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Time for a new phone.

I have just ordered a nice shiny new SPV C600. It was a free upgrade, and was dispatched within the hour.

Should arrive tomorrow morning.

I guess I really need to update this icon!

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kensei
Jan. 5th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
Is that the e200?
sbisson
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
No, it's an original SPV... I had one of those until the C500 came out. The E200 sucked big time.

Here's the updated icon.
daveon
Jan. 6th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
It was a complete dog and no mistake.

The new Magneto based OMAP850 F Samples are pretty good.
surliminal
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, The Man!!!

Are there any particular reasons you're sticking to the (new) SPV? I know it was fantastic when it came out and I love mine too, but now there's so many other smartphones around I feel I should be looking further, and I really do need to upgrade as my handset is getting dodgy .. also I heard the SPV C600 (which I can get as free upgrade too) had lotsa bugs.. like wiping Voiocemail when you tried to retrieve it.
I'm also wondering if I should switch networks while I'm at it, as I pay a fortune in roaming charges and having just checked rates on the handy EU site http://europa.eu.int/information_society/activities/roaming/index_en.htm it looks like, for someone who spends a lot of time in the US, O2 is way cheaper than Orange.
I'd rather NOT change networks tho if it means hassle about keeping my no, which I bet it does, even tho they're legally obliged to let you port it.
Just wondering if you thought about all this and if so why you chose what you did - would much appreciate any help!
sbisson
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Not heard of any problems.

To be honest,I like Windows Mobile - I've got used to it. I use a range of Windows Mobile phones and a Blackberry at the moment (perks of being Messaging Editor), and the C600 is the only one of the new ones I don't have...

Network switching could help with the bills. Again, I'm not really a good person to ask - having review devices in the house is a good thing!
surliminal
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
fair nuff!
ffutures
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
I still get an odd feeling when someone calls a phone an SPV. Can't think why...
daveon
Jan. 6th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
When I first started working with the Beast and they gave me an SPV I used to get an odd feeling too when I received a call. I think was shock ;)
megadog
Jan. 6th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
When you get it, as well as discussing the bling-features, can you maybe give a report on what its receive sensitivity is like? I've largely given up on the whole mobile-phone game because it seems that in the parts of the world I frequent, for a good 50% of the time current-generation phones will be displaying "no service" irrespective of which network you're on.

At least with the old E-TACS 'talking brick' analog phones you could still get a reliable signal outside urban areas: the current-generation networks/phones seem sadly lacking in provision of a consistent, reliable service and sell on bling-features instead.
daveon
Jan. 6th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds a little odd to me. A quad band GSM phone should work practically anywhere most of the time - well, ok, for certain values of "anywhere" such as Europe, Africa, South America, Australia etc...

Reception was poor in the US but it is getting much better - the only problems I've had in recent times have been when I've been using tri-band phones in areas with only one provider who is using the one radio frequency not supported by the phone.

This does depend on where you live but with the exception of Japan and Korea I've never had a problem anywhere I've been.
marypcb
Jan. 6th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
what parts of the world do you frequent? I've not had receive issues with any phone in UK, US, France, Holland, Belgium or NZ and I've used an SPV and a Blackberry in all of them.
megadog
Jan. 7th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
There are numerous areas only a few miles East/South from Reading where mobile phone reception is essentially nonexistent. Hell, in one place you can even hear the sound of traffic from the M4 but nobody gets a signal on *any* network.

Plenty of parts of Shropshire/Staffordshire/Herefordshire/Gloucestershire/Wiltshire are the same. A friend was given a Blackberry by his employer; he got fed up with having to go into the back bedroom to get a signal. This is in semi-rural Wiltshire.
marypcb
Jan. 8th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
I find Vodafone has teh best deep rural coverage. But what you're suffering with isn't a problem with the phones but with the network. A lot of people don;t want mobile phone masts blighting the landscape but where they don't the rural geology and the thick stone walls of decent buildings dampen things. There's one M3 blackspot like the M4 one but they seem to have moved masts to compensate. I've had GPRS non-stop from London to Brighton by car f'rinstance. At tanais's place in Scotland Orange gets coverage in the loft and the grenhouse; Vodafone reaches nearly all of the house on the same model of phone.
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