it's time for a cellphone upgrade

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    Dec 20, 2007 8:42 AM GMT
    i'm currently with AT&T, and i'm due for a cellphone upgrade. I'm trying to decide between Motorola and Ericsson phones. Any suggestions?

    and other hints would be great too, not just for the 2 brands i mentioned icon_biggrin.gif

    thanks!
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    Dec 20, 2007 8:45 AM GMT
    We could probably make better suggestions if you gave as an idea of what you want out of a phone. Just looking for something to make calls? SMS? Email? Web access? Speaker Phone? Sync with a computer if so which OS and what application do you use? Music? Video? Take Pics?


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    Dec 20, 2007 10:16 AM GMT
    First you should ask yourself if you really do need an upgrade. Does your current phone still provide all the functionality you need?

    I'll confess to being a bit of a luddite when it comes to mobile phones. I mostly just text with mine so I'm not to concerned about bells & whistles.

    If you are going to upgrade at least recycle it as best you can. I don't know about there, but here there are many charities that you can freepost your old mobile too & they recycle/re-use them.
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    Dec 20, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    webinfront saidWe could probably make better suggestions if you gave as an idea of what you want out of a phone. Just looking for something to make calls? SMS? Email? Web access? Speaker Phone? Sync with a computer if so which OS and what application do you use? Music? Video? Take Pics?




    d'oh! good point, my bad! my criteria thus far:

    bluetooth, great battery life (long talk time and standby time), decent camera, can be connected to my PC and sync up, size-wise it should be something that fits easily in my pocket, i dont like lugging around a bulky phone.

    thanks guys
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    Dec 20, 2007 6:29 PM GMT
    lol - I came across an article in today Times by Matthew Parris (who happens to be a gay Tory - go figure!!) and I thought of this topic:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/matthew_parris/article3075580.ece
    Only tarts and tea-boys want phones that double up as mini-music centres, games consoles, cameras and broadcasting studios. Serious people want a phone for making phone calls.
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    Dec 20, 2007 6:36 PM GMT
    I have had my platinum motorola razr v3xx with at&t for awhile now. Its a good phone but the battery life is only 3.5 hours of talktime. If you talk alot, then its probably not for you. Friends have the sony ericson walkman phone and they love it. Battery last forever. I got it for free with my upgrade but i would not pay the full price for it. They have a decent deal on it right now.
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    Dec 20, 2007 6:57 PM GMT
    blackberry all the way

    eye heart my BB
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    Dec 21, 2007 1:49 AM GMT
    I love my Moto Q. Had several different kinds but this has been the best yet.
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    Dec 21, 2007 3:13 AM GMT
    I love my Motorola KRZR. I have T-Mobile, so mine is actually silver instead of AT&T blue. I've had it since September and after owning several other Motorola phones, I've really gotten used to the GUI. Before I got it, I had a RAZR that suddenly died. I borrowed my boyfriend's unlocked Samsung A107 for a week and couldn't stand it. Texting was a bleeding joke and nothing was intuitive about the GUI.

    In your case, it may depend on whether you have any media cards for other devices. Sony Ericsson uses the proprietary Media Stick while Motorola phones with expansion slots use the ubiquitous micro SD cards.
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    Dec 21, 2007 2:40 PM GMT
    what's wrong with iphone?
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    Dec 24, 2007 3:21 AM GMT
    nothing wrong with iphones. You just have to use at&t. It wil be nice when they open it up to other proivders.
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    Dec 24, 2007 4:55 AM GMT
    Well, the op has att, so it'll work for him, though the mandatory data plan can suck some of the time, though it's cheaper than other unlimited data plans. I'd suggest a treo if you're looking for a smartphone or something like that.
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    Dec 24, 2007 6:49 AM GMT
    I have a Motorola Q, a Motorola KZAZR, and a Nokia 6315. I'm partial to the Nokia for several reasons:

    The memory card can be inserted from outside. No need to remove the battery. You can pop it out and stick it in the pc. The Nokia support a 2G card.

    The Nokia camera has heads up display for both FLIX, and PIX, unlike the Kazer which only has it for PIX.

    Both the Nokia, and the Kazer (spelled wrong), are programmable from getbackupnow.com (VZW). The Q is not, and it's a pain in the ass to backup, and update.

    The Razr does allow me to lock the music player, like my IPOD, or most MP3 players, but the Kazer does not play AAC like the IPOD or the Nokia.

    I also like the ringtones more on the Nokia, although I have the Qlacomm tools, and several LINUX boxes to make my own.

    Ironically, VZW, has move away from the Nokia. I had some problems with 3 phones in a row. Bad receiver, bad mike, bad OS load. I still like my Nokia best, though.


  • 2theTEE

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    Dec 24, 2007 8:01 AM GMT
    I had just upgraded to a T-Mobile Dash phone with T-Mobile last Thursday and it should be arriving this Thursday...can't wait to get my hands on it so that I can have my way with it icon_smile.gif Too many great features to list so here's a link: DashPhone
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    Dec 24, 2007 9:02 PM GMT
    gayfotoman saidnothing wrong with iphones. You just have to use at&t. It wil be nice when they open it up to other proivders.


    Unfortunately, AT&T has a five year exclusive on the iPhone.
  • Salubrious

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    Dec 30, 2007 8:48 PM GMT
    paradox said[quote][cite]gayfotoman said[/cite]nothing wrong with iphones. You just have to use at&t. It wil be nice when they open it up to other proivders.


    Unfortunately, AT&T has a five year exclusive on the iPhone. [/quote]

    Is there anything wrong with AT&T? We have them for internet, land line and cell, and we've been really happy.
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    Dec 30, 2007 8:55 PM GMT
    I just upgraded to an iPhone. It's really nice, but lacks one feature that many probably could not do without. That's the ability to send a photo as an attachment to a text message. Yes, you can send it to an email address, but that presupposes the person to which you are sending the picture is online, and that you have wireless access when you want to send the picture.

    Almost everyone has a cell phone that can display pictures. So, it's curious that Apple, for some reason, decided to leave that feature out. I've seen some scuttlebutt on Apple rumor sites that there is INDEED a reason for this omission, that has to do with a future product/version of iPhone. Who knows!

    Other than that, it is very sweet.

    Oh, it synchs perfectly with my address book, contact list, and synched perfectly via bluetooth with my car.

    I have no complaints about ATT. I understand that others might not want to migrate to a different provider, but other than that, the plans are all about the same, and ATT's coverage is good.

    John
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    Dec 30, 2007 9:16 PM GMT
    yeah i agree... i love the iPhone. it's just so far ahead of other phones (and i've used MANY, trust me) -- definitely consider one. play with someone else's. you'll be hooked. icon_smile.gif

    (after thought: wait until april for the next version?)
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    Dec 31, 2007 12:51 AM GMT
    Salubrious said
    Is there anything wrong with AT&T? We have them for internet, land line and cell, and we've been really happy.


    AT&T is widely regarded as the worst of the wireless phone companies. Where I live, their coverage sucks. An AT&T phone will work in town, but drive 5 miles southeast of town, and there's no signal at all.

    I'd consider a second generation iPod Touch for WiFi Internet access in town, but I have no intention of switching from US Cellular's blanket Midwest coverage (and, the places I travel to usually have good Verizon coverage, which I can roam on.)
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    Dec 31, 2007 1:39 AM GMT
    John
    isn't there an add on software that you can send photo or even songs to others? I just got an itouch, and still playing and figuring it out. I've cracked the code already and I do remember seeing a package for sending photo.

    in your iphone, go to www.jailbreakme.com and download the appsnapp
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    Dec 31, 2007 1:44 AM GMT
    Ditch AT&T for Helio icon_cool.gif

    The same youtube, myspace, GPS, and other online stuff you can get with an Iphone. Helio has a great website where you can update your contact lists, files, music, video's, etc then near instantly transfer everything over to your phone. Plus The Helio Ocean doesn't have the weak Iphone web connect.

    Google is coming out with their own phone as well... waiting to see where the service for it lies.


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    Dec 31, 2007 1:48 AM GMT
    ebl333: "...in your iphone, go to www.jailbreakme.com and download the appsnapp..."

    But attaching photos to text messages is not among the list of features appsnapp has. Thanks for the heads up, though.

    paradox: "...AT&T is widely regarded as the worst of the wireless phone companies. ..."

    I guess it's all in the point of view. My research takes me up and down the Great Plains, into great population voids, as do most other storm chasers. I've had no more problems getting phone/internet/wireless connections there than my colleagues with other services.

    John