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  1. #1
    oktane fuel
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    I have had it with Sprint and their poor focus (Vision™) in pursuing
    technologies that have become important to their consumers. It is
    shameful that in the year 2003 I am still using a phone that lacks
    Bluetooth. Practically every other carrier has a phone available with
    some BT functionality.



    Originally I was waiting for number portability to kick into effect
    before I kissed SPCS goodbye, but I may cancel service for my 3 phones
    now after the injunction filed in the State of California regarding
    Sprint's underhanded number portability billing tactics.



    I have been a Sprint customer for more than 5 years now (1998), and my
    bill is consistently over $115 per month. Losing me won't make a dent in
    Sprint's pocket, but maybe when enough people leave they will listen.



    I might not feel so strongly if SPCS gave us some sort of timeline on
    when to expect a BT phone. The very least Sprint can do is tell us their
    plans regarding the Sony-Ericsson T608. I have been waiting 2 months to
    see if this phone would come out, but now my patience has run out.
    T-mobile's T610 or Cingular's T616 look very tempting at the moment.



    How long are you willing to wait for Bluetooth? For Sprint's sake, I
    hope it's longer than me.



    -oktane

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



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  2. #2
    Rich Brome
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    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    I don't blame you.

    ...I say that as someone using Bluetooth and GPRS to post this message
    right now. It's pretty great.

    The speed is definitely lacking, though. 1xRTT is definitely faster.

    But when you consider the bang for your buck, 1xRTT doesn't add up.
    Unlimited 1xRTT for $80/month, or unlimited GPRS for $20/month? For
    something that's only 2x faster, I have a hard time justifying 4x the
    cost...

    If I spent most of my time on the road, then maybe... but I don't spend
    the time, so I don't spend the dime (sorry :-) ).

    Other things I like about GSM:

    - Better sound quality. Maybe it's a local thing, but T-Mobile sounds
    light years better than Sprint in Philly.

    - SIM cards (obviously). Normally I carry a Nokia 3650, but I've found
    that my T68i handles GPRS-over-Bluetooth much better. The SIM card makes
    it painless to switch phones temporarily for a task like that - without
    the hassle and wait of an online activation system (or worse in the case
    of other CDMA carriers).

    - Smartphones. Between Nokia's Series 60 and Microsoft's Smartphone OS,
    there's something to like for anyone and everyone. And once you go
    smartphone, you can't go back (at least in my case). I think smartphones
    are the future, and it frustrates me to no end that Sprint so far
    refuses to embrace this fundamental shift in wireless devices. It's like
    Windows is coming of age and Sprint insists that DOS is the way to go...

    If you haven't tried a smartphone yet (Series 60 or MS Smartphone - not
    Palm or Pocket PC) trust me - you're missing out.

    --
    Rich Brome
    Phone Scoop
    http://www.phonescoop.com/


    [email protected] (oktane fuel) wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    >
    >
    > I have had it with Sprint and their poor focus (Vision™) in pursuing
    > technologies that have become important to their consumers. It is
    > shameful that in the year 2003 I am still using a phone that lacks
    > Bluetooth. Practically every other carrier has a phone available with
    > some BT functionality.
    >
    >
    >
    > Originally I was waiting for number portability to kick into effect
    > before I kissed SPCS goodbye, but I may cancel service for my 3 phones
    > now after the injunction filed in the State of California regarding
    > Sprint's underhanded number portability billing tactics.
    >
    >
    >
    > I have been a Sprint customer for more than 5 years now (1998), and my
    > bill is consistently over $115 per month. Losing me won't make a dent in
    > Sprint's pocket, but maybe when enough people leave they will listen.
    >
    >
    >
    > I might not feel so strongly if SPCS gave us some sort of timeline on
    > when to expect a BT phone. The very least Sprint can do is tell us their
    > plans regarding the Sony-Ericsson T608. I have been waiting 2 months to
    > see if this phone would come out, but now my patience has run out.
    > T-mobile's T610 or Cingular's T616 look very tempting at the moment.
    >
    >
    >
    > How long are you willing to wait for Bluetooth? For Sprint's sake, I
    > hope it's longer than me.
    >
    >
    >
    > -oktane
    >
    > [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  3. #3
    Maxie P. Diddly
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    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth


    "oktane fuel" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > I have had it with Sprint and their poor focus (Vision™) in pursuing
    > technologies that have become important to their consumers. It is
    > shameful that in the year 2003 I am still using a phone that lacks
    > Bluetooth.


    It's very strange that you just posted this, as I was just about to
    post the same thing. What the hell is Sprint doing? I suppose they
    are too busy disconnecting these types of features on the phones.
    Somebody should fire their entire marketing staff, as they really
    don't have a clue.


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  4. #4
    oktane fuel
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth



    The Smartphones is something I will look into. The reason I didn't
    consider it originally is that I thought it would be too complicated
    when trying to use the primary function - making calls.

    Do you find it takes more than the usual number of key presses to make a
    telephone call? Can I make a call while driving without looking at the
    screen?

    I think I will give SPCS until week 1 September before hanging them up
    forever.

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  5. #5
    oktane fuel
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth


    Oh and I almost forgot the other things I wanted to whine about:

    1.) An unbelievably inefficient way to send or receive SMS text
    messages.

    2.) No quick way to send email from my phone.

    3.) A WWW experience that is slower than molasses, and less reliable
    than a Fiat.

    4.) a J2ME virutal machine that is so slow that I might as well not use
    it.

    The more I think about what I am missing with another carrier, the
    madder I get!

    The only reason I am still with Sprint is that I need to keep my phone
    number. My plan is decent, but for me it is painful to be so behind the
    times.

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  6. #6
    DV
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    So Rich, have you completely ditched Sprint for T-Mobile?? You were such a
    big supporter of Sprint and CDMA. I am thinking of leaving Verizon for
    T-Mobile when WNP comes around.

    "Rich Brome" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I don't blame you.
    >
    > ..I say that as someone using Bluetooth and GPRS to post this message
    > right now. It's pretty great.
    >
    > The speed is definitely lacking, though. 1xRTT is definitely faster.
    >
    > But when you consider the bang for your buck, 1xRTT doesn't add up.
    > Unlimited 1xRTT for $80/month, or unlimited GPRS for $20/month? For
    > something that's only 2x faster, I have a hard time justifying 4x the
    > cost...
    >
    > If I spent most of my time on the road, then maybe... but I don't spend
    > the time, so I don't spend the dime (sorry :-) ).
    >
    > Other things I like about GSM:
    >
    > - Better sound quality. Maybe it's a local thing, but T-Mobile sounds
    > light years better than Sprint in Philly.
    >
    > - SIM cards (obviously). Normally I carry a Nokia 3650, but I've found
    > that my T68i handles GPRS-over-Bluetooth much better. The SIM card makes
    > it painless to switch phones temporarily for a task like that - without
    > the hassle and wait of an online activation system (or worse in the case
    > of other CDMA carriers).
    >
    > - Smartphones. Between Nokia's Series 60 and Microsoft's Smartphone OS,
    > there's something to like for anyone and everyone. And once you go
    > smartphone, you can't go back (at least in my case). I think smartphones
    > are the future, and it frustrates me to no end that Sprint so far
    > refuses to embrace this fundamental shift in wireless devices. It's like
    > Windows is coming of age and Sprint insists that DOS is the way to go...
    >
    > If you haven't tried a smartphone yet (Series 60 or MS Smartphone - not
    > Palm or Pocket PC) trust me - you're missing out.
    >
    > --
    > Rich Brome
    > Phone Scoop
    > http://www.phonescoop.com/
    >
    >
    > [email protected] (oktane fuel) wrote in article
    > <[email protected]>:
    > >
    > >
    > > I have had it with Sprint and their poor focus (VisionT) in pursuing
    > > technologies that have become important to their consumers. It is
    > > shameful that in the year 2003 I am still using a phone that lacks
    > > Bluetooth. Practically every other carrier has a phone available with
    > > some BT functionality.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Originally I was waiting for number portability to kick into effect
    > > before I kissed SPCS goodbye, but I may cancel service for my 3 phones
    > > now after the injunction filed in the State of California regarding
    > > Sprint's underhanded number portability billing tactics.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > I have been a Sprint customer for more than 5 years now (1998), and my
    > > bill is consistently over $115 per month. Losing me won't make a dent in
    > > Sprint's pocket, but maybe when enough people leave they will listen.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > I might not feel so strongly if SPCS gave us some sort of timeline on
    > > when to expect a BT phone. The very least Sprint can do is tell us their
    > > plans regarding the Sony-Ericsson T608. I have been waiting 2 months to
    > > see if this phone would come out, but now my patience has run out.
    > > T-mobile's T610 or Cingular's T616 look very tempting at the moment.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > How long are you willing to wait for Bluetooth? For Sprint's sake, I
    > > hope it's longer than me.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > -oktane
    > >
    > > [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]

    >
    > [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]






  7. #7
    Rich Brome
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    "DV" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > So Rich, have you completely ditched Sprint for T-Mobile?? You were such a
    > big supporter of Sprint and CDMA. I am thinking of leaving Verizon for
    > T-Mobile when WNP comes around.


    Nope. I have both Sprint and T-Mobile still. There are things I like
    about both. I have to admit that I use my T-Mobile phones more often
    these days, though. I find the voice quality better, the service price
    lower, and I'm really hooked on Smartphones (Series 60 and Microsoft
    both) and Bluetooth.

    If Sprint gets Smartphones and/or Bluetooth, I might go back to using
    them more often.

    In a couple years, if Sprint can get 1xEV-DV rolled out as planned, they
    will completely blow everyone else out of the water, and I will
    definitely be there for that. But until that happens, Sprint is going to
    fall behind for little while.

    --
    Rich Brome
    Phone Scoop
    http://www.phonescoop.com/


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  8. #8
    Dave K.
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    oktane fuel <[email protected]> wrote:

    > It is
    > shameful that in the year 2003 I am still using a phone that lacks
    > Bluetooth.


    Somebody said it in another thread, but it is so true. Sprint has
    ignored Bluetooth, but jumped head over heels into camera phones. Why?

    Bluetooth is LOVED by business users and travellers.
    Cameras are LOVED by kids.

    Sprint, sadly, is more a service for kids than grownups. And not just
    for the lack of Bluetooth, of course!

    The reliability of Sprint is just not acceptable for "my job depends on
    this call" type of stuff. Heck- I live in the heart of Atlanta
    (Virginia-Highland) and don't have Sprint coverage at my home!!

    Sprint is a toy- and I think they know it.

    Dave

    --

    Email reply to [email protected] after removing the NOSPAM



  9. #9
    CAT0NHAT
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    > Sprint, sadly, is more a service for kids than
    > grownups. And not just
    > for the lack of Bluetooth, of course!


    I lamented SprintPCS' signing up for Looney Tunes a few weeks back, so there's
    some validity to your concern. On the other hand, chasing teenagers may be a
    profitable niche. The SMS marketers think so.



  10. #10
    Scott Stephenson
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    CAT0NHAT wrote:

    >> Sprint, sadly, is more a service for kids than
    >> grownups. And not just
    >> for the lack of Bluetooth, of course!

    >
    > I lamented SprintPCS' signing up for Looney Tunes a few weeks back, so
    > there's some validity to your concern. On the other hand, chasing
    > teenagers may be a profitable niche. The SMS marketers think so.


    Which SMS marketers- please provide facts. What are your sources for this
    statement?



  11. #11
    gus
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    DK - I've been a Sprint user for 5+ years and have found them to be
    GREAT! Except for Carrrollton, Texas ---- really sucked.

    Have no idea what Bluetooth is but I am investigating the pix phone
    and internet since it is the same package. Yeah it is something to
    play with but for what amounts to <pennys per day.

    My wife and I both use Sprint for business and find it more reliable
    than most, in the areas we travel......... BTW - att is the worst.

    I would like to investigate other services but Sprint keeps making it
    better and better, and cheaper.

    On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 09:36:10 -0500, [email protected]
    (Dave K.) wrote:

    >oktane fuel <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> It is
    >> shameful that in the year 2003 I am still using a phone that lacks
    >> Bluetooth.

    >
    >Somebody said it in another thread, but it is so true. Sprint has
    >ignored Bluetooth, but jumped head over heels into camera phones. Why?
    >
    >Bluetooth is LOVED by business users and travellers.
    >Cameras are LOVED by kids.
    >
    >Sprint, sadly, is more a service for kids than grownups. And not just
    >for the lack of Bluetooth, of course!
    >
    >The reliability of Sprint is just not acceptable for "my job depends on
    >this call" type of stuff. Heck- I live in the heart of Atlanta
    >(Virginia-Highland) and don't have Sprint coverage at my home!!
    >
    >Sprint is a toy- and I think they know it.
    >
    >Dave





  12. #12
    Kyler Laird
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    [email protected] (Dave K.) writes:

    >The reliability of Sprint is just not acceptable for "my job depends on
    >this call" type of stuff.


    It's the opposite for me. I carry an SPH-I300 (and so does my wife)
    because I know I can get service about everywhere. (It's usually
    SprintPCS, but it's nice to be able to fall back to 800 MHz.) I depend
    on it for most of my (voice) business calls.

    Also on my belt is a Cingular T68i. I use it almost exclusively as a
    pager and for Bluetooth/GPRS networking. It doesn't work in my house
    though, so I don't depend on it for business (although I have one of
    the nice Bluetooth headsets for it).

    >Heck- I live in the heart of Atlanta
    >(Virginia-Highland) and don't have Sprint coverage at my home!!


    I didn't have Sprint coverage at my house until this year.

    >Sprint is a toy- and I think they know it.


    Yeah, I'd love to consolidate on Sprint for everything, but I don't see
    it happening soon.

    --kyler



  13. #13
    Scott Stephenson
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    CAT0NHAT wrote:

    >> Sprint, sadly, is more a service for kids than
    >> grownups. And not just
    >> for the lack of Bluetooth, of course!

    >
    > I lamented SprintPCS' signing up for Looney Tunes a few weeks back, so
    > there's some validity to your concern. On the other hand, chasing
    > teenagers may be a profitable niche. The SMS marketers think so.


    Which SMS marketers- please provide facts. What are your sources for this
    statement?



  14. #14
    Dave K.
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth

    gus <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Have no idea what Bluetooth is...


    Since you say you use Sprint for business travel, then you would LOVE
    Bluetooth. Think of it as a short-range, component-to-component version
    of WiFi.

    Here's my favorite use of Bluetooth. Say I have my laptop and I'm in a
    place with no 802.11 coverage (i.e. most of the country!)

    I dial my ISP on my Bluetooth cellphone which is networked wirelessly to
    my Bluetooth-enabled laptop. Boom- I'm online wirelessly in the middle
    of noplace. No cords- no hassles.

    Unless Sprint is planning on abandoning all business users, they need to
    get with Bluetooth NOW.

    Dave



  15. #15
    xTenn
    Guest

    Re: Leaving Sprint for a company with Bluetooth


    "Dave K." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1g3t6ns.1ke9m021m8y3rkN%[email protected]
    > gus <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Have no idea what Bluetooth is...

    >
    > Since you say you use Sprint for business travel, then you would LOVE
    > Bluetooth. Think of it as a short-range, component-to-component version
    > of WiFi.
    >
    > Here's my favorite use of Bluetooth. Say I have my laptop and I'm in a
    > place with no 802.11 coverage (i.e. most of the country!)
    >
    > I dial my ISP on my Bluetooth cellphone which is networked wirelessly to
    > my Bluetooth-enabled laptop. Boom- I'm online wirelessly in the middle
    > of noplace. No cords- no hassles.
    >
    > Unless Sprint is planning on abandoning all business users, they need to
    > get with Bluetooth NOW.
    >
    > Dave


    Wouldn't it be better to just have laptops with built-in Wide Area
    Networking, leaving the phone for voice calls? Too many devices required at
    one time increase the chances of one of them having problems, being
    discharged, etc.

    Don't get me wrong, Bluetooth is okay, but not exactly embraced by most
    users. I actually expect to see some mutant form of 802.11 networking to
    cut a big chunk out of Bluetooth's intended market, especially true when
    printers ship 802.11 enabled.







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