[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Re: N800 and Bluetooth Headsets

From: Mike Klein mklein at vxappliance.com
Date: Wed Feb 7 01:28:34 EET 2007
I have been holding off on 3G data plan due to horrific costs and
questions about availability/robustness.

Cingular's plan is like $80/mo for all you can eat. Given there are
comments regarding voice calls dropping when data is incoming and vice
versa...I'll be a late adopter thanks.

In S.F. there are supposedly multiple forms of 3g....but none of them
work any significant length down 280 freeway...another deal-breaker for me.

Additionally there is no coverage where my 2nd home is. The thought of
going to cellular <possibly> for voice and data (no dsl/cable for isp)
is somewhat appealing. I have even considered a 3g/cellular
repeater/antenna installed on my house (>$500 generally).

I recently dropped newspaper subscriptions due to owning PepperPad3 and
being quite pleased with streaming/reading capabilities...and am looking
to drop cable tv ($70/mo) when Netflix's streaming service comes of age.


Acadia Secure Networks wrote:
> Michael,
> in the U.S. all three of Cingular (HSDPA), Verizon (EVDO), and Sprint
> (EVDO) have deployed broadband mobile wireless services with a
> national footprint that, if Sprint's vision is correct will become, in
> Sprint's case,  a stepping stone to full WIMAX deployment a few years
> down the road.
> Nokia is, in fact working with Sprint in the area of WIMAX and  and I
> would be very surprised if Nokia are not considering to put WIMAX into
> a future version of the N800 or something close to it. 
> I happen to use Verizon's EVDO service and it is very good in terms of
> bandwidth and U.S. geographic footprint. It supports VOIP
> satisfactorily and it is being upgraded to higher (Rev. A)
> performance, as is Sprints EVDO network.
> I have managed to test out how the wireless "tethering" of the N800 to
> the Verizon EVDO service via a Verizon handset using bluetooth works
> but it would be much nicer if I could "lose" the handset and use a
> future version of the N800 with EVDO and eventually WIMAX in its place.
> I actually think that the biggest impediment to such a scenario is not
> so much the need to jam another radio into the N800 form factor as it
> is the fact that Windows Mobile proves to be much more useful in the
> corporate world (which is where most of the money to purchase these
> high end handsets comes from) than a N800.  If the Nokia product
> cannot meet the same application needs then it will not be competitive
> in this market segment.
> Although they are expensive, several handset manufacturers, and, in
> particular, HTC and its reseller UTStarcom, have produced multi radio
> handsets (EVDO/802.11/CDMA/Bluetooth/IR) that are quite compact,
> albeit power-hungry, especially with 802.11 turned on.  Here is the
> url to one such product available for both the Sprint and the Verizon
> Networks in the U.S.:
> http://www.utstar.com/pcd/view_phone_details.aspx?mcode=PPC6700&sAct=0
> Most of these high end handsets run Windows Mobile 5.0 but it would be
> nice for Nokia to provide some competition in this segment by adding,
> for the US market, a CDMA/EVDO radio or GSM/HSDPA chipset to a future
> version of the N800 product.
> Best Regards,
> John Holmblad
> michael.wiktowy at gmail.com wrote:
>> On 2/6/07, Zoran Kolic <zkolic at sbb.co.yu> wrote:
>>> On Monday 05 February 2007 22:28, Mike Klein wrote:
>>> > 3rd worst problem is no 3G/cellular capability built-in.
>>> Also my wash machine lacks it. I cannot sleep for that reason.
>> Sarcasm aside, Zoran has a very good point. Putting cellular
>> capability on the IT would be as appropriate as putting it on a
>> washing machine. While it would be great to be able to talk to someone
>> while doing laundry, it is not really the purpose of the machine.
>> I wouldn't have bought a 770 or a N800 if it had a GSM/3G/Super-duper
>> next-gen phone built in.
>> Reasons:
>> - It would add $100 to the cost
>> - It would be a purchase that keeps on costing a monthly fee and cost
>> even more when using it traveling
>> - I already have a bare-bones cell phone that makes calls just fine
>> ... most people have
>> - It would tie it to region/plan that would be difficult to transfer
>> out of
>> - It would tie it to some specific technology that doesn't have the
>> longevity/compatibility of wifi/BT
>> - It would consume a great deal more power
>> I think these ITs make a good break from legacy tech like cellular and
>> leave that crowded market to other models.
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