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Wireless Phone Services

  1. What kind of mobile device do you use and why?
    • Frank Bulk: Cell phone, only when I'm desperate and there is no Wi-Fi.
    • Spencer: Samsung i600. Feature packed and compact. 95% of the time I need a phone for support. 5% i need a product to unlock user accounts or change security on a specific file folder.
    • Robert Dirth: Nokia 6820 because of its EDGE support, small size and cool fold out QWERTY keyboard. (How can you do email on a number pad??) With the email service I use (Nokia One), the smaller screen size is not a hindrance.
    • Tony Lee: Phone, Vehicle tracking modem.
    • Douglas Pereira: A laptop for "work related purposes".
  2. What kind of wireless data applications do you use?
    • Frank Bulk: Email, web
    • Spencer: Looking for remote server control for a windows smartphone O/S device
    • Robert Dirth: Using my Nokia 6820 phone I access my corporate email via a Nokia One server and some intranet web applications. I also will surf the net, checking weather, airline schedules, etc as needed.
    • Tony Lee: We do automated server availability status via SMS, mobile email, and for fleet tracking & asset management.
    • Douglas Pereira: 802.11b/g
  3. Have you used your cell phone as a wireless modem for your notebook computer? Cable or Bluetooth?
    • Frank Bulk: Yes, my cell phone, using a cable.
    • Spencer: No
    • Robert Dirth: Rarely. When traveling I usually need access to email and I am quite satisfied accessing my email using my phone while on the road. (Well, not while driving!
    • Tony Lee: Absolutely. Always cable though. Bluetooth has proven to be much more difficult than advertised. The cable always works 1st try.
    • Douglas Pereira: No.
  4. What is your level of satisfaction with performance?
    • Frank Bulk: Very slow, 19.2 kbps
    • Robert Dirth: The EDGE capabilities on AT&T really have improved performance.
    • Tony Lee: We're relatively impressed, given that it's wireless and ubiquitous. Now they just need to lower the rates so that we can do more.
    • Douglas Pereira: Could be better.
  5. If money were no object, what would you buy?
    • Frank Bulk: Definitely Verizon's PC 5220 with their 1xRTT/1xEVDO service.
    • Robert Dirth: A Porsche Carrera GT. (Editor's Note: Well who wouldn't Robert)
    • Tony Lee: Cingular GPRS Blackberry
    • Douglas Pereira: An Go-L Hollywood GoldXpress, an OC192 line,a linksys 802.11G router, a giant 50' radio antenna, and a top of the line web server to host my websites.

Kevin Cooke | Mike Fratto | Lori MacVittie

Kevin Cooke

  1. What kind of wireless data applications do you use?

    I use a Web browser (built-in Palm Blazer) as well as a few task-specific general lookup applications (MapQuest, directory assistance phone lookup, flight tracker, weather), as they are faster than traditional Web browsing. I also do some IM, and this has become my portable MP3 player too! But by far the most used application is e-mail--and I use two of them, as I can't decide which I like better at the moment. :-)

    First, SnapperMail 2.0 beta (www.snappermail.com), which has recently added IMAP and SSL support. I love everything about it except its speed. VERY slow. I've used other IMAP clients on the Palm, and so I suspect this is related to the beta and implementation, not the bandwidth.

    The second application I use is also a beta, from SEVEN (www.seven.com). This is the OEM behind Sprint's Business Connect Product. It's a BlackBerry and GoodLink-type product that allows for a very fast, full sync with IMAP, POP, Notes or Exchange. The personal edition uses a client that you must leave running on an Internet-connected PC to act as a shim between the SEVEN Service (a server) and my Treo 600. It works very well. It gives me fully synced e-mail, (calendar and contacts sync for Notes and Exchange), file access to a Windows directory on my PC as well as Web mail. IMHO, the only two issues with this are the need for a PC client and attachment support is poor.

    In all, I'd opt for the more native Palm-based IMAP client, if it were faster.
  2. What is your level of satisfaction with performance?

    I was really happy until I started using the Nextel service. If my phone were this fast, my head would explode!

  3. Have you used your cell phone as a wireless modem for your notebook computer? Cable or Bluetooth?

    Tried it... A bit of a hassle with all the cables and, ultimately, the performance is lackluster. And don't think I travel enough to justify a Wi-Fi hotspot account to justify the additional cost.
  4. And, of course, what kind of mobile device do you use and why. Oh, and if money were no object, what would you buy?

    I have a Treo 600 from PalmOne. I've tried the Windows-based phones/PDAs and will not go back in the near term. The snappy OS coupled with the huge third-party application world makes a Palm phone my ideal solution... I've been waiting for a true converged PDA/phone for years. This is not 100 percent, but it's the best I've found on the market.

    I'll answer the question another way, however. I think there's room for improvement. I'm hearing grumblings of a newer version of the Treo, codenamed "Treo Ace." The claim is that this unit will offer a faster processor, double the screen resolution, Bluetooth, a better camera (1.3 megapixil) and a host of other incremental improvements (blah, blah). Still not perfect, but close. Now if that device were on a 3.5G or 4G network, I'd be in heaven!
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