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Sprint Mobile’s NASCAR Coverage

I’m a NASCAR fan. I’m also a Sprint cell phone subscriber. I also have a data plan on my Sprint plan that allows me internet access on my smartphone. Because Sprint is the title sponsor for NASCAR’s top racing league…it used to be Winston Cup, then it was Nextel Cup, now it is the Sprint Cup….because of that, I naturally expected that the features built into my smartphone would give me excellent NASCAR coverage.

Not exactly…the coverage leaves a LOT to be desired. I am specifically looking at a news aggregator program on my phone called “On Demand”. I hit update, and it goes out and updates news, weather, sports, etc with current information. Then I drill down through sports, down through auto racing, then into the “NASCAR Insider” section.

Keep in mind, the third race of the 2008 season completed on Sunday. We’ve been through Daytona, Fontana, and Las Vegas and are headed into the fourth race in Atlanta this weekend. So what are the headlines in the NASCAR Insider? The same stories that were up just before and just after the Daytona 500… Nothing at all has been updated for either of the last two races.

No it’s not the end of the world. I just expected a bit more considering that Sprint is so heavily invested in NASCAR.

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March 4, 2008 Posted by | sports | , , , , | 3 Comments

New cell phone – Moto Q9c

For the last few years, my cell phone has been a PDA phone. My first PDA phone was a Treo 650. Very nice phone. At some point last year, I had the opportunity to switch to a Windows Mobile 5 based phone (PPC6700) for no charge…essentially I could sell my Treo 650 for the same amount I could buy the PPC 6700 for. No brainer…right?

I will say that I did enjoy a few things about the phone. I liked the large slide out keyboard, the touchscreen, voice dialing, internet access. It was difficult to make a one handed phone call with. A friend of mine calls it the “tree phone”…if you try to make a call while driving…you will hit a tree.

There was one particular aspect of the phone that I despised…battery life. Standby time could be summed up as “you dang well better plug it in at night.” Talk time? How about using one percent of battery per minute talking?  Oh yeah…those times are with everything but the phone turned off. Wi Fi is turned off. Bluetooth is turned off. Not connecting to the EV-DO data network. If you turned those things on…it was much worse. Battery life made the phone just simply unusable.

I’ve been looking at other PDA phone options for a while. Because I’m with Sprint, I restricted my looking to phones offered by them.  I hadn’t found one that I thought would be better, so I kept holding off. Then in December I noticed that Sprint had a new phone…the Motorola Moto Q 9c. After doing a bit of research I found a few interesting tidbits. Continue reading

January 20, 2008 Posted by | tech | , , , , | Leave a comment