Archive for July 15, 2007


My phone is due for replacement in January.  I am starting to plan/save for my upgrade.  I really want a smartphone, but the cost of the data plan is prohibiting me from going this way so I am going to be getting a regular Verizon phone.  So I start looking and looking for a Verizon phone that does not have the  VZW “RED” UI and I am unable to find much.  My wife has a Motorola phone that has this and I find it LESS intuitive then the Motorola firmware on my e815 and the firmware on almost every non VZW phone I have ever used.

Suggestions  for Verizon….Motorola, Nokia and LG all have a programming staff much larger then yours.  They have put millions of R&D into each phone they make and the menu system they have on each of these phones that are carried on other carriers like sprint is far superior to your branded interface.  All us phone users just want a SERVICE.  Stop trying to sell us wallpapers, ringtones, ringback tones, music, videos and stupid BREW apps.  JUST GIVE US GOOD SERVICE!  Wait… already do.  How about this….make the service cheaper especially the EVDO services?  If you do, you can literally corner the market on both phone and mobile broadband.

You already have one of the best networks there is.  Market your service and let us use other services through yours.  Stop selling us things we don’t want.  I don’t buy music on your service and never will.  Apple already does this better then you do anyway.  You can’t compete because I can only buy the music on my phone.  I probably can’t buy it on my PC and I probably can’t play it there either.

Verizon…stop being stupid and reduce the prices….revenues will come!


July 15, 2007 at 6:00 pm 1 comment

What is it with today’s marketers and companies??

 For those who do not know, I watch NASCAR races every Sunday or Saturday. Last week during the Firecracker 400 (Otherwise known as the Pepsi 400….) they intro’d Wide Open Coverage. This is similar to the split screen TBS used in the past, but the ad space was a bit smaller and the race portion was bigger. It was nice. You could always watch the race action. Well, that was a one week trial. It’s ba ck to showing 5 laps of racing then missing 10 laps due to commercials. Let alone every inch of screen real estate is used to sell things like FedEx Shipping, Discover Cards, Pepsi and Gillete.

Why is this a big deal? Well, unlike slower sports like football and baseball, there’s no timeout for commercials. The action is always happening even during caution periods. You have pit stops that happen at every caution flag and there’s always something that can happen in the pits while this is happening. Oh and I left one thing out…..this is a CABLE channel showing the RACE! I PAY FOR IT!

This insistence of marketing stuff too you doesn’t end with cable sporting events. It also happens on your cellphone. Verizion has a handy, but crappy web browser on their cellphone but you are kind of stuck with what the ole VZW will let you see. There’s a interesting service that does train schedules called iMetro and even though the web page works in a regular browser, the phone’s browser will 404 it because your going through VZW’s gateway. Now this isn’t so bad because some of the VZW stuff is actually good, but then you see small tiny banner ads for other products. VZW also wants you to use the “Get it now!” service to buy things (should be called PAY ME NOW!) that should be accessible on the web.

This intrusion into our life is brought to us all for the sake of the almighty dollar. It would be different if the phones would be cheaper, but it they generally aren’t….unless you have a new every 2 option.

Marketing companies are beside themselves now. They love being able to sell any piece of screen real estate they can get and they like it even more because they can be HIGHLY targetted.

I normally don’t want more laws, but I personally think that there should be some regulations because most marketing companies seem to be bereft of ethics and common sense. This needs to end now. You pay for cable TV. Tell your favorite network companies that you appreciate the ability they have to broadcast races and sporting events but tell them what is ok and what isn’t. Tell them to stop selling things like the race position call and the first down line. If they don’t, then stop watching OR record the show on the DVR and watch it later…in a much shorter run time! 😀

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July 15, 2007 at 5:04 pm

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