Posts tagged smartphones
T-Mobile G1 with Google…? Of course
Awesome T-Mobile G1 sports Google search and Gmail, of course. Did you miss out on the G1 when it first hit the shelves? Maybe you just wanna see a cool video, or read more about it? Look below!
Google’s announced that their beta version of Google Sync to help organize your address book, calendar, and just basically all of your digital and non-digital contact info with your iPhone & Gmail.
This is some of the most important things I took away from that post:
- iPhone users: Google Sync will remove all existing contacts and calendar events from your phone, so make sure to back up (PC instructions, Mac instructions) your data before you set it up.
- Remove contacts that you don’t want to sync to your phone. From the “My Contacts” section of the contact manager, select the contact you want to remove, click “Groups” and then “Remove from My Contacts.”
- Merge duplicates so email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org both belong to the same contact. To do so, select both contacts, and click “Merge these 2 contacts.” When you merge contacts, your address auto-complete won’t work as well as before. We’re working on a fix for this, but until that’s out you might notice addresses showing up in a suboptimal order in auto-complete, e.g. your friend’s work address coming up first when you’re used to emailing their Gmail address.
– Google’s Gmail Blog
Get your contacts organized in Gmail and your devices, read Sync your contacts and calendar with your phone now!
According to the Gmail blog’s tip “Archive mail on your iPhone” by default the iPhone will delete your Gmail, which will be deleted in 30 days from your Gmail forever. Since Gmail is big on archiving they’ve written this tip to help you avoid losing your valuable email:
First, get rid of your default set up. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar. Find your Gmail account under “Accounts,” click on it, scroll to the bottom, and click “Delete Account.” Don’t worry — it’ll be back and better than ever in a sec.
Then manually configure IMAP using the “Other” menu option…
The tip above concludes by either watching a YouTube video (below from the original post) or visiting the Gmail Help Center here.
For more info and options check out the original Gmail post here.
CRICKET 12/3 Take One
Today’s Cricket adventure started out trying to activate the phone Cricket EZ cell phone I blogged about buying last night at Wal-mart. I noted in this previous post that the Live chat operator on the Cricket website priced the Cricket EZ at $49.99 (minus $20 rebate after 45 days service = $29.99) and the via phone Wal-mart quoted me $19.99 for the very same phone.
So, we begin today with me calling Cricket to activate my new phone for their famous monthly plan that does not require any contract, its simply month-to-month paying in advance for unlimited talk ($25/month plus tax is $29.75) which is a perfect way to try out a new oufitlike Cricket to see if I like what I get – and no 1 year or 2 year legal tether to them. So having the necessary info handy I dial their toll-free number and I’m told that the phone I bought is for their PAYGo service, and not the plan I want.
CRICKET 12/3 Take Two
I hop into my SUV during lunch and drive over to the local corporate Cricket store (those are full-service unlike some of the other places that sell Cricket products like local cell companies, Wal-mart and the like) to get the Cricket EZ and the $25/mo plan, and the phone costs the same as if purchased online. Below are pros and cons I’ve noted between buying online and buying at the Cricket store.
PURCHASING AT CRICKET STORE
- (pro) purchasing in the Cricket store means I get my cell phone and service right away
- (con) purchasing in the Cricket store means I have to send in a mail-in rebate which will be validated at 45 days of service and mailed out within 60 days of mailing the rebate (45 day holding period + 15 day for rebate check to get printed, mailed and received at my mailbox). I dislike mail-in rebates
- (pro) purchasing online means I get a $20 rebate automatically after 45 days of service
- (con) purchasing online means I would have had to wait 3-5 days for cell phone delivery
So into the Cricket store I walk, pay for another Cricket EZ – since they understandably cannot refund me for the phone I bought at Wal-mart and cannot use it for about 2 more days for a monthly plan since its a PAYGo phone – select the $25 monthly plan with the first month free, and pay a $15 activation fee. The total is $71.40 with tax and I walk out with a functioning unlimited talk cell phone, and a due date of January 2 for February’s payment.
CRICKET 12/3 The Cricket EZ
The least expensive of the Cricket-supported cell phones, the Cricket EZ is a basic smartphone, possibly not even smart, I don’t really know. The phone’s box touts the following features:
- Text Messaging capable (non-QWERTY keypad, of course)
- Color LCD
- Preloaded polyphonic ringtones
- Preloaded wallpapers
- Stores up to 300 contacts including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and notes
- Speed dial
- Calendar, alarm, calculator, to-do-list, world time
Inside the box was the EZ phone, Lithium Ion Battery, Battery Door, AC Adapter, User Manual, Quick Reference Guide, Quick Start Guide and Warranty card. Of note, both sales people I spoke with at the store at different times suggested purchasing the $4.95/month handset warranty. In the Cricket New Customer Kit there is a Manfacturer’s Warranty section that begins “Manufacturer’s phone and accessory warranty is generally 1 year,” however this section does not apply to the Cricket EZ. Instead the sales person sraws my atention to the What is Classified as “Out of Warranty”? and What is the Warranty Exchange Program? noting that scratches on the phone or dropping it even once would void the warranty, and that I should check the phone out to make sure it worked okay, but in less than 30 minutes since at that point you cannot exchange it for a new phone (same model or otherwise).
Personal observation : the positioning of the tiny earpiece on the phone is terrible, a mere 1/4 inch or less from the top means your ear easily slides off of the phone while talking. Yet another good reason to take this phone back for an upgrade. The Samsung u340 – RefurbSamsung u340 – Refurb looks promising, $69.99 and if I can return the Cricket EZ I will go for that!
Here is some technical info about the Cricket EZ.
Today while checking out news about Blackberry Storm, T-Mobile G1, iPhone etc I ran across the Cricket Wireless website and thought what the heck, $25/month for unlimited wireless sounds good so I’ll give them a shot and compare to my Virgin Mobile plan.
A customer service rep via their site’s Live Chat answered my many questions and seemed very patient, maybe too patient. at the time I thought what great service. I was trying to find the least expensive phone and wasn’t really sure what I wanted since I found the site accidentally so the Cricket rep discussed all of my otpions and was patient when I kept repeating that the prices were higher than what I expected to pay considering my current cell phone (my very basic, very uncool and very ungeek-like cell phone) was only $10-$20 depending upon where I bought it. I settled on their basic phone the Cricket EZ for $49.99 (minus $20 rebate after 45 days service = $29.99) since the one I wanted with MP3 player and the one with the camera was more than I needed to just test the service out. So I called a local store I found on their site while I was waiting for a Live Chat answer and found the very same Cricket EZ was only $19.99 and I didn’t have to wait 45 days for a rebate or 3-5 days for shipping. Then I told the Live chat operator at which point she said “Thank you for letting me answer all of your questions for you and not giving me the sale.”
Wait, what? Although I can understand disappointment on the part of the salesperson its not my fault that Cricket doesn’t give their reps decent information (probably on purpose) and I think that sucks for their sales force, but it doesn’t mean I’ll pay extra cash to wait for a cell phone I’d like to start using tomorrow.
Well, I went and picked up my Cricket EZ at the local Wal-mart and caled the toll-free number inside of the Welcome to Cricket PAYGo pamphlet and my call to activate the phone was dropped. No big deal, my cordless phone has dropped calls before (I guess, right?) and I called back. This time a person answered right after the automated service and told me they were closed, so I need to call back tomorrow morning.
So, I’m very hopeful to get my new Cricket Wireless service started tomorrow, and I’ll be blogging about that later.
Kyocera will be building a smartphone using Google’s Android operating system, as reported by CNET News dept’s “Kyocera joins Android phone bandwagon“. Plus, according to the Android Community’s “Kyocera announces development of Android platform” Kyocera, who was not part of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), will be working with Wind River to incorporate Android OS in a “new product platform” (as of Oct. 21, 2008 – Wind River).
Hopefully by 2009 Kyocera will have completed their “new product platform” and we’ll have another Android-based cell phone on the market. Now if only there was a cell phone that could run Android, iPhone OS, or Storm (Blackberry) OS.
Brad Fitzpatrick, a Google employee from San Francisco wrote and adopted some Android software on what I am assuming is his T-Mobile G1 to scan for his garage door opener’s server (yes! his garage door opener has a server!) then when its detected an authentication process and logging takes place and his garage door begins opening in time for him to pull in.
I now have an Android Activity (GarageDoorActivity) which interacts with an Android Service I wrote (InRangeService), letting me start and stop the service’s wifi scanning task. The service gets the system WifiManager, holds a WifiLock to keep the radio active, and then does a Wifi scan every couple seconds, looking for my house.
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Android Garage Door Opener, part 2