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  1. #1
    John Goerzen
    Guest
    Hi,

    I should first explain that I've been using "traditional" PCS phones
    for awhile -- no wireless web, vision, or anything like that. My
    phones have been able to receive text messages (and numeric pages from
    the voicemail system), but that's about it as far as non-voice
    capabilities go.

    In getting my new phone, I have come to realize a rather confusing
    array of different things, including apparently several different ways
    to get text messages to a Sprint phone.

    Here are my questions:

    1. messaging.sprintpcs.com still allows one to compose a "one-way
    message", which I assume is the text messaging I've been familiar
    to. Has Sprint at one time or another called this "wireless web
    messaging" as well, or is that something different? And how can
    there be anything but a "one-way" message?

    2. With vision, there appears to be some other way to receive e-mail
    on the phone. What is the utility of this, given that it's already
    possible to e-mail the phone @messaging.sprintpcs.com?

    3. What exactly is "PCS Short Mail"? Is it the traditional messaging,
    or the Vision e-mail messaging, or something in-between?

    4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    directly from her phone)?

    5. Can a PCS Vision phone use Wireless Web technology? (Perhaps the
    cheaper monthly cost of that appeals to me, despite the lower
    feature set.)

    I've tried asking all these questions of Sprint reps at one time or
    another, but they seem to lack the expertise to explain them very
    well to someone a little out of date like me...

    Thanks,
    John



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  2. #2
    eppitek
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo


    John Goerzen wrote:
    > *Hi,
    >
    > I should first explain that I've been using "traditional" PCS phones
    > for awhile -- no wireless web, vision, or anything like that. My
    > phones have been able to receive text messages (and numeric pages
    > from
    > the voicemail system), but that's about it as far as non-voice
    > capabilities go.
    >
    > In getting my new phone, I have come to realize a rather confusing
    > array of different things, including apparently several different
    > ways
    > to get text messages to a Sprint phone.
    >
    > Here are my questions:
    >
    > 1. messaging.sprintpcs.com still allows one to compose a "one-way
    > message", which I assume is the text messaging I've been familiar
    > to. Has Sprint at one time or another called this "wireless web
    > messaging" as well, or is that something different? And how can
    > there be anything but a "one-way" message?
    >
    > 2. With vision, there appears to be some other way to receive e-mail
    > on the phone. What is the utility of this, given that it's already
    > possible to e-mail the phone @messaging.sprintpcs.com?
    >
    > 3. What exactly is "PCS Short Mail"? Is it the traditional
    > messaging,
    > or the Vision e-mail messaging, or something in-between?
    >
    > 4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message
    > to
    > my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    > directly from her phone)?
    >
    > 5. Can a PCS Vision phone use Wireless Web technology? (Perhaps the
    > cheaper monthly cost of that appeals to me, despite the lower
    > feature set.)
    >
    > I've tried asking all these questions of Sprint reps at one time or
    > another, but they seem to lack the expertise to explain them very
    > well to someone a little out of date like me...
    >
    > Thanks,
    > John *



    shortmail is sprint's version of 2 way text messaging

    with vision there is a special email account [email protected]
    setup.. you can read your emails on the phone sent to there easily

    also, you cannot get a traditional wireless web plan on a vision phone

    sry if i didnt help too much but i tried to answer what i think i
    could

    -joe

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  3. #3
    SprintPCS Tech
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo

    > Here are my questions:
    >
    > 1. messaging.sprintpcs.com still allows one to compose a "one-way
    > message", which I assume is the text messaging I've been familiar
    > to. Has Sprint at one time or another called this "wireless web
    > messaging" as well, or is that something different? And how can
    > there be anything but a "one-way" message?


    Its 'short mail'. I've never played with it too much, but it allows you
    to send something like a text message over Sprint's data network (but it
    is NOT text messaging).



    > 2. With vision, there appears to be some other way to receive e-mail
    > on the phone. What is the utility of this, given that it's already
    > possible to e-mail the phone @messaging.sprintpcs.com?
    >


    With business connect you can, but on any of the non-PDA phones, its a
    pain in the ass to get working.

    And its not easy on the PDA phones. ;-)



    > 3. What exactly is "PCS Short Mail"? Is it the traditional messaging,
    > or the Vision e-mail messaging, or something in-between?
    >

    Same as question #1.



    > 4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    > my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    > directly from her phone)?
    >



    No.


    > 5. Can a PCS Vision phone use Wireless Web technology? (Perhaps the
    > cheaper monthly cost of that appeals to me, despite the lower
    > feature set.)
    >



    No, the 2G "Wireless Web" used a different browser and different
    programming (it used HDML and/or WAP while the Vision / 3G web uses the
    same programming that what our computer use, Java, HTML etc.. with some
    limitations.




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



  4. #4
    1900mhzcdma\(SU\)
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo

    | > 4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    | > my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    | > directly from her phone)?
    | >
    |
    |
    | No.
    You can send it through Shortmail through your vision phone to your wife. If
    she has one-way text messaging, she could receive it and read it like
    regular text messaging. She can't send anything. She would have to call you
    or something. SprintPCS Tech might have been confused on how "Traditional"
    you wanted it to be.





  5. #5
    1900mhzcdma\(SU\)
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo


    "1900mhzcdma(SU)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news9j%[email protected]
    | | > 4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    | | > my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    | | > directly from her phone)?
    | | >
    | |
    | |
    | | No.
    | You can send it through Shortmail through your vision phone to your wife.
    If
    | she has one-way text messaging, she could receive it and read it like
    | regular text messaging. She can't send anything. She would have to call
    you
    | or something. SprintPCS Tech might have been confused on how "Traditional"
    | you wanted it to be.
    |
    |
    Go to www.apgap.com on your vision phone. Download SendNote. There are
    instructions on how to use this at
    http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/sho...&highlight=sms

    Note that all this does is use messaging.sprintpcs.com over the vision
    network to send the text message. It is not true 2-way messaging, but it is
    the best thing that is out there right now, and sure beats loading the web
    browser and typing using Shortmail.





  6. #6
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo

    John Goerzen wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I should first explain that I've been using "traditional" PCS phones
    > for awhile -- no wireless web, vision, or anything like that. My
    > phones have been able to receive text messages (and numeric pages from
    > the voicemail system), but that's about it as far as non-voice
    > capabilities go.


    Hence some of our "simpler" phones like the Nokia 3585i, or the LG1200. I
    know what you mean. Sometimes a phone should just be a phone

    >
    > In getting my new phone, I have come to realize a rather confusing
    > array of different things, including apparently several different ways
    > to get text messages to a Sprint phone.


    Each method has different features to it. Hopefully, I can clear that up a
    bit in the answers below...

    >
    > Here are my questions:
    >
    > 1. messaging.sprintpcs.com still allows one to compose a "one-way
    > message", which I assume is the text messaging I've been familiar
    > to. Has Sprint at one time or another called this "wireless web
    > messaging" as well, or is that something different? And how can
    > there be anything but a "one-way" message?


    Your first question is right on. He *have* called that "wireless web
    messaging." Vision phones technically use a different server, but, in every
    practical sense, it's the exact same as Wireless Web messaging. This kind
    of messaging is one-way and only one way. There's several ways to send it,
    but it only goes to the phone. That's it. FYI, we also call this kind of
    message a "notification."

    >
    > 2. With vision, there appears to be some other way to receive e-mail
    > on the phone. What is the utility of this, given that it's already
    > possible to e-mail the phone @messaging.sprintpcs.com?


    Email and that "@messaging.sprintpcs.com" are two wholly unrelated messaging
    schemes. A Vision user is assigned a username, and that name is also an
    email address. Primarily, the messaging address is limited to 160
    characters. If you use [email protected] then only the
    first 160 characters (or so) will get through to the phone. Just as the web
    messaging box on our web site only allows 160 characters. Email is *really*
    email. Of course, the browser is being used to read that email on the
    phone, so it's not like you can just bring up attachments, but you can
    reply, compose, forward, most everything you can do on any email client on a
    PC. As a result, PCS Email is more capable, and flexible, than text
    messaging.

    >
    > 3. What exactly is "PCS Short Mail"? Is it the traditional messaging,
    > or the Vision e-mail messaging, or something in-between?


    It's the 2-way messaging system for sending messages between phones. Works
    with all the national carriers, and I'm told even works to Alltel customers
    (although we're told they don't subscribe to our inter-carrier agreement).
    A user on AT&T or Verizon would see it as a text message just ike they're
    used to seeing, and they'd send normally, whereupon it would arrive in your
    Shortmail Inbox. Optionally, Shortmail can send you a notification when a
    new message arrives. When you access Shortmail, it looks very similar to an
    email system, but it uses phone numbers, instead of email addresses.

    >
    > 4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    > my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    > directly from her phone)?


    Sure. You can send one of the old wireless web messages using your email
    system and sending the message to her phone number
    "@messaging.sprintpcs.com". She'll get it as a wireless web
    message/notification.

    >
    > 5. Can a PCS Vision phone use Wireless Web technology? (Perhaps the
    > cheaper monthly cost of that appeals to me, despite the lower
    > feature set.)


    Yes, *and* no. Without getting *too* technical, Wireless Web is a
    networking technology that requires a dedicated airtime connection to work.
    A so-called "circuit-switched" connection. Hence why it used minutes. It
    really *is*, for all practical purposes, a phone call to access data
    services. Because of that, if you succeed at getting a vision phone to dial
    into a data service, then both the phone and our system recognize the
    dedicated airtime data connection, and it then gets charged at the "casual
    usage" Wireless Web rate of 39/min.

    However, the Vision Phones cannot access the servers that we use to control
    and monitor Wireless Web service. As a result, there is no way to set up a
    "Wireless Web" add-on for your subscription that would let it pull from your
    plan minutes like the "real" Wireless Web does. No matter what happens,
    circuit-switched data services on a Vision phone will get charged 39/min.
    Period.

    >
    > I've tried asking all these questions of Sprint reps at one time or
    > another, but they seem to lack the expertise to explain them very
    > well to someone a little out of date like me...


    I hope I provided the clarification you needed.
    --
    -+-
    R
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint
    I *don't* speak for them





  7. #7
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo

    My wireless web phone will give me a notification that I have a
    text message. I can then look in my In Box and it will list how many
    text messages I have and how many are New.


    O/Siris wrote:

    > John Goerzen wrote:
    >
    >>Hi,
    >>
    >>I should first explain that I've been using "traditional" PCS phones
    >>for awhile -- no wireless web, vision, or anything like that. My
    >>phones have been able to receive text messages (and numeric pages from
    >>the voicemail system), but that's about it as far as non-voice
    >>capabilities go.

    >
    >
    > Hence some of our "simpler" phones like the Nokia 3585i, or the LG1200. I
    > know what you mean. Sometimes a phone should just be a phone
    >
    >
    >>In getting my new phone, I have come to realize a rather confusing
    >>array of different things, including apparently several different ways
    >>to get text messages to a Sprint phone.

    >
    >
    > Each method has different features to it. Hopefully, I can clear that up a
    > bit in the answers below...
    >
    >
    >>Here are my questions:
    >>
    >>1. messaging.sprintpcs.com still allows one to compose a "one-way
    >> message", which I assume is the text messaging I've been familiar
    >> to. Has Sprint at one time or another called this "wireless web
    >> messaging" as well, or is that something different? And how can
    >> there be anything but a "one-way" message?

    >
    >
    > Your first question is right on. He *have* called that "wireless web
    > messaging." Vision phones technically use a different server, but, in every
    > practical sense, it's the exact same as Wireless Web messaging. This kind
    > of messaging is one-way and only one way. There's several ways to send it,
    > but it only goes to the phone. That's it. FYI, we also call this kind of
    > message a "notification."
    >
    >
    >>2. With vision, there appears to be some other way to receive e-mail
    >> on the phone. What is the utility of this, given that it's already
    >> possible to e-mail the phone @messaging.sprintpcs.com?

    >
    >
    > Email and that "@messaging.sprintpcs.com" are two wholly unrelated messaging
    > schemes. A Vision user is assigned a username, and that name is also an
    > email address. Primarily, the messaging address is limited to 160
    > characters. If you use [email protected] then only the
    > first 160 characters (or so) will get through to the phone. Just as the web
    > messaging box on our web site only allows 160 characters. Email is *really*
    > email. Of course, the browser is being used to read that email on the
    > phone, so it's not like you can just bring up attachments, but you can
    > reply, compose, forward, most everything you can do on any email client on a
    > PC. As a result, PCS Email is more capable, and flexible, than text
    > messaging.
    >
    >
    >>3. What exactly is "PCS Short Mail"? Is it the traditional messaging,
    >> or the Vision e-mail messaging, or something in-between?

    >
    >
    > It's the 2-way messaging system for sending messages between phones. Works
    > with all the national carriers, and I'm told even works to Alltel customers
    > (although we're told they don't subscribe to our inter-carrier agreement).
    > A user on AT&T or Verizon would see it as a text message just ike they're
    > used to seeing, and they'd send normally, whereupon it would arrive in your
    > Shortmail Inbox. Optionally, Shortmail can send you a notification when a
    > new message arrives. When you access Shortmail, it looks very similar to an
    > email system, but it uses phone numbers, instead of email addresses.
    >
    >
    >>4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    >> my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    >> directly from her phone)?

    >
    >
    > Sure. You can send one of the old wireless web messages using your email
    > system and sending the message to her phone number
    > "@messaging.sprintpcs.com". She'll get it as a wireless web
    > message/notification.
    >
    >
    >>5. Can a PCS Vision phone use Wireless Web technology? (Perhaps the
    >> cheaper monthly cost of that appeals to me, despite the lower
    >> feature set.)

    >
    >
    > Yes, *and* no. Without getting *too* technical, Wireless Web is a
    > networking technology that requires a dedicated airtime connection to work.
    > A so-called "circuit-switched" connection. Hence why it used minutes. It
    > really *is*, for all practical purposes, a phone call to access data
    > services. Because of that, if you succeed at getting a vision phone to dial
    > into a data service, then both the phone and our system recognize the
    > dedicated airtime data connection, and it then gets charged at the "casual
    > usage" Wireless Web rate of 39/min.
    >
    > However, the Vision Phones cannot access the servers that we use to control
    > and monitor Wireless Web service. As a result, there is no way to set up a
    > "Wireless Web" add-on for your subscription that would let it pull from your
    > plan minutes like the "real" Wireless Web does. No matter what happens,
    > circuit-switched data services on a Vision phone will get charged 39/min.
    > Period.
    >
    >
    >>I've tried asking all these questions of Sprint reps at one time or
    >>another, but they seem to lack the expertise to explain them very
    >>well to someone a little out of date like me...

    >
    >
    > I hope I provided the clarification you needed.





  8. #8
    1900mhzcdma\(SU\)
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo

    | > 4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    | > my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    | > directly from her phone)?
    | >
    |
    |
    | No.
    You can send it through Shortmail through your vision phone to your wife. If
    she has one-way text messaging, she could receive it and read it like
    regular text messaging. She can't send anything. She would have to call you
    or something. SprintPCS Tech might have been confused on how "Traditional"
    you wanted it to be.





  9. #9
    1900mhzcdma\(SU\)
    Guest

    Re: Questions about lingo


    "1900mhzcdma(SU)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news9j%[email protected]
    | | > 4. Will my Vision phone be able to send a traditional text message to
    | | > my wife's non-Vision phone (even though she couldn't respond
    | | > directly from her phone)?
    | | >
    | |
    | |
    | | No.
    | You can send it through Shortmail through your vision phone to your wife.
    If
    | she has one-way text messaging, she could receive it and read it like
    | regular text messaging. She can't send anything. She would have to call
    you
    | or something. SprintPCS Tech might have been confused on how "Traditional"
    | you wanted it to be.
    |
    |
    Go to www.apgap.com on your vision phone. Download SendNote. There are
    instructions on how to use this at
    http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/sho...&highlight=sms

    Note that all this does is use messaging.sprintpcs.com over the vision
    network to send the text message. It is not true 2-way messaging, but it is
    the best thing that is out there right now, and sure beats loading the web
    browser and typing using Shortmail.





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