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  1. #1
    Vassil
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    Possibly, of course. A rep in NYC today told me that the Nokia 3585i
    replacement (due in a week or so) will support true mobile originated SMS.
    The SMS service itself will be activated sometime in November.

    Let's hope this is true. Even if they charge $5/month for it it will make
    sense. Technically, it should be easy to do. If they can make PTT work as
    Voice over IP on the network, simple messaging over IP should be a no
    brainer.

    Last word of advice to SprintPCS, in case you are reading the group: your
    company seems to be making a lot of choices on behalf of the consumers. A
    better approach will be to offer these optional services (like true SMS,
    bluetooth phones, mp3 phones, etc) for a fee and then see if we, the users,
    are willing to pay for them.

    Good luck.

    Vassil



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  2. #2
    P Reality
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Vassil <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Possibly, of course. A rep in NYC today told me that the Nokia 3585i
    > replacement (due in a week or so) will support true mobile originated SMS.
    > The SMS service itself will be activated sometime in November.



    Rule number one in electronics. Don't buy promises.



  3. #3
    O/Siris .
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    Vassil <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:

    >
    > Last word of advice to SprintPCS, in case you are reading the group: your
    > company seems to be making a lot of choices on behalf of the consumers. A
    > better approach will be to offer these optional services (like true SMS,
    > bluetooth phones, mp3 phones, etc) for a fee and then see if we, the users,
    > are willing to pay for them.
    >
    > Good luck.
    >
    > Vassil


    As I understand it, the company thinks it's already tried this. I've
    brought up the Uproar phone before. Maybe it wasn't the right time, or
    not the right phone. Either way, that seems to be the feedback I get.

    I agree, though. I wish we would "take a shot" at some of the fancy
    stuff we see showing up in other countries.

    --
    -+-
    R
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them


    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  4. #4
    Vassil
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    [email protected]ntpcs.cm (O/Siris .) wrote in
    > As I understand it, the company thinks it's already tried this. I've
    > brought up the Uproar phone before. Maybe it wasn't the right time,
    > or not the right phone. Either way, that seems to be the feedback I
    > get.
    >
    > I agree, though. I wish we would "take a shot" at some of the fancy
    > stuff we see showing up in other countries.


    Totally. The Uproar phone had a bad user interface, difficult to use
    software and mp3s were not that big at the time. Yet, I find the ability
    to listen to music on the go much more useful that taking these low
    resolution, weak flash at best photos, that seem to be currently in vogue.

    Another really useful feature would be infrared connectivity. Nearly as
    fast as USB but without the cables and significantly cheaper that BT. Why
    can't we have that?




  5. #5
    SprintPCS Tech
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS



    Vassil <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > [email protected]ntpcs.cm (O/Siris .) wrote in
    > Totally. The Uproar phone had a bad user interface, difficult to use
    > software and mp3s were not that big at the time. Yet, I find the ability
    > to listen to music on the go much more useful that taking these low
    > resolution, weak flash at best photos, that seem to be currently in vogue.
    >
    > Another really useful feature would be infrared connectivity. Nearly as
    > fast as USB but without the cables and significantly cheaper that BT. Why
    > can't we have that?
    >


    Another issue with the Uproar, they marketed that incorrectly.

    Poor marketing led to poor sales, which is why Samsung didn't attempt to
    improve the handset.

    I'll agree, SprintPCS should take a few more risks. They used ot be a
    technology leader, but are starting to fall behind.

    And you gave me an idea for another poll.. Thank you..

    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  6. #6
    O/Siris .
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    Vassil <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    >
    > Totally. The Uproar phone had a bad user interface, difficult to use
    > software and mp3s were not that big at the time. Yet, I find the ability
    > to listen to music on the go much more useful that taking these low
    > resolution, weak flash at best photos, that seem to be currently in vogue.
    >
    > Another really useful feature would be infrared connectivity. Nearly as
    > fast as USB but without the cables and significantly cheaper that BT. Why
    > can't we have that?
    >


    Well.. our PDA's have IR ports, but I understand what you mean. And
    maybe take a few chances with interface options. Like the Nokia 6800:

    http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?id=224

    Or something truly visionary, like maybe:

    http://www.3gtoday.com/devices/devices/device1622.html

    Those kinds of funky ways to use your phones would represent a truly
    different way of looking at one's phone, and at its features.

    We've got a network that can be *so* capable, especially compared to
    anything else on the market right now. I wish we had phones that would
    at least make an effort to really use it.

    --
    -+-
    R
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them


    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  7. #7
    P Reality
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Vassil <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Another really useful feature would be infrared connectivity. Nearly as
    > fast as USB but without the cables and significantly cheaper that BT. Why
    > can't we have that?


    All the PALM PDA phones have it. Samsung I330, Treo 300 etc.



  8. #8
    P Reality
    Guest

    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (SprintPCS Tech) wrote:

    > I'll agree, SprintPCS should take a few more risks. They used ot be a
    > technology leader, but are starting to fall behind.


    Such a negative comment. Rob could jump on this.



  9. #9

    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    On Sun, 14 Sep 2003 20:22:54 GMT, Vassil <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Last word of advice to SprintPCS, in case you are reading the group: your
    >company seems to be making a lot of choices on behalf of the consumers. A
    >better approach will be to offer these optional services (like true SMS,
    >bluetooth phones, mp3 phones, etc) for a fee and then see if we, the users,
    >are willing to pay for them.


    The trouble is, the uptake of phones like these aren't nearly as
    "rabid" as the Japanese market, and even there carriers have to
    subsidize the phones to make the price attractive.

    I'm not pleased at the idea that my mobile phone bill would be higher
    to subsidize a "higher end" phone so that a mobile phone manufacturer
    would produce it for an unknown number of subscribers.

    Sprint PCS wanted to bring out a BlueTooth phone, but Sony-Ericsson
    "pulled the plug" on the ENTIRE North American market, not just the
    U.S.

    Srdechni pozdravi!




  10. #10
    Steven J Sobol
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    Vassil <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Possibly, of course. A rep in NYC today told me that the Nokia 3585i
    > replacement (due in a week or so) will support true mobile originated SMS.
    > The SMS service itself will be activated sometime in November.


    It's about freakin' time. I wonder how they're going to price it.

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  11. #11
    O/Siris .
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    P Reality <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (SprintPCS Tech) wrote:
    >
    > > I'll agree, SprintPCS should take a few more risks. They used ot be a
    > > technology leader, but are starting to fall behind.

    >
    > Such a negative comment. Rob could jump on this.


    I already did. And agreed. I don't agree that we're falling behind...
    yet. But I agree overall that we should take a chance or two on a
    "radical" phone.

    --
    -+-
    R
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them

    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  12. #12
    Joel Horner
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    Vassil <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A
    > better approach will be to offer these optional services (like true SMS,
    > bluetooth phones, mp3 phones, etc) for a fee and then see if we, the users,
    > are willing to pay for them.


    That's pretty bad business advice. So, Sprint pays a large sum of money
    to R&D new services...and then roll it out to see if the customer will
    use it. The customer doesn't. Sunk cost.

    So Sprint pays a lot of money to work with manufacturer X on phone Y.
    They roll out the handset. It bombs. Sunk cost.

    You have enough of these sunk costs, you end up with a sunk company.

    Joel



  13. #13
    PHil_Real
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    In article <1g1ee1m.3ttkd01j4ki2kN%[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Joel Horner) wrote:

    > Vassil <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > A
    > > better approach will be to offer these optional services (like true SMS,
    > > bluetooth phones, mp3 phones, etc) for a fee and then see if we, the users,
    > > are willing to pay for them.

    >
    > That's pretty bad business advice. So, Sprint pays a large sum of money
    > to R&D new services...and then roll it out to see if the customer will
    > use it. The customer doesn't. Sunk cost.
    >
    > So Sprint pays a lot of money to work with manufacturer X on phone Y.
    > They roll out the handset. It bombs. Sunk cost.
    >
    > You have enough of these sunk costs, you end up with a sunk company.


    Is Sprint sinking any money into Sanyo's or Samsung's development costs?
    Or do the manufacturers do it on their own in the hopes of selling
    millions of units to make themselves huge profits.



  14. #14

    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 09:41:49 GMT, PHil_Real <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >In article <1g1ee1m.3ttkd01j4ki2kN%[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (Joel Horner) wrote:
    >
    >> Vassil <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> > A
    >> > better approach will be to offer these optional services (like true SMS,
    >> > bluetooth phones, mp3 phones, etc) for a fee and then see if we, the users,
    >> > are willing to pay for them.

    >>
    >> That's pretty bad business advice. So, Sprint pays a large sum of money
    >> to R&D new services...and then roll it out to see if the customer will
    >> use it. The customer doesn't. Sunk cost.
    >>
    >> So Sprint pays a lot of money to work with manufacturer X on phone Y.
    >> They roll out the handset. It bombs. Sunk cost.
    >>
    >> You have enough of these sunk costs, you end up with a sunk company.

    >
    >Is Sprint sinking any money into Sanyo's or Samsung's development costs?
    >Or do the manufacturers do it on their own in the hopes of selling
    >millions of units to make themselves huge profits.


    In Japan the phone companies sink some money into phone development.
    Smart manufacturers in Japan make as many components as they can
    common between carriers, changing out the minimum necessary for each
    carrier.

    Some of the Sanyo phone marketed in Japan almost identical to those
    marketed in the States, so some smart cost savings accrue to Sanyo.

    I don't know if Verizon Wireless sinks any money into Motorola, but
    you'll note that the color screen flip Motorola that Verizon had a few
    months ago looks almost identical to the similarly numbered Motorola
    for the TDMA/GSM US market.





  15. #15
    PHil_Real
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    Re: True SMS coming to SprintPCS

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] wrote:

    > On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 09:41:49 GMT, PHil_Real <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >In article <1g1ee1m.3ttkd01j4ki2kN%[email protected]>,
    > > [email protected] (Joel Horner) wrote:
    > >
    > >> Vassil <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> > A
    > >> > better approach will be to offer these optional services (like true SMS,
    > >> > bluetooth phones, mp3 phones, etc) for a fee and then see if we, the
    > >> > users,
    > >> > are willing to pay for them.
    > >>
    > >> That's pretty bad business advice. So, Sprint pays a large sum of money
    > >> to R&D new services...and then roll it out to see if the customer will
    > >> use it. The customer doesn't. Sunk cost.
    > >>
    > >> So Sprint pays a lot of money to work with manufacturer X on phone Y.
    > >> They roll out the handset. It bombs. Sunk cost.
    > >>
    > >> You have enough of these sunk costs, you end up with a sunk company.

    > >
    > >Is Sprint sinking any money into Sanyo's or Samsung's development costs?
    > >Or do the manufacturers do it on their own in the hopes of selling
    > >millions of units to make themselves huge profits.

    >
    > In Japan the phone companies sink some money into phone development.
    > Smart manufacturers in Japan make as many components as they can
    > common between carriers, changing out the minimum necessary for each
    > carrier.
    >
    > Some of the Sanyo phone marketed in Japan almost identical to those
    > marketed in the States, so some smart cost savings accrue to Sanyo.
    >
    > I don't know if Verizon Wireless sinks any money into Motorola, but
    > you'll note that the color screen flip Motorola that Verizon had a few
    > months ago looks almost identical to the similarly numbered Motorola
    > for the TDMA/GSM US market.



    The question remains: Does Sprint fund any cell phone hardware
    development?



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