Should I Pick T-Mobile?

The new iPhones have been announced and I probably won’t pick up one for myself personally but I am thinking of switching services from AT&T to T-Mobile.  I’m on one of those grandfathered unlimited data plans but the amount of money I spend for 3 lines is pretty expensive even with my corporate discount.  T-Mobile has some good plans including ones with unlimited data out now and the plans are cheaper full price than my current plan.

My current worry is that I need to give over 3 smart phones so I can get T-Mobile to pay for my contract cancellation fees.  I do have that many old smart phones but I don’t want to give them up since I do have some uses for them.  Also I’m a little worried about the speed I’ll get when I travel on their LTE network.  I’m ok with what I get with AT&T for coverage and speed but the pricing is starting to kill me the more I think about it.  I’ll do more research into this before I make any big decisions.  Once I leave AT&T I won’t have my unlimited data plan nor could I go back if I don’t like T-Mobile.  I’ll ask my father how he likes it since he just did the switch.

In the mean time I have to get ready to pre-order my iPhone for work.  That should be fun considering how early in the morning I’ll have to be up (3am).  The things I do for the latest tech.

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Talking and surfing matter

I’ve come to realize that for me, talking and surfing the web on my phone is pretty essential. There is so much stuff that I look up on the web while on the phone because the people that I talk to need information or at the very least I need information so I know what they’re talking about. The AT&T commercials are true in that regard that being able to do both is a huge advantage.

I learned this past week while I was in NY that my tmobile mytouch 4g doesn’t have this ability to talk and tether. I don’t use the phone that much to surf the Internet since I have most of what I need on my iPhone and I always carry both phones anyway. What I was trying to do was to tether the phone (which it is advertised to do) and talk on a conference call at the same time. I found out that I could only do one or the other which is really limiting. I jailbreak my iPhone so I have tethering with that and I have never had that problem before. I think it’s rather annoying not being able to do both talk and surf at once. There are a lot of apps that rely on having an Internet connection (Evernote comes to mind) that won’t work if you’re chatting on the phone. I guess it could also be seen as rude if the person on the other line knows you’re surfing the web and ignoring them when you should be having a meaningful conversation.

I guess I’m going to have to wait for AT&T to release the next iPhone. While I’m ok with the tmobile network, I’m still not a big fain of android at the moment. I’ll give it more time but I don’t think my opinion will change even if they pushed Honeycomb to my work phone. I would take a few things from Android and drop it into my iPhone like notifications and I like how the webOS has multi-tasking with cards. I can do most of this using jailbreak but I’m trying to limit what I do in that space.

Android Week 2

This marks the second week that I have been using a myTouch 4G for work sling with my iPhone 3GS. There are a lot of things to like about the Android OS but there are still some things I still prefer about my iPhone. I’ll continue to use both for the foreseeable future since one is for business and one is for personal stuff.

I guess I should start with what I like about Android.

1) Widgets: These are pretty cool, I can put widgets on the panels in the OS and all the apps are kept in a list elsewhere in the OS. I’ve added a few widgets to my home pages and it seems to be working out well, I just need more screen real estate for more widgets.

2) Live Backgrounds: This feature is just awesome. There are a ton of wallpapers that have animations so the background is never boring.

3) Notifications: I think everyone in technology has beaten Apple to death about their poor notification system so I won’t do the same. I will say that notifications on my iPhone, which is jailbroken, are pretty awesome but as a native function Android has done a great job.

4) No desktop software required: Not having to sync with a desktop is huge for me. I can pull out the SD card and transfer files without using a piece of software and I can set up the phone without having to validate the OS. The thing just works! The new Android web store will put more pressure on Apple to change iOS to be untethered from the desktop hopefully

There are more things that I like but I still find myself going back to my iPhone for surfing the Internet or reading the news. Actually it is still my “go to” phone but that might be because I’m just more familiar with it compared to the Android. I think from a consumer standpoint, most people will still be attracted to Apple devices due to the simplicity and seamlessness of the device. Android is still a little geeky and hard to use, I think it’s like comparing Windows to Linux. Linux was getting there but the people want simple and familiar and iOS just happened to capture the heart of the masses first. Sure there were other devices in the market before iPhone but they didn’t capture the attention of the every day consumer.

I’ll continue to experiment with my Android work phone but I still plan on getting the iPhone 5 this July and then I’ll jailbreak the hell out of it once it’s released 😉

myTouch 4G Ordered

As part of my new job comes a new phone.  Well I didn’t HAVE to get a new phone, I chose to get a new phone.  Even though I’m still in consulting, I’m trying more and more to separate my work and my life.  Doing so comes with some sacrifices and one of them is carrying a separate phone for work.  My company is very security conscious so I had the choice of either un–jailbreaking my phone or getting one just for work.  I chose the latter since I like jailbreaking my iPhone.  Doing this also gave me 2 rare opportunities that a lot of people don’t get with their jobs

1) I get to buy a new phone that is running Android which I have wanted to try out (using the SDK on my computer just isn’t the same)

2) I get to see how tMobile’s service is in my area and when traveling since AT&T stinks!

I went to a tMobile store a while ago just to give a test drive and I was impressed with how the phone worked compared to my iPhone.  I know that the new Honeycomb OS is going to be released soon and I’m hoping that HTC is good enough to provide an update to the phone firmware.  Since this is a work only phone, I won’t be going crazy with the app downloads if any at all.  I won’t be burning minutes like I used to when I was with my old company because I couldn’t expense a company phone easily, and I won’t have big brother having the ability to see the data on my phone.  The downside is that I have to use groupware to view my calendar and email so the native functions on the phone won’t be of much use.  I’ll still do some personal stuff on the phone just as a test and to see if I want one in the future but I wouldn’t count on me switching from AT&T or getting the iPhone 5.  I just submitted the order yesterday so I’m eagerly awaiting the phone, I’m hoping that they do free overnight shipping or something so I can have it by Friday before I have to head out to a client for work.

I guess I need to read up on how Android is different from my iPhone and learn to manage/carry both devices.  Woohoo new tech gadget for me!