Archive for the ‘A630’ category

iPhone Switcheroo

March 26, 2007

There’s a new breed of switchers out here: Network YY –>> Cingular (AT&T). Some of us are habitual switchers of the nth order. PC to Mac. Creative Labs to iPod. Tivo to AppleTV.

I just made another leap today and am tickled stupid. Really! The phone I picked up (Sony Ericsson W810i) was cost neutral and all said and done I’ll probably make money off the deal once I sell it! HUH!? I just got it! Yeah, I’ll sell it only because I’m getting an iPhone in a couple months… Me and 10 million others. My iPhone number will be +1 918 813-9745 and my email addy on the phone is

See, the A630 did me a favor by taking a soaking bath this weekend. It was still mostly functional this morning. Some keys were borked. So, it was an opportunity presenting itself and I must say… as much as I liked the A630… the W810i is a smoking little number. Email built in, great camera phone, haven’t tried the movies but I’m betting they’re acceptable. Web browsing’s not so nice (iPhone’s looks way better), and the UI is actually quite acceptable. Meaning the phone’s easy to get used to.

Syncing to the Mac Address Book… SNAP! Not a single complaint. Worked just like it should.

The real trick for me is to scope out my EDGE network quality. See, until recently I had the Ericsson GC89 pcmcia card for my Macbook (worked great). But, sold that last week in anticipation of using the iPhone for my modem connectivity. Which, in the interim, looks like will be served nicely by the W810i.

FM radio is ok, sorta nice… haven’t had that before and don’t really feel it’s much of an added value (for me).

But, what IS nice about this phone:
Additional storage expansion;

  • MP3 playback;
  • A decent speaker;
  • Bluetooth;
  • BluePhoneElite 2… OMG! awesome; and
  • Best of all appears to be the ability to put Java apps on the phone. (Now, hey! there’s a novel concept on the SAME network as our much anticipated iPhone – which eschews Java because of supposed lack of control on the NETWORK! HUH!? White man speak with forked tongue!… and I can say that! I’m Cherokee).

The staff at the Cingular store I went to were terrific. I asked a TON of questions about the iPhone and true to form they “know nothing”. Not entirely true: They were in the know enough to recite the specs. They’ll be a good channel partner when intro time comes. It’s clear there are a lot of people like me… terminating plans, making preparations to, or simply inquiring ’cause iPhone was mentioned BY CUSTOMERS no less than six times while I was moving over my t-mobile phone number. AT LEAST!

So, now I’m doing some math… and I’m thinking on the one hand I could have really done this about two minutes after the MWSF07 keynote. I’d be that much closer to end of contract and ultimately better positioned to terminate and go to some other carrier once the exclusivity expires. On the other hand, if we’re hearing this right… AT&T has a two year exclusivity and are conveniently locking us new customers into two year terms. So, even beating the intro by a month or two isn’t so bad. AND that’s a few more months wear and tear the W810i won’t see (making it a better resell value when the time comes… if it has any resale value when the iPhone debuts).

I’d say if you have the ability and are absolutely inclined to get v 1.0 of the iPhone… go ahead and make your move now. It makes more sense than waiting and could net you some money if you pick your phone carefully.

A Soaked Motorola A630

March 26, 2007

Just in time for my switch to AT&T/Cingular… my A630 has taken on more water than it could stand (left it out in a rain storm this weekend).

So, guess where I’m off to today? Yep, that’s right… Picking up a new AT&T contract and will buy my swank new iPhone off the rack sans plan once it’s available. I guess there’s a whole new platform of us ‘switchers’ in the works.

LE A630 est mort. Vive le A630! Au revoir T-mobile. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Selling My GC89 EDGE Card

March 14, 2007

The GC89 PCMCIA EDGE, GPRS card is officially for sale now.

I’ll be getting an iPhone and won’t be needing the GC89 or the A630 (Moto phone) once I go that way.

So, anyone wanting a really good Type I, PCMCIA EDGE card (Plus ALL of the original stuff that came with it AND the “Mobile High Speed for Mac OS X” app from Sierra Wireless… I have it listed at eBay. Item number 320092846249.

BluePhoneElite + OSX = Nirvana!

December 28, 2006

Finallly! Finally! FINE UH LEE!!

BluePhoneElite beta 2

BluePhoneElite beta 2 is exactly what I have been seeking all these many long months. I don’t need no stinking iPhone! 🙂 (I probably do actually… just ’cause). There were only two things I wasn’t thrilled with in the release version and beta 2 gives me pause.

  • I said I wanted talk through. Got it! Called my office land line. Left a message and it’s most definitely passable.
  • I said I wanted the ability to record conversations. Haven’t quite figured out the finer points but I think with SoundFlowerBed + my audio recording apps I’m going to have a serious shot at making podcast recordings VERY easily no matter where I might be (London, Bahrain, Tulsa, Houston… wherever really).

This is so cool!

Now I have to contact those wacky folks at Mira and arrange an interview!

Weld Your Phone to OSX

December 27, 2006

No effing kidding! It’s not often that an app gives me the creepy crawly shivers (QuickSilver was the last one).


BluePhoneElite just did though. Bluetooth phone + Mac OS X… Dial, answer, hang up. Call timer and logging. Caller ID + alerts. SMS from your computer through your phone. Address Book integration. The ONLY things it’s missing are the ability to allow me to answer a call through my laptop, record it and yack at the same time and QuickSilver integration. THAT is the only reason I’d want version 2 to my knowledge. At $20… c’mon!? This is one of the easiest absolutely gonna purchase decisions I’ve had in many moons.

Now, if the iPhone doesn’t come with all of the above… well, Apple will have fallen short of my newfound expectations.

BluePhoneElite Toolbar

[EDIT: The more I tinker with BluePhoneElite the more I like it. Just found BluePhoneEdit beta 2! HOLY TOLEDO! I’m thinking about doing an interview with these guys on version 2.0. Also, noting that there’s a lot of traffic coming from non-referrals and gmail and yahoo mail accounts. If you’re one of these folks I’d kinda like to know what kind of an email was sent out and by whom. Thanks!]

Helio for TMobile? Nope.

September 28, 2006

Guy Kawasaki just made my eyebrows go up, caused a click through or two and now I think, if Apple doesn’t squeeze out some official word on their iPhone soon I may just become a new Helio owner. My Moto A630 is just about through after two years of faithful service. But, that won’t happen… I’m really liking GSM and not real keen on going CDMA.

That and the Helio seems to have a lot of stuff I’m just not too jazzed about: MySpace, etc. But, 3G coverage I can get excited about. MP3 and Video I can get excited about. Looks like the interface is hot too. Still…

Apple, listening? Hustle it up!

Samsung t509

September 1, 2006

Thinking of sticking with tMobile but going from the Motorola a630 to the Samsung t509.

Saw the phone and thought it might fit my needs a little better. Anyone out there have any first hand experience with it and Macs? The iSync page says it’s on the list of approved devices. Which would be nice for a change.