Don't ever forget: people love you because you have 3G in a lot of places and it's usually cheaper than the competition. Don't raise your prices on data.
Phone News is reporting that they've heard Sprint is planning on dropping their rate for their Phone-as-Modem tethering plan from $40 a month down to $15 per month. There's a caveat, though, it only applies on current plans, not older plans. Phone News speculates (and we agree), that it's a gambit to get more of their customers onto their current plans -- part of Sprint's campaign to “improve the quality of the customer base.”
Lots of folks tether their WinMo phones contrary to Sprint's Terms of Service -- you're supposed to have a PAM plan in order to do it. Would you 'legalize' your tethering now that the PAM plan is going to be much more reasonable?
I'm a Missing Sync man myself, but there's another piece of sync software out there that may be worth a look: SyncMate (We've covered it before). It comes in both free and a $39.95 paid version. Free will get you basic PIM sharing (and internet connection sharing!), while the paid version will add media and notes sync to the mix. The new update adds a 'Mail Plugin' which will apparently add in the ability to sync Mail account settings. SyncMate also supports WiFi Sync
Day-to-day, though, I'm not plugging in to sync most of my PIM stuff. Instead I'm syncing calendars and contacts to gmail via Address book's built in support and Spanning Sync for Calendars. Once it's all up on Google, I'm using the free (and excellent) Nuevasync service. It seems to work with everything but contact photos (gmail doesn't support them), but it keeps me in sync with at least 2 PIM categories.
Rut ro, Raggy. Looks like things in the Android camp are slowing down even further.
Barron's [via Giz] has it from a Global Equities Research analyst that there aren't enough developers working on Google's open-source mobile OS, and that an already rumored delay of the first Android handset may be pushed back till sometime in the first quarter of next year.
It seems there are too many people who want to work on established operating systems, including Windows Mobile.
Android, “is not able to attract enough developers because toolkits offered by Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Research in Motion (RIMM), and Nokia’s (NOK) Symbian software group, have sucked up software developers’ attention.
The Barron's blog also mentions that HTC is dragging its feet some on the hardware side, "demanding a guaranteed minimum revenue surety from Google."
A company not having unlimited resources to throw at a project? That must sound downright alien to Google.
Update: electronista reports that HTC denies the delay and says they're still on track for a Fall 2008 release.
AT&T announced its international coverage and services are expanding when it comes to international travel. Now you can roam without suffering from such high roaming charges. In addition, customers have the option to purchase 50MB of data while traveling in 67 countries.
This luxury will cost you $60 a month -- so you better be making money and not just partying when you
In addition to the expanded compatibility and retail availability of the Redfly, we're also happy to announce that Celio is sponsoring a giveaway. Yes, folks, we're giving away a free Celio REDFLY. Heck, Celio also tossed in 10 T-Shirts as runner-up prizes as well.
One more piece of news: there's now an Official Celio REDFLY Developer Forum, where you can go and get questions about the Redfly answered by the WMExperts community and by the folks directly at Celio. Which apps work with Celio? Which ones dont? How long does the battery last? What graphics capabilities does the Redfly really have?
Contest details after the break!
How to win a Celio REDFLY
Comment on this post or head to the associated thread new Redfly forums at WMExperts
Answer the question at the top of the thread, namely “How will the Redfly help me or my business?”
While you wait patiently for September 1st (the date we'll announce the winner), read our review of the Redfly or check out the compatibility list.
On Sept 1st, we'll pick the winner and 10 runners-up randomly from all the posts in the thread (one entry per person).
Not open to Smartphone Experts employees or contractors (Sorry, writers!)
Only one entry per person from the thread will count towards the drawing, but you can enter as often as you'd like.
Not really a rule, but remember that the Redfly has a limited (but growing) compatibility list, check it out here.
What the Redfly does is connect to your Windows Mobile phone over USB or Bluetooth and “trick” it into believe it has a large, 800x480 screen and a near full-sized keyboard instead of a tiny 320x240 screen and a chicklet keyboard. So the Redfly itself stores no data and has no processing power, it all stays on the smartphone.
Basically, it takes your Windows Mobile phone and turns it into a NetBook, so you don't have to muck around with syncing your data since it's all on the smartphone already.
Big ups to HTC, they've taken their ROM download section out of their e-Club and placed them directly in their support section! Just click on your device, click on “Software downloads,” and then go to town. PocketPC Thoughts notes (correctly) that you'll still need a serial number in order to get the download.
The e-Club isn't going away, though. HTC will be putting up all sorts of free downloads there for their registered members. Up now - a heapin' helpin' of ringtones.
With all the wireless capabilities I wonder why we still mess with all these cables in order to sync to our computer. There has to be an easier way to get our info from the web to our devices. Recently Dieter detailed a great way for contacts and calendar from gmail, but what about cab files? More often then not we can simply navigate to the web site that has a .cab file we want and download it there. Then again if it
Those prices and specs, by the way, are $149.99 with a three year contract scoring you EVDO Rev A, WiFi, GPS, 4 gigs of internal memory (sans expansion), a 528 MHz processor, and a larger 1340 mAh battery.
Nearly eight months after we first asked whether or not it was time to start the Sprint Deathwatch, we have another quarterly “earnings” report from the company. Results: Bad.
Loss of $344 Million / 12 cents a share
Loss of 901,000 subscribers.
That brings Sprint's total down to around 51.9 million subscribers, compared to 68.7 for Verizon and 72.9 for AT&T. Sprint's results are better than last quarters' results, when they lost over a million of 'em. CEO Dan Hesse is optimistic, of course:
“We are seeing signs of progress from our efforts to improve the customer experience, rebuild the Sprint brand and increase our profitability”
Sprint also hung on to their Average Revenue Per User (the evil god of ARPU) -- dropping SERO for Everything Plus likely had a hand in that. They kept their churn rate relatively stable. So that's something. Our advised next steps for Sprint:
Get really serious about that customer service thing, because nearly all the reports we've been getting tell us it's still crap.
The focus on retention is taking its toll on gross subscriber additions, or the number of new customers it is adding. Hesse is willing to tolerate the lower additions if they represent higher quality customers.
“We're working to improve the quality of the customer base,” Hesse told analysts Wednesday during a conference call.
Yeah, you read that right: Sprint is trying to make you a better customer. There's the uncharitable way to read that, which we think is fairly straightforward, and the charitable way. Charitable way: Sprint's getting more customers on their unlimited plans which guarantee them a higher per-month income for each customer (ARPU) because of added data and SMS on top of voice -- services we are willing to bet that most of Sprint's unlimited customers aren't using to their full potential.
We already showed you the Samsung Omnia hardware (full review coming soon), with its nice, brushed-metal battery cover. Here we see it again in with a white battery cover. Samsung also reports that they'll be continuing to improve the software end with more Today screen improvements. Here's to hoping they get that done quickly and that AT&T really and truly does pick it up, as rumored.
We like the brushed metal better ourselves, but options is options.
The FCC gave the OK for Verizon (now with more Alltel!) to buy RCC in a $2.7 billion deal, but one of the companies must sell off licenses and network assets in Burlington, Franklin and Addison, Vermont; Ferry and Okanogan, Wash.; and in Franklin, N.Y.
That was not unexpected, and it goes along with Verizon's plans to unload 15 percent of the Alltel customers it's acquiring, in order to satisfy that deal.