Blackberry Curve: Lose the case, lose the calls?

How to hold a phoneApple may have been on to something here.

Last week, Steve Jobs told the world that all (or many?) smart phones have these weird grip problems. If you try to hold a phone a certain way, the reception just disappears. He said that this happens on three phones specifically, one of them being the Blackberry Bold. Read more of this post

Battery-powered battery

The battery: Device of the Future

The battery: Device of the Future

Take this idea if you have the drive. I want to see it happen.

Here we go.

Who wants a stereo anymore? So many things can play music. Read more of this post

Technology fails me; The phone vanishes

Even in the process of writing this entry, technology fails me. Read more of this post

App-lust, not phone-lust

The only time my calls drop happens 36 stories up.

For roommate Rashad, however, I can tell you that is not the case. If he even can get a call up there, it’s a miracle. I saw a tweet recently -I believe it was from Raine Wilson – that indicated that he couldn’t get cell service on his iPhone directly outside an AT&T store. UPDATE: Yes, I was right.BB fail

Service is not an issue at all for me. Megan and I both get excellent service at all times with our US Cellular accounts. What we don’t get is amazing phones. I got the best phone (barring the HD2 – I’m not jumping on the old Windows platform when they aren’t supporting it anymore), and it’s just a Blackberry Curve. I’m no business man! It’s not even a touch screen, so gaming is pretty much limited to Brick Breaker and Tetris (not that there’s anything wrong with Tetris).

In a rush of App-Lust, I purchased an 8 GB iPod Touch some months ago when my old iPod died. I got that thing second-hand in 2006. I couldn’t say what generation it was, but that generation was the first to display color. Maybe fourth? Let’s go with fourth.

The iPod Touch revolutionized my iPod experience. That was about the time I discovered podcasts (they had been available before, but I didn’t seek them out), I could watch videos on the go, and then there were the apps.

Oh, the apps.

You can do this on a phone? I thought. Oh my. Oh dear. I want.

The Blackberry does have an app store, it should be noted. It also has the highest ratio of paid to free apps of any mobile app store. Sure, try out the Facebook app (sucks), Twitter app (actually pretty good until you compare it to the Android Twitter app), and the push notifications from Gmail.

BUT! But! Let’s say I want to play a Final Fantasy game originally reworked for the PSP. What about then?

Let’s say I want to annoy everyone nearby with the simulated sounds of a vuvuzela. What could I do with a Blackberry then?!  Oh, dear sweet Lord, what am I to do then?

I can’t help it! I want everything technologically awesome, and I want it now.

Anyway, with my iPod and my BB, I can have all that crap (within a Wi-Fi area), but it takes up both pockets. Not perfect. Sad. Crying. Boo.

At least I can get phone service pretty much anywhere. That’s what a phone is for, right? I have to keep reminding myself of that.

Phone is for phoning.

Too much data? "Smart phones and me" or "Why I hate Alltel"

It was little more than a year ago that I switched to a smartphone. The family did it.
Dad and I have always one-upped each other when it comes to electronics. Sometimes I get the next thing first, but he usually is able to outdo me with his larger stock of funds.
Even so, when Dad got an iPhone and half the cousins had them when I went for a Florida visit, I had to jump on that bandwagon, too.
In Wyoming, the only two providers worth mentioning are Alltel and Verizon. At the time, Verizon hadn’t made that big purchase yet. How were we to know that going with Alltel was a bad plan? It was cheaper! I got myself a Blackberry Pearl. Suddenly, I had email and Facebook at the touch of a finger. Google products as far as the eye could see. Need a phone number? Don’t call 411. I’ll just look it up.
Then Verizon bought Alltel, but that didn’t take everywhere. It would have been a monopoly in Wyoming, so that big, empty state remained one of the few markets that Alltel stayed active in. Later, AT&T would go on to purchase part of Alltel there but not all of it. That was a part of the state we didn’t live in.
Then the move to Chicago! Exciting! Not for our mobile use, however, because Alltel doesn’t exist here. Nowhere to get customer service locally, and when I’d call their service line I’d get dropped 100% of the time. Good on you guys, Alltel!
Megan finally called them from work, but they wouldn’t allow us to cancel for free. 200-bucks per line. Instead, they sent us signal strengtheners for our car. Not sure why…it’s buildings that our phones don’t work in.
Not cars.
Fury. Screaming. Rage.
So we canceled part of our plan and jumped onto Pam’s (the mother-in-law’s) plan. Not many minutes but free incomming calls. That’s nice. I ended up sticking with a data plan because it’s really difficult to give it up once you’re used to it even despite being forced into Blackberry again.
Can you believe U.S. Cellular has no Android phones? They did have an HTC HD2, but that runs Windows Mobile and won’t get an upgrade once Windows Phone 7 rolls out. No use jumping on a sinking ship, though I’m not sure Blackberry is much better.
Anyhow, the new Curve is nice.
When I first got a Blackberry, I wondered if it was a bad thing. Suddenly, I was connected in so many ways all the time. Now, I’m starting to think that again. I’m connected in even more ways now cause I jumped on Twitter, AND I wasn’t able to give up data when it came up.
Megan gave it up. She went from a Pearl Flip down to a Razr. She always liked that Razr. I’ll never get it, but it serves her purposes. Maybe she just never connected as much because she didn’t know how.
Well, I do, and it may be too much.
But I can’t stop. I need the next new thing right away.
Hey! It’s like with Dad and me. Intriguing.