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Jun. 21st, 2004

Help needed:

Anyone on Verizon who has a recent phone that likes it, let me know what you have. I'm looking for 1) ease of storing and backing up phone numbers and 2) ease of downloading ringtones from wherever, not just VZ.

Jack is a super sweetie and is going to use his "new every 2" to get me a new phone. So there will be no LYING to any insurance companies. Stupid store dude.



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Jun. 21st, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
I have a Samsung flip-phone; I think it's the SCH-a530.

* small
* cheap
* excellent reception
* comes with 2 batteries so you're never waiting for it to charge
* ease of downloading ringtones from various vendors (polyphonic, though, which just sounds weird to me)

* all digital, which means if you need analog somewhere out in the boonies, you don't have it
* only 12 characters per name you store w/ a phone number (otherwise, storing numbers is a snap)
* takes a long time to power up
* stupid "buy it now" button and nonintuitive buttons to deal w/ menu options
Jun. 21st, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
My Samsung flip-phone is the one that died on me, and when I was in the throes of accepting it had happened, a little bird told me that Samsung doesn't test their phones nearly well enough, and they can't be counted on to last more than 6 months. This little bird was behind the desk at the store where I had bought the phone, for what it's worth.
Jun. 21st, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC)
I really like my Motorola T730, even though I cannot download non-network ringtones (easily, if at all - I have yet to have anyone explain to me how this is done outside their network) and that backing things up requires some kind of extra cable and who knows what else.
Jun. 22nd, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
I cannot download non-network ringtones (easily, if at all - I have yet to have anyone explain to me how this is done outside their network)

Yes, this is exactly my problem. Meh. The phone I had linked to a bunch of different ringtone sites/services but there was no way to tell before I chose one and shelled out for it if it would have ringtones I liked. Eff that. Grr!

In re: the extra cable, they told me the same thing but I haven't had a chance to find out how that works.
Jun. 22nd, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
Its my understanding that some phones have a WAP browser that is smart enough to tell that a MIDI file can be used as a ringtone; You put in a URL and it will say "would you like to install this ringtone?"

I have never seen this work firsthand, and Kim's old motorola just gave an error because the browser couldnt download a midi file at all. (506, i think is the one, wont accept midi)

Jun. 23rd, 2004 01:00 am (UTC)
bitpim & GAGIN
I could just as well have waited before posting, because this is still breaking news for me.

bitpim is some thing on sourceforge for dicking with phones;

The T720 seems to have something called "GAGIN" designed for it - "Get Around Get It Now"
I can't really comment on it because I don't have one of those phones to put on the chopping block to test with it. It might work for T730 also?

I'm still investigating. This Get It Now thing is really friggin bogus. verizon wireless' get it now sucks.
Jun. 23rd, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
Re: bitpim & GAGIN
I didn't think it was all that bad, honestly! I've downloaded a handful of tones from GIN, and aside from the fact that I'm probably paying too much for it, I didn't find the experience all that terrible. I will have to look into this GAGIN business though, because if it works for the T720 it is almost assured to work for the T730 as well. I bet I still need one of those cables though, which I still can't manage to find anywhere.
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Jun. 22nd, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: for vz wireless phones
Thanks for the tips!! I had been warned off the Kyocera due to short battery life... it's probably immaterial since it appears that Jack's new every 2 program only really gives him $100 off a new phone, which still wouldn't bring that down into reasonable levels. But it does encourage me to move away from the motorola phones and maybe consider a kyocera instead based on their software's possible ability to handle ringtones from outside the specified verizon services.

Thanks muchly!
Jun. 22nd, 2004 03:02 am (UTC)
i have a nokai 3589i & i love it!!! it's pretty swank & the sides light up when it rings.
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