Originally Posted by samab
It DOESN'T matter --- whether it's CDMA or GSM phone, or whether it's a LG phone (which is based on their own proprietary OS) or a RIM phone.
The only thing that matters to the software developers --- it's a billion subscribers.
What does the wireless standard have to do with software development? If you make an app for a RIM phone it doesn't care whether RIM has made the phone for CDMA or GSM.
Originally Posted by winterspan
And here again shows the crappy telecom situation in America, and why we need more competitors. I've been stuck on Verizon and waiting for the iPhone, but this new development really makes it hard to believe they'll ever find common ground with Apple.Verizon
has the best network coverage, particularly their 3G footprint in suburban and rural areas. But they also pull all kinds of shenanigans to screw customers over, and have the worst possible selection of devices. Rip-offs include disabling GPS on feature phones and then charging $10+ a month for a GPS application, reoccurring monthly "game rental" charges, disabling bluetooth/USB file transfer (have to use their service for moving photos), expensive and crappy Vcast media store.AT&T
has great devices, including the iPhone, but offers a comparatively poor network, especially in rural and suburban areas. Their 3G service is also underwhelming, with a far smaller footprint than Verizon, and over-saturation issues in larger cities.Sprint
has better devices than Verizon (and the Palm Pre!) and a decent network, especially their nation-wide 3G network, but have been hemorrhaging customers and reveneu for years after being plagued with terrible customer service, constant billing issues, etc.T-mobile
, like AT&T, has access to a lot of devices with their GSM-based network, and is the only carrier to launch an Android device. Unfortunately, they have inferior coverage and a tiny 3G footprint. Their HSPA 3G service also uses an odd-ball frequency, so most new devices not made exclusively for Tmobile will not support for the 3G network.
A couple clarifications and corrections, especially with Verizon. Verizon has mandated all smartphones have wifi by 2010. They've unlocked the previously blocked GPS on at least two smartphones that I know of. They were evil bastards in early bluetooth days, but anyone repeating this now is just uninformed.
On my LG Dare, I can easily transfer over photos, songs, and videos. The other day I transferred over 500+ half meg photos just by selecting and dragging. Firmware updates unlocked this ability even on my old Moto V3m.
AT&T has the same "rip offs" as Verizon. I say this as someone who priced a family plan with them no less than a week ago. They charge the same $10 a month for their GPS app. They charge fees to add data, way to much for messaging, you name it. It was $10 this and $10 that all within the plan.
Sprint has the best pricing so far and while hemorrhaging customers, almost completely stopped that loss last quarter. I suspect next quarter will show a gain for them.
T-mobile to me is just a company getting by doing nothing exceptional.
Originally Posted by melgross
While we could quibble about details, I'd say that that was about right.
I'd say that was profoundly outdated.