Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Michkey, Jan 28, 2002.
Anybody have one? Looking for opinions.
I was checking it out on the rogers web site.
Are they the only ones carying it?
It does look a little bulky compared to a regualar phone... but the things it does do are impressive
That's one ugly calculator.
Hey, do not call my mom a calculator.
jeremy -play nice- jive
it's just a GSM phone put into that clamshell. the 'chat' features are SMS and as far as I know are not cross-carrier SMS, meaning that you'd only be able to chat or send messages to other Rogers customers with SMS enabled.
most phones now can do the sms part, you just have to learn T9-typing on your phone. It gives you a bit larger screen, but that's about it.
you also have to snap on the headset to make a call, or use the handsfree dongle headset.
crap, i say.
is there any cross-carrier sms in canada yet? I'd imagine it would be easy for Bell and Telus to do it...
that said, Telus still doesn't offer true handset originated SMS - you have to use Pocket Web.
sure it'd be easy to do, but they probably won't since they would rather that you tell your friends to purchase a phone on the carrier that you have.
I'm sure that they showed people putting them up to their heads as if they were a phone, which is a bit misleading if you ask me. Of course, I was a bit hazy at the time...
Rogers charges $0.10 a message whether you send or receive....they're going to make shit loads of kids & parents.
I'd rather have my Nokia phone and a Blackberry.
that's what the clip-on headset is for - they don't actually show that accessory on the page but it's essentially a little module that you clip onto the bottom and into the jack. then it acts like a normal phone - a bit cumbersome if you ask me.
G.P. - they make a bundle in europe and asia on SMS. around 10% of their total service revenue, and it takes up nothing on the network. but until they get cross-carrier SMS going it'll be useless.
if you can find it go for the Motorola accompli 009...
so much cooler, colour screen, GPRS enabled...why have text without a browser???
you can post on Tribe with them too...oh and with the Blackberry as well.
right now my preference is an ipaq with a sierra wireless cdpd aircard. its $50/month unlimited use and gives you the fastest widearea data (for now... until GPRS actually works faster than 1.9kpbs) and can be used for email, browsing and private network access. Out West GPRS is slow as shit... and in the East you don't have CDPD. Telus' new highspeed - 1XRTT - is impressive with enduser speeds over 100kbps. Only problem is it won't be available for a year and will be a bit pricey.
CDPD is alright, but it's not meant for data and you pay through the nose for it - since you require a constant link throughout your connection.
GPRS is alive and kicking and is pretty good so far. both fido (microcell) and rogers (soon) offer it, CDMA 2000 will be a while and that too will be impressive.
i'll take nothing less than my blackberry any day.
CDPD is *only* data. it's based off the analog towers and in Alberta the coverage is unmatched by anything... i know there isn't coverage in Ontario outside of Ottawa.
In BC and Alberta, Telus offers unlimited CDPD for $50 a month. It's not fast, but the speed is consistent and generally beats the realtime speeds you get from GPRS (which is billed by data downloaded or time connected) and even CDMA data which is the same as CDPD too.
Looking for fast, consistent wireless data,
yes, sorry. i meant that the network wasn't meant for data. it's a hack running on the old analog network - a good hack i might add. and for now it is probably your best bet for wireless data but the coverage isn't great (like you said). is there a mobitex modem available for the iPaq? a little slower but way better coverage and cheaper.
i'm sure there isn't a mobitex pc card avaialble... mobitex is mostly used for point of sale units and RIM (and in the US for the Palm network) i can't stress enough that Mobitex only has good coverage in the East...
I work for a wireless company that specialises in Motorola radios and the Telario system. I also do a lot of wireless data systems and we really have no choice but Telus - cdpd, cdma data kits (Bell offers a cdma pccard in 1.9ghz only - weak coverage!) Mike data kits and the new Mike pc card... GPRS is slow and has terrible coverage outside of the cities. 1X will be offered by Telus in 1.9 and 800mhz digital areas which is already almost all of the province. Most of our data customers aren't in the city so it will be our only choice.
and once again i should probably state that i'm in Calgary, hence my point of view
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