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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Microsoft Gives Us An Update Schedule

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:33 AM

http://www.microsoft.com/windowspho...hedule-usa.aspx

"This table provides update status for Windows Phone customers in the U.S. Find your phone model, then check to see what stage your update is in."

In the list of Smart Ideas I Never Thought I'd See Microsoft Implement, this schedule above surely ranks near the top. For years all I've wanted (and I suspect others have too) is just to know that an update is in the works, and maybe approximately where it is. With carriers given iron curtain-like secrecy about their timing, it almost seemed as if Microsoft was complacent in their partner's delays. This sends a clear signal: Carrier partners - Get your acts together, because now everyone knows that it isn't Microsoft that's holding up the update for X phone, it's the carrier who apparently doesn't care if you get the functionality soon or not so soon. Congratulations Microsoft, you've taken your case to the people.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

US Carriers: Make Multiple SIMs a Reality!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:30 PM

http://www.mobilityminded.com/5568/...ne-phone-number

"These days, most of us use Bluetooth enabled car kits, and it is not necessary to have a second SIM card for safe vehicle use anymore. However ... many people have multiple phones. Smartphones are now quite prevalent, but sometimes you don't want to carry your most complicated phone everywhere you go. For instance, I like to carry a smaller phone on me during the weekends while on the road with my kids. The hassle now is to get my SIM card out of one phone and place it in the other. And we all know how frustrating it can be to do so. It would be so much easier to have a duplicate SIM card already placed in my second phone..."

Johan van Mierlo (and others, including myself) have had ENOUGH with the 1 SIM per number draconian rule of US carriers. It would be relatively easy for carriers to allow more than one SIM per number, which would be great for those of us with multiple devices that hate swapping SIMs in and out all the time. Mobility Minded is running a poll right now on the issue, and if you're wanting a second SIM to soothe swapping, I'd encourage you to vote!


Monday, December 7, 2009

The Mobius Files: The Problem with the Carriers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 AM

There's a private mailing list that people who have been invited to attend Mobius are a part of, and we have some great discussions on it. In fact, I'd say some of my most thought-worthy write-ups end up getting shared with my mobile-device editorial peers, rather than with you, my readers. So what I'm going to do is start to share some of my write-ups (in slightly edited and/or expanded form) from the Mobius list here on Windows Phone Thoughts. The context of this particular post is the problem that the carriers represent when it comes to updating the software on Windows Mobile phones.

I bought a Samsung Jack from Rogers in Canada last year (aka Blackjack II). It came with Windows Mobile 6, and when they finally released 6.1, it came with an insanely irritating bug: when the phone is in silent mode or vibrate mode, reminder alarms still chime. And they keep on chiming, over and over, for several minutes. The silent and vibrate profiles say they’re set to “Off” for notification volume. I’ve checked every setting there is – all are set to silent or off.

It’s happened to me more than once when I’m in a movie theatre or someplace else where noises aren’t appreciated and my phone, in silent mode, will chime loudly. Oh, and I’m not sure if this is the default for WM 6.1, but with WM 6 reminders would only chime once by default (that what my wife’s Windows Mobile 6 HTC S640 does). My Blackjack II chimes over and over, getting louder each time. Oh, and toss in chimes for birthday reminders firing at midnight (a Microsoft design flaw), and you end up with a hugely frustrating phone. If the phone is in the same room as I am, I have to turn off the power at night. I typically leave it in my office, far away from me, because it’s so frustrating. Read more...


Monday, June 29, 2009

AT&T and Rogers Communications Ticking Off Customers Again

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.canada.com/MythBuster+us...1348/story.html

Just in case you missed it, AT&T tried to charge MythBusters star Adam Savage $11,000 for a recent trip to Canada for roaming. It had to do with the wording in their contract that says roaming data will be charged at ".015 cents, or a penny and a half, per kb" AT&T seems to have gone to the same school of math that Verizon did a few years ago where in their strange carrier world, .015 cents = a penny and a half.

In other related user ticking-off news, Rogers Communications in Canada is going to start charging users 15 cents for incoming text messages, though if you have a text plan, you probably won't be hit by that charge.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Rural Wireless Carriers File FCC Petition Opposing Handset Exclusivity

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 08:36 PM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/...-handset-exclu/

"If you thought you were annoyed when one of the big wireless carriers locked up a phone you were after, you have no idea how frustrated small and rural wireless carriers are -- they've just filed a petition with FCC seeking to ban the practice. The 80 companies in the Rural Cellular Association serve small markets not well-covered by the big guys, like parts of New Mexico, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, and they say that carrier exclusivity deals not affect their bottom line, but also deprive consumers of desirable phones like the iPhone and upcoming Blackberry Bold. They've actually got a pretty good point: lots of rural customers can't purchase and use an iPhone without technically breaking the AT&T service agreement. We'll see how this one goes -- although we'd love nothing more than to use any phone we wanted on any carrier, there are plenty of reasons it won't happen, and exclusivity is the easiest way for carriers to differentiate themselves to consumers."



As a consumer I really hope that in the coming years we start to see an end to all of the exclusivity contracts. I can understand them to a point but in the case of the iPhone, as mentioned above, was five years really necessary? Also I think the iPhone is a horrible example of a handset to use an example here since a lot of the rural carriers I can think of off the top of my head all run off of CDMA networks and the iPhone is a GSM and soon to be HSDPA handset. Even if the exclusivity deal was not in place, do you really expect Apple to make a CDMA version just to be fair to the little guys? A lot of high-end handsets have trouble selling in densely populated areas and if there is not enough customer demand to convince the big five to open shops in those rural areas, what makes the little carriers think they could even secure those fancy handsets in the first place?


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