number you're going to send it to, arrow down to enter the message, and ...

Re: 3G Coverage
Aug 9, 2008, 2:25 PM
in the Wireless Data forum

Here's my background: I used to sell T-Mobile, I've gotten a lot of internal info in the past, I've had T-Mobile and Verizon, my dad travels a lot and has both T-Mobile and AT&T, and every time I go anywhere, I make sure to check with the friends/family I came with who has the best coverage. To my knowledge, those maps are accurate. Verizon/Sprint/Alltel have always gotten more and better reception than T-Mobile/AT&T wherever I've gone, especially inside buildings and ...

WiMAX
Aug 9, 2008, 1:44 PM
in the Article: Report: Sprint In Talks to Sell iDEN Network forum

Why has no one mentioned WiMAX? It will be out by the end of this year, and Sprint will have the build-out done by the time the rest of the carriers begin to release LTE; at least, that's the plan. WiMAX should be able to do PTT, and it should be better than QChat or DC. I hope Sprint sells iDEN to simplify their business model and roll out WiMAX quicker and more efficiently. :D

Re: main question...
Aug 8, 2008, 11:14 PM
in the Article: MetroPCS Launches Messager from Samsung forum

That's the rumor :wink:

Re: is this a joke?
Aug 8, 2008, 3:37 PM
in the Article: FCC Clears the Motorola i365 forum

Holy, that's a bummer! :o I expected this phone to be pretty good. Thanks for the link!

Re: is this a joke?
Aug 8, 2008, 3:07 PM
in the Article: FCC Clears the Motorola i365 forum

You've had the boulder?

Re: is this a joke?
Aug 8, 2008, 2:34 PM
in the Article: FCC Clears the Motorola i365 forum

I understand, but I'd still rather have the boulder or something...unless this one's free...it's tough to beat free.

Re: Not So Hot...
Aug 8, 2008, 11:52 AM
in the Sanyo Katana LX forum

I might actually be getting this phone. All I do on my phone is call people and send/receive text or pic messages. I don't even do the pic messages very often, so a better camera isn't a big deal to me. Granted, a better camera would be nice for transferring the pics to my PC, but it's not a necessity; I have a camera. The style is way cooler than the Katana II, and the screen resolution being worse ...

Re: Another terrible quarter for sprint!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 8, 2008, 12:24 AM
in the Sprint forum

I currently have Verizon, but I'm probably going to get Sprint because it will cost me $36/mo less ($432 over 1 year, $864 over the life of the contract). I'll deal with Sprint's customer service, which is actually getting a lot better I hear, for a contract that is almost $1k cheaper with virtually the same network performance. And isn't WiMAX coming to Sprint? Yeah, it is; and Google, Intel, Time Warner and some others are backing Sprint and Clearwire. ...

I thought...
Aug 7, 2008, 3:05 PM
in the Article: Verizon Completes Acquisition of Rural Cellular forum

...Unicel was CDMA? I have Verizon, and when I go to the Bemidji area in MN, which only has Unicel coverage, I still get service.

Re: AT&T just realized
Jul 26, 2008, 9:14 PM
in the Article: AT&T Moves to Block Xohm, Clearwire Merger forum

It seems to me that Sprint is changing their business model. They currently do not own any towers, so it seems unlikely they will buy some even if it gains them customers, spectrum, etc. Sprint is really looking to jump to the front in the race for the best technology and is focusing all their attention on getting there. "If you build it, they will come." Sprint's building the wireless field of dreams (or at least trying to).

Cost?
Jul 26, 2008, 8:50 PM
in the Article: AT&T Moves to Block Xohm, Clearwire Merger forum

Does anyone know what any of these new devices will cost for either WiMAX or LTE? Cost of service? This may sound dumb, but is it a possibility that my phone bill will go down? I know there will be the cost of implementation, but in the end it seems that these new technologies will be cheaper to operate, so that's why I ask. Just to clarify, I'm looking for end-user cost. I could care less what the operators have to ...

Re: AT&T Knew It All Along
Jul 26, 2008, 8:44 PM
in the Article: AT&T Moves to Block Xohm, Clearwire Merger forum

First of all, thank you for bringing that to my attention, phonegnome :oops: After some further research, why do you (this is directed towards anyone) think Sprint and their backers (Google, Intel, etc.) chose WiMAX whereas Verizon and AT&T chose LTE to begin with? The technologies are so similar technologically that WiMAX seems like a pretty obvious choice because it's ready. It seems that WiMAX will also continue to evolve and catch up to LTE's standard pretty quickly. So again, ...

AT&T Knew It All Along
Jul 26, 2008, 7:06 PM
in the Article: AT&T Moves to Block Xohm, Clearwire Merger forum

There's absolutely no way that AT&T just found out about this. AT&T have likely been planning this all along. It isn't the best thing for the consumer because WiMAX really is the best thing that will be available until LTE comes out with everyone else. The question is, will WiMAX hold up? I think WiMAX will gather a large audience right away (business customers, wireless gaming and other fun things), but will it have enough of a head start to ...

Re: will these "excess bands" go to att?
Jul 23, 2008, 7:43 PM
in the Article: Verizon Wireless Agrees to Divestitures to Acquire Alltel forum

AT&T was listed first in the RCR article as a possible candidate for the divestitures.

Re: Some Q's.
Jul 19, 2008, 6:00 PM
in the Article: Review: LG Dare forum

Not sure about the resolution, but the Dare records at 150 fps and has capability for playback at 15 fps.

Re: iPhone vs. Dare vs. Instinct: GO!
Jul 19, 2008, 4:05 PM
in the Article: Review: iPhone 3G forum

Thank you so much! My fiancee has an iPod Touch and the browser is basically the only thing she (or I) even use. I haven't played with the Dare or the Instinct enough to become familiar with their browsers; I just assumed they were similar to the Touch/iPhone. The capacitive screen is another concern of mine, but it's not a deal-breaker for me. Again, thanks for the response; now I'll know what to look for in future phones (Thunder ...

Re: A non-fanboy's take on the Iphone
Jul 19, 2008, 1:02 AM
in the Article: Review: iPhone 3G forum

RoyalLush said: iPhone is far from best phone on the market. These newer devices beat iPhone in all areas except browsing experience. ...iPhone just has a better user experience with touch screen. -RoyalLush No one said the iPhone was the best on the market, and browsing and user experience is one of the top reasons to get an iPhone. The Nokias don't even compete in those categories - at least not yet. When Nokia comes out with some more user-friendly devices (in the ...

Re: iPhone vs. Dare vs. Instinct: GO!
Jul 19, 2008, 12:53 AM
in the Article: Review: iPhone 3G forum

EDGE data and no touch screen really defeats the purpose for this discussion. It's not even offered by anyone yet in the U.S.

Re: iPhone vs. Dare vs. Instinct: GO!
Jul 18, 2008, 9:24 PM
in the Article: Review: iPhone 3G forum

The 3 phones that stick out to me are the iPhone 3G, Dare and Instinct. I also closely scrutinize the new touch phones, but I'm curious, why do you say the Dare and Instinct bust? I would like to hear your rationale for this.

Re: Whatev, it's no Instinct!
Jul 18, 2008, 9:02 PM
in the Article: Review: iPhone 3G forum

Assuming PhoneScoop users know their stuff, the reviews speak for both the companies and the phones. Right now, the reviews say VZW/Dare is the best. Dare: 70 reviews, rating of 4.26 Instinct: 53 reviews, rating of 4.13 iPhone 3G: 45 reviews, rating of 2.49 It's early yet, but from what I've seen not many phones get over a 4 on PhoneScoop for user ratings. 8)

Re: Doen't anybody make phone calls anymore?
Jul 3, 2008, 9:03 PM
in the Techs & Trends forum

I feel the same way you do, Old Bear. When I'm shopping for a phone (which I do much more often than is probably healthy), I first and foremost look through all the reviews I can find on the World Wide Web that say anything at all about reception. Reviews don't have those technical details, but they still give you a pretty good idea of the phone's reception. All the bells and whistles on phones these days are great, but ...

Re: Why make this change?
Jun 30, 2008, 1:43 PM
in the Article: Alltel's My Circle Plans Gain Free Text Messages forum

First of all, people who sign up for this feature will be locked into it for 2 years. As a consumer, this still sounds like something I would want to take advantage of. If, 2 years down the road, Verizon doesn't offer this feature, consumers can choose to go somewhere else. If I didn't already have Verizon, I would jump on this promotion; it's not every day that you get those features on a network as solid as Verizon's.

Re: To all the haters, if you haven't tried it, you can't say anything about it.
Jun 21, 2008, 11:47 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Instinct forum

Yeah, I agree. I played with it for about 15 min myself, and it is a pretty tight phone. The touch screen is far more responsive than I expected and the form factor is perfect. It's also nice that it's so customizable; I didn't like the haptic feedback while scrolling, but you can turn it off! Hooray!

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