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Old 01-14-09, 01:45 PM   #1
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Tmobile phones

I lost my phone a few days ago while riding on campus, thus I had to search tmobile for a new phone. I can upgrade with contract, blah blah blah(I hate it, but they do have me by the balls). Someone did end up returning my phone and I have it again (everything goes around), but since I can upgrade I think I will (2nd time in a few weeks I lost phone and then found it again). Any thoughts on tmobile phones?
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Old 01-14-09, 02:00 PM   #2
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I have a T-Mobile Dash. Not overly impressed. Battery is wicked weird and short-lived after a few months. Something messed up.

Sidekicks have a major flaw (I almost got one until I heard about this). If you don't get a data plan (which I didn't want any more), they will periodically lose your contact list as they store it on the server and refresh it by internet. That's crazy stupid.

I had a Blackberry before that. Good phone and nice interface, but the thing died on me, and I mean died HARD. I lost all info. It was just over a year old when it died. Got a replacement under the phone insurance and that one died (same way) about 6 months later.

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Old 01-14-09, 02:08 PM   #3
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I've been using a T-Mobile MDA for a couple years now (its successor is the Wing). No real complaints, although I did technically void the warranty within minutes of getting the phone by pasting a custom flash ROM on it and yanking off the SIM card lock.

No real complaints. Windows Mobile does what I need it to, be it a ssh client, pulling E-mail from all my accounts, basic spreadsheet/word processing capabilities, PDF reading, and so on. If it wasn't for the fact that the iPhone now has cornered the mobile market, forcing developers to move to Macs and its SDK, I'd be buying another HTC device like the Shift and using that with T-Mobile.
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I lost my phone a few days ago while riding on campus, thus I had to search tmobile for a new phone. I can upgrade with contract, blah blah blah(I hate it, but they do have me by the balls). Someone did end up returning my phone and I have it again (everything goes around), but since I can upgrade I think I will (2nd time in a few weeks I lost phone and then found it again). Any thoughts on tmobile phones?
Had my nice t-mobile phone stolen here at school a couple months ago (amazing too that the guards, upon reviewing the tapes as there's a camera pointed down the hallway did not see anyone). Was in touch with the t-mobile phone within 15 minutes of it being gone.

Since my contract isn't up till March, I went down to the t-mobile store to get another phone. And they mentioned a discount - cool I thought. They'd give 15% off a $110 phone. And I'll ONLY get the discount if I RENEWED for another 2 years.

Eh?

Or I could purchase a cheap phone and continue to pay on the contract and when it's up in March - and I renew - I'll get the same $110 phone for $16.

I bought a cheapo phone and am riding out my contract...
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That is one nice thing about Exchange and Windows Mobile. I can remotely wipe the phone from my Exchange server if it gets lost, and the phone will zero itself out if the PIN is typed in wrong too many times. Its nowhere near as secure as a Blackberry and BES, but it's secure enough.
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Old 01-14-09, 03:15 PM   #6
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G1 is the bomb. It's made by HTC and HTC makes solid phones. I would avoid any phone with the Windows OS. They are slow and the version I had caused bad photos.

Also, TMobile is a GSM provider so you can get any unlocked GSM phone on the market and insert your TMobile simm chip into it. I bought a Nokia N95 8GB last fall and did just that.
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If it wasn't for the fact that the iPhone now has cornered the mobile market, forcing developers to move to Macs and its SDK, I'd be buying another HTC device like the Shift and using that with T-Mobile.
I will concede that developers looking to make a quick buck may have flocked to the iPhone, since people willing to spend the money for the iPhone and the related service plan are likely to spend money for software too... but this doesn't mean that the iPhone has cornered the market... just that developers see that the current opportunity for a quick buck is the iPhone.
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Check out ebay for some unlocked GSM phones. You'll have better selection than at the T-Mobile store. You'll pay a little more, but you also won't have to re-start a contract...

Any quad-band GSM phone will work on T-Mobile...
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I'd say it has made pretty good inroads on the market. Maybe not worldwide, but in the US, the market is pretty much three segments. Low-end phones that are handed out free to those willing to sign up for a contract. The iPhone consists of the second part which is a huge chunk and growing. Finally Blackberries, Symbien, and WM devices.

Technically, WM is far easier to program for than the version of OS X on the iPhone. Especially if you use the .NET Compact Framework. WM has decent security. If its good enough for phones good enough for Obama's classified use, although it doesn't encrypt its native RAM partition like RIM's OS does.

In general, developers flock to the iPhone for three reasons. First, its a consumer level device, so there is a wider variety of stuff that people will buy as opposed to the general "corporate" market of Blackberries and WM devices. Second, the iPhone is considered a "luxury" phone. People who buy it usually have enough cash to hit the app store and start buying apps there, no matter how dumb the app is. Finally, there is one central store. No need to advertise on Handango and multiple places. Just stick the app up, set the price, get approved, and watch the dough come in.

I'd love to see WM more widespread -- it is a good OS for a phone. Maybe if it gets onto devices that come "free" with plans like RAZRs, etc. Then, combine that with a decent app store, and it would be a decent rival to the iPhone.
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The new Blackberry Curve 8900 comes out next month on T-Mo.
I really liked my 8320 Curve.
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