Update from the States

I’ve been sat here staring at the screen of my laptop wondering just what to write, just where to begin.

Geez it’s bad. Very bad. Really bad. You know the mobile industry in America is slightly screwed when it is actually cheaper for me to use my T-Mobile UK handset — that’s a UNITED KINGDOM HANDSET — to make and receive calls, than it is to use a Prepaid American account.

It’s not all bad though.

No, there are some good things. Like Sprint’s USB broadband modem. Fantastic.

I’ve been sat, though, trying to think just how to get my experiences out ‘on to virtual paper’. Here’s an overview of what’s coming…

A post on each visit to a mobile store? Perhaps.

Being in-depth talking with a mobile sales person, only for him to entirely blank me and walk away to greet some girl who walked into the store. Strange.

Being asked what State the UK is in.

Having to explain what a Nokia E61i is. (“Is that phone even out yet?”)

A $14 mobile phone. That’s a 7 quid handset. Nice.

My dire T-Mobile USA experience.

My dimwit AT&T store experience.

My Boost mobile experience. Yes, I have a Boost mobile. It’s apparently got GPS.

Push-to-talk is quite fun.

I’ve seen two Nokia N95s in San Francisco so far.

I’m working on writing up each of these experiences. More to come.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

One reply on “Update from the States”

Sometimes I read this blog and get a good laugh at how bad it really is here in the States. Except for the data plans that is.

The Buddy Beacon service on Boost Mobile is innovative and should be on every phone (I’ve talked to a company rep and they agree, carriers on the other hand have issues).

I live in Charlotte, if I see someone with an N95 here, I’ll flip. If it ain’t *low cost* to free then folks just don’t get ’em here. Sad really, because the best phones are not on the carrier deck.

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