Sprint’s Touch a Weak Answer to iPhone’s Call
October 18, 2007, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, HTC, mobile, Opera, smartphone, Sprint, Touch

Sprint today launched Touch, the latest addition to its product line. Manufactured by Taiwan’s HTC, the phone has a full touch screen, an mp3 player, and e-mail support, and was touted as an answer to AT&T’s iPhone offering. Some of the phone’s features are very competitive with the iPhone in its first incarnation. The EVDO Rev. 0 network is a substantial advantage for Sprint, but the half Gig of SD storage in the base configuration is uncompetitive with iPhone’s 8 Gig onboard, and Pocket Internet Explorer is not a competitive mobile browser.

Sprint has a competitive product line overall, and Touch will certainly help, but it’s no iPhone.


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PC Mag’s Detailed Review of the Touch

MySpace To Launch Mobile Phone Service
September 24, 2007, 7:16 am
Filed under: AT&T, Helio, media, mobile, MySpace

MySpace mobile will work with any U.S. carrier, the AP article says. Initial advertising will include clickable sponsorships and banner ads. Eventually MySpace will try to sell more targeted advertising, using registration data from cell phone carriers as well as GPS data from phones with that capability.
The free service will be a stripped down version of the premium services offered by AT&T and Helio.

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iBrick – Part 2
July 2, 2007, 8:26 am
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, iPhone

AT&T is working to to remedy an activation problem that is preventing an estimated 2% of new iPhone customers from getting their phone working. Business account users attempting to move over from other carriers were among those having special difficulty with the AT&T activation process

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iBrick – Activation Woes for First Day Purchasers
June 29, 2007, 11:22 pm
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, iPhone

The reports are flooding in: many people are delighted with their new iPhones. However, many are also having a very hard time getting their phone activated using the AT&T/Apple activation process. And without activation, none of the major functions of the device can be used

Be prepared for a long wait these first few days….

Story here about troubles with activation
Another blog post here
And another….

AT&T Boosting its EDGE Service in Advance of iPhone
June 29, 2007, 4:55 am
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, EDGE, iPhone

There’s an interesting little piece over at Endgadget about an apparent spike in speeds on the EDGE network that has customers pulling down data at speeds in excess of 200KBPS. Speculation is that AT&T is boosting the performance of their EDGE network to counter the flood of iPhone users who will be jumping on AT&T’s EDGE network expecting to be able to surf.

Customers of EDGE are delighted as some report they are able to use web applications for the first time on EDGE.

[Given that I am seeing speeds between 700kbps and 1Mbps up and down the East coast on Verizon’s network, it’s kind’ve sad to see such excitement over 200Kbps.]

Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone
June 24, 2007, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, iPhone, media, Motorola, Nokia, Sprint, Verizon

Apple’s iPhone may open up both Hollywood and cellular carriers to the mobile phone as a platform for media. This is a very US centric piece from the NY Times which seems to credit Apple for advances in multimedia and technology that have been pioneered by Nokia, Motorola and others. The major US carriers are blamed for delays in advances, but Apple is riding in to the rescue…..

Please. The Apple iPhone will be far from the first mobile phone to incorporate Wifi, to use a touch screen, to play full length movies or incorporate Hollywood content in the phone. U.S. carriers are delaying the adoption of much of the technology that has already rolled out in Europe and Asia, but they’re also rolling out multimedia features the iPhone doesn’t have and are providing comprehensive multimedia offerings like live TV, combined with full featured music and video stores with one click ease.

Yes, it’s a beautiful phone. Yes it has some unique design elements, but come on people. At least look at what is already on the market before you crank out insipid articles about innovative features that aren’t actually innovative/

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